Hot! Happy Holidays

The Facts

Fabric: From stash, originally from Croft Mill – about a couple of pounds per metre at the time. Used one and a bit metres.
Pattern: Self-drafted, drew round an existing apron.
Notions: Thread from stash.
Year: 2012.
First worn: Lots of times over the Christmas holidays by its recipient!
Wear Again: I’m sure it will!

Challenge No.12 for this year – so it’s been one project each month for me! I had hoped to have finished a red wool shift dress by Victory Patterns, but that was not to be … another week or so for that one. I made this as a Christmas present, for a man, and I managed to find some chef type fabric. The diamond pattern made it perfect for lining up hems and seam allowances, as well as allowing for perfect pocket positioning. I made extra long ties which cross around at the back and tie in the front rather than a bow at the back. I used to make these to sell and I’ve since had an order for another one!

I’ve been finding it quite a challenge to balance sewing with my knitting this year. Here’s one of the knitting projects I also managed to finish.

It”s a cushion done as part of the cultural Olympiad and was presented to an olympic athlete – I don’t know which one unfortunately. One of the highlights of this year! I wonder what the new one will bring ….

Happy New Year Everyone!



Diane has sewn all through life but gave things a serious go at the beginning of 2011 and during the year took part in 50 Sew Weekly challenges. She now wants to expand her knowledge and learn new techniques in each project she completes, as well as develop a style of her own and a sense of quality over quantity. She studied print design some years ago and a love of unusual prints and colours underpins her work. Currently, she works full time dealing with copyright issues and previously, she managed photographic sales for a leading fine art museum. Diane is so grateful for the friendship, support and encouragement she has received from the Sew Weekly community.


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  1. Love a good apron and this certainly is one! I bet that “man” just loves it! It’s always so hard to find the right fabric patterns for men. They can be so picky! You found a great one…Love the colors. Happy New Year and Happy sewing and knitting in 2013. Wish I could knit :)

  2. Thanks Barbara! I’m an apron fan too – love the ones you’ve done, especially the sewing one. Happy New Year to you too!