Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Dandelion Daydream Apron



Seven Alive




For some reason I decided I needed (okay, wanted) an apron in December.  I had some fabric from the Dandelion Daydream line that I had been obsessing over and I thought it would be perfect for an apron.  So I perused my local quilt shop (Village Dry Goods) for an apron pattern, grabbed one I thought I'd like, and went to work!

Shortly into the pattern I decided there were some things I didn't like about it so much.  darn it....


So I started to change a few things and venture out on my own.  I'm new enough to sewing that this was a scary thing to do, and while not everything was finished perfectly, it's finished.  (After doing most of it in December, then finally doing the finishing touches yesterday.  Oops!)

The main thing I changed was the back.  The back was designed to have crossing straps.  Now I know that this would be adorable, but I didn't think it would be that quick to get in and out of it.  And as my husband says, "he married the milkmaid, not the princess."  Don't worry, it's not an insult.  All he means by it is he married someone that is more interested in things being logical and functional than pretty.  Sorry, it's who I am. :) 

At the end of the photo shoot my husband said, now untie
the apron and spin!"  So what do I do?  Spin first, ask
questions later.  What goofs!
So instead of the crossing straps I did an around the neck strap with two different button positions, and a long, tie-able waist strap.  Now I throw it over my head, tie it up, and I'm good to cook.

I also added a few little gathers where the bodice meets the waist band.  I wish I would have gathered it more.  See, I like some cute things.

Totally didn't know he was getting my head in this
one.  But for blog honesty, I didn't crop it out.
I think the pintucks and contrasting pocket are my favorite parts.  I think the pintucks are especially cute with the diagonal strips.


 I'm happy to say it's a functional and cute (if I might say so) apron.

29 comments:

  1. I've recently been obsessing over cute aprons....I definitely need one thanks to my toddler ripping the front of my old one. This is a good look. I may have to incorporate pin tucks into my new one - whenever I get around to making it.

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  2. Cute as a button! I would like to make some aprons as gifts for friends this year...another thing on he to-do list!!

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    1. Oh our ever growing to-do lists. :) However, when I find mine getting too short I almost panic...what if I don't have a project to work on! The horror! Good luck with your projects and thanks for stopping by!

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  3. I love that strip fabric, and your changes make lots of sense. I have been looking for a good apron pattern and am still looking. Thanks for linking up to FiF! Have a fabulous weekend! ~Kimberlee, The Spunky Diva

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  4. Great use of the strip. I would have skipped the straps also. Hard enough to get good fit without them.

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  5. oh my word...love the pintucks!! You have inspired me to make one! LOVE it :o)

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    1. Wish I could take credit for the pintucks, but they were part of the original pattern. I love 'em though. So fun! Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. Love the pics! Does your hubby think you're crazy when you ask him to take pics of you for your blog like mine does?? haha Happy you linked to Things I've Done Thursday!

    www.bearrabbitbear.com

    P.S. I'd like to invite you back to check out my new blog makeover and to enter my current giveaways!! Have an excellent weekend!

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    1. The hubs is actually really great about helping take pics. I'm a lucky girl. :) Thanks for stopping by!

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  7. Very cute apron! Love the pin-tuck detail - nice touch!
    Carolyn

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  8. Too cute! Love the snow photos. :) Thanks for sharing at shine on fridays!

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  9. I get you on the Milk Maid part! - Love the apron and love the fabrics you chose!

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    1. I'm glad someone else understands the Milk Maid part. :) While we were dating my husband helped me get my house ready to sell. I greeted him one morning wearing Dicky coveralls, no make-up and my hair in a pony tail. I was ready to work. What did he say about my appearance? "You look hot." I'm so lucky. :)
      Thanks for stopping by Laurel and for leaving the oh, so kind comment!

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  10. First I LOVE aprons, and second I LOVE that you took your husband direction and did the twirl!! Your apron is so cute I love the pintucks and pocket too. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Link It Up Thursday.

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    1. Thanks Kadie! I guess that just shows how much I trust my husband. :)

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  11. Very, very cute! And I love the pintucks, too! Great job.

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  12. Very Cute! You should join me for Handmade 52! http://www.raisingoranges.blogspot.com --Katie

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  13. Ohh.. I love this! Its so fancy! :)

    Thanks for linking up to Financial Friday :)

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  14. This is precious...love your color choices! Would be delighted for you to link up to my brand new party: http://www.ishouldbemoppingthefloor.com/2012/01/mop-it-up-mondays-party-1.html
    {HUGS},
    kristi
    (your newest follower)

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  15. Love this apron!! and the photos in the snow look fabulous! :)


    I would love if you came over and linked this project to my weekly Round Tuit party at:
    http://jembellish.blogspot.com/
    Have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

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  16. This is adorable! I'm hosting a favorite things linky party and would love it if you stop by and post something!
    -Melissa
    http://serendipityandspice.blogspot.com/2012/01/manic-monday-linky-party-3.html

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  17. I featured you today. Yay! I LOVE your apron. Stop by and grab a button if you would like. Also feel free to link up anything you would like.

    http://www.kadie-sevenalive.blogspot.com/2012/02/link-it-up-thursday-5.html#more

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    1. Aw shucks...THANKS! I grabbed a button and added a few links to this weeks party. Thanks for all you do!

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  18. I totally agree, it is functional and cute. I love it! Thanks so much for linking up to the challenge! Karah

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  19. Thanks so much for linking up to CountryMommaCooks Link & Greet Party!
    Hope to see you next Saturday……Have a blessed week:)

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  20. CRAZY Cute! love it. I have material for some aprons for my girls and I and have just been waiting for the perfect pattern to use. :)

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  21. The fabrics you've co-ordinated look SO good together!!! And the pintucks on the diagonal stripes are awesome!!! So glad I've found your blog. Looking forward to seeing more of your creativity...

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  22. Hi Britt, I've featured your Dandelion Daydream Apron today...
    http://threadingmyway.blogspot.com/2012/03/threading-your-way-features_10.html

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