It is finished! IT REALLY IS! I’m so excited – this pattern-writing thing has taken a lot of time and energy, and even if it doesn’t earn me a dollar, I feel really good about being able to put this together in a way that I’m proud of.
First of all, I’d like to send huge hugs and thanks to Kathy and Kimberly who test-sewed through the pattern and gave me wonderful suggestions, encouragement, and comments on how to make it better. Ladies, your copy of the pattern is on it’s way to you!
I realize that I’m no famous, hot-shot crafter, but I wanted to make this pattern as professional and user-friendly as possible. One of the things that drives me nuts about traditional patterns is that they are on huge sheets of paper that I must unfold to use and somehow refold to squeeze back into an envelope. So starting with the layout, I made the pattern into a booklet that is stapled down the middle. No more folding and refolding. When you get to the end of one section, just turn the page.
The pattern pieces are by no means rocket science. Everything is at right angles, but I have paid $10 for a pattern before that told me to cut a piece 12″x13″ square without a pattern piece and I seriously felt ripped off. At the time, my cutting mat was very small and I wasn’t confident at getting my squares squared up. I got out my paper cutter and made my own pattern pieces, feeling increasingly irritated. So even though the Seamstress Apron is made with all rectangles, I have included a sheet of pattern pieces for the seamstress that might not have a rotary cutter. This adds significantly to my cost ($2 per sheet of large-format paper), but it is really important to me.
Lastly, I couldn’t afford to hire a model or a photographer, and hubby wasn’t going to model, so yours truly is modeling the apron. On the day of my self-imposed photo shoot day, I was having a seriously ugly-feeling day. Now these don’t happen to me often, but when they do, the feeling is strong. Not only did I feel ugly, but when I went out grocery shopping, I couldn’t help feeling everyone else was ugly too! That has never happened to me before! It must have some sort of bizarre modeling stage fright. So I guess the one thing I wish I could do better is to have a more professional-looking cover shot.
So the pattern is here. I’ve listed it in my shop. It’s not going to make me rich, I know, but I feel really good about it. Whew!
I made this one with fabric from the Bohemian line by AnnaMaria Horner. Purdy fabric!