I may have hinted just a teeny tiny bit that I’d like to get a copy of Betz White‘s new book, Sewing Green. With Mother’s Day and my birthday both being this month, it may have come up in conversation once or twice. I might have flipped through the book at Barnes & Noble last week and casually mentioned that I like a lot of the projects within. There may also have been email bandied about with a link to the book on Amazon.
Possibly. I don’t really remember 😉
Last night, I was sitting in my favorite chair in the living room with one or the other of my favorite kids, and my favorite husband wandered over and handed me the book out of the blue. Squeeee! I didn’t even have to wait for one of my special occasions. Yay, Neil!
Naturally, this morning began with us rummaging through his closet in search of dress shirts he no longer wears, so that I could make the Striped Cafe Apron. He gave me a pile of them. For once, the fact that he prefers to wear solid colors worked in my favor, because I pretty much got my pick of any stripe or plaid he had. Again I say, yay, Neil!
I decided it would be fun to “girly” it up a bit, so I decided on some pink & green trims to go with a few of the beigey shirts.
It was a pretty easy process, and the instructions would have been quite clear, had I chose to read them instead of skim them. I screwed up the pocket as a result of my skimming, but it’s nothing noticeable. I had a few other problems with this, mostly a result of being particularly clumsy with the machine today. I don’t really know what my problem was, but there were a few places I had trouble sewing a straight line, there are some spots where the ric-rac is uneven, and a few visibly frayed areas from where I cut up the shirts. My personal favorite screw up, though, was stabbing myself with a pin and then dripping my blood on the pocket. Good times.
Despite all of that, I love the apron. I added a button to the pocket, to help tie together the pink ric-rac and the pink & green ties, and also because – let’s face it – there are very few things I will sew without adding one of my buttons to it!
I’ve got another one in the pipeline, too, because I’m really not a girly-girl, as you know, and I think the pink will only keep me happy for so long. Bring on a nice blue, goes-with-my-jeans, kind of apron, and I could use it happily, through many a supper.
By the way, did you know Monday is National Wear Your Apron day?! Ah, well it is. And with that, I’m off to don my apron and scrounge us a healthy supper! Hope you’re all enjoying your weekend!