the gathering apron…….

gathering apron

 

I bought this pattern last summer and tucked it away. A few weeks ago when I moved into the studio, I found it again and decided to finally sew it up……

 

gathering apron

gathering apron

gathering apron

gathering apron

gathering apron

 

I added a bit of color here and there and a favorite vintage napkin of mine on the front pocket. I've actually had that napkin for years…. just waiting for the perfect thing. I think this may have been it! I love the combination of linens and the splash of yellow in the ties. And that pocket?!? That pocket is amazing! You could totally fit a dinner's worth of garden bounty in there, for sure. 

This is actually my first pattern by Sew Liberated and I'm quite happy with it. The finishing details are well done….. it looks professionally made with all the seams tucked in somewhere and hidden. Plus there are video links online, so you can watch the process. This was very helpful for me, I'm such a visual person. Being able to see a technique I have never done is so much easier than reading a "how to". Also, being a small-ish (ok, short) person, I was worried that the pattern wouldn't fit well, it's a one size fits all. But guess what? It did! It looked lovely on Jade who is several inches taller than me and you can see it on Sophie too, who is still shorter than her mama. At least for now…

You can find the pattern here, the linen here, and the yellow here. (It's Denyse Schmidt Hope Valley.) I've picked up a few more patterns by Meg and hope to sew something else soon. Maybe this tunic or this blouse. Really loving the second one. A lot.

What have you been stitching up these days?

xo~
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42 thoughts on “the gathering apron…….

  1. Love the apron! The color choices and the napkin are perfect! Now I can hear my stash of linen calling me! And yes, Meg’s patterns are great! I’ve made the tunic and love it! And I’ve also her baby carrier and most recently a knit hoodie from her Craftsy class. And back to the apron, your version is such a lovely taste of Spring!

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  2. Love it! The bird is super cute.
    I’ve not sewn before, but I’ve been itching to try lately. Any recommendations for a super new beginner? (I do have a sewing machine – threading the needle and bobbin kind of make me nervous, ha!)

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  3. oh my I love your gathering apron. I soo need this for the garden – as I’ve a terrible habit of using my shirts. LOVE it. Thanks off to look at link.
    Love Leanne

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  4. Love the apron, my favorite part is the little tuck of yellow at the top. That Esme top you are loving right now is amazing that would be such a flattering shirt especially for my postpartum body πŸ˜‰
    I just finished piecing the strips together for my son’s quilt (my first project!) tonight I’m planning on ironing (drag) and starting to piece the strips together.

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  5. I have a dress pattern of Meg’s that I’ve been holding onto for a year now. It’s a spring-y thing, so I really just need to dig in. Love this apron–how wonderful it will be for gathering eggs!

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  6. Beautiful apron! I have sewn the schoolhouse tunic, and it is a great pattern also….you are inspiring me to to some sort of linen project πŸ˜‰ Also, I love the details of your topstitching, simple but very pretty.

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  7. Oh my goodness, you are so very talented. That is an adorable apron.
    I have a sewing machine, but every time I sit down to try and use it I break out in a sweat, try and sew a little, then give up. Maybe one day I will get use to it.

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  8. Thank you πŸ™‚ Such a lovely pattern. I'm excited to sew something else from her……. thinking the tunic in a lightweight linen or cotton. Perfect spring weather garment!

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  9. Well shucks, I can't play an instrument…. that doesn't seem like an "only" to me πŸ™‚ Thank you for the compliments. A well written pattern gets a lot of the credit here!

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  10. Thank you. I l-o-v-e to add topstitching details πŸ™‚ I think the tunic is next on my list. Did you use cotton? I'm wondering if linen would drape nicer…… It looks like the perfect spring shirt for sure……

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  11. Don't be afraid! Pick something simple & just do it. My favorite book when I began was Amy Karol's Bend the Rules Sewing. Super basic information & projects. I still have it and have used it to teach my own girls to sew!

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  12. Is it Clara? I have that one and the Ashland one too. Both are so pretty. Still a little afraid of the gathered sleeves. But less now after gathering the bust in this apron and seeing the videos online. The videos make the pattern so worth every penny. I can't wait to see if you sew one up!

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  13. Me too! It's the little details that do it, right? I think the Esme top would be flattering on pretty much any body type. And the bust is adjustable, which I really love too, because that's what has made me shy away from top garments. I've not got much to fluff a blouse out (ahem) and so I'm a really picky shirt wearer. On the other hand, as a nursing mama you could adjust for the extra space, if needed. That Meg is a thinker for sure! 
    Good for you on the quilt for your son! It's so exciting to see it come together, right? 
    ps ~ I don't like ironing either πŸ˜‰ 

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  14. Amy Karol's Bend the Rules sewing was my "go-to" as a new sewer. All the basic techniques in a language that made sense to me. Some great super easy projects for beginners too. Don't be nervous…. you can do it!

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  15. I think the tunic is next on my list. I keep hearing it's an easy sew….. which is perfect for my first ever shirt for me. Such a perfect spring wardrobe item too! What kind of material did you use for yours? My mom gifted me with her craftsy class….. I really need to dive into the world of knits. I am swooning over the dress and yoga pants in that class for sure! Thank you for the apron love. Happy sewing to you!

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  16. Hmmmm…… I think I would pick any sunshine over insulation. But, if you wanted to make two separate layers (hung together) you could have a winter layer + a summer layer for when you are trying to block out the midnight sun!

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  17. It’s beautiful Stephinie! Well done. πŸ™‚
    I’m working on two Oliver+S Family reunion dresses right now. I found this really lovely vintage sheet from the thrift shop and have been upcycling it into these summer dresses.

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  18. I used just a quilting weight cotton, more for fall/winter, plus it was the first article of grown up clothing I’d ever sewn, so I wanted something a little more predictable πŸ˜‰ I think linen could work nicely, and if you wanted crisper edges around inside of the neck(placket piece) or hem, you could accent with a little heavier material. I have also thought of trying voile/lawn for the summer. Happy sewing and excited to see your results!

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  19. Ahhhh……. ok. In duluth we put plastic on the windows. It works the best since it traps a pocket of air inside. And you still get light. We did it ourselves. I'm sure Jake could find some and put it on there. Then no draft at all gets through!

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  20. Exactly my thoughts. I might make my first one from cotton for the same reason. Voile/Lawn would be perfect for spring though…… I love the liberty of london, but it's really not in my budget. Linen is though! Happy weekending to you πŸ™‚

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  21. Love the vintage touch on the apron. And I am loving your book list too – I’ve never seen the Stella books, thanks for the recommendation! We are heavy into the Mercy Watson series, it helped us survive our sick this season. I’m eager to read Flora and Ulysses too but my kids are a bit little for that yet. Kate DiCamillo is hilarious and one of the reasons I’m proud to be a Minnesotan:)

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  22. Thank you. It's such a lovely pattern! We *love* Stella here. They are such sweet books! I just got the audio from the library for Flora Ulysses. My eleven year old loved the book, I'm hoping my seven year old will enjoy the audio. It could be a good read aloud too… maybe….. depending on your kiddos ages. Kate DiCamillo is so great, right? We love her. We've read all her chapter books and many of the Mercy Watson books too. Such great beginning readers for little ones. Minnesota is a great place to be from by the way! We lived 10 miles out of Duluth years ago & I really fell in love with Lake Superior. A beautiful place, for sure!

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  23. I used a funky piece of homespun that I got a long time ago at Joanne’s (I have a thing for homespun) I used some contrasting spatter-dyed cotton for the facing. Yes, here’s my encouragement to dive into Meg’s craftsy class. It is sooooo good!

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  24. I love this! That napkin is to die for. I have sewn her Emmeline apron a few times for friends, but I really need to make one for myself. I’m planning to sew up some of these rollie pollies for my basement soon: http://www.danamadeit.com/rollie-pollie. Your apron makes me ready for gardening season. I just planted my early starts last weekend and I’m deep into Householder’s Guide to the Universe thanks to your list!

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  25. Thank you πŸ™‚ I can't wait to get out in the garden…… and thank you for the link! I've been thinking of making some bean bag chairs around here for the kiddos. Definitely going to look further into that pattern! Seeds are going in this weekend here! C'mon spring!!

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