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Late this past fall I decided to make my four nieces and nephews their very own aprons for Christmas. Between preparations for the craft fair and making many homemade holiday gifts, I simply couldn’t muster the energy. So when Amy posted her newest apron theme, Paris, I knew what I’d be making the kiddos for their birthdays this year…aprons!
The first apron I made was for my seven-year old niece Marybeth. A natural dancer, exquisite artiste, and all-around thoughtful young fille, I wanted something soft and delicate to match her demeanor. Using fabrics from French General (the mint and white stripe is Andover), I created a more French Provence look than Paris, but French nonetheless!
Using my fabric label tutorial, I created a little name tag that I hand-sewed to an inside seam. I used McCalls pattern M6255, which worked up nicely; very straightforward. The scalloped hemline was trouble, but man is it exciting to see how much my sewing skills have improved since my first apron attempt.
This apron was for my nine-year old nephew Benjamin. Incredibly bright (as in scary smart), creative and bold, I wanted his apron to reflect his unique personality. Colorful, vibrant, asymmetrical.
image source: world city photos
For the main apron panel I used a Joel Dewberry print that I purchased during one of Bolt’s fabulous sales. The lines and color of this fabric are supposed to mimic the pig iron lines of the Eiffel Tower at night. I used the colors of the French flag and incorporated a red and white stripe, reminiscent of a classic Saint James nautical stripe. C’est magnifique! The pattern is McCall’s M5551 and sewed up very fast.
The apron above is for my four-year old niece Ellie. With a highly energetic, bubbly, and helpful personality, I wanted bold colors, a fun print, and quirky details. I continued the theme of using French flag colors, and added whimsical ric rac, and a black and white birdcage print for the apron skirt. Birdcages are a bit french, no? The apron also has a sweetly stamped name tag, sewn discreetly on the back side. Again I used McCalls pattern M6255.
The final apron, for my littlest nephew Eliah, was the most fun to sew. It really needed a baker’s hat, which I didn’t have the energy to sew, so I added a baker’s hankerchief around the neckline instead. I used McCall’s pattern M5551. The embroidery, which is like, on his stomach, but looked like it would be high up on his chest like a name tag when I was making it, reads: Le Chef. This little guy’s personality is just so fierce (in the best way) – the title elicits hysterics from me. And yes, he is the very same little boy whom I made the heart surgery doll for.
He celebrated his third birthday this past month; lion themed, his choice. My sister crocheted every party goer a lion mane; my mom knitted us lion ponchos. They were amazing. Roar!
Me (Kimberly) with the partial bambino crew.
So, there you have it! Er…et voila! J’adore this theme. If you’re new to this blog and participated in the apron challenge, please leave a link to your apron in the comments; I’d love to see what you created. Happy Sewing!