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Photo © 2010 David Mandel // Ampersand Industries
For someone as fabric-obsessed as I am, I don't do nearly as much sewing as I'd like. Halloween costumes, the occasional pillow, and that's about it.

But I've had two yards of my sakura red fabric staring at me for months now. The time had come. My husband and son were handling Mother's Day breakfast, and I had the house to myself for three (!) hours. Thanks, boys!

I knew I wanted to make an apron, but I couldn't find a pattern online that suited what I had in mind—something a little old-fashioned, sort-of pinafore-y, but NOT a halter. I was not built for halters, folks.

After rooting around on the web for a while, I decided I was going to have to just wing it. But, um, I really have no idea what I am doing in the garment construction arena. And I have a pathological fear of cutting fabric. So I'm still kind of shocked I went for it, but I did. It's not perfect, but I think it turned out pretty darned cute for a first try at no pattern. I didn't finish sewing the straps on before our guests arrived, so I wore it pinned, but no-one seemed to mind.*

Back detail. © 2010 Cameron Blazer // Cottage Industrialist

Now I'm planning to take what I learned from this one and make another apron next weekend from some of the peacock fabric I have lying around. Darts? Check. Inverted pleats? Check. Covering buttons with heavy-weight canvas? Uncheck. My fingers still hurt from trying to shove those buggers into the button maker thingy. They sure do look cute, though...

Once I get the pattern all de-wonkified, would y'all be interested in a tutorial or a pdf pattern? If there's enough interest in the comments, I'll start working on it.

*I was really proud of myself for letting go of my obsessive need to over-do the food at family gatherings. But I really wanted to wear my new apron, so my husband let me scramble the eggs—nothing more, I swear. Everybody wins!


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May 10, 2010 | Registered CommenterCameron Blazer

I would LOVE a pattern! Congrats on overcoming the fear! :D

May 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBecca Western

I'm impressed! Would love a tutorial. I'm also terrified of cutting fabric, not sure what that's about but I'm working on it.

May 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAna

The buttons were worth the sore fingers. Keep cutting!

May 10, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjam

Would love the pattern!!

May 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHeather HS

tutorial please!! it is so cute!!

May 11, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterfederica

Super Cute...

Tutorial? Yes, Please!

I am a sew-a-phobe as well but my husband would just love it if I cooked him a sexy dinner in this( prob the greek yogurht tortellin:)

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJessica Levandoski

Love the idea of an apron that doesn't hang around your neck. Go for the tutorial and I will buy the material from you and make aprons for Deb and Rhonda for birthday presents. Of course, one for me too.

Love you,

Auntie Em

PS: Loved the pirate birthday items in your previous post. He's a lucky boy to have a mom like you.

May 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAuntie Em

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