Hot! Mother Goose!

Old Mother Goose when she wanted to wander,
Would fly through the air on a very fine gander.

The Facts:

Fabric: Made from gifted and thrifted materials
Pattern: Simplicity 4987
Year: timeless!
Notions: thread, trim, lace
Time to complete: a leisurely Saturday morning
First worn: Saturday night, just at sunset
Wear again? No, as I gave it to Leah for a housewarming present.
Total price: All materials from stash

Challenge: Children’s Book




The Brimful Book


by Piper, Watty and C. M. Burd, G. & D. Hauman, Eulalie. The Platt and Munk Co., Inc.. Fair;. 1939.

My favorite children’s book has to be The Brimful Book. It was a gift to me at birth and I still have it! It’s getting close to 60 years old! It was my dearest and fondest possession through childhood and I must have read it 100’s of times and entertained myself endlessly with the incredible illustrations. This book is a true treasure and if you have little ones, I suggest you hunt it down. I think you can still find copies. It’s full of nursery rhymes, ABC’s, and short animal stories. I don’t know how any child could live without it.
In honor of the queen of nursery rhymes, I’m using Mother Goose as my inspiration. I decided that a colorful apron would be appropriate for such a mom-ish character that shares nursery rhymes with all of her beloved children. I googled hundreds of interpretations of Mother Goose, and found one with a darling white apron with lots of red trim. I liked the idea of all of the trim, but not the color white. Aprons are supposed to get dirty and even stained, right? So I used some of my white with roses fabric, and thrifted trims to make apron view #5. It was an easy project, especially since I could serge so many pieces. I rolled-hemmed the waist ties, so that I wouldn’t have to iron and fold.

Little Boy Blue, come blow your horn.
The sheep’s in the meadow, the cow’s in the corn.
Where is the boy that looks after the sheep?
“He’s under the haycock, fast asleep.”
Will you wake him? “No, not I;
For if I do, he’ll be sure to cry.”

For the photo-shoot, we left just a little before sunset and drove to a small lake where I remembered seeing a goose. I thought perhaps it might still live there, but unfortunately he must have moved away. We took pictures without a goose and then took a few more when we returned home. I decided that I would just Photoshop a goose into the pics to help the Mother Goose theme (Can you tell?). The hay is for Little Boy Blue and the apples are to keep the doctor away! Have a great week everyone!
An apple a day keeps the doctor away
Apple in the morning – Doctor’s warning
Roast apple at night – starves the doctor outright
Eat an apple going to bed – knock the doctor on the head
Three each day, seven days a week – ruddy apple, ruddy cheek



Barbara is a resident of Northern California. She loves to sew and has pledged not to buy retail clothes for the year of 2012. That means she has to make her own, or buy it at a thrift store. I hope she doesn't spend too much on fabric. When she shops for fabric her eyes light up as she imagines the possibilities! She's like a kid in a candy store.


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  1. It’s so cute! Makes me want to bake something. :D

  2. So cute Barbara. Loving all of the lovely details in your apron. Your photoshopped goose made me smile.

  3. Hi Barbara, that’s a great book, love your inspiration. I so enjoyed being a kid and having a bedtime story read to me. I’m sure Leah will make good use of the gift.

  4. Great apron, and what an amazing book, my girls would love it.

  5. Your apron is so cute! It’s so bright and happy, it just makes me smile.

  6. You, and your creations, are just adorable : ) I didn’t even realize the goose was photoshopped until you said something and then I saw the feet…but good job with the whole illusion!

  7. I love the apron. I really need to make myself some pretty aprons so I don’t end up getting my clothes dirty cooking. I really like the old fashion look to that one.

  8. Haha I hadn’t even spotted the goose until you mentioned it I was too busy looking at the lovely apron. Love it, that’s so funny. What a lovely housewarming present.