Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Some Summer Sewing

Summer is not usually the time I get too much sewing in. The sun is out, the garden needs tended as do the animals. It's the time to head to the river and the farmer's market. A time to pick berries and make jam.
But I have managed to get a little time in with my machine over the past few months. Too bad the time wasn't spent on a quilt. But that's what winter is for anyway, right?

 Here's an apron I made. (Pattern from here.) My dearest girl friend and I both decided to make this apron together. I think that we started them last winter?? I don't remember. All I know is that we finally brought our aprons back out a few weeks ago and I finished mine. Just in time too because this Gathering Apron is a winner for harvesting in the garden! 

Here is the apron down. You could absolutely wear this as a regular house apron. Apparently, Ms. Thanksgiving turkey felt as though she should be included in the shot.

Here is the apron gathered up and ready to be used in the garden!
The apron is absolutely wonderful and I know that I am going to get so many great years of use out of it. Probably until it's thread barren. Then I'll make another!

My second sewing project that I accomplished last week was a jumper for Timber. Sewn without a purchased pattern.
I just took a jumper from her closet and some Swedish tracing paper, a pencil and some scissors, and of course, some fabric and went at it. I traced the bodice and then took the measurements of her skirt. I did cut out a half bodice on the Swedish tracing paper to use as a guide for cutting. The skirt was 2 rectangles sewn together so that didn't need any special cutting.

I was really happy with the way it tuned out. I purposely made the bodice a little larger than what was on her current jumper but later regretted that decision. There is a little too much room in the front and back and it could be taken in right down the center about an inch. All in all though, for the $6 I paid for the fabric (that Timber picked out at Wal-Mart), the maybe $.50 or so for the tracing paper and my time one afternoon. It was worth it.
Maybe next time Timber will crack a smile for the camera. But I won't get my hopes up.


Anonymous said...

I LOVE the apron...it looks very practical and you're definitely not going to mess your clothes.

Timber's jumper is adorable too...I really don't enjoy sewing clothes much...but you definitely get what you want. I cannot find modest dress clothes for Rebekah, so I will likely soon be making her skirts...or maybe I should teach her to make her own. =)

Have a great week!

Holly said...

I love that apron, it is the perfect garden apron for sure. It's so hard to take a bucket up down the rows when the garden has peaked. I usually make several trips back and forth with arm loads. This just may be my next sewing project. I'm a beginner at sewing, how hard would this be to make?

Amy Dingmann said...

Amazing that you have had time to sew! But they are very practical things that will help you with your harvest. Love that apron - how neat! And I love that Ms. Turkey needed to sneak in the shot. What a movie star!

Mountain Home Quilts said...

I wouldn't call it a beginers project but if you had someone that sews often to help you out now and then, it would surely work! :)

Preciouspeas said...

I really like the apron - you'll have to share the pattern. Timber's jumper is so sweet - it's just too bad she didn't smile for the picture:( You amaze me with all that you get done!

Kim said...

You are simply amazing, my friend. I love the apron and the jumper! Maybe it's time for me to take some sewing lessons...;)

Erin @ Why Not Sew? Quilts said...

I love the apron, Heather! and Timber's jumper is really sweet. I like to make things a little bigger. Then they can wear it for longer :)

Unknown said...

♥ Ms TGT in the photo- What a great homestead-y shot :) So glad the tutorial worked out well for you- the apron looks fantastic and the sweet jumper is adorable!

Thistle Cove Farm said...

Pinafores are my favorite aprons; yours is well done!

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