Confession: my hand sewing skills suck. Truly. I can do a lot of things, but a sewing needle in my hand is as graceful as an elk on roller skates. Embroidery has always been beyond me, and my attempts at hand quilting were frightening.
But I love the idea, and admire folks who can take a small stabby thing and make something beautiful and functional.
So I bought a couple Alabama Studio books, and am drawn to the simple clothing and linen fabrics.
And it inspired me to try again. I drafted an apron pattern, dug out some taupe linen and hand sewing thread, and got started. It will be a double layer, cross-back apron, with two patch pockets on the body and another on the bib.
Knowing my (nonexistent) skill with a needle, I practiced on a scrap. Yes, I practiced sewing straight lines. And I quickly learned that I need a chalked guide line because apparently I can’t estimate width or stay on a straight path without one…
Anyway, the little piece on top is my practice, and then I sewed two pockets! They are also double thick, so I sewed the outside seams, turned them right side out, and stitched the top edge. They have not been ironed yet, so pins are holding them flat. I think they turned out alright!
Here is where I make a second confession: I made a rookie mistake in cutting out the apron, so before I can start on the big piece I have to do a bit of improvising. This will be on the inside, and will provide additional practice before tackling the rest.