Saturday, May 30, 2015

HSF challenge Practicality

My wardrobe is in general practical, I do not not tend to sew fancy items. Instead I opt for simple and easy to wear and mix pieces, because of this, I found this challenge rather difficult. I did not want to sew another blouse or skirt, at this point everyone has seen enough of those. I will still sew them of course, but hopefully not for all of the challenges! I finally decided upon an apron, while I do have several aprons I have ever made one before.

I was inspired by this one from my 1943 The New Encyclopedia of Modern Sewing. I love this book, it has lots of neat draft it yourself pieces to sew, and the illustrations are beautiful. I did not have any batting, so I left off the button-on pot holder pockets, though I will probably sew one with those in the near future.

Instead I added a pocket made from scraps of vintage seersucker fabric in a butter yellow. I trimmed the pocket and waistband with vintage yellow bias tape and some white rick-rack.

I folded the top edge over and covered the seam with the bias, which also functions as my ties. Though my fabric is lighter on one side, it is hard to tell due to the bias tape breaking up the pattern.

Overall I am quite pleased with my apron!

The Challenge: Practicality

Fabric: 1 yard of vintage cotton gingham fabric in yellow, scraps of vintage butter yellow seersucker.

Pattern: Pot Holder Apron

Year: 1943

Notions: 1 yard vintage yellow bias tape, 1 yard white rick-rack.

How historically accurate is it? Quite, the pattern is accurate and the fabrics and notions were all from an aunt's stash from the 1950s and earlier.

Hours to complete: Less than one.

First worn: Yesterday to make dinner, it works perfectly!

Total cost: All from stash!

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