For the past two weeks I've been making more aprons for the Peacock Cafe in Leavenworth and here are the five I've completed.
The embroidery on the left is hand embroidered and the chick was done with my sewing machine. I just sketched a basic outline and went over and over it with stitching. Most of the fabrics used in my aprons are reclaimed linen from some really unflattering women's dresses. I have to tell you that most of them already look like giant feed sacks before I deconstruct them.
This picture does not do this apron justice. I love the chocolate color of the fabric and the pale pink of the tea towel is beautiful along with the pale gray stitching on it. The linen ruffle was cut from a really weird pants outfit that would've been completely see through because the weave is so loose. But it makes an absolutely perfect ruffle on my aprons.
It is really hard to photograph my aprons by hanging them up but I hope you can tell that this one says "Home." There are few words that I think evoke such deep nostalgia like the word home does. It has wonderful, rich nostalgia for me and I hope for most people. I also think it evokes a deep sense of longing to belong somewhere. I think it is perfectly suited to an apron.
This is my patriotic apron. There is some red stitching detail on each pocket. I was asked to make some aprons look patriotic but had a hard time coming up with something that I didn't think looked hokey. Any suggestions?
You can see some of the red stitching detail in this picture. The flowers I add are always detachable and can be worn on a shirt or a purse as well.
The flowers are made from some chiffon fabric that I cut into circles and singed on the edges with a candle. I think they look like brown poppies.
I really enjoy creating these aprons out of old garments. The linen is usually softer and on most of the backs of the aprons I used vintage sheets. I hope to get a few more aprons done before I hand them over to be sold. They take a good chunk of time to create since I want to feel inspired by them as I sew them.
I don't really know how to "sign off" on my posts so I guess I'll say..."that's all I have to say about that"- to quote one of my favorite movies, Forrest Gump...well whatdaya expect, I AM from Alabama!!!!