Saturday, February 6, 2010

Apron: Fashion Accessory?

I was looking for an interesting pattern (free pattern...yes, I am just that cheap) for an apron and look what turned up. The woman who wrote this back in 1926 took her aprons seriously!
Did you ever stop to consider how many different kinds of aprons there were? A great, big, roomy, coverall apron for mother when guests are expected and important things are happening in the kitchen. A wee bit of a lace apron for the person who is in charge of the tea-urn at five o'clock. A smart bungalow apron to make household duties seem pleasant, and a rather petty apron with deep pockets for the sewing room. And, of course, sweet little aprons for the kiddies—gaily colored and bound with an almost grown-up regard for smartness.

You see, there are really so many interesting kinds of aprons that the subject deserves a lesson all by itself. We're going to teach you little important points about tea-aprons and work-aprons, children's aprons and chafing-dish aprons. And when you are all finished with the lesson, you are actually going to make a pretty apron for yourself.
It sounds like something out of a simpler, safer and happier time, but every generation has it's burdens. The women who were sewing aprons in 1926 were just a few years away from the Great Depression, child birth was a major cause of death for women, and people still routinely died from smallpox. I need to remind myself of these things when I yearn for simpler times.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Goals for 2010

I have a few sewing goals for 2010 and without going into too much detail, here they are:

  • Master the use of my serger. It's old and not very fancy, but it's functional and it's a crime to just let it sit.
  • Master the use of my sewing machine. It's relatively new and very fancy so it's an even bigger crime to fail to use all the features.
  • When I say "master the use of my sewing machine," that includes the embroidery function.
  • Make a well-fitting blazer. This will have to come towards the end of the year because, of course, one of my other goals is to lose a few (okay, maybe more than a few) pounds.

That's it for now. I'll have to come up with some intermediate steps for the first three goals so I can measure my progress.