The “F is for Fortune Cookie” Apron Skirt
Fabric: 2.25 yds red cotton fortune cookie fabric $8.98 (£5.62).
Pattern: See & Sew by Butterick 5952.
Time to complete: 5 hours.
First worn: 5th November (remember, remember).
Wear again? Yes, whenever baking
Total price: $8.98 (£5.62).
The challenge: “Aprons”.
OK, so you’ll have noticed that the pattern for this apron is strictly a 70s wrap skirt.
I picked up this pattern a while back from a charity shop (for a wonderful 25c…16p) because I liked the A line shape and the tie front ‘belt’. And I fully intend to make a skirt out of it sometime.
However, I’ve been concerned about trying out a proper skirt with it because the wrap crossover part is at the back rather than the probably more usual front…..so I knew I’d have to make the back panels large enough to not be worrying that a gust of wind might leave the world traumatised to discover I’m no Marilyn. This has been compounded by the pattern’s largest printed size being a 16, and I knew I’d have to grade it up to my 24/26…..and I haven’t graded up a 70s pattern before.
So what you see here is a workable muslin. I’ve graded it up and it fits, but I’ll have to extend the two back panels even more to make it a worry-free skirt when I finally get around to making it. Here’s the problem:
Shall I be wearing this apron more though? Yep. One of the things I love but haven’t had time enough to this year is baking, and I always get flour all over my skirts, so the full wrap around apron will be great.
And as you can tell, the Family Devyne also adore Chinese food (and Indian, and Italian, Thai, Mexican, German etc etc)….I won’t be making fortune cookies in this apron, but I will be trying to improve on my dim sum and prawn toasts. My mother was born in China and my eldest daughter is learning Mandarin at High School, so any excuse to break out the wok and the chopsticks we jump on.
Can I just thank all my friends here at Sew Weekly (especially those of you who told me you don’t usually comment but did last week) for all your support last week….it kept me going and hopefully I can make stuff to make all of us smile in the next few weeks.
And I apologise for still being in my jimjams for the pics too. Hey, I’m out of bed, sewing, photographing and posting…..these are major pluses at the moment.
Happy Bonfire Night/Guy Fawkes to all my fellow Brits and certain Canadians! I shall be cracking open some Heinz tomato soup, baking some potatoes, cooking hotdogs and onions….don’t think I’ll manage making any parkin this year. Then I shall be sitting in front of my fire (with the air con on to cope as it’s still 92F/33C here) and trying to cure my homesickness by checking out pics of fireworks, sparklers and bonfires back home in Blighty as we’re not allowed fireworks here in Chandler (though if you have read my blog for a while you’ll remember it’s legal to buy fireworks here, but not to let them off…..only in America eh!)
And to my dear American friends, I’ll have lived in your wonderful country for 3 years on November 9th, thank you for having me.
Now all together, C is for Cookie, that’s good enough for me…. And obviously F is for Fortune Cookie. All cookies good!