Thursday, March 10, 2011

An Apron...and a Realization

First, I thought I'd show you a sewing project I recently finished. A vintage-style apron:

The front:
And the back:
This thing really covers you up. It's practically a dress. The pattern is Simplicity 3544. After seeing some aprons online, I got the idea that I needed to make one. I really like the vintage styles and found the pattern and material at Wal-Mart. The material for this apron somehow just shouted 1950s to me with its bright yellow background and red flowers. I haven't been much of an apron wearer in the past, but probably should have been, seeing as how anytime there is flour involved, it usually seems to go everywhere. I haven't actually worn the apron yet. I'm thinking I may have to tie a dish towel around me to keep my apron from getting dirty. :)

If you haven't looked lately, you can't imagine how many aprons are sold and available for sale at Etsy! I didn't realize they were so popular now. I bought some more material, and would like to try and come up with a pattern similar to some of the ones I've seen on Etsy.

And now...The Realization. It seems like every time I post, I've become enthralled with some new hobby/craft. I go surfing around the internet and think, "Oooh, isn't that cool?! I should try that!" Then while looking up information about that hobby, I come across something else and think, "Oooh, isn't that cute?! I should try that!" And so on. And of course, you have to order the equipment necessary to try it. I've often wondered why I can't seem to stick with a particular craft without trying out something else before I've hardly learned the first one. Is this weird or what?

The first "needlework" type crafts I remember doing are probably embroidery, crochet, and sewing. Since then, I've made miniature quilts, appliqued on sweatshirts, done counted cross stitch, and, of course, there's the whole fiber thing: knitting, spinning, wool dyeing, carding, wet felting, needle felting, weaving. And this isn't even counting photography, genealogy, soapmaking, digital scrapbooking, papermaking, and who knows what else. I think sometimes even baking and trying out new recipes fall under this category. Then a couple of weeks ago, on a trip involving my latest project (I'll save that for another post), as I pondered all of this "first-one-hobby-and-then-another" and "why-don't-you-stick-with-one-hobby" business, I came to the realization...I
have stuck with one hobby all this time. My real hobby. Yes. My real hobby is...Trying Out New Hobbies.

Wow! It's kind of a relief in a way, figuring this out. A little hard on the pocketbook at times, but nice to know that maybe it's not so weird after all. I guess the excitement is in the learning.

Next time, I'll try to show you my latest "new thing." :)


Knitted Gems said...

Ooh, I love - LOVE - your apron! I hope to make me an apron after I finish up on the pants I am sewing for Elly.

I can't wait to hear what craft has grabbed your attention.

Pearlesyarn said...

Your apron is super cute. I love vintage things and the 1950's is one of my fave eras along with the 1940's

I like your hobbies explaination, that's brilliant, lol:-) You do loads of things, very impressed.

Anonymous said...

Brenda, I love your apron. Good job. I really like the wide shoulder straps, it must look lovely on. I like this an other "full" coverage style aprons. I wear an apron for everything. Actually, I put my apron on first thing and wear it all day, only changing it if I need a clean one to go out.


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