It’s BaaaaaaaaacK! Yes indeed, that very favorite Vintage Bicycle apron is back for a very limited time. I am going to let those in the know get first shot at it as many of you don’t live near Seattle and wouldn’t know it’s returned! It went so quickly last time it made my head spin!! Here are a couple of swatches for you to get a feel of the fabric. You can order from my website or just email me from here and I will send you a Pay Pal link.
The fabric is 100% cotton and has a nice weight to it. You all know I only prefer to work with Upholstery or Home Dec fabric so you can rest assure it has durability written all over it. I pipe the apron with a dark chocolate piping! Side pocket, ruffle ($55) and away you go. Also comes in Medium ($35) and Large ($40) both with 3 pockets.
A lovely customer of mine asked me to make a matching apron for her daughters birthday last month. Now, why hadn’t I attempted this one before? I must have been really distracted but lucky for me I was happy to oblige and lo and behold I came up with a darling new item for all my customers.
It was last years Fabmo gathering that I first began my children’s wear items, but only recently began to take it all more creatively down a new path. Delightful little creations for toddlers and children. They are so much fun to make, and I can make so much more of them! What took me so long!? ;-)
Also, for you recycling seamstresses out there, I found a great new (for me) product to help me make my patterns with. My old file folders. They are still durable enough and large enough to make cut out pattern pieces. They are not as fun as the plastic I use for my patterns but for smaller items they are perfect. And who says you have to make tons for it to last. I use chalk or pencil markings for my layouts and it holds nicely.
When making children’s clothes, a lot like dogs clothing, having smaller pattern pieces one has a lot of room to produce so many creations! It reminds me of making doll clothes as a child, though for everyone’s peace of mind, it’s a good thing I have gotten better at it from those days.
And remember, recycle everything you possibly can. I bet there are more items in your home and office that can be donated, recycled or reinvented. And shop local, find a way off the grid and stay safe. Our hearts are with Japan as they begin to grasp the devastation of this recent earthquake. Prepare for changing times….
Nine days until Spring is official! Don’t wait much longer to start your veggie garden! Here are some great Heirloom Seed Company’s to get your seeds from:
There are plenty out there! So dive in. Give that compost bin and good flip too!
We put on some jazz music and made some more of that amazing orange and cranberry bread. Then went back to cutting out more cutie putootie aprons for little ones and Leprechauns.
Why are polka dots so darn happy??? While working on the Valentine collection for 2010 I remembered one of the original fabrics that got me started with my first handbags. I, being an itty bitty petite thingy, generally steer away from prints of any kind and anything even remotely large. BUT, designing hand bags and market bags have a no holds barred like lottery effect for my fabric choices!
Once the bags got into production, I realized how happy the dots not only turned out, but the effect on those customers who gravitated towards them. They were bubbly gals and guys and definitely children! Hmmm, kinda saying a lot, with a dot!
Why is a circle so happy? Does it remind us of something……solar, jewelry, or maybe even halo-ish? Hmmm, who cares when it puts a smile on faces! And it is sooo guaranteed.
Hence, I can’t make them fast enough. Oh and hey, last year, one of my aprons became the treasure hunt hiding places for a wedding proposal. You bet. Some lovely young man gave his girlfriend who loved to cook one of my aprons, and hid the ring in the apron pocket!! Loved the very unsuspecting and safe hiding place!!
So, not only are they happy, those little dots, but they can also be very romantic!!!
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