So, I think I’ve chosen my fabrics for my Apronalong apron – and already I have stumbled upon the first dilemma of this sewalong. How on earth am I going to give this away? I can’t promise I shall. If I am brave and hand my apron over to a friend, I shall cling to their ankles as they walk away. You’ll love my apron, won’t you? You’ll treat it well, promise me! Don’t be a stranger…
Get a grip, Karen. Let’s talk through fabric choice.
The top fabric is a scrap of cotton. I love it so. Someone used it to wrap up a gift for me, and I kept it. There will be just enough fabric here for the apron pocket. (Incidentally, the pocket is the perfect size for holding an iphone, should you be cooking from an online recipe.)
The middle fabric is what’s called a Shameless Copy. One of my students bought this for our Pyjama Party classes. I admired it so much, I had to go back and buy some for myself. It’s £5 a metre off the new shop on Walthamstow market.
The bottom fabric is what’s leftover from my Mandy Skirt. There’s enough there for the waistband and scallop hem. I think that’s how I’m going to combine the three. You’ll find out for yourself that the myriad options can be overwhelming! I tried to make sure that all three had one colour in common, at least. But I am not a colour combo expert. If anyone out there has tips, do let us know!
Two of the fabrics came from my scrap basket, above. Do you have a scrap basket? Intermittently, I’ll ponder the wisdom of this. Shouldn’t I just throw those scraps out and be done with it? But every now and then, I’ll delve into the basket for those smaller projects, and it’s always such a joy to go through. Oh, I used this for Jasmine’s wedding! Wow, I’d forgotten all about this. Ooh, where did this come from? Scrap baskets are perfect for the Apronalong.
I would urge you to go for natural fabrics – cotton, linen or a light denim, for example. (Ooh, linen… A tomato red linen… With embroidery… Stop it, Karen!) Having worn my apron whilst cooking last night, I can promise that you will wipe your hands on your apron. If your fabric isn’t natural and doesn’t absorb those drops of water, you’ll get really annoyed, grabbing a tea towel as your onions burn. So stay away from poly cottons, or rayons – that’s my opinion, anyway.
What about you? Have you made your fabric choices yet? Feeling overwhelmed or excited? And if you have tips to share, please do leave a comment!