Sunday, April 9, 2017

Jam Makin' Apron

It's been so long since I made an least two years, I think.  That's a long time, considering that I used to make them about once a month for like a year.  I had a retirement party to go to this weekend and last Monday I decided to make her an apron for her post-retirement jamming sessions.  I said I'd do it Tuesday.  Then I said it on Wednesday.  On Thursday I looked at my fabric stash.  On Friday night, the day before the party, I went up to my craft room at 9:00 and whipped out an apron by ten after midnight. 

I went with my favorite apron pattern, McCall's 3979 Retro Aprons.  I've made View E at least four times (bottom left).
And here's a little walk down memory lane:

Any favorites?  Just wait and see this next one and then make your decision...

This time around I went with a lovely vintage pink floral and paired it with a soft turquoise.  I thought the teal ric rac was a nice touch.  The blue mannequin does not help the photos...

I didn't have the right color blue thread to match the ric rac, so I just used what I had on hand.  I guess it's okay.  
The pattern instructions call for you to sew everything so that you encase the seams in bias binding.  I've never made it that way.   It would take forever to do it that way and it would be sloppy.  I just lined it with a white fabric:
Why can't my butt be made of blue plastic?  This mannequin has such a tight, sexy butt.  I want it!
There was one major hiccup.  Can you spot my mistake in the above photo?  Here's a hint:
This is what it should have looked like:
I wasn't paying attention when I sewed on the waist straps and by the time I figured it out, I had already turned the apron right side out.  I just left it.  Is it going to make a difference to the recipient?  I don't know if she'll even notice.

The final touch was the packaging.  I thought it would be cute to ball up the apron and stick it into a jam jar, so that's what I did:

Cute idea, yeah?  It didn't come out too wrinkled. you have a favorite go-to apron pattern?


  1. Those are some great aprons. I especially like your idea of packaging an apron in a jar-very clever

    1. Thank you! I was nervous the entire time that I was going to drop the jar on the way to the party...I didn't bother to put it in a gift bag.