Amongst the piles of old linens to go through at MIL’s I found in really really terrible shape what was once a lovely 60″ square linen hand embroidered tablecloth.
I was very holey and stained, but I cut round and patched over the really bad parts and just let the rest show in this Apron re-make.
the back… and wow is my dressing room red or what…. It really isn’t and I can’t figure out what’s wrong… but here’s another photo taken earlier by my son only of the back…The fabric is off white linen with a hand crocheted edging. The apron style is a pull-over chris-crossed back and no ties. The only seams are at the shoulders and I clean finished the armseyes and front neck.
I made a super simple one piece pattern, just based on the table cloth shape and areas where to cut the most damage off…
I don’t know how to draw a pattern on the computer so I drew this on a piece of paper and took a picture.The piece of paper represents the tablecloth folded in half for the center front. I just chalked out a front neck line, front shoulder seam (A), arms eye and back shoulder seam (B) The only measurement important, is to match measurements on A and B . On the table cloth all around the edges was a lovely hand crochet edging and it was in “ok” shape, so I wanted to keep all that for the finishing edge. The little bit of edging at the top that I cut off, I replaced around the front neck line with just a zig-zag stitch. I also added a pocket to hide a really horrible stain and hole in the front. I also patched an area under the arm area. There are still stains, but… this will work wonderfully at the farm and I wore it today to cook a fabulous First-Day-Back-To-School dinner and really liked it!
To sew the apron: lay out the front of the apron with the right side facing towards you. Take one shoulder seam and lay the right side of the fabric facing down and cross the shoulder seams in back. Sew the two shoulder seams. I did turn under the raw edges of the neckline and arms-eye and I also mentioned that I added the edging and pocket.
I had to write about this experience. My MIL passed away in January and we have been dealing with estate stuff. I do mean STUFF too! My MIL liked things.
Finally, yesterday, all the stars and planets must have aligned! We found a company that would auction the estate, we had guys lined up to lift, we had a huge Ryder truck and Jim had the day off. My youngest son, Adam, and I spent hours and hours boxing and boxing for the four days prior; we had a case of cold bottled water, ginger ales and snacks all ready. Well, you know what they say about the best laid plans…… At every turn in this process we’ve had a stumble of some sort. Yesterday was not different. What I thought would take a couple of hours to load and fit into one load took 6 hours and that was only half the stuff. We had to make two trips.
The 2nd load started at 6:oo pm with only Jim, Adam and myself. At just before midnight when arriving to unload this last load of the day the best part started!
We pulled into the sleepy little town of Latta, SC, all pitch dark and I swear the sidewalks were rolled up it was so dark and late. But… low and behold an old train warehouse across the railroad tracks had it’s lights beaming. The doors were wide open and waiting for us. The silhouette of a lady sitting in the opening, rocking in a chair and a second silhouette of a tall man propped up against the door frame was all I could see. I have never been happier to see people waiting on me. We had lifted, dragged, shoved all day long in 100 degree weather and I wanted this day to end…. to never ever again deal with stuff. When we pulled up an old country song was playing on the radio and the man directed us where to unload. Adam was such a blessing to have along, he was so full of help and optimism, he was the bright spot! He jumped right out of the cab to help unload the bounty!
Jane is one of the Southern Sisters Estate Auctions. Jim and I have talked to many different people/companies on how to go about the process of reducing/estate sales, and we were referred to The Southern Sisters by acouple of people and our Local Librarian and Friend, Punkin. I could write a blog just about Punkin… but….Punkin is from Latta also and based on the women I now know from Latta, Hollywood should come and base a movie using Latta women as it’s characters. I felt like I had stepped into a movie, it was surreal, sort of like I was in Steel Magnolias. Once I got out of that truck, Jane met us with a smile and southern charm and comfort. No, I don’t mean the drink, I mean the real thing. Who else would great me with kindness at almost midnight to work????? But here she was!! In the few brief conversatons spoken while huffing and puffing load after load into the warehouse, she gave me a new beginning. Sort of a do-over. The first thing Jane said to me was… “you are a great Daughter-in-law for doing all of this!” I about cried! She didn’t know my MIL.
Then the coolest thing happened, the train lights and bells started. Jane said “oh, now watch this Adam, this might be the Amtrak that shoots through town at about 80 miles and hours!” Sure enough, this train, (which wasn’t the Amtrak just a long coal pulling train) blazed through town faster than any train I have seen! I think the fact that I was just feet away from the track and that the wind it created about knocked Adam and I over, made it seem even faster. Before we knew it, this load was out of the truck and in the warehouse. I didn’t feel dread or guilt or like I was doing something that I wasn’t supposed to me and going to be haunted for for the rest of my life… I felt like a new start. Even though we still have about another truck and a half load to go…. it’s almost there!! Woo-Hoo!
I felt so good I had to do what I do… I create to celebrate or say what I need to say. I also…. had 30 chef coats to alter and embroider…. so I couldn’t let all those 6″ scraps go to waste!! I sewed them together alternating the seams to create a fabric to make an apron for Jane.
She was wearing an apron last night it was black with small lettering in a grey and she had her hair tied up in a red bandanna which added to her southern character and charm. SO I had to put some red in the mix!
You can never have too many pockets and an apron without a pocket isn’t really an apron in my option, so one large pocket to dress it up…..
I serged all the pieces together then top-stitched the seams in one direction in a strip fashion. I made several rows of these pieces to equal the dimensions of the width of an apron. To sew the rows together to add the length I staggered the seam allowances as to NOT match up and add bulk. This is a close up of the “seams” on the side of apron (next to the pocket) to show you the piecing. The red scrap was from cutting up a bandanna for an applicate for a client. The straps at the waist and the neck were pieced in the same manner.
I just made up a big bold Logo for her, because we… just plain old lettering will not do! It has to have some character, to match the character of the woman who inspired the apron in the first place.
I hope she likes this……
Thank you Jane!
I made some mother daughter aprons to sell at the Living farm. It’s on a commission basis so it helps support the farm which I love and helps our family funds. This is a terrific way to go through the collection of fabric and use odd pieces that are to small for a garment. Since the forth is around the corner, the ever popular red,white and blue color scheme works for me!
The other sets are similar, but no two are exactly alike; just another plus to make them all very original and one of a kind! I also like to add a removable flower broach using all the remaining scraps!
There are all sorts of patterns for aprons and here a few freebies to help inspire you to make your own! http://www.tipjunkie.com/free-apron-patterns/