Sunday, April 10, 2011

1950s Rise & Shine Apron

Hello! It's been awhile (well, only a week). Anyway, thought I'd share this apron I made over a year ago that I included in this week's apron challenge at the Sew Weekly. Kind of cheating, but at least I admitted it was from last year!

Whoa, bright day / bright photo

The pattern is Kwik Sew 3547 and I used this "1950s Kitchen" fabric from Michael Miller. The pockets, yoke and apron are accented with red bias trim for a little zing. I placed the cuckoo clock at the center of the yoke as a kind of "time to eat!" reference. This pattern is super easy to put together, and makes for a great gift! I think it only uses 1 1/2 yards of fabric and it's nice to pull out a piece of fabric that you wouldn't normally wear otherwise. In the photo above I'm holding a tea canister I picked up from the Pasadena Flea Market when I lived in Los Angeles. It's from the 1950s and is brushed aluminum - I almost have the entire set! I see them all the time on eBay.

The two little pockets are handy for little items, though admittedly I don't stick things like a whisk in it when I remember to use it for cooking. Sometimes I think an apron like this would also be useful for those times I eat pasta and the tomato sauce always seems to find a way to my shirt (even if just a little speck, gah, clumsy!).

In other news...

  • I finally put a project up on BurdaStyle - my trousers from the last post. I wore them to Cirque du Soleil last weekend - it's always satisfying to wear something you just finished, don't you think? And, thanks to the Sew Weekly ladies for the special mention in the weekly newsletter! It was a fun surprise when I opened the email :)
  • The Colette Sencha Blouse:  hmmm, though I've seen pretty versions, I'm not so sure about this pattern on me after making a muslin of view 3 (the one with the keyhole opening). Maybe I'll feel better about it after lowering the neckline, as I've seen others do because of the "choking" feel. I tend to prefer v-necks or scoop necks, basically anything that's not a turtleneck (ick!), but I thought the keyhole version would be a nice option for me. Rather than dwell on something that I'm feeling so-so about, I've put this blouse to the side for now. 

Off to cook some cabbage soup with my handy apron, have a good one!


  1. I love this fabric - the cuckoo clock right in front is a nice touch!

  2. Thanks, Meg! Too bad the clock isn't functional ;)

  3. Ha ha! I did a double-take when I saw your fabric (I came here from Sew Retro) because I made curtains for my mom's kitchen out of the same fabric, trimmed in red pom-poms. :) We like the happy smiling stove a lot.

  4. Ooo, how neat! I've been seeing a lot of this fabric lately (they would be so cute as curtains). I'm so glad someone else noticed the smiling stove hehe!

  5. Oh, that print is just.. perfect. Heh.


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