Friday, July 10, 2015
Sew Liberated Gathering Apron: A Review
I fell in love with Sew Liberated's Gathering Apron the minute I saw it. I don't know if it's because I I aspire to having chickens or what, but I think it's really sweet. So even though I rarely remember to use one of the aprons I already have, after the fire, I decided to treat myself to the pattern during one of her sales, and then didn't make it for a year.
I finally got it out last year and did a test run with some quilting fabric. I wasn't too happy with how it came out. The prints were busy, so all the cute details (that took FOREVER to make) were lost. Also, I hated the process of making it, and it took about 10 times longer than I had planned for it to.
So I needed a gift for a swap this month and decided I could make up the Gathering Apron again, this time using a dark blue linen (I think--it's very soft, but looks and feels like linen to me otherwise) that I had thrifted at some point.
Got one of my straps twisted and didn't know. Oops!
I think it came out pretty cute, although the dark blue still obscures some of the detailing, but it's much better than the print version.
On the second run, I can officially say I just hate making this pattern. It's so extremely fiddly. The directions themselves are good, but as I'm going through, I keep thinking, "There has GOT to be an easier way to do this...." for basically every single step. And there are a lot of steps. The end product is nice, with all enclosed seams, etc, but.... it's a lot of work to get there, and I'm just not sure an apron warrants all of that.
The pattern is well put together, and the parts fit together. The directions make sense, though sometimes I had to read steps a couple times and minor directions (like to press) are left out. There is a video tutorial that I used last year to understand what was happening with the gussett. So, the pattern and instructions work, just be prepared to futz with it for hours. :)