So the most recent Tie One On theme was "Apple Cider."
I sat on this one until the last few weeks because I am obsessed with all things apple-related and wanted it to be perfect. You might say I mulled it over for a while... (You see what I did there? Yuk yuk yuk...)
Anyway, I am so pleased with how my apron turned out, I thought you'd love if I shared every painful detail of the process with you. Right?
Great then, here we go!
I started with an unprinted vintage feedsack, a bunch of old shirts, and some vintage bias tape and velvet ribbon. I wanted brown, but all my brown velvet ribbon had major dry rot and crumbled when I took it off the card.
Then I sort of measured my torso and made a paper pattern for the bodice and started cutting.
Laying it out:
I made two patchwork panels, one for the front and one for the back:
And used the cuffs of two of the shirts for the collar and the cap sleeves:
The back simply has a bias tape trim:
And the whole thing is attached in only two places -- a button at each side of the waistline:
Thar she blows!
I decided not to put pockets on, instead making a little satchel to go with it, based on some images I found online of vintage apple picking bags. Well, some had galvanized pails on top and fabric bottoms, but anyway...
I started by cutting up a little old (and damaged) canvas laundry bag and some ticking cloth. Then I made up an orchard, borrowing a name from a lumberyard my great-grandfather owned many, many years ago. And then I typed up a guide in Photoshop and hand-painted all the letters on the fabric:
Closer, 'cause I can't get enough of dark letters on light backgrounds:
After the fabric paint was heat-set, I sewed everything together and slipped pieces from a heavy gauge wire hanger into the seams at the top and bottom of the white canvas part to create the convex front I saw in those vintage examples. (Did that even make sense? I'm getting tired here, sorry.)
Then I callously stuffed it in a stock pot and dumped very wet coffee grounds all over it to stain the heck out of it.
After they sat for a while, I rinsed it and let it dry and attached a leather strap to it (an old, worn belt graciously donated by the husband).
The button and overalls clasp were in my slowly expanding vintage button stash:
And it works perfectly! The apples gently tumbled out the bottom with nary a bruise or gash:
And now for the apron again. Remember the apron?
This is it layered over one of my favorite dresses (I did not make the dress. I bought it on Etsy a while back.)
And the back:
And my favorites from our little photo shoot:
Many thanks to John for taking the orchard pictures.
And many thanks to anybody who made it to the end of this post. It felt long and rambly to me and I am tired of hearing myself talk. :)
The gallery is up here!!! They look awesome!