February 4, 2012

THE ROOT OF MY APRON AFFINITY...

...I grew up in an extended household and my Granny, Mrs. Jesse Lee Thomas, ALWAYS were aprons.  I really can't pinpoint a time when she didn't have one on; she wore one while gardening, starched and pressed the ones she wore to her "Society Meeting", and of course the apron was part of her regular kitchen attire.     I can remember sitting in her lap - positioning my body in that apron down between her legs and it then became a swing of some sort (of course I was 100 plus pounds lighter back then).  Her aprons always had at least one pocket, and man you could find all sorts of things in there.  Maybe a peppermint, maybe a hankie, a spool of thread, and sometimes even a nail (as she was also a female carpenter - lol).

I still miss my Granny, and always will.  I attribute my apron affinity to her, but I only own two at the moment.  The one I made in 8th grade Home Ec class - my very first sewing project. Granny had kept up with it for me.  She returned it to me after I had long forgotten about it.   She must have known that the sewing bug would really hit me one day.  My other apron is one I made last summer that I've actually gotten lots of use from.

As a tribute to her I've decided to feed that affinity every now and again by adding to the collection.  So if you come over and happen to find me in the kitchen, I'll have one for you to wear too!  I've even got a special hanger on the kitchen door ready to house the collection.  Here's a picture of #3:
It's McCall's 6132 that I've done in two shades of polka dots and black.  The apron is fully faced or lined but not really reversible.  Guess I should have faced the hem in black as an after thought, but oh well.  I might go back and add a row black rick rack.  The pattern is easy, but the instructions for the straps were far more detailed for what I wanted to put into an apron. So I took sewer's liberty and made up my own.

So tell me, what is your sewing or crafting affinity, and why????
 

 

12 comments:

  1. I love your apron. I added the pattern to my wish list. I have an affinity for knits. Don't care what the garment is, as long as it's knit.

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  2. Fantastic apron and story. I too like aprons and have been know to wear one if I'm doing a lot of cooking.

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  3. I love aprons, unfortunately, I have sewn a few for other, none for myself. Well, it's time to change that. My crafting affinity is to make crochet items.

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  4. Love the story. Your Granny sounds like quite a talented woman! And your #3 apron is adorable!

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  5. Cute,cute, cute! Love the shoe! I can't think of a soecific affinity I have right now other than just sewing!!

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  6. What a sweet thing to share. You're so blessed to have such fond memories of your grandmother.

    That apron is adorable! I can't wait to see the others you make :)

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  7. I, too, have wonderful memories of both my grandmothers and their "couldn't do without" aprons. I still have some ofthem packed away. Need to pull a couple out and get inspired!

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  8. What a beautiful story!

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  9. Lovely story, Faye. I guess you could say I have an affinity for sewing linen, particularly handwork on linen like hemstitching and such. Like you , it was part of my childhood and has always stuck as something I love to do.

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  10. Loving your aprons. My grandmother wore aprons also and I have a few of my own.

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  11. What a lovely story :-)

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  12. Faye: I love this beautiful tribute to your grandmother. xo

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