Thursday, December 18, 2008

Poultrypalooza Apron Redux

Tuesday evening fellow cube farmer, Rebecca, and I headed over to the Sewing Arts Center for a fabulous course in apron actualization taught by shop proprietor, Russell! I am a huge fan of apron-age and have tried my hand at one before, a poultry-themed lap wrap, but it didn't exactly display expert sewing technique. Basically, I just threw it together sans pattern, working from applique to finished product. The fact that it came together at all was more a result of luck than anything else.

So, needless to say, I do have a little sewing technique under my belt, albeit far (very far) from expert. Rebecca, on the other hand, is quite the avid seamstress, yet she is always interested in honing her skills and she's way into aprons (check out her etsy store!). Therefore, when she told me that Russell was teaching aprons and she was planning to take the class, I told her I was in!

I figured I'd do a little tribute to my first apron by revisiting the poultry theme in my second attempt...


Thanks for modeling Kristen!



Is it not darling?

Check out those wood scallops!



And the heart-shaped pocket!



This lovely piece of apron technology was also constructed sans pattern. Well, not entirely. Russell had us create a pattern for the bottom scalloped edge by using a quilting template and some freezer paper while in class. We also used a technique called the burrito roll to attach the scallops and apron strings to the body of the apron. All I have to say about the burrito roll technique is nea-to.

I am so proud of my little chicken apron! There are definitely more Sewing Arts Center classes in my future. Next up, I tackle the dreaded shirt...

Angelenos, won't you join me?

11 comments:

woolanthropy said...

I love your apron(s)! fantastic scallop and pocket detail. The burrito roll technique sounds very intriguing. I may need to hear more.

PurpleBecca said...

Another example of your mixture of playful design with amazing execution.

Red Rocket said...

Too cute! But where are the stuffed chicken parts to go with it?

By the way, congrats on the cover design. I'm so excited to see your patterns published so frequently, with Crochet Today.

Caroline B said...

That is so cute - love the fabrics! Good luck with making a shirt...fiddly!

Ann Marie said...

Wowza! I love your apron! Now, I'm motivated to make my own since I'll be getting a new sewing machine this Christmas! Yeah!

Sue said...

Very cute! Love the chickens but then again, I'm partial to chickens. Have you been bitten by the sewing bug? I have big time! The burrito roll technique sounds intriguing! I must research. Have fun with the sewing machine.

Batty said...

What I love about your creations is the attention to detail. The wood grain bottom, the cute chickens, the heart-shaped pocket... it's wonderful.

raeraethejetplane said...

I found you through a "needle felting" search. Glad to find a local! I wanted to make that same class but I was busy that day. Russell is a wonderful teacher.

You apron is adorable :)

Anonymous said...

Can u detail the burrito roll for me, please. tia

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Anonymous said...

Love your apron. Of course, I just love aprons. I have dozens of them. I just gave my 60+ year old apron that was made for me when I was a child to my granddaughter for her daughter to use. I really like your fabric choice. Where I live we have no fabric stores unless I want to drive for a couple of hours, which I don't. I order most of my fabric from online.
I'm very interested in the 'burrito roll' technique. I've never heard of it. It could be that I know it by another name, but I would most appreciate more info/detail.
Sorry to hear about your divorce and all of the pain you suffered. I've been through two and I can totally relate to the tranformations that you face, have faced and you will be a stronger & happier person.