Sunday, October 18, 2009

Apron-Wearing WIFD Day 7

Well, today is the last day of our fun with aprons. We will have to do this again, soon. Perhaps we will have to have 'theme' days. Our aprons can represent a certain theme, or perhaps a certain time period in history. We could have lots of fun with this, I think.

After church, we wanted some crepes for a lunch and for that task, I like to have helpers. Samuel volunteered to help me, as he's a good crepe maker. :) Samuel is wearing his brother Matthew's apron. It's all wrinkled from being in a bin, not hung up. :) I am wearing an apron, gifted to us by some Danish family members, who came for a visit, two years ago. I know it's not the most flattering apron on me, but it works well. There's lots of coverage for a 1/2 style apron and it has a very large, divided pocket! :D

Here we are in action, but you can only see me, and I am swirling the batter in the cast iron crepe pan. :)

I hope everyone enjoyed this week as much as we did. I am inspired by many of the aprons I saw and of course, the stories that went with them.


Saturday, October 17, 2009

Apron-Wearing WIFD Day 6

Not very pretty, I know,'s made with love and one I treasure! :)

This was my very first apron, made from the Daisy Kingdom pattern. I did not make this apron, it was made for me, by my wonderful daughter, when she was 9 years old, so that's 12 years ago. I wore and wore this apron, until it got worn right out. I then started using it as my garden apron, but once again, I took it back form that duty, because I love it so much. I decided to repair it, like I did my other aprons that have the same worn spot in the belly area. Now, I will continue to use it, but more sparingly. I want to keep this one, until the day I die. ;) I asked Merissa if she remembers making the bias tape and she said she remembers the frustration with it and hasn't made any since. I guess it's time to give her a sewing project with just a wee bit of bias tape needed, so she gets the hang of working with it, and not be intimidated by it.

Olivia is waring an apron, made from the same sturdy cotton, made by her wonderful sister. Only her apron was made about 5 years ago, when Olivia was only 2.5 years old. I decided that we could get a little be more wear out of it, so I lengthened the straps and I am contemplating adding a ruffle to add length. Olivia and I were happy to be wearing aprons that 'match'. :)

Here is Olivia, then and now! :) My how she has changed and that apron....well, it's a wee bit shorter, but still serviceable. ;)

Friday, October 16, 2009

Apron-Wearing WIFD Day 5

Today we had to be out of the house, for several hours. Fridays our our sports day. :) Olivia is wearing her apron over her gym dress.

For year, my most favorite apron pattern has been the old Simplicity 7481. They have since reissued that pattern, years ago, and it's now titled Simplicity 5201. I really have enjoyed this apron pattern for so many reason. Two of the great things I like about it are first, that the shoulders crisscross and stay on my shoulders. Secondly, I like that I get a wrap around, full-coverage of my dresses. I can slip it on and off quite easily. I have lost track of how many of these aprons I have made over the years.

When they first issued this pattern, they offered a girl sized apron, just like mums. Well, of course, I *had* to have one of those. :) When they reissued the adult pattern, they never did reissue the girls' sized pattern. Trying to find that pattern over the years, has become difficult for many reasons. Those who adore this apron, know this pattern is hard to find. When you find one, you usually have to pay a fortune for them. For some odd reason, in the past couple of years, they have been easier to find, much to my surprise and joy! Not many become available, but when they do, I try to snatch them up. I like being able to give these patterns as gifts to those who would appreciate them. :)

This particular apron, I had moved to the garden duty. However, I decided in honour of Apron-Wearing WIFD, I would repair it and then make one for Olivia, out of matching fabric. Obviously, her apron is much fresher and has different bias tape trim, but it's the first time she and I have the same style apron, out of the same fabric. I have never made us matching aprons, before now. ;)

To repair my apron, I used a piece of the apron fabric, underneath my tear, then I used my free motion foot, of my machine, and just played, quilting the fabric to the apron. It has been fun wearing *matching* aprons with Olivia. :)

Miss Olivia was being very silly when we were taking the pictures, it was fun having her in such a giggly mood. :)

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Apron-Wearing WIFD Day Four

Today is a day we have to go out of the house, lots. Olivia and I are both wearing Edwardian apron patterns from S&S. Olivia's dress is her Christmas dress I made for her last year, and this apron was made to go with that dress. You can read more about that, in this thread. Pattern for the dress is the Girls' Regency Dress Pattern

Both of our aprons are made from cotton so they can be washed easily. My apron has not been changed to a crisscross back, which I desperately need, so after I finish wearing my apron, today, it's going into the pile to be changed over. Once I have that alternation done, I will wear this apron more often. :) You can see how this apron, as is, does not accommodate my bulky sweater, underneath. By switching this over to an adjustable, crisscross back, it will work much better. :D

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Apron-Wearing WIFD Day Three

Today we are having another snow day, so I have eager hands to go outside and shovel the lovely white stuff. :)

Olivia and I are wearing fun aprons. My apron is from a very dear sewing friend, who drew up the pattern and made me this lovely, lovely apron. It is made out of a linen/rayon blend with some beautiful antique lace and ribbon. Then, to top it off, she sent me the pattern, too. How blessed am I? I am incredibly blessed and every time I put this apron on, I think of this wonderful friend and pray for her. The joys of having gifts, made by dear friends, nothing compares to that.

I do not wear half aprons, very often, but this one I really, really like. The lovely flounce gives this apron a really fun and feminine feel to it. I definitely don't like getting this apron dirty, so I can't be doing too much work in it. Since my plan is to do a bit of sewing, this is a perfect apron for that.

Olivia is wearing her "Valentine's Day" apron that I made her over 2.5 years ago. My how she has grown. I use to be able to use this apron as a summer dress, but I can't any more. She still pulls this one out of the closet, a lot, when it comes time to cooking. Here are a few pictures of when she first started wearing the apron, to now. Hasn't she grown? The pattern I used is a vintage McCall's pattern number 1921. I have found this pattern in sizes from 2 to 12 and I plan to make many more for her, over the years, Lord willing. :)

I decided to add a picture of big brother Stephen as he wanted to give his little sister a big hug and she adores the attention. Stephen wears aprons, every day he goes to work, but at home, he rarely wears one.

If you look behind us in the picture, you can see my sewing machine on the table and a few piles of fabric, needing some attention. ;)

Now......time to do some sewing, I hope. :)


Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Apron-Wearing WIFD Day Two or is it Merry Christmas?!

Today we woke up to winter! We have cold temperatures and snow! I decided to dress warmly, thinking I would not need to go out of the house, but I was wrong. With the road conditions being perfect for all kinds of accidents, I needed to do a bit of driving. I was already dressed for the day, before realizing I was going to have to go outside in this stuff.

I am wearing my my S&S Romantic Dress that I made from embroidered linen/cotton nearly two years ago. I have my cotton, half petticoat underneath to help keep me warm. Olivia is wearing her S&S Girls' Regency Dress made out of swiss dot cotton, that's not very swiss ;). It was her Easter Dress 1.5 years ago. We are both wearing Edwardian aprons made from the S&S Patterns They are both made from cotton and most enjoyable to wear and clean. :) Yes, I wore my apron, with my dress, out of the house to do my errands. I was nice and warm. :D

I don't typically wear my hair down, especially when I am working with food, but since I was going out in the snow and cold, and I wanted to wear my warm snugly hat, to stay warm, I needed more of my hair down, than up.

Here are a couple more pictures of Olivia, working with the grain we are grinding for our bread.

I hope you all are warmly, tucked away, in your homes. :)


Monday, October 12, 2009

Apron-Wearing WIFD Day one

Today is day one of Apron-wearing, WIFD (Week In Feminine Dress) over at the Sense and Sensibility site. Diane had suggested this lovely idea, since so many of us wear aprons and it's always fun to see what everyone else has in their apron collection. It's also a time to encourage some of us to try and make some new ones. I have some new ones I want to make, and are in the process of being made, but they always get put on the back burner when other projects need more attention.

I am wearing an old apron, made from a Daisy Kingdom pattern. My apron had worn out in the belly area, so I learned how to use the free stitching feature on my machine and quilted a piece of fabric, from underneath, to bring a bit of new life to a favourite apron.

Olivia is wearing a very old apron, passed down from her sister. I made this when Merissa was younger then Olivia is now. You make it with a tea towel and potholder, a button and some ribbon. A quick, easy apron, for a little girl. Please excuse the lovely mismatched colours she is wearing....I know it's not correct fashion. :)

Today was a work day, getting some things done. I had planned to do more cleaning work, but I have ended up with more cooking work. I am working on a turkey soup, from a stock I had cooking overnight. I simply adore my roasting oven we purchased last year. My 30 lb turkey did very well, and having my soup stock cook overnight was a big help. I have lots of meals waiting to be made from the meat and stock that are now put away in the freezer and a little leftover for a few meals, this week.

Here are a few more pictures in our working aprons.