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'Easy Fit Pinafore Dress' PDF Pattern
FOR SALE VIA : www.VerityHope.com
I'm going to take a little step back in time now...Do you remember these?
The 'Flower Pickin' Pinny'...
and the Kitty Pinafore?...
Well, almost on a DAILY BASIS, I'm kindly asked if I would start making them again or at least sell the pattern. Making them at this moment would be a little tricky since my beloved sewing machine is out of reach HOWEVER.... could I make them into instant PDF pattern downloads? WHAT DO YOU THINK?
It has been playing on my mind for a long time now and since I've got the new
Verity hope dolls pattern out...
then I'm thinking to give the dress patterns ago too.
So, it's a very rainy, wet afternoon and perhaps the perfect day to start work on them.
I've not done a full size clothing pattern as a PDF before so it will take some working out.
Has anyone had a go at making clothing PDFs before?
I would love to hear your experiences?
In the meantime, here is another portrait of my favourite Verity Hope girls... and their BLOG:
I have opened up a second Etsy shop. This new shop calle:
will concentrate on the original country aprons and clothing and general pretty things etc. If I ever do make more Verity Hope dresses, this is where I will post them for sale.
I do have a couple of pairs of pantaloons and a few Kitty pinafores sitting unfinished in the store room so eventually these will go up for sale but ... not just yet! May even be next year before I can get back to those again.
In the meantime here are some country aprons currently available in the new shop:
Meanwhile I'll be concentrating on these in the usual shop:
The Lady Arabella Apron kit is currently available from the SHOP while stocks last. It is a limited edition kit.
Ideal for BEGINNERS!
NO cutting out!
SEWING made EASY!
All the pieces are pre-cut and ready to sew!
Fabric: 55%linen, 45% cotton.
Colour: rich red
Easy to follow instructions.
Pre-cut fabric pieces.
Skill level: beginner
Equipment needed: thread, scissors, sewing machine (can also be sewn by hand).
These are for the actual apron.
I hope everyone enjoyed themselves over the festive season. I have so much sewing to get on with now after a busy period. So low on stock with EVERYTHING! especially the Verity Hope dresses which sold really well over Christmas. I'll try and get all the sizes out again as soon as time allows. I have a couple more runs to do in the current colours: Loganberry, Moonlight, Forest Green and Brown before it'll be time to order a new colour of two for Spring. I'm already thinking about that...thinking I may finally succumb to black as I have a 'floral' idea to go with that...think French??? and may even do some bloomers in black to match. I've also had many requests to bring back the red (Ruby) colour so am giving it serious thought. Red would also fit in well with the theme I'm thinking up. But anyway back to NOW....I'm going to be unavailable the last two weeks of January so that will explain why the sites will be lower on stock for the next month or so. But hopefully by mid February all the sizes will start to appear again. I can't wait to get some more Bloomers out....there's been a long delay with the fabric suppliers so again we're looking towards late Feb early March before I can get the sizes out again. All in all it means A LOT of work ahead!
Apron.ology™ by Stampington and Company is coming out very soon! Feb 1st is the launch date I believe. It'll be strange seeing one's own aprons featured in a magazine. Does anyone else have an apron appearing in it? I'd love to hear. In time for the launch I've managed to squeeze in some apron time. I'm making individual one of a kind ones. Here's a sneak preview...
Hoping to do a photo shoot next week to show them of properly...that's if the temperature goes up a bit! Will be mighty chilly to take the pics the way I want them standing in zero degrees!!
Elspeth has some good news to share too...
She and her friends are going to be featured in Art Doll Quarterly sometime in the Summer! They've flown off to California for their big trip and I'm sure will have lots to talk about on their return. I just hope they'll want to return home after all that Californian sunshine!!
Bye for now,
I'm going to be going overseas again soon so have been extremely busy getting as many dresses made up and in stock before leaving.
I had a mountain of beautiful cotton lawn fabric I'd collected last year from London with pretty delicate tiny flower prints along with some mini black and white polka dot fabric...always a favourite....
and also a Java print from Indonesia....
I decided to make some apron style wraps with the fabric...the kind that had a nostalgic war time feel...
I imagined an old 1940s wooden ironing board with a lady standing behind in her cover up protecting her day wear.
Most of the versatile wraps have satin bias edging and are looser fitting than my regular Verity Hope Dress line.
Speaking of which...VH is staying but will be transitioning to a new look for 2010. The current sleeveless variety currently listed in my shops will be the last of the linen line.
Maybe not forever and ever but at least for a few years probably....
It's because I have found a new fabric that I am very excited about and will be developing a mix and match range based around the signature Verity Hope dress...
Each piece will be interchangeable to allow an effortless versatile wardrobe ideal for relaxation and vacations...
I can't say anymore yet but hope to get some preview photos up around October time or a bit sooner. A first photo shoot is scheduled in California in September which I'm very excited about! Will keep you posted!
All current dresses are available on Etsy.
Oh, I wish I'd looked after me teeth by Pam Ayres
Oh, I wish I'd looked after me teeth,
And spotted the perils beneath,
All the toffees I chewed,
And the sweet sticky food,
Oh, I wish I'd looked after me teeth.
I wish I'd been that much more willin'
When I had more tooth there than fillin'
To pass up gobstoppers,
From respect to me choppers
And to buy something else with me shillin'.
When I think of the lollies I licked,
And the liquorice allsorts I picked,
Sherbet dabs, big and little,
All that hard peanut brittle,
My conscience gets horribly pricked.
My Mother, she told me no end,
"If you got a tooth, you got a friend"
I was young then, and careless,
My toothbrush was hairless,
I never had much time to spend.
Oh I showed them the toothpaste all right,
I flashed it about late at night,
But up-and-down brushin'
And pokin' and fussin'
Didn't seem worth the time... I could bite!
If I'd known I was paving the way,
To cavities, caps and decay,
The murder of fiIlin's,
Injections and drillin's
I'd have thrown all me sherbet away.
So I lay in the old dentist's chair,
And I gaze up his nose in despair,
And his drill it do whine,
In these molars of mine,
"Two amalgum," he'll say, "for in there."
How I laughed at my Mother's false teeth,
As they foamed in the waters beneath,
But now comes the reckonin'
It's me they are beckonin'
Oh, I wish I'd looked after me teeth.
See my apron collections at www.apronologie.com
Mia Half Apron.
Mamma mia, here I go again
My my, how can I resist you?
My my, just how much I've missed you
Why, why did I ever let you go?
My my, I could never let you go.
A one off wonder inspired by the colours of Italy!
I'll marry you, my dear,
And here's the reason why;
So I can push you out of bed
When the baby starts to cry,
And if we hear a knocking
And it's creepy and it's late,
I hand you the torch you see,
And you investigate.
I'll marry you, my dear,
You may not apprehend it,
But when the tumble-drier goes
It's you that has to mend it,
You have to face the neighbour
Should our labrador attack him,
And if a drunkard fondles me
It's you that has to whack him.
I'll marry you,
You're virile and you're lean,
My house is like a pigsty
You can help to keep it clean.
That sexy little dinner
Which you served by candlelight,
As I do chipolatas,
You can cook it every night!
you who has to work the drill
and put up curtain track,
And when I've got PMT it's you who gets the flak,
I do see great advantages,
But none of them for you,
And so before you see the light,
I do, I do, I do!
Top of my list of To-Dos when I return home in a few days is a photo session for the aprons I've just completed. I've been doing them on and off over the past couple of months in between the Verity Hope Dresses etc (the next thing I must get to re-stocking!!).
My favourite projects are those with no pre-planning. I love just starting with either a colour or in the case of these aprons....a shape. When I cut the dresses and other aprons out I'm left with so many interesting shaped pieces of fabric which are ideal for pockets, parts of a frill or a waistband etc.
I love random colours which some how find a way to blend in with the next. I find if I give too much thought to the way something is going to look before I've even started it some how takes the excitement out of the project. I thrive on the unknown....and seeing something develop in front of me.
Maybe it's because you use a different part of the mind when it's allowed to roam free. If I'd sat and thought about the colour combos too much I probably would have found every reason not to put the colour peach against a deep red for example, or a deep peacock green with pale turquoise but when I just let my higher mind take over without judgment or 'buts' THAT'S when I know it truly comes from me.
These aprons will be available very shortly...
APRONS APRONS MORE APRONS...OH I DO LIKE APRONS. HERE ARE SOME MORE TO SHOW OFF.
HOLLY RUN FOR IT! APRON
She ducked...she dived...and dashed as fast as her little chicken legs could move...over the stream and across the valley but still no one caught her!
Precision patchwork makes this frilly apron a treasured dream.
PINK 'N' PERKY GINGHAM APRON
Be a cheeky monkey with this perfectly pretty gingham number. With side pocket trimmed off with red and pink rose.
A LA CAMPAGNE HALF APRON
With decorative red flowers and an antique hue c'est un tablier magnifique! Feel the wisps of the French countryside come to life as you skip around in this number. For the imaginative at heart only. I made this one myself from an old table cloth and runner.
A pretty little number with hand appliqued flowers and leaves. Trimmed off with cotton lace and a very handy pocket.
HENRIETTA'S PATCHWORK SMOCK
Oh what a pickle! Oh what should she wear!
Put it together and skip in the air!
This delightful patchwork smock is truly one of a kind. Worn with or without the belt with two deep pockets to hide treasured finds!
MRS YAKKI MARKET APRON
a dozen eggs
loaf of bread
Mrs Beaten's jam
a box of radishes
something tasty for supper
LEAF CASCADE HALF APRON
Get in amongst those leaves and see what you find!
Flamboyant white flowers cascade down this vintage wonder.
And last but no means least to finish off may I show off this beautiful apron I bought from Annie's Attic on Etsy.
She makes the most wondrous original aprons using hand embroidered linens and scrumptious prints including Amy Butler. I had my eye on this apron for ages...then succumbed! You can follow her happenings on her BLOG and Thrift Shop Annie.
Here are a few more of her wonderful designs to drule over...
THANK YOU FOR VISITING MY APRON SHOWCASE!!
aka Malphi x
As I'm going to be away for the next couple of weeks I thought I would showcase some more aprons from my collection. Some I sell and some I keep. We had great fun shooting the pics at a local country Estate owned by a Duke. I'm not a friend of his I might add but hope to be invited over for tea one day! The local gardeners must have thought it a bit odd to see me diving in and out of various aprons and leaping into their vegetable garden but I think it made their working day more memorable!
TEA WITH MYRTLE APRON SMOCK
"Tea for two except for you and a couple of teacakes please...
Except for you may have some water and a bit of cracker".
Quaint Paisley design exploded over custard cream.
MINTO BOHO APPLIQUE APRON
A pretty little number with hand appliqued flowers and leaves. Trimmed off with cotton lace and a very handy pocket.
FRANKIE'S CHANCE GINGHAM SMOCK
Frankie got a chance, she pondered, she knew, this gingham wonder had that lucky charm!
PATCHWORK PROMISE REVERSIBLE APRON
"I promise that I will do my best,to do my duty to God,
to serve the Queen and to help other people
and to keep the reversible patchwork apron law"
THANK YOU FOR VISITING MY APRON SHOWCASE!
I absolutely adore aprons! half, full, vintage, war time, frilly, practical...there's always room for another so for the next week or two I'm going to simply show off aprons that I've gathered on my new Apronologie™ site. A showcase of Aprons!
(APOLOGIES TO NON APRON LOVERS BUT I HOPE YOU CATCH THE BUG!)
MADDIE'S PUDDLE VINTAGE APRON
Is it a splish or a splosh or maybe a squish?
The little puddle duck on this vintage wonder will have the answers.
TIFFANY REVERSIBLE HALF APRON
" Oh whata ta do ta di today ata minute or two ta two,
A thing distinctly hard to say and harder still ta do!"
Flirty reversible apron with pocket and bow decoration.
TROPICAL TEA POT APRON
Show off your tea pot collection with a touch of tropical elegance. Throw the odd pineapple in why not! Two nice deep pockets on front.
I LOVE APRONS! DO YOU?
At long last I've manage to win the much sought after book 'How to Make Aprons' by Roxa Wright...
I've lost a couple in past auctions as they've always gone for a really high price (this one no exception), but I decided I was going to win this one no matter what since aprons are a rather big part of my life. It was published in 1953 and contains fifty apron patterns and ten pot holder patterns all on mini grids which you can enlarge up. They may even be good as is for making doll aprons. The patterns include Mother and Daughter Pinafores, Cobbler Apron, Picker's Apron, Handkerchief Tea Apron, Gardening Apron to name but a few. I probably won't actually grid many up but it's worth it's weight in gold for the inspiration.
A must have book for any apron lover!
I've always like those long 1940s war aprons. I think it's because they look like they could be worn as dresses as well as being practical and also look great over Jeans.
But MOST of all for some bizarre reason I'm really drawn to what old Grandmothers wear in places like Greece, Italy or France. I like to imagine these old women spending their lives out in the olive groves, skin a bit leathery from the sun, but still in fine health from their country lifestyle.
I doubt they put much thought into what they wear but I just love the way they layer up, tunics over jumpers or a long wrap over...it's almost like a uniform. Is it a style particular to a certain generation? or perhaps one day you reach a certain age and that's it!...on goes the smock!
Anyway that idea inspired me to do a small batch of Verity Hope dresses with more of a casual look which could be worn over existing clothing.
After all who doesn't like wearing jeans? I sling them on all the time and any item of clothing I have that goes with them STAYS in my wardrobe because it means I WEAR it.
And with the winter months fast approaching I'm now on the look out for ways to layer up my clothing too and make extra use of them.
Short sleeves don't just have to be for sunny days (which seem to be non-existent in the UK) so I thought I would make more use of my short lived sleeveless clothes all year round if I wear them over something warm...
Hey presto...makes an ordinary outfit look a bit more interesting I'm telling myself...
Now I want to head down to a rural village and sit on a balcony in a rocking chair...sun gleaming down over looking olive trees...easy pace of life with a big loaf of bread in my basket.
I doubt that really exists...
I've just received the most amazing apron through the post. It came from a vintage textile collector in New York.
It's a sheer cotton lawn tea apron delicately embroidered with buttonhole stitch with white on white florals, even on the pocket and trimmed with lace. It dates from around the 1920s and measures 19"x19".
For the past 25 years the collector has been designing one of a kind wearable art. Her trademark was to integrate antique and vintage textiles with luxurious new fabrics.
She frequently traveled to Europe in her quest for the most beautiful embroideries, appliques and trims and her art coats, jackets and gowns graced many red carpet award shows, weddings, charity balls and the like.
Using brilliantly dreft sewers her creations sold for as much as $10,000. Her label The Gallery of Wearable Art which originated in Soho, New York can be found here: www.galleryofwearableart.com.
I'm carrying on my approach to have things just pass through my hands to enjoy for a while and then move then on to make way for the new. So if any apron collector is interested I've put the apron up on Ebay (item number: 200250614423) this week to pass it on.
My Mother modeled this latest Darcey Mae apron amazingly! She has the figure for it and I think it shows her curves off beautifully....
I call it 'Tutti Frutti" because the colours remind me of sweeties. This is one of the aprons photographed by a little farm yard we came across on our photo shoot day out...
It was so ideallic with Donkies, chickens, an old tractor...everything you could imagine from a Beatrix Potter story book all tucked away in a tiny village. The first Darcey Mae Apron was in pink only but I was dying to make it again again using a mixture of colours...
Now what to do with those linens? Lots of ideas are looming...
And I must also get my act together and bring out some more Verity Hope Dress Kits...that's high on the agenda now! Thank you so much to everyone who voted for their return in the polls XXX I've made the last few remaining available again, then will change the colours. That's a hard decision...
So many to choose from. I like the blue (and that was also popular in the poll) but my sister thinks the green will be good for Autumn....Mmmm hard hard! I'd love to bring it out in as many colours as possible but as Malphi is not a multi million business! small quantities have to do to keep costs down for all. I might go for two colours though....thinking on.
So much to do...so little time..so many ideas bursting...
another one coming through....what will it be called...who will use it...
who will take care...walk in the puddles....kick in the mud...fetch some....bury treasures...run and jump
...skip and hop...help when needed...sew a button...more ideas...running ahead...gather all the bits...this one or that...put this together...try this...almost there....
something missing...that's nice...that's much better...now it's taking shape...
Well...I managed to get the blue apron project finished in time for the shoot...
It was a fun afternoon, this image was shot on one of my favourite hills, it has stunning view points...
I used a combination of satin binding and lace to make the straps and pocket edging and the fabric is linen...
Here's the apron on my mother, I think it looks nicer on a fuller figure as it holds its shape better...
We have plenty more pics from the shoot which I'll show you over the next few weeks.
Have a nice weekend X
ONE QUICK NOTE: Apologies to anyone in the past if it appeared that I may have ignored comments and questions.� Silly me did reply to them all but used the WRONG LINK! so answers probably never got to you!...Oops!!