apron action

15 February 2009

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My niece got a play kitchen for her third birthday, so I made her an apron to go with it.

I used this tutorial (pdf)  to get the size right (I hope), because I really have no idea how big kids are at different ages.

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I used one of Aunty Cookie‘s printed panels for the front, and added a double welt pocket instead of a patch pocket, because I didn’t want to cover up any of the gorgeous pattern.

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The back and the buttons come from Prints Charming.

I was so taken with the red-and-white freshness and the apron-ness (I know that’s not a word, but I mean the feeling that aprons incite, of determined and useful activity and competence and creating and yummy treats and fingerpaints), that I decided I needed one too.

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Mine uses the pattern from Lotta Jansdotter’s Simple Sewing.  It’s got cunning litle pleats and some side shaping so it’s ever so flattering.

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And it’s reversible! I may never take it off.

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Like everyone else this week, when I think of the fires, I am overwhelmed and horrified and deeply, deeply sad.  Like everyone, I have struggled to find words.  This is the best I can do.

Here is a suggestion.  Today is Valentine’s Day.  Find someone you love, anyone.  Hold them close, feel their heart and their breathing.  Tell them how precious they are, how much you love them.  Feel how fragile life is.

And then take the money you would have spent on the corny card, the over-priced dinner, the wilting red roses, the stuffed teddy holding a satin heart,  the cupcakes and give it to one of these good causes.  Because there are people who need real true love, more than anything, now.

The Red Cross and NAB are running the Victorian bushfires 2009 – Appeal and asking people to donate blood where possible. You can donate at any NAB branch, or by direct debit using: Victoria Bushfire Relief Fund; BSB: 082-001; Account: 860 046 797. You can donate by phone on 1800 811 700, or online here.

You can also donate to the Salvos here, and Myer will match dollar for dollar any donations made to the Salvos in a Myer store.

ABC Melbourne also has a list of other ways you can help, including by donating clothing and caring for pets and other animals.

The other important thing you can donate is blood. You can sign up to be a blood donor at www.donateblood.com.au.

Pip from Meet Me at Mikes is co-ordinating Handmade Helps Out.

Feel free to add any other links in the comments.

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These little monkeys are dancing and wriggling over a little dress for the latest baby produced in my circle of friends, Miss Harper Rose.  When her mother and I shared a house, we used to refer to babies as monkeys, and we had a collection of monkey pictures on the fridge.  Now J-Do has a cheeky monkey of her very own, with a monkey-dress to wriggle about in.  And who says little girls have to wear pink?

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:: fabric – aranzi aronzo