The Moshi Moshi Apron | Veronica Darling
Fabric: Japanese fabric remnants from a market in Sydney's Strand Arcade, $15 for a bagful of offcuts and some yellow cotton lawn, $1 a metre
Pattern: Apron Plaid Ruffle Apron Pattern (Vintage) Free and Dress Burda 02/2011 #101
Year: Apron 1945 and Dress 2010
Notions: Interfacing 10c for the ties
Time to complete: 4 hours (plus 2 hours lost on another dress bodice, plus 4 hours for this dress)
First worn: March 2011
Wear again? Maybe the apron, but not the dress, too revealing!
Total Cost: approx $3 for the apron and $1.50 for the dress
This has been the longest week in the history of Sew Weekly for me! I feel like I've spent AGES making my garments for this challenge! It all started when, after trawling through my pattern stash, I was shocked that I didn't have an apron pattern! I thought I bought one recently and instead I found a few house dresses, that were more like dresses instead of aprons. Luckily Mena posted a website, called "Tip Nut" that was full of 'tips' and a large range of vintage aprons, all FREE!
There are so many aprons on there to choose, and of course I spent AGES trawling through 'umming and ahhing' over them all. But I found this Plaid Ruffle Apron (because of the pockets) and really liked the Ripply Apron's waistband, so decided to combine the both. I guess one of the main reasons this week felt so long was that I drafted the pattern (or just whimsically cut out the fabric where I thought it should be cut) for the apron AND resized the Burda pattern like crazy.
First up, I chose this darling remnant of Japanese fabric because it was so small, and in two pieces about 50cm by 60cm each. Enough for a front panel, and pockets and the ties! I have just a smidge left over for something like a cute wallet or clutch. I got the fabric at a designers market in Sydney's Strand Arcade, where designer shops were selling all their leftovers. They were selling large bags of small off cuts like this for $15, and whilst I didn't know what I'd use them for, the red remnants have come in handy this week.
How gorgeous are cherry blossoms! So pleased to 'wear' this fabric instead!
The apron pattern was super easy! I stuck to the one in the picture above, and just improvised the waistband and the extra frill on it. I looked at the instructions every now and again, but I kinda went with my own inklings. I feel a little bit professional! Cannot believe I had inklings!
I used interfacing in the ties to make them stiff like a kimono or yakata tie, and the bow is so gorgeous!
But, the Burda dress was a different matter, and whilst it turned out very cute for these photos, I'm shocked at how low the neckline is. You know I'm not modest, or shy, but this neckline made me feel WEIRD. It's my second attempt as well, so I wanted it to be really nice. The first dress was going to be stretch knit, but my efforts to resize the pattern just went wonky and weird. My second attempt at the bodice seemed to be a better size, but after stitching it up it fitted around the waist and the bust but still the straps were too long and the neckline so scoopy and booby!
So I'll have to try it another time, because how nice are those little cap sleeves!?
Hee hee, just covering up the bits that make me feel weird!
Please drop by for tea and cupcakes soon, and we can talk forever about sewing and maybe you can help me with drafting and resizing! Also, notice my title this week? Moshi Moshi is what you say when you answer the phone in Japan! I adore the vintage drawing from the apron pattern! Too sweet!