A couple of months ago, when I first set out to Craft up some Hope by making an apron or two, warming up my apron-making chops seemed like a good idea. As it turns out, it was: Those Christmas aprons? You know, the ones that I’ve made before? Well, I didn’t mark my pieces and of course it’s a poorly guarded secret that I sometimes speed-read right past the most key points of the directions, and — yadda yadda yadda — I mixed up the two straps. Of course, it wasn’t until I made this one that I realized the mistake. Whoopsie daisy! At least now I know why the elastic didn’t seemed kind of stretched out and the waist strap looked awfully big.
You’ll note that I didn’t put it all together as I noticed the funky elastic and extra-large belt. No, siree.
Luckily, those were going to family — family who will be getting new ones before it’s time to bake Christmas cookies, anyway. (Oh, come on — like I’m not going to make special Christmas cookie-baking aprons!) This batch of aprons, however, needed to be right the first time around.
And, of course, by the first time around, I mean after I re-did the straps. The first set was the wrong width. It’s a slippery slope when I make changes to a pattern, especially if there’s any sort of math involved. Note to self: When you make changes, make notes. Aside from that little hiccup, it was smooth sailing. The pattern came from Lotta Jansdotter’s first book, and it’s still my favorite work apron. See how flattering it is to the banister post? Gorgeous! Hopefully, they’ll be useful to the ladies who receive them in Haiti.