Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Busy Exciting Time

     Aprons, yet again aprons. I have a new shop that I am sewing for trying to get ready to open.  An online shop that is with Handmade Artists' Shop. It is called of course dolly's designs...I should have been more original with the name but it stuck because of this blog.  I have been searching high and low finding antique or vintage apron patterns. There are a great number of them but some are so fragile it doesn't seem worth the high price to buy them. However I have found a few and will be making them and selling them in this shop. My daughter says why don't I just make some to look like them but it wouldn't be the same to me.  
     The sizes in the patterns as well as ready to wear clothing have changed dramatically over the years. We humans are getting larger and larger and not just in weight but in height and bone structure. It still amazes me to see the difference.  An example for the pattern shown above: Vintage 50s size 18-20 Bust measurements are 38-40inches and waist measurements are 30-32 inches.  Now a size 20 pattern usually fits a 42" bust and 34" waist. These are just examples.........changes
     I am very excited about this new venture. Those of you that sew and create, I think that probably will be all of you readers, know the love of creating. It is not all about the money, it is for the love of doing it.  Of course we need more money to buy more supplies so we can make more creations, don't we?
     I want to thank Heidi for the beautiful fabric that she has just sent to me. I won her monthly UFO sewing challenge and just look at that collection. Isn't it gorgeous?  I hope that for those of you that sew and quilt you will join her and send your link her prizes are great!!! Besides don't you want to show off your creations?  I sure do.

Thanks Heidi from UFO Roll Call

 The first item I think to go in the store will be some of my very own Grandma Cora's pattern that is very sentimental to me. 

They were taught not to smile very much in pictures but this was the sweetest, most pleasant woman I have ever met in my entire life.  She never uttered a harsh word against anybody.  It is because of this and my other grandmother that I have such a love for sewing.  Growing up watching them sew was just sheer pleasure. Memories of going to our small town fabric store and standing in line for what seemed like hours while she had fabric cut. I then in later years had my girls standing while I had fabric cut. Love, love, love fabric..well should say like, grandma said don't love things...I really like fabric Grand Mama.

Photo 1
This is a dressy little number
I see so many cute possibilities for this little number.

I am busy sewing and having fun.
What are you doing?
Please share with Heidi so we can all see what you are making.

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  1. I love,love,love, the last pattern. I like the full one with the chicken on it. Please let me know when your store is open. PS. this is a order.

  2. I look forward to your new shop opening too. I want one of those cute half aprons. Thank you dear friend for sharing your talents with us and for your kind words and encouragement. You made my day.



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