I’m quite a messy cook., I have to admit No matter how hard I try I just end up getting covered in flour when I’m baking. I thought that perhaps it was time to make myself an apron.
In the first Sewing Bee book, is a cook’s apron and I thought I’d have a go at sewing that. I think it’s a little bit frilly, but I thought with the right fabrics it might look fun. I chose a print with bright red apples on it. I thought this would look fun and culinary! This is the first pattern I have made from the book. The book was a Christmas present, and I really should have got round to trying out the patterns long before now!
I’m quite lazy so I just reproduced the pattern by measuring the scale-drawing in the book. I couldn’t be bothered to print it from the internet. Getting it printed at a print shop just seemed like a silly expense for such a simple pattern.
I soon realised as I tried to put it together that something was amiss, but quickly figured out that they had mis-labelled the “bib” and “bib lining” pieces in the scale drawing to be the other way round. I checked online and the labels were correct. It was easy to fix seeing as I was cutting the bib and its lining from the same fabric.
What is it about sewing books though? Do I mysteriously always pick the project with the problems? Having read the review on Amazon I think I got off lightly with the minor error in this project. Some of the reviews were quite harsh. I would like to try some of the other patterns in the book, but from the reviews that might be a little tricky. Am I just bad at picking sewing books, are there actually some out there that are properly edited?
Anyway, back to the project. I made the waistband and the skirt frill from some old black fabric I had in my stash. The final touch was some rather nice linen bias binding in cream to finish the skirt edges.
Still can’t believe that it turned out that frilly. I didn’t set out to make something dainty and sweet. Just reminds me a little of the Stepford Wives. I’ll just cook up a casserole and take it round to my new neighbours….