A thousand square feet used to feel like a lot of space. A ton of space. Then the Lord added 5 kids in just under 6 years (2 boys then 3 girls) and the walls appear to be closing in fast! However, the Lord has blessed us immensely with the opportunity to build a new home, a larger home, a dream-come-true country home! Join us as we embark on this crazy DIY adventure as we literally build our next house and home, giving all glory to God our Father!
Someone suggested to me I should sew some Christmas aprons - so I did! I am not into the cutesy Christmas fabric choosing, instead, the beautiful classics that remain timeless. I found some gorgeous fabric and was able to create a couple of really elegant aprons. These are not your traditional quickly-sewn looking-a-bit-boring Christmas aprons. These are filled with details typically seen on skirts, with the darts and pleats, but they are worthy of the beauty of the fabric and I am thrilled with the results.
This first one is a new style for me. I call this the "Ali Apron". I remember sketching this out many months ago and I finally made it into reality.
The box pleats at the bottom of the apron were quick to make, thanks to a little pleat tool I found at the thrift store about a year ago. I found it again recently (my "sewing room" is a disaster!) and it makes quick work of making any type of pleats - no measuring required.
I knew I wanted to accent the apron with a large fabric flower so I did - it adds such a charming flair!
With all these details, this is most certainly not your get-down-and-dirty-in-the-kitchen kind of apron but a I-am-the-hostess-of-a-great-Christmas-party-and-I-want-to-look-great-while-keeping-clean kind of apron.
The second one I made was made in the Anne Apron style, with the pleated skirt. This is probably my favorite type of apron to make (at least it was - with each additional apron I make, that opinion is possibly changing). I love the elegance of it and how it actually looks more like a skirt than an apron.
Once again, the classic Christmas colors of red, white, green and gold are so beautiful and this style of apron really showcases it. The bolder fabric stands out while the more muted red and gold is a nice surprise under the pleats.
With the extra long tie, this apron can be tied in the front or the back.
I am going to be selling my aprons at a craft show here this weekend so we will see how it goes. Regardless, I think I may have to buy some more Christmas fabric but I just might wait until it goes on sale in a little while! Do you have a Christmas apron? What kind of Christmas fabric appeals most to you?
** The very best part about sewing these aprons was that I could do the whole thing on my new-to-me 1954 Elna Supermatic sewing machine, gifted to me by my grandmother. My new Brother sewing machine grumbles incessantly when sewing through anything thicker than 2 layers of cotton. This machine, while sewing through 5 layers of fabric to attach the box pleats, didn't so much as hesitate. It was a wondrous sewing experience! I am smitten with my new machine! **