But I've had two yards of my sakura red fabric staring at me for months now. The time had come. My husband and son were handling Mother's Day breakfast, and I had the house to myself for three (!) hours. Thanks, boys!
I knew I wanted to make an apron, but I couldn't find a pattern online that suited what I had in mind—something a little old-fashioned, sort-of pinafore-y, but NOT a halter. I was not built for halters, folks.
After rooting around on the web for a while, I decided I was going to have to just wing it. But, um, I really have no idea what I am doing in the garment construction arena. And I have a pathological fear of cutting fabric. So I'm still kind of shocked I went for it, but I did. It's not perfect, but I think it turned out pretty darned cute for a first try at no pattern. I didn't finish sewing the straps on before our guests arrived, so I wore it pinned, but no-one seemed to mind.*
Now I'm planning to take what I learned from this one and make another apron next weekend from some of the peacock fabric I have lying around. Darts? Check. Inverted pleats? Check. Covering buttons with heavy-weight canvas? Uncheck. My fingers still hurt from trying to shove those buggers into the button maker thingy. They sure do look cute, though...
Once I get the pattern all de-wonkified, would y'all be interested in a tutorial or a pdf pattern? If there's enough interest in the comments, I'll start working on it.
*I was really proud of myself for letting go of my obsessive need to over-do the food at family gatherings. But I really wanted to wear my new apron, so my husband let me scramble the eggs—nothing more, I swear. Everybody wins!