Friday, October 28, 2011

Plotting and planning

We woke up to a frosty 26 degrees this morning.  Brrr...  But I didn't have to go out in it.  Since I worked last weekend at the hospital, I had today off as a comp day.  We've got a busy, busy weekend ahead of us so this was a great opportunity to do some planning and prep work.
Tomorrow afternoon, J17 is having some friends over for a game afternoon (RPG, not video games) and she gave me a list of requested snacks for the party.
 Peanut butter cookies were requested by one of her friends.  I dug out my grandmother's recipe.  Yum!
And what's a role playing game without some brain food:
Yes, we're some of THOSE people who have a brain jell-o mold.
Jell-0, evaporated milk and just the right blend of food coloring
 and into the fridge it goes.  I'll get some more photos tomorrow when it's unmolded and completed with gummi-worms.  The perfect thing for Halloween weekend.
Then, in addition to other cleaning and party planning (I14 is being confirmed this weekend and we'll host a family lunch on Sunday) I spent some time thinking about an apron.
Susan at e-i-e-i-omg! is hosting an "Apron Sew-off"!!  How much fun is that!  I seem to have misplaced my apron during the kitchen remodel and had to can tomatoes this year with a towel pinned around my neck- efficient but definitely NOT stylish.
So, first I pulled out the apron patterns that we have.  Not much to choose from... we've got historical:
and not:
I'm not up for a full length apron- although the pinafore looks lovely it takes 3.5 yards of fabric!
I've got a fabric in mind- one that I picked up with an apron in mind a while ago:
But I've only got 1 yard, 6 inches.  I really liked the fabric and got all they had left on the bolt which wasn't much.  I really love batik and hand dyed fabrics!!
But I"m thinking...  The apron in the middle takes 1.5 yards.  I don't have enough
But, what do you think of my pick from the scrap box to coordinate?
I've got about half a yard of the dark fabric in an odd shape - it's a charcoal gray with orange pinstripes and green viney bits.  I was thinking of doing the center bodice panel, waistband and ruffle out of the dark.  I think it's a plan- it may not work but- it's an apron.  I can't wait to get started. I've got a November 21 deadline!  What a great project to jump start me into sewing again!!


  1. I think you've got a darn good start on your apron! I like your fabrics, too. This is going to be fun to see what everyone comes up with.

  2. I love the historical apron pattern but like you, 3 yards for an apron seems alot. I have seen in Mary Janes Farm magazine that vintage tablecloths are used to make that type of apron though so I am keeping my eyes open for a large cloth like that.
    I love the fabric you chose for the other pattern, which I also like alot!

  3. I need to check and see if I have more than one pattern myself! I can't imagine 3.5 yes for an apron LOL, sounds more like quilt backing to me hahaha! Can't wait to see how yours comes along, I'm going to check out my fabric supply this weekend :)

  4. Hey ladies- get your aprons on! It's going to be a fun ride. I can't wait to see what you all come up with.
    I did some preliminary laying out of pattern pieces today and it's going to be a close thing to get this to work- but I think I've got it figured out. Now I just need to wait until I can use the dining room table to cut it out.

  5. love it that you're making yourself an apron...lovely fabric choices! I really must start wearing an apron, but I keep forgetting and end up having to change clothes on days when marathon cook. *sigh*


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