This is a far cry from the 'southern' vacation home that I keep dreaming of. You know, a little cottage style home somewhere close to the beach with Jeff's dream boat out front. LOL Who knows what will happen once we do decide to retire and play for awhile. But it's fun to dream and think, "what if"!
Both of these were embellished differently since I don't like to repeat the same thing over and over again. The one to the left has a 1" lip that extends out from the bowl of the basket. I created this by turning the basket over and reversing the direction that I was sewing the basket together. I then added a scallop along the edge by glueing it in place and then stitching decoratively with an embroidery floss.
1. Use a zig zag rotary cutter to cut your strips.
This really helps to stop the raveling as you wrap the cord.
2. Glue every 3-4 wraps with a fabric glue. I use Aleene's® Original Tacky Glue and have it
available in my studio, but most tacky glues will work.
3. Set the zig zag stitch on your sewing machine to the widest width #7, and the
length to #1. This gives the basket a more durable feel when it is finished.
She liked the aprons that I designed to put on Etsy but said that she needed one with a bib to protect her clothes while cooking... and needed it sized for someone who is "more like a feather bed than an ironing board."
That was a favorite saying from my mother-in-law years ago when I couldn't get my fussy child to sleep and she, 'the feather bed', only took a minute to quiet him down. Can you guess 'who' the ironing board is? LOL
I took Judy's idea and made a custom apron just for her. It has a flat panel underskirt with a shorter skirt on top that has a small amount of gathers and decorative trim as embellishment for a hostess look. What you don't see is the row of grommets under the top skirt at the hemline with a fabric ribbon woven through it. As the end tabs (not seen in photo) of the ribbon are pulled, the hemline gathers, the ends are fastened at the back of the neck and, voila!, you have a blouson apron.
Look how pretty this turned out! The grommets almost look like a necklace and it's so stylish!
This is a great apron pattern if you need a little more coverage than what the average apron allows for. Let me know if a PDF for this style apron interests you. Judy and I are tweaking the design to perfection and will create an instructional PDF soon!