Friday, June 09, 2006
I've been doing some sewing....
I'm very happy :) today~Blogger is working wonderfully and my pictures uploaded in no time. Now if I could just figure out why they don't appear in the order I enter them? ... no, I am not very computer savvy; thanks for bearing with me.
Above, is the apron I made with some of my flea market fabric. I'd been thinking about making a clothespin apron ever since seeing one in Mary Jane's Ideabook. Then at a garage sale last week I bought a little 1928 sewing booklet called 'Simplified Sewing' for 25 cents (seen below). When I got home and actually looked through it, I saw instructions for a clothespin apron so I just had to make one. I modified the 'Simplified Sewing' apron by adding a waistband/tie rather than just a tie of bias tape. I've tried it out and it works very well when hanging clothes. Now rather than reaching up and down to my clothespin basket on the ground, I just reach in my apron pocket~very convenient. And the henhouse is nearby so I can run over and check for eggs and stick them in the pocket too. I have to admit I have not worn an apron since I made one at age 9 in 4-H, so I feel a little conspicuous, but I also see why women loved them--they're so practical!
Above is the skirt I made with the fabric I showed you below. I finished it in time for our Memorial Day weekend party, and though I was not sure at first, by the end of the day I was liking it a lot. It's very comfortable and drapes nicely, and Mike liked it too. It's a Simplicity~It's So Easy pattern #4553, and it also can be made in a longer length.
Below is the clothespin apron pictured in the sewing booklet. A yard of fabric will do it, as well as some double fold bias tape. The back piece starts as an 18" square with the bottom corners rounded (if desired). The pocket piece is cut as directed from another 18" square of material. Pocket openings are bound in tape as well the sides and bottom of the apron.
The booklet was published by the Lydia E. Pinkham Medicine Company of Lynn, MA in 1928. It is full of advertisments for her Four Remedies~Vegetable Compound, Herb Medicine, Pills for Constipation, and Sanative Wash, as well as customer testimonials (very amusing), and patterns for more aprons, a bedjacket, a slip, a negligee and more. The purpose of the book was to "show how easily pretty and becoming garments may be made by following the diagrams" ..."yardstick dressmaking."
Check in next week to hear about my apron giveaway.