Hi everyone! I am so glad to be today's Sewlebrity at Sew Can She. My name is Julie Cefalu and my blog, The Crafty Quilter, is full of tutorials and inspiration for the quilter, sewist and crafter. I also work in a quilt shop, teach quilt classes and I have an online "tips & tricks" classroom at The Quilt Show. Yes, even when I'm sleeping, I'm dreaming about quilting! I was so excited when Sarah asked me to participate in the Just For You Sewlebrity Sew Along. I had already purchased Sarah and Caroline's book, Just for You and was waiting for the right time time to pick a project. Well, Sarah did that for me! She asked me to make the Retro Urban Apron and I'm so glad she did! I love to cook as well, so with the holidays coming up, this was the perfect project to make.
This apron has so much style, you don't need to worry much about what you wear underneath. The Retro Urban Apron does all of the pretty work for you! The sweet little ruffle on the bottom adds to the charm, and I love the gathered bodice.
This apron was quick and fun to make. If you're familiar with basic sewing, you will find this to be an easy project. If you've been quilting too long (like me) and you're a little rusty in the sewing department, there is a section in the back of the book called "Techniques You'll Use". This was a great resource for me, and I loved the tip boxes included in this section as well. I learned a great tip for making even gathers. One thing to consider when making this apron is the height of the recipient. I'm 5' 6" and the waistband landed a little too high for me. I would add 1" to 2" onto the bodice height next time. For my daughter, Nicole, who is 5' 4", it was just right. Lucky girl. Perhaps she'll be more willing to help out in the kitchen, now?
I love having a pocket in my aprons. This pocket has a gathered band that adds nice detail and keeps it pretty, as well as functional.
I used three coordinating prints from the Ladybug Blooms Collection by Anne Bollman for Clothworks. This fabric definitely has an Autumn feel to it and I love the ladybugs in the bodice piece. They look like polka dots until you see them up close.
I appreciate all of the little details that went into this apron. Even the tie-ends are cute! If you're tiny like Nicole, you can wrap them around to the front and tie them there. Or, if you're "full figured" like me, they look just as good tied in the back.
I love the idea of "selfish sewing" and now that I've made this apron, I'm ready for some more. What project will I tackle next? I have a feeling it will be another project from the Selfish Sewing book!
Thanks for letting me be in the Sewlebrity spotlight, today! If you hop over to my blog, The Crafty Quilter, you can enter my giveaway for a chance to win your own copy of Just For You. International entries are welcome!