Saturday, October 26, 2013

Oh sew simple pinny

Some of my happiest childhood memories are of the many hours I spent with my grandma in the kitchen. I love to cook and I think I inherited that from her. She loved to crochet, knit and sew too so maybe I got more than my love of cooking from her.

Before we did any cooking she always used to get my 'pinny' out of the drawer and put it on me ready to cook. My pinny was a little, green half apron.

Back in August when we were visiting my family I saw a half apron sewing kit and thought I'd buy it and try sewing something that I could use often.

 
My sewing skills are still pretty basic and this was going to be my first real project of cutting pieces out, following a pattern, measuring, pinning and sewing it together.

It looked a bit daunting to start with

 
 but once the pieces were cut out and ironed it looked a bit more manageable:
 
 
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Ta daaaaaaaahhhhhh
 
 
Finished!
 
 
I have to say that I'm amazed at how it turned out!
 
I need to practice sewing so much because I can't sew very straight at all yet but this project has definitely left me wanting to try some more.
 
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I thought of my grandma so much while working on this project. Have you inherited certain craft skills from family members? Or when you're making things do you remember certain people?
 
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I hope you all have a wonderful, crafty weekend!
 
xoxo

17 comments:

  1. What a great starter project. My cooking, baking, gardening and preserving side is from my nan and I can smell beetroot downstairs so I better go and concentrate on that! Jo x

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  2. That has turned out smashing!!! I am quite surprised that you say you have basic sewing skills! My crochet,embroidery skill come from the women in my family and most particularly crochet goes back to three generations.

    keep well

    Amanda :-)

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  3. That's a lovely pinny. My first real sewing project at school was a full length apron, then a skirt. I learned to sew at school. But I learned to knit at home. I'm forever grateful to an aunt who sent me a knitting kit when I was 7. My mother taught me then because I threatened to tell my aunt if she didn't! I don't know when I would have learned otherwise.

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  4. I love the apron, it is lovely ! Now what will it be your next project ?
    I love sewing but I just find that the preparation takes so much longer than crochet for instance which can be much more 'spontaneous' . . .
    My mum and aunt always made our clothes to me and my cousins when we were children. My mum was in a girls school run by nuns when she was a child and there learnt to embroider too. My grandmother made me and my cousin a crochet bed cover which I still have and one day I will show it in a post.
    My mum still crafts and goes to all crafting classes she can find in the local community centre.
    xEva

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  5. What a sweet pinny Elisabeth, and well done for jumping in and doing it, despite the feelings of trepidation; now on to the next sewing project?
    I am very thankful that my Mum was always sewing and knitting clothes for we kids when we were small, and my Granny used to make the most beautiful dance dresses for my Aunt, as well as crochet beautifully. I think that when we grow up experiencing those activities around us, something has to 'rub off' on us, don't you? Hugs, Joy x

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  6. You did a great job on the apron, good for you. I had one I wore at my Grandmother's house, it was very small.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  7. It's adorable, you did a great job. May this be only the first of many satisfying sewing endeavors. :)

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  8. How lovely your apron has turned out!! Great job!!:) the fabric too looks cute.
    My sewing skills are also basic but I guess with practice we can gain confidence.

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  9. Such a wondeful job Elizabeth I love the colour and I think you need to be super proud!! Xo

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  10. When I first went to my Secondary School, the first thing we did in domestic science was to make an apron for cookery, I didn't mind as I loved needlework but you can imagine how annoyed some of the girls were.
    Pinny's seem to have gone out of fashion don't they but once upon a time every one wore them, I know my Mum always had one on.
    I love the one you've made, very retro looking.
    Briony
    x

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  11. Hello !!! I was wondering where you were!!! Glad to see you back in blog land !
    Love the apron too ! Yes I learned crochet and sewing from my mother and needlework / embroidery from aunt on my fathers side. So I grew up with it all around me.
    Be well,
    Donna

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  12. Lovely apron !
    Nothing more beautiful that remembering somebody through what we do...
    Have a nice week !
    Hug
    Anna

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  13. What a lovely little pinny! I am surrounded by all sorts of things from my Grandma and Great Grandma when I am cooking. Things were built to last in those days. Happy crafting xx

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  14. Sooo pretty! Love the fabric!
    Thanks for your comment on my blog post about crochet doilies.

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  15. A for ADORABLE! GREAT job - LOVE the pattern and the fabrics! Your grandma would be so proud of your "pinny".

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  16. beautiful work of crochet congratulations
    byr
    Josefina
    tijerasycuchara.wordpress.com

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  17. I love the fabric you chose!! Fabulous!!!

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