The Guild’s 90+ Pillowcases Charity Donation!

Last month, some members of our Guild got together to sew some pillowcases for children at the local IWK children’s hospital. Members donated materials from their stash or bought for the purpose, then mixed and matched what came together at a sewing day to produce much of the pillowcase batch you see in the gallery below. Some took material home or continued their sewing at home to finish off the large bundle of over 90 pillowcases that you see below.

Thank you very much to everyone who donated and/or sewed the pillowcases! They look fantastic and I’m sure a lot of kids will love them!


More Aprons!

Wow, has it been a month since there was a posting here? It has been, indeed, with the previous post not really counting because it was just a WordPress feature I wanted to share with our members and site visitors. I’ve been rather busy, distracted by “sexy” new adventures that have led me to cheat on my relationship with sewing even, like podpoi and proverbs writing. No worries, I’m neither gonna run away to join the circus nor become the proverbial wise guy to anybody. 🙂

In our second to last post of 2013, I wrote about cocktail aprons from a few pictures I had seen on Pinterest. I wrote it without much information besides the visuals, and people were quick to offer lots of great information. Members Kathleen and Faye gave me feedback, with the latter emailing it to me with very similar content to the comments left with that post. A visitor, PrettyCharlie, also left a load of very good information.

Thank you to you all! The post is actually worth a reread with all the comments if you hadn’t seen the comments already!

For this post, I want to talk about aprons of a different sort I saw flash by on my Facebook feed. These are retro style aprons that look a LOT more functional than the cocktail aprons I last wrote about. They’re beautiful as is, but even more so in my eyes with the geek theme put on them by Etsy seller Bambino Amore (which is quite the name!). Click on images to enlarge and scroll through gallery.

These designer aprons sure are beautiful, and they are artworks she sells. However, you can make your own retro apron with a pattern she sells, and design it to your liking! I don’t know how good the pattern is, of course, without having tried it, but I might in the future!

Bambino Amore isn’t the only geeky apron maker out there, though, while I’m on geeky aprons. The Darling Army shop also has some, though in my opinion, they’re not nearly as good as Bambino Amore’s. Just a note that the opinions I express are not necessarily those of the Guild. 🙂

Despite not being as much to my liking, Darling Army does cover MANY other fan bases not covered by Bambino Amore, though they had trouble with copyrights and brand confusion given how they pretty much have avoided all the geek franchise names. But hey, if you gotta have your franchise to geek out properly, you gotta have your franchise!

Cocktail Aprons and Free Apron Patterns

I just saw cocktail aprons for the first time. I’ve attached three pictures below from the Metropolitan Museum of Art via my Pinterest account. However, I haven’t found a definition for what they are. Even Wikipedia doesn’t have anything on them! That’s rare, even though I know they’re not that rare of a thing.

Maybe they’re aprons worn at cocktail dress themed cocktail parties?

I know one thing, though. I like them! Looks more like a craft than a sewing project to make, though. There are links to a variety of free apron patterns here if you like, one of which is a cocktail apron supposedly, but it doesn’t look anything like the ones here. Probably that’s why it’s not in the MET!

Simplicity had one in 1956, apparently. 🙂

I say just buy something close, or get a dress skirt like it and custom modify.


A Pattern for Collars (Simplicity 1727)

A Pattern for Collars (Simplicity 1727)

I found this new pattern online this morning and thought I’d share why I thought it’d be of value to most sewists, myself included, on my blog. However, I don’t have a review on how good the pattern is, because I haven’t tried it, obviously.

Simplicity is on sale later this month at Fabricville for $1.99 each, if you need one, between Oct 29 to Nov 2. However, Read more