Blue Darjeeling Tea Garden, by Dena Designs for Free Spirit Fabrics. The large print on it is perfect for a bigger girl like me. I do have to admit, I was a little worried about it fitting me- it's been a while since a "large" fit me, but it was just right. Actually, when I finished sewing it was too large in the chest, and the sides of the halter kinda flapped around. How in the world did that happen? Luckily once I washed it, the apron shrunk to the perfect size, so no more awkward side-boob pockets.
Now, I'm not an expert sewist (sew-er? Because otherwise it looks like sewer, and ew... gross) mind you, in fact, I'm pretty much a beginner. But there were just a couple little things I'd do differently next time. The patter calls for the halter to be sewed, then the halter straps to be inserted (same process for the waistband). I think it would look better if the straps were sewn to the main pieces, then the main pieces sewn. I could be wrong, it could be impossible to turn right-side out that way, but it was awkward for me to do it this way. Other than that, the patter was super easy to read, and turned out beautifully!! Love-it!
Now, a little shout-out to my Grandma, who passed away almost 6 years ago now. Grandma had many sewing boxes. Most of them are beautiful, delicate, floral covered baskets, exactly what you would expect a grandma to have. But, she also had this beast (my current box is behind it):
She was a very well-off woman. Really, she could've bought the sewing box of her dreams But I love that
she had this, and kept and used it. The top is cracked, and the main part of the box is a very groovy avocado green. I found this at my mom's house when I was in desperate need for some brown thread. I looked in (no kidding) 5 other sewing boxes before finally finding this one. At the very bottom of the box, still in the packaging, was this:
It's a horrible photo, but it is the perfect shade of brown to match the coat zipper that I was fixing! At the time it felt very much like she bought it just for me and left it there waiting. I just about cried when I found it. In addition, was the perfect thread to match the apron above, and these:
How cool is that?!? Also in the box were some crazy Christmas applique cut-out fabrics. It just so happened that I mentioned some of these would be perfect for an ugly Christmas sweater party within an hour of finding them. So, I want to say thank you to my grandma. It may be silly, but finding the threads and appliques all when needed just seems to be a little sign from her that maybe, just maybe I'm on the right path here. It kinda feels like Mary Poppins magic carpet bag, that just happens to have everything that I need in it. I will be hanging on to this for a very, very long time.