Thursday, September 25, 2008

Perturbed by Patterns

It is 1:30 in the morning but I was so excited about my latest project that I couldn't wait to blog about it. You will have to endure potentially incoherent sentences, but the pictures will tell the story, too.

Last night I sat down after I put the kiddos to bed and pulled out the shirt for Jeff's Halloween costume. I had it all cut out and ready to sew. After reading the directions several times and hoping to find some hidden information anywhere to help me decode the instructions, I gave up. No big deal. Halloween is still a month away, right? I'll just pull out some doll clothes I want to make for Lyndsi for her doll for Christmas. There is already an adorable little Christmas night gown cut out. I thought I'd finish it and lessen the chances of losing pattern pieces. A short search for instructions took place before I could actually start. (Imagine finding the directions in the pattern envelope. Shocking!) Yeah. Couldn't figure that one out either. I gave up and enjoyed a little bit of a movie before I went to bed. This afternoon I decided to attempt another project-a child's apron for a birthday gift for a party McKay's going to this week. I found a cute little apron online complete with pattern and instructions. This should be way easy, right? Nope. Couldn't figure that one out either. I couldn't even get past putting the pattern together. What in the world is going on here??!!!! I have made things way more complicated than a simple man's shirt, doll clothes and apron for heaven's sake! ARGHHH! I have concluded Jeff mistakenly packed my brain and took it with him on his business trip. (Jeff, could you fed-ex that back please? I need it!)

I really did need to get that apron done, though. It was the inspiration for the entire birthday gift. Besides the apron, McKay is giving her a sugar cookie mix, frosting and sprinkles, and a cookie cutter. Do you see the theme? The apron is quite important here. Luckily, Jeff only took the left side of my brain-the problem solving side. (Hopefully he'll do some upgrades on it while he has it.) The right side is still here with me and it can be quite good at improvising. I just learned to make a hostess apron and thought it would be easy to adapt it for a child, add a bib and there you go! The only problem was I didn't know how to do the waist band with the top part of the apron. Thanks to Annette (you were really helpful), I figured it out and spent the rest of the night creating this darling apron that I am almost sad to give away. (NOTE: It is pink and white not red and yellow. The lighting at 1 a.m. is not the best for beautiful photos.)


I also made her a set of bows:


And some for another cute little friend:

8 comments:

The Chamberlain Family said...

Cute apron and bows Angie! You are always the Craft Queen in my book! I think it's amazing that you can do that kind of stuff! So, craft on girl! And what a cute idea for a birthday gift! I'm always lame, and hand out gift cards!

Melissa said...

So cute! I love that apron! I may have to get with you to help me to make some for my nieces for Christmas!! I love them!! I can't believe how crafty you are! I wish I were more like that! :)

rubberbandgirl said...

So cute! So cute! I love the bows!!!
The brain comments...very funny!

nateandcj said...

okay angie....where do you find the time to do all of this besides in the wee hours of the morning? You are so creative... the apron and bows are darling, which BTW what website did you learn those from, I have been wanting to make some for Brynlei (now that she finally has enough hair) ?

Chad and Kristen said...

OK, you weren't kidding about being more crafty in the fall! OK so I overheard you saying that there was talk of a plan for one day a month to get together to "craft" let's set it up!!! I need to learn how to make those bows, or pay you to make me some!!!! Way cute!!! and you can match it perfectly to whatever your "princess" is wearing!! Teach me!!

Emily said...

Angie, I think you could probably do a crafting class on these bows and aprons and all of us would attend.

marlene said...

SO CUTE!!! I have just never caught on to the whole sewing thing - I get jealous sometimes of people that do :) And the bow thing - darling. Could I pay you to make some for Kenna? I would even get all the supplies if you would put them together...

Chad and Kristen said...

If I forget to call you today 09/29 please call me...it's about MK