Me, me, me (hand raise). It’s true that with each foray in the kitchen, I reach for an apron. So, I made a new one, not just for some fun kitchen linen (or is it kitchen attire?) but also for an easy project to test how I can speed up the timeline of creating a sewn project. Each sewing project took two weeks to complete from start to finish, and my inner “project manager” wasn’t satisfied. However, the challenge is to end up with a finely sewn item rather than something that looks rushed — you know, the fast and furious project. Can I accomplish that?
To analyze, I believe I was slacking off a bit and spending at least a full day not sewing at all. That had to change without me heading into sewing burnout territory. How many hours are spent on project related tasks (not just actual sewing)? I have not documented the hours but it was apparent that I needed to change it up a little.
We (I mean, I) started small with multiple cutting of just two projects at the same session (starting small) — if you care to read the last post.
This week, I stitched up the apron, and have the second project (a robe) making progress at the machine. If it takes me 3 weeks to finish 2 projects from beginning to end, it’s better than 2 in 4 weeks — isn’t it? Requires some project management math. Eyeroll….
Speaking of sewing and math, I love this post by Rosemary Fajgier on the American Sewing Guild blog. https://www.asg.org/sewing-an-improbable-match-of-math-and-creativity/
Okay, back to the apron. Sure, a simple project, but deceptively so. See the curvature in the entire silhouette? Have you ever bound non-linear edges in a garment? It requires steam pressing and clipping, all of them time eaters which are not always mentioned in pattern instructions. The pattern recommends a pre-folded, purchased bias binding to encase all the curved edges, of which I had none and not wanting to go out and buy it, I used up a bright magenta cotton scrap and made my own bias tape, thereafter using a “french binding” method to encase the raw apron edges. More on that in another post.
While finishing the apron, I pulled out my button sewing foot to attach that one button on the back. Once you get the hang of it, you cannot stop using it. I used the foot on a previous project to sew on nine shirt buttons – and wanted to keep using it where I could. Tips coming up in another future post (pssst, you don’t need a special presser foot for this). Where else can I machine-sew on buttons? Whee!
To end this post, I’m reminding everyone that Season 2 of “Making the Cut” premiers on July 16 on Amazon Prime.
Oh, excuse me, here’s another random thing: Below are two pieces from Iris Van Herpen’s Haute Couture 2021 collection. My mind is blown — in a good way. Here is the Vogue editor’s take on the collection: Iris Van Herpen . Amazing aesthetics and collaborations are great but I want to know how each piece was made; I’ll assume that the pieces below were made on a 3D printer, until Ms Herpen tells me otherwise — as if.
HOW WAS THIS MADE?
Have a great summer, friends! Until next time,
9 thoughts on “Who Wears Aprons? #RoadtoSpeedySewing Plus Other Random Stuff.”
I love your apron Samina! That pop of magenta works really well – and I think goes nicely with your “new” hair color, tee hee. I use aprons pretty frequently too, and always like a nice one; now I’d like to make one for myself! Maybe I can since I finally got my sewing room arranged…
Take care and looking forward to the robe – the pj’s were great!
Hey, Kasey. Thank you! Congratulations on having your sewing room all set up. I, too, love how the apron came out – it makes me smile. In my childhood years my Mom used to wear her “nice” apron over her sari when we had company for dinner. I remember being fascinated with that yellow nylon half apron with ruffly white lace. Probably wasn’t really protective of her sari, but looked nice. Lol.
Aww, that’s such a wonderful memory of your Mom! Hostess aprons are kind of silly when you think about them, but you’re right, they’re so pretty to look at!
Your apron is adorable! Great relaxing way to do a bit of happy sewing but not too much. 🙂
Thank you! The apron makes me smile — maybe it’s a good thing on the days when I don’t feel like cooking.
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The recent Iris Van Herpen skydiving fashion videos have me enthralled (I believe those ‘leaves’ are 3D printed, but there are plenty of other ways you can lay a single layer of something on a surface and make ‘lace’)
Agree with you, and I too, was thinking any seamstress who knows her craft could make those leaves on a sewing machine. Dare we take on the challenge?
Love everything about your apron: style, print, especially the pocket (gotta have it.) I, too, wear an apron whenever I am in the kitchen. Thanks for the post.
So glad you like it, Lenora!