Susan at e-i-e-i-omg! dared us to join her in an Apron Sew-Off a few weeks ago and I was more than happy to take up the challenge. Mostly because I’ve been meaning to make myself an apron for like ever and never seem to get around to it. Not because of lack of patterns (I have two pattern packets, each with three different patterns) or lack of material (I have enough yardage in various fabrics to clothe half the country), but because I just lack the ambition.
I love the idea of making my own apron and a matching one for Rhiannon. I’m always complaining how I’m constantly splattering my clothes with kitchen catastrophes and although I do have two aprons, neither cover up enough of my “Northern real estate”. The fronts just don’t provide enough protection from the boiling hot bubbles of spaghetti sauce or thermo-nuclear splatters of grease from frying chicken livers.
Anyways…….I finally found one that has a full front; kind of reminds me of the old time aprons that actually looked like a dress, but with an open back. And since it’s now the second week of November, I figured I should get working on it if I actually plan on wearing it for Thanksgiving of this year.
So here’s what I’ve accomplished so far:
Yep. Pulled the instruction sheet out of the packet. Just the instruction sheet. Not even the actual pattern.
I think I’ve only made one thing using a pattern years and years ago, and I don’t remember what it was or if I even finished it. Those instructions just freak me out.
It’s not like I’m a complete moron (well, if you don’t count the whole trying-to-farm thing), I’m quite literate, good with numbers and pretty dexterous with a pair of kitchen shears (that is what you use to cut out fabric, right???).
Why can’t I grasp the idea of a pattern? I get the color coding stuff (pattern side/wrong side), but as soon as I start reading the instructions, I stove up. These are the simple patterns! And what the hell is a selvage anyways????
So there it sits. So close to my sewing machine, pins, scissors and other sewing notions, but light-years away from being finished.
Maybe a Hot Toddy will help things along.