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Apron of the Day: Clothespin Edition

Yes, my friends, I’m still turning out aprons as if they represent a way of life, The Path, an income stream, or a sensible way for a Bluestocking to spend her declining years. None of these choices make sense.

I sew aprons mostly because they’re a useful way to display great printed fabric and amusing trim.  I mostly make reversible aprons because they afford me the chance to feature two fabrics, and because I can avoid using my least favorite sewing supply: seam binding. No matter how careful I am when I baste or pin it to the fabric’s edge, I always come to tears.

This model, new to me, features seam binding. Next time I’ll use it only to edge the pocket, not to bind the sides or hem.

Gather around, children. Once upon a time there was no such thing as a clothes dryer. People strung a long cord in the back card, and hung the wet clothes to dry on it using  a small instrument called a clothespin. A big load of wash would require scores of clothespins.

The clothespin apron features a pocket to contain them. A big pocket, almost the size it the front of the apron. This one is big enough to hold a cookbook, glasses, cell phone and a two month old apronaproninfant.

 

 

 

 

 

Apologies to Loulander fans: The full-length photograph I took of him is so dark and dismal that I’ll skip it this time round.

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Apron of the Day: Pumpkins and Reindeer

I’m in production mode.

I was stunned to realize, as I pulled my apron inventory from my warehouse (that would be the linen closet) that I didn’t have one stinkin’ holiday apron  on hand. I blew whatever money that came from my last apron sale on Christmassy fabric (oooooh, I have some cool yardage!”) and pondered the possibilities of the reversible apron.

For The Season, I’m expanding into mother/daughter, grandmother/granddaughter, doll aprons — even wine bottle aprons. But value is important, so I’m thinking: one side can be holiday based but the verso should be a print that can be worn year-round. What do you think?

As it happened, I found a yard of fabric from my stash that handles the two fall holidays that feature pumpkins — plus the print is so terrific that it could handle twelve months a year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The life-sized reveal:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(If you crave some Asian pears, c’mon over and strip the tree.)

This is the witty Christmas side — I love these reindeers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Willow put in an appearance, but didn’t climb into the shoot — note the windfall pears. Sigh.

 

 

 

 

 

I love this apron, red rickrack and reindeer:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So let’s crowd source this. If you’re buying a Christmas cookie- baking, gravy- stirring, hors d’ouevres -passing  Christmas apron, would you like the reverse to be a pretty print you could wear year-round?

 

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Apron of the Day:”Sweet and Hot”

This is not one of my Yin/Yang His/Hers kind of reversible aprons — it’s all hot sweet cuties, from the chic babe walking her pup to the saucy chick motorcyclists flashing their frilly panties. It was a blast to create because I giggled my way through the sewing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On this side the print features cowgirls, flamenco dancers, babes in capris chatting on the phone: I love them all.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For (hee hee) a “fabric artist” like me, it’s all about the print. Fabrics for me are like my children;how can you play favorites? That said, this week these motorcycling mammas are my bevvy of firstborns.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Even Loulander laughed — I’m glad I had the prim red gingham trim for the pockets.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve some dazzling Asian prints I can’t wait to cut into, but what think you? Should I begin this year’s crop of holiday aprons?

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Apron of the Day: His and Hers Camo

Well, when you’ve finished field dressing that buck, you’ll need to cook it, right? Here’s the latest in my “Field and Stream” line. By the way, Lou’s promised to get a haircut. When his hair’s short he looks twenty years younger, and dang handsome. His follicles are now at the dude drinking cheap wine out of a paper bag stage, but hey, he’s still the Loulander!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This camo was designed by computer, and I like the digital effect.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well, hmmm, I don’t know what part of the country a gal could  blend into wearing this apron. Sarah Palin’s beauty salon in Wasilla? Better: Dollywood.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who knew that camo and rickrack are soulmates?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Extra photo for Willow’s groupies. She almost made it to the photo shoot, but got distracted by some yummy grass at the end of the driveway. Geez, these feline diva supermodels!

 

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Apron of the Day: “Off the Hook”

Fry more fish, open more oysters, bake more bluefish. Here’s the Apron of the Day in my new “Field and Stream” series. Thanks for the idea, Jayne — I have more different deer and quail prints than I could have thought possible.

It’s oppressively hot and humid tonight, but I hustled Loulander outside for a quick photo shoot.

The fabric: I love the colors and I added a bright button on each pocket just to, I dunno, follow the fun forms of the lures.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The apron:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This camo fabric cracks me up — truly. It’s fish camo!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The apron. Note that I’ve made Loulander smile and he’s trying.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s burger night tonight here in the ‘Ville, and as soon as the buns have risen enough to bake I’m gonna be all about a cheeseburger,topped with Charlene’s tomatoes and some cheese. Some late season Illinois corn on the cob will make it fab. But hold the lettuce: I don’t hold with no stinkin’ lettuce anywhere near my cheeseburger!

 

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Apron(s) Of the Day

The weather has cooled, and it’s as if degrees in the 80s are my favorite high 60s. I get up earlier, I have more energy, I think  about accomplishing  stuff like cleaning bathrooms and weeding, which were beyond me during the heat wave in July.

I went back to my roots and sewed a version of my “Farmhouse Lady” apron. I love the scalloped hem (not too visible because of my poor photography) and I’m mad about the farmhouse prints. I have a soft spot in my heart for this apron because it’s the first I ever made, in prints rooted from my stash.

Attention, Uncle Lloyd: Supermodel Willow showed up tonight, if only to show her ass as she scratches topsoil over shit.

Man, do I love these prints:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Verso:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s the apron, which I’m mad about.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The reverse:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is a brand new apron, fun to make, practical, tied together at the sides, and featuring a full back as well as the front. It’s tied at the sides with twill tape, for much sizing adaptability. Amazing feature: it’s open at the bottom, so it can be used as a laundry bag or a receptacle for gathering beets or tomatoes from the garden.  I’m going to call it “Kitchen and Garden.” It’s tabard style.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bright print. Verso: A pretty, subdued, Chinese print:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s easy to wear, has deep pockets for garden trowels and random radishes, and I love twill tape ties:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I should have pulled the fabric down and straightened the apron. I’m not only a bad photographer, but a bad stylist. Note Willow burying, well, something.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s a better idea of the swell properties of the apron. Clean, useful, plain.

If either apron strikes a chord and you want to buy it, shoot me a message.

 

 

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Apron of the Day: “Can I Get You Something From The Bar?”

Hey! I tried out a new apron today, which was a stitching wake-up. A new concept: an apron with the neck straps and the tie ends composed of three yards of twill tape. There’s a casing that runs from the bib to the side of the of the apron, and with a tug of the tape you can adjust the fit in a flash.

The apron Goddess Mary Mulari has a great pattern for this apron in its reversible form. I’d made a single-sided version for my cooking buddy and eGullet boss Dave seven (?) years ago, so I found that pattern, checked Mary’s website, and cooked up my version. It’s so plain it’s almost a waiter’s apron, but that’s part of the reason I love it. Lou liked it when he was forced to the photo shoot: Just pull at the tie ends and you can raise and lower the bib and adjust the waist ties to adjust to your own beautiful, unique bod.

Maybe this is a bartender’s apron? I had a fresh fun red martini print:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And a Chicago saloon shot and a beer print:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s the apronly result:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I used grosgrain ribbon for the ties, because even the Divine Mary suggests that ribbon or twill tape are a better sewing alternative  thantrying to turn out a nine foot long fabric tube. For true sewing nerds: rejoice! OMG, go to http://www.twilltape.com. I have, like, 73 yards heading my way for fifteen bucks, including shipping. (They have twill tape in colors! )

Wow, it’s a beautiful night in the ‘Ville: I can turn off the A/C and open the windows. It’s been a couple of months since the curtains fluttering inside the bedroom window has been a possibility.

(If you’re interested in buying the apron, shoot me an email.)


 

 

 

 

 

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