Outer Fabric – City Limits Black & White Tenements Lining Fabric – Anna Griffin Bird Print Ties & Waistband – My Folklore Floral
Anyone who knows my sewing history, knows that I started with the skirt. Learning to make a skirt was what got me hooked on sewing. I took one skirt pattern and used it as the base for drafting all kinds of different skirts. It was the only thing I knew how to make at the time and now my closet is full of them. Before there were 13 dresses, there were about 30 skirts.
I didn’t really feel compelled to add another skirt to my collection. What interested me most about the Barcelona Skirt pattern was the Apron Overlay. I love to wear a dress with jeans and this just seems like a great way to wear a ‘skirt’ with jeans.
Amy likes to use lots of fabrics in her patterns. I really find this challenging, mixing lots of different prints that I’m going to wear at the same time. When I made the Lotus dress, I couldn’t even choose two coordinating fabrics. I decided to try it Amy’s way this time and do all three fabrics. My first selections were blues and greens, but I couldn’t get past two coordinating fabrics. I switched over to black and white and quickly settled on these three fabric choices.
While the Barcelona skirt pattern is super simple, the Apron Overlay requires a bit more attention to detail. As always, I’m impressed with Amy’s clever design and learned some great construction techniques with this reversible pattern. It’s the little touches, like the little pleat in the ties and the split front with contrast banding that make me love this sweet apron.
I wore it the other day with jeans because I had just finished it and couldn’t wait. With the crazy hot weather we’re having right now, I don’t know what I was thinking. Clearly I was in a ‘fashion trance’, where all logic goes out the window. I know I’m not the only one, ‘fess up to one of yours.
July 22, 2008 at 7:35 am
July 22, 2008 at 7:58 am
Thank you for your post! I’ve had this pattern for a few months now, but it’s been intimidating me from the start. I love the finished look of yours and can’t wait to try mine.
Speaking of being in a fashion trance, there was a gentleman yesterday at our local library branch that was wearing jeans, dress shirt, with an acrylic sweater (I’m pretty sure) over the shirt. It was NINETY-FIVE DEGREES!!! You, I can give oodles and oodles of slack to, this fella? not so much. 🙂
Again, thank you for sharing.
Jenny – Hi, nice to meet you. I’ve just looked at your cute blog that is filled with lovely aprons. I can’t see why you’d be intimidated by this one. You should try it out, I think you’ll pick up some good tricks and ideas for your own designs.
LOL – i love your acrylic sweater story. How about this? I saw a man on the street yesterday take his pants off and continue on walking in his underwear. Um, yes it was hot, but that’s a new one. Usually the shirt is the first to go.