The “Chickens rule!” apron

The Facts
: Three different chicken-print cottons from stash
Pattern: Self drafted
Notions: 7 yards red bias tape from stash
Year: Contemporary
Time to complete: About 2 hours, maybe more, there was Limoncello involved.
First worn: November 2012
Wear again? Yes

Total Cost: Free

This is going to be a pretty quick post (for me!). If you’ve read my blog you’ll get an idea why and let me just say that was only the BEGINNING of a long week. We’ll get through, and I’ll post more later but I’m tired and it shows.

Thank god for friends. I needed a boost, an excuse to get away and sew so Angie (my Gatsby partner) and I “made a date” to eat sushi and sew. We did just that, but Angie threw in a glass of her homemade Limoncello so there was much giggling. She forgot how to cut a curve, I couldn’t figure out how long an apron I wanted, there was burping and laughing, so hard that I had tears running down my face. We looked at pictures on the internet but I can’t remember what site she pulled up. I just said “Oh, that’s cute” and started cutting. The apron is fully lined with the white version of that black print. I’ve had the fabric for so long that I didn’t remember I made a chicken quilt until I unfolded everything at her house! It’s very cute, it should take me about an hour to finish it up and then I’ll take pictures. I had planned to get it done in time for these photos but life didn’t work out that way. Ah well….

It’s very long but I’m ok with that. I put a big pocket on it because I like pockets. I could practically wear this by itself…almost… It’s a little ruffly for my taste but hey, it’s cute, it’s REALLY nice cotton and it’s DONE! My cowboy boots are still covered with real dust from a real Ho-Down and square dancing I did last weekend : ) I’m not generally a square-dancing kind of girl but it was a very special event and I’m proud of that dirt!

See? Dirt and dust : )

HUGE thanks to Heidi for allowing us to use her wonderful kitchen. That stove with the red knobs is just plain sexy…

And because she supplied the Limoncello and bad jokes that made this project the highlight of my week, here’s Angie in her cha-cha apron:

She was never a girl scout so she wanted an apron the color of our old uniforms : ) We found some vintage yellow rick rack at the flea market this weekend that she threw on at the last minute. The patch on there is her first Farm Girl patch, we’re working on several others right now and when she gets them, instead of a sash, she’s going to put them on her apron. Pretty cute, huh? I may have to copy her.

We also had to have matching red shoes. There was a whole red shoe contingent helping out this afternoon : ) And someone came dressed up as a Christmas tree…

I love my friends.



Loran is a Bay Area designer, stitcher and suburban farm girl. Having done theater for years she's finally taking on her most demanding client (herself!) and fashioning a wardrobe from her huge stock of vintage patterns and fabrics, all while writing her daily tablesetting blog. Let's see if she can keep up with both : )


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  1. Oh I love that ruffle – works so well with the black print!

  2. I’m a big chicken lover, with four lovely hens of my own. I’ve yet to find the perfect chicken fabric to make something cute with. Your apron is adorable! I like the pattern you used. It really looks great with the two different fabrics. I like how the chickens are a bit abstract and not too literal. Looks like you had a fun sewing date with a good friend.

  3. ruffly? true, but it will be ideal for when you are rushing around in one of your gorgeous dresses and don’t want to get mucky. You’ll be covered. Such a cute print.

  4. Sounded like you both had loads of fun, glad to hear. Your apron looks fab, I think it’s best long being the vintage retro queen you are, it makes sense to protect your pretty 50’s dresses whilst cooking and drinking Limoncello.

  5. You are amazing, you know that right? I am just so impressed that you managed to get this done with everything that is going on, and so pleased that you were able to get out and have some fun. ((Hugs)) and take care.

  6. I love the idea of communal sewing….and limoncello. This seems a fab way to do it. You do indeed seem to have the most fabulous friends and so do they in you. I love the ruffles and the chickens, and heartily agree with dust and dirt on cowboy boots (I now have a ‘look I’m real I have dirt on them’ cowboy boots and a best pair I keep clean ;) Highly jealous of Heidi’s kitchen, I used to have a beautiful range like that back in the UK (though no red knobs). Thanks for making me smile.