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a small messenger bag

It’s been a wild summer, in which I did everything but blogging. I spent most of my time wedding planning and all that goes along with that job (@hoopesweddings on Instagram, if you want to see some fun, beautiful wedding pictures) with very little time for anything else.

Here are a few small messenger bags I managed to make, the extent of my handmade accomplishments over the summer.  For more summer fun pictures of cycling, sailing, skiing, making and such, follow along on my Instagram @noelleodesigns. In my opinion, Instagram is the only social media really worth paying attention to, for those of us who are easily distracted and prefer quick and easy visual stimulation- it’s all that.
doiley bag

vinyl bag with flowers

modern flower bag

busy ribbon bag

vintage ribbon bag

vintage apron pattern

full apron with fancy necklaceAhh, an apron for women, that could very well be a summer dress because it wraps all the way around in the back, better than many wrap skirts in fact. But, from the looks of it on Linda (the dress form) it’s perhaps at it’s best advantage as kitchen lingerie. Let’s take a closer look at the vintage apron pattern.

McCalls vintage apron patternI love all the pictures, I always do on patterns. They’re always so promising with Barbie doll proportions portrayed in the drawings, how could you not purchase the dream of the impossibly tiny waist and ridiculously long legs- in any decade?

back McCalls apron patternThe year on the pattern is 1975- bell bottoms, feathered hair and wide collared shirts to remember a few treasured looks from that era. As you can see, it’s billed as “Misses’ Butcher Apron” whatever that means.  I knew it would sew up quickly… I had to try it for myself.

full front apronI altered the neckline a bit. I do not enjoy the feel and pull of a tie-behind-the-neck apron. I changed it to fit more like a collar and not be a nuisance on the back of the neck. There are two darts on either side of the bodice area, to fit the fabric better around the bosom.

full wrap apron backFull coverage across the bottom- from hip to hip in fact (hospital gown designers could take a page from this pattern). Much better suited as a wrap dress than apron, although with the semi-fitted bodice area, showing sexy back- why not consider the look for something sassy to wear in the kitchen? With as much (or as little) as you like underneath…  “Misses’ Butcher Apron” I think not!

vintage wood grain fabricThis floral fabric is lawn cotton, a very lightweight, soft and semi-transparent fabric to add to the apron’s flirty appeal. A swatch of wood grain fabric for pockets, blends but doesn’t overwhelm, keeps it down to business, lest you be misunderstood in any way.  Oh and don’t forget the necklace… and heels.

Do I need to stock my etsy shop with this apron, perhaps for Father’s Day?

 

drawstring skirt pattern

Stand out in the crowd by making your very own simple skirt with a wacky combination of fabrics. Perfect with a white tee shirt, chunky necklace and colorful strappy sandals on a hot summer day. The step by step drawstring skirt pattern tutorial is posted here or under the ‘sewing projects’ header (drawstring summer skirt) above.
drawstring skirt

gathered skirt back viewThe back view, might help you decide if you’d like to add pockets or leave them off. They could always be a less obvious fabric (than the one I used on this skirt) or go ahead and leave off the pockets and stay trashy with your phone stuffed in your bra or knickers …wherever it fits best ladies! 😉

easy summer skirt

No need to be matchy-matchy, get bold and stand out in a crowd!