I got today off, but Christian didn't. This sucks because three day weekends with him are wonderfully lazy and fun, but it's great because a day alone means I get to sew to my heart's content. Veronica's with her dad, which means I have the whole house to myself for a full day which hasn't happened since I don't know when. I decided to get to work.
My mom bought this gorgeous embroidered piece from an antique mall in Orange when she was here over the holidays.
She wanted it made into an apron, so I made her this.
I love this lady. What's amazing is that much of the outline is a stem stitch, with (what looks like) all six strands of embroidery floss.
When I make a stem stitch it's never this tight. I mean, just look at the back - how it almost looks like a back stitch.
I am thinking that a tighter stem stitch is what makes this look so beautiful. I'll need to remember that the next time I embroider.
I bound the edges with binding tape I made from some great green material since it's her favorite color. I also made a round neck, which I think is more vintage than the kind of neck I normally put on an apron. I used the neck back from Butterick 5353 and neck side from Simplicity 2925 as guides with a little changing here and there. I don't think you need a pattern to do that, but I just prefer one since I'm far more comfortable that way. Plus, something that's already drafted means you don't waste time and/or fabric fidgeting with measurements. :)
I also added a wee pocket. She's now in the Itty Bitty Pocket Committee.
Now I'm off to PetSmart to replace the four fish I killed this last week (don't ask) and I'm going to finish my black slacks that I've had cut for months. If I have time, I'll also finish my Feelin Stitchy February Stitch Along dish towel and this little number.
Yes, that was an Ikea ironing board cover. Why do you ask? :)