Every time you feel in God's creatures something pleasing and attractive, do not let your attention be arrested by them alone, but, passing them by, transfer your thought to God and say: "O my God, if Thy creations are so full of beauty, delight and joy, how infinitely more full of beauty, delight and joy art Thou Thyself, Creator of all!
- Nicodemus of the Holy Mountain

You can’t get to joy by making everything perfect. You can only get there by seeing in every imperfection all that’s joy.
-Ann Voscamp

Monday, November 21, 2011

Apron Sew-off and Learning To Use a Pattern

Thank you ever so much, Susan at e-i-e-i-omg! for hosting this little apron sew-off. It really helped kick me into gear. I've been trying to get to this project for a long time, but have been a bit intimidated because though I sew things (p.j. pants, curtains, pillow covers, reusable feminine products, a shirt that Molly(13) designed, etc.) I haven't ventured into pattern use. I've wanted to for ever so long, because I want to be able to make anything I want to, not being limited to what I can figure out or dream
up on my own. Sometimes it's nice to know how to do things the "right" way. So any way, I wanted to begin teaching myself to use patterns. I chose this one because it said it was easy. Really, it did turn out to be pretty easy, but the one mistake I made could have been disastrous. This was a reversible apron pattern. Almost every piece said cut two. So, folding the fabric in half so as to have two layers, I pinned all the pieces and cut two. It was a good thing I had enough fabric because I was supposed to cut one of each fabric, not two of each. What I now have are two matching aprons! Well, that's okay! I can handle that kind of mistake. :)

If you'd like to read about all the other apron stitcher's projects, visit Susan's blog. She'll be linking to all of them. I can't wait to see what everyone else has created! This bunch or women are sure to have come up with some outstanding aprons. They're a pretty amazing bunch of gals!

shirt designed by Molly for which I made pattern pieces from butcher wrap and sewed


  1. Yay, I love it! And WHY do you look 16 in these photos, what is the secret LOL?!! The shirt is really cute, tell Molly nicely done!

  2. That's a cute apron! But I have to admit I was staring at Molly's shirt a little's beautiful!

    What? No matching Kerchief for the pooch?? :)

  3. love love love it-Happy Thanksgiving-TO YOU AND YOURS

  4. Love it!! And I think you get extra credit for making two. Now you can have a guest apron!

  5. You made that blouse without a storebought pattern? Holy Cow! That's sheer genius!

  6. Cute apron (and shirt!) I love that your apron is reversible....and the dog posing with you in the one picture :-)

  7. You definitely should get extra credit for making a REVERSIBLE apron . . . you over-achiever, you!

    And if you can make that pattern for Molly's blouse . . . well, you're far ahead of most seamstresses! You need NEVER buy a pattern again in your life. Wow, I'm super-impressed!

  8. Love the apron! And I would like to place my order for 3 of those shirts, 1 apron, and 2 dog scarves, thank you ;). You are a wonderful seamstress.

  9. Thanks, Tami!

    Erin- You flatterer, you! I don't think I look 16, or even 26, or 36, but thank you for the compliment. It made my day. :)
    Molly says, "Thanks."

    CR- Thank you. :) The shirt is pretty special because we worked on the project together, and also I think it looks really good on her (just like everything does).

    Thank you, Judy. I'm wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving week, too!

    Thank you, too, Judy @ fullfreezr. I would love to have any of you lovely blog friends as guests in my kitchen, if you're ever in MN. :)

    Anonymous- Thank you. I never could have if my artistic daughter hadn't thought it up and drawn some awesome pictures of what she wanted.

    Dr. Momi- Thanks! The dog, Katie, is the best. ;)

    Hoosier Girl, thanks bunches. :)

    Mama Pea- You're just always so encouraging. I don't know what I ever did without you! I wish you were right about me not needing a pattern, but there are so many things I'd like to do that I can't figure out. And, even though the shirt looks pretty, and has (surprisingly) stayed together so far, there are so many things that I really didn't know how to do "correctly", and if I did I could make things for gifts, and maybe even sell them. :)

    Wow, Jane, thank you! I would love to get to be good enough at sewing that I could maybe make a bit of money on it someday.


  10. I love that your apron is reversible, two for one! Your fabric choices are great! :)
    The shirt your daughter and you "dreamed up" came out really cute!

  11. Fabulous! Looks great! :) I think you did a super awesome job. :)

  12. Great job...and you can never have too many aprons.

    Blessings Kelsie