Sunday, July 22, 2007

Sewing Scallops by the Seashore

About a week ago Davis and I drove north to go on a flea-venture. The pickings were rather slim (has anyone else been having that experience this year at their favorite flea markets/thrift stores/junk shops?), but I did come home with a couple of cute aprons.

Unfortunately, I hadn't noticed that one of them was begining to disintegrate at the slightest touch. Seriously, it looked fine when I was at the stall, but when I looked at it in the car it had a couple of tears, and my attempts to try it on at home left it in shreds.

It had a really nice scalloped shape that I hadn't run across before, so I decided to make a pattern from it while it still had a couple threads holding together. I didn't want to lose momentum, so I bought some retro fabric and started sewing the next day. What a ginormous pain! I think it will be quite some time before I even consider sewing a scalloped edge again.

When I first tried it on I was pretty disappointed - it just kind of hung there with the scallops jutting out strangely from deformed little folds. It certainly wasn't worth all the extra work, and I wrote it off as yet another failed sewing experiment (my success rate generally hovers around 50%).
Then, the next day, it came to me that I should try it on with....wait for it... my petticoat! Yahtzee! It suddenly became a cupcakey-cute sugary confection that was sweet enough to require an insulin emergency kit to be kept nearby (not to toot my own pixie stick or anything).

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The problem is that now I need ANOTHER petticoat-friendly skirt to wear under it.


Blogger jungle dream pagoda said...

Absolutely adorable!!! I suggest just wearing black tights and a black turtleneck for fall!

11:33 PM, July 26, 2007  
Blogger lsaspacey said...

Why can't you wear it over the one you just finished? The colors seem like they would be good together. Try it.

4:07 PM, July 27, 2007  
Anonymous Old comments saved from the HaloScan exodus said...

I LOVE it! What a neat shape. It totally makes sense that it looks best with a full skirt underneath, as weren't the skirts of that apron's era generally quite full? It looks great!
Heidi | Homepage | 07.23.07 - 12:03 am | #

Didn't I just see you typing madly with a pinafore apron on? Looking all stylish a fab? I did. I love the ric-rac on this one, it must have made the sewing extra brutal. Which makes you even more fab.
mary jane | Homepage | 07.23.07 - 9:41 am | #

7:01 PM, August 22, 2007  

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