Monday, 28 November 2011

An aprony LANT, that's LANT, not rant - sorry to disappoint!

Not only have I managed another Christmas present, I've also managed another LANT.  Nope, my LANT isn't "making an apron", it's ruffles.  When I saw this pattern I knew I had to make one and my mother-in-law seemed the perfect victim, I mean recipient, as she always wears an apron in the kitchen.




It took me about 3 hours to make, but about an hour of that was finding co-ordinating fabrics.  As we don't have the luxury of cheap fabrics in Britain, I very rarely buy full or half metres, and I never buy half metre bundles so I had to scrounge around for co-ordinating fabrics.  Above are 2 quarter yards sent to me as a giveaway price, a old pillow case, some ticking I bought when I first started sewing and a fat quarter that I cut in half and sewed back together.



I had to refer to The Compendium of Sewing Techniques when making the ruffles, so this counts as a Craft Book Challenge too!   The photos above is terrible, but it was dark by that point, so I apologise, I just wanted to show you my lovely ruffles all lined up.


Getting a picture of the completed apron was tricky, I tried the exercise bike but it wasn't very successful.  When following the pattern, I felt that the size given for the bib was too small as it didn't even cover one of my (admittedly over-sized) boobs, and although my mother-in-law isn't quite as chesty as me (few people are), I thought it was too small so I made it bigger.  This caused problems when I tried it on as the top gapped.  A few carefully placed pleats later and it's perfect!



I LOVE the ruffles.  I actually want one of these myself, but I would never wear an apron in the kitchen.  Do you think I could get away with wearing it for work?


I love you ruffly apron.



12 comments:

Too many eggs said...

wow she won't want to get it dirty, love the colours

Sandra :) said...

1. My chest could rival yours any day :D
2. Apron is gorgeous - your MIL is a lucky victim! Those fabrics go great together - you have that "ability to combine random colours in a pleasing manner" knack - Nancy has it too!
3. If you don't want to wear it in the kitchen, wear it to greet hubby when he gets home from work. And guess what you would wear under it? WINK!!!

Farm Girl said...

Lovely apron Wendy, those ruffles are so pretty. Well done on the new LANT.

Allie said...

Wow oh wow - girl, this is flat-out gorgeous! Great gift! Loved Sandra's number 3....*giggle*

Fiona said...

It is an awesome apron.....
Hugz

Stitchin' time said...

You were meant to have the pleats in the bib as it just makes it go perfectly with the ruffles. I usually wear an apron in the kitchen and the one you made is so colourful and 'flouncy' if I had it it would be the one I wore to serve meals at parties and Christmas.
Lol, the 'flash' apron!
Cheers,
Robyn

Joysze said...

Oh gosh, that's so pretty!!!!

Nancy Lee said...

This is so pretty! Well done you!
I don't get to do many ruffles now that my baby girl has grown up into a very serious adult :-) I used to make her Daisy Kingdom dresses and it seemed that almost all of them involved some sort of ruffle. They are so pretty and involved looking, but not as challenging as they appear. Your MIL is lucky. Make the apron anyway. I wear them now and then whilst doing various chores, not just cooking.

rebekahdawn said...

Very pretty! Love the ruffles!

ferby said...

This is so cute! I wish I had one just like this :)

Suzanne said...

Beautiful apron!

Pam said...

Did you wear it to work... LOL??? A very pretty apron, Wendy... I love ruffles. I had to Google ticking, so I've learnt something today.