I received the last of my new sewing machine feet, this one a binding foot. I have been completely terrible at sewing double fold binding in the past. Even when I try to sew the back side by hand it still looks lousy. I know that sandwiching the fabric between the binding layers is 'cheating', but I think the end result will be better than anything I can produce using the old-fashioned method.
My project is an apron from the book "Amy Barickman's Vintage Notions: An Inspirational Guide to Needlework, Cooking, Sewing, Fashion and Fun". I had been eyeballing this book for a few years, and was more than thrilled when I happened to see it in a used bookstore. The book is a collection of essays by Mary Brooks Picken, who founded a domestic arts school in the early 20th century. I found all the articles really interesting; some of the advice still holds true for today. The sewing projects look fun too, and instructions are given for how to draft the patterns yourself. The book is divided up by month;, this apron is part of March, and in an article called 'The Slip-Over Apron'.
The apron I made used 1 yard of a cotton print. As you can see, the original pattern had a scoop neck and rounded hem; I modified the pattern to have a sweetheart neck and scallops at the hem. If I hadn't done that, I probably would have had an easier time with the binding, but of course I'm never happy with anything that would be easy. The ties are quite long, so I ended up wrapping them around to the front and tying at the waist.
Cassie loves to knit, read and cook. She sometimes does all three at the same time.