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December 20, 2008

Winter apron swap

I have just taken part in a winter apron swap, organised by Lucy at the Sassy Apron Swap.

My beautiful apron came from Melbourne-girl, Sparkly Green Knickers. It has been made from a fabulous vintage design produced by the pattern department at The Argus (a Melbourne newspaper published from 1846 to 1957).

I love everything from bright, cheery print through to the gorgeous trims such as the ric-rac and yo-yo (pictured, top). And the positioning of this button-hole makes me smile. As they would say in Burda World of Fashion ... very witty!

Thank you Sparkly Green Knickers for such a great apron (oh, and all the goodies you included too!). I can't wait to wear my festive new apron on Christmas Day .

Some of the beautiful decorations made by SGK

My swap partner was Donnell from Wicked Pete, in far away Texas. I made a full apron in green from a 1950s vintage pattern reprint, Simplicity 3544 (view A). It was quite a nice pattern to sew, but unusually included a couple of darts. There was also quite a lot of bias binding involved ... nearly 9 metres in all! I made most of the binding from a green and black print and then used the same fabric to add some little applique and beaded Christmas trees onto the pockets.

Donnell says she's worn the apron instead of her lab coat while teaching. I can't help wondering if they use Bunsen burners in fifth grade science ... I just hope I didn't put anything too flammable on there!

The next swap will be fun - a Valentine themed swap. There will be limited sign-ups in December and January. See Sassy Apron Swap for details.


  1. I have to confess that I had no idea that the button hole doubled as a mouth! Glad to hear that you like it!

  2. The apron is completely gorgeous. The one you sent off was divine as well. Such clever ladies! Have a great Christmas!

  3. Such gorgeous aprons... loving all of that binding on both of them!

  4. I love the look of your apron and all your great binding.
    Not to mention how fabulous your red one is.


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