Monday, 17 December 2007

...A pea in my pocket?

Well, finally I have one Christmas present that I can actually blog about, for the recipient (my 79-year-old grandmother) doesn't actually have an Internet connection. For as long as I can remember I have felt that grandmothers (and in particular my own) are synonymous with a nice half-pinny (along with the flans, jam tarts and crunch-or-sog that she would produce while wearing one). So with some sage green Kaffe Fassett fabric in one hand, some florally Heather Bailey in the other and a copy of Amy Butler's In Stitches open on the relevant page I set to work on making my grandmother's 'uniform'. I have long been a defector when it comes to using anything that resembles a pattern (the two exceptions to this rule being Molly Chicken's Mousey-in-a-bed pattern, and Heather Bailey's Baby Booties pattern), but at the end of a long run of self-patterning all my Christmas presents I decided that maybe I should give them more of a chance...and I'm so pleased I did! For I did my first pleats and found them to be so much fun and so hugely satisfying to create, that I may perhaps go on to develop a full-blown pleating addiction (mmm, deal with that one, Priory! Symptoms could lead to wearing pleated jeans and at that point would call for immediate detention to stop the sickness!). Anyway, this aside, Miss Butler's patterns are remarkably easy to follow and have the most divine little details - such as the little loop that you can put your tea towel through.

So here I am modelling it - all photos taken by me in one of those weird photo shoots where you find yourself without a small, willing child to act as photographer and so are forced instead to leap around the room trying to guess at where you may have pointed the camera when you pressed the self-timer button, while simultaneously trying to look composed and as though you spend your entire life leaning against neutral backgrounds in between popping batches of tartlets into the oven.

I am particularly delighted by the small flower that I machine appliqued onto the waistband, as this is the one place where I deviated from the pattern...call it symbol of my pea-sized rebellion. So everything had been going swimmingly...and then I remembered that actually, my grandmother had said she didn't much care for green...

13 comments:

  1. I'm sure she'll love it anyway - that's what grandmothers do. Well, mostly...mine can be a bit fussy.

    x

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  2. Rats - you may just have to keep it!

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  3. I love the apron, and I love that post. Had just been thinking about how wonderful your life must be leaning against neutral backgrounds ad infinitum when I got to that bit, I must say I almost spluttered...

    Lucky granny!

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  4. I love that apron....I might have to make one for myself after christmas. Get granny a bunch of flowers from the local service staion and keep the apron for yourself hahahahahahaha(can you hear the evil cackling from me there? I'd do that - you know you want to!!!!)

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  5. That is a sassy apron - your granny will be able to strut her stuff in the kitchen!

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  6. I think it's a perfectly lovely, sassy apron! I made 11 aprons myself this Christmas and haven't kept a one for myself! I hope your Granny enjoys hers..the appliqued flower is just the right touch!

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  7. well i think it's lovely, i love green.

    i also wish my tummy was as trim as yours after having had two children!

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  8. Yeah, I have tummy envy too. Mine was doing okay until baby #3. Baby #4 completely put me over the edge.

    Anyway, I love your apron--great writing too! I'm bookmarking you. I just came over from SewMamaSew.

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  9. i think it's beautiful. i also think that the kaffe fabric looks like such rich quality, although i'm surprised by the lack of colour in it.

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  10. Beautiful! Yet another reason I need to buy "In Stitches"....

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  11. Beautiful apron - I love your fabric choices!

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  12. i love your blog! i have made many aprons myself! i have posted pictures on my blog too. mogarza.blogspot.com

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  13. Thank you so much for this apron tutorial. It made a simple, yet lovely gift for a dear friend. I loved the pleats too!

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