Wednesday, January 4, 2006 in crafty things, humour

Hey Mom!

Can I borrow your iron? Mine is dead from lack of use. I wangled that apron into something useable that fits, now I’ve made matching bias binding from the rest of the fabric and I don’t want to finger-press all that.

Also? This was the best blonde joke ever.

Tuesday, January 3, 2006 in crafty things, I Forgot To Pick A Category

Quick apron update

I had to re-draw a back pattern piece as the orginal design is not one-size-fits-all. I wondered, when viewing the pieces, how exactly the waist would spread to accomodate other spread wasitlines and the short of it is – it doesn’t.

So I dug into the recess of my mind and imagine my Grammy Verner and the back of her full everyday apron and replicated that. Fitting, since I keep calling the fabric “Grammy Verner fabric”.

Monday, January 2, 2006 in crafty things

Handy pattern enlarging tip

I was at my mom’s last night, flipping through a book she got for Christmas, when I came across a pattern for an old-fashioned foll coveraage apron. The instructions said to copy the pattern in the book, then enlarge 400%.

Don’t you hate when they do that?

I traced the pattern off then brought it home. Enlarging something 400% means a 1/4 ratio, so I copied my tracing over to 1/4″ graph paper, then I could easily (and a whole heck of a lot cheaper than taking to a copy shop) enlarge the pattern onto a 1″grid.

I have a 1″ grid handy on my extra-large rotary cutting mat and I also have a supply of sturdy yet somewhat transparent paper I use for patterns. You could use any paper you wanted, really, as long as you could see the lines on the mat beneath it. Or you can make your own 1″ grid on whatever paper you can get your hands on.

All told, transferring & enlarging the pattern, finding fabric and pins, and cutting it out took a whole hour and a half. I just have to sew a couple shoulder seams, add some binding to all the edges, slap on some pockets and a couple buttons and I’m done. Yes, I’ll keep track of how long it takes and take pictures.

And it didn’t cost me more than $50 either.

Link goes to the website of the book’s author, who offers the apron for sale, finished. It was a good book, but I am disappointed over the amount of marketing and product involved.