Fits and Spurts

I have been busy working on several projects in my studio.  All of them working up my courage to complete a project for a dear friend.  You see, the perfectionism gene I inherited from my father would not even let me begin this project unless I could make it perfect

It is sad really, this letting myself stress and hold back, when the very thing that would make my work better is to dive in and GO FOR IT.

“Enough stalling!”  I told myself.

The job is now complete, I am not perfect, and though long overdue on a promise…

Here it is!


Julie’s apron!  

I chose the fabric for her because it reminded me of peacock feathers and mandalas.  A mandala is a circular emblem, often with spokes in its design.   It can be found in many cultures and its designs are infinite.

It is said to:

“[Represent] the universe itself, a mandala is both the microcosm and the macrocosm, and we are all part of its intricate design. The mandala is more than an image seen with our eyes; it is an actual moment in time. It can be can be used as a vehicle to explore art, science, religion and life itself. The mandala contains an encyclopedia of the finite and a road map to infinity.” 

Quoted from The Mandala Project, and found HERE.


I hope she likes it.

The pockets are fully lined,


the hem is deep to cover the raw edges of the blue stripe, and it is invisibly stitched.  The waist ties are extra long so they may be tied in the front or back and the little stitching at the waistband is also invisible!  I added a bit of quilters batting into the pocket bands, and the waistband to help give them a bit of substance, and for flair I added some beading on the pocket bands and to one of the mandalas!


This was fun!


Linked to: “Just Something I Made

42 thoughts on “Fits and Spurts

    • Lynda says:

      Thank you, Annie. I didn’t even know I was making this for her until I saw the fabric on eQuilter’s website. The fabric told me it was going to be an apron for Julie. I showed a picture swatch to her and she concurred! I really enjoyed creating this, once I allowed myself to actually DO it.

    • Lynda says:

      Thank you, Anita! The pattern is my own. By cutting and pasting the fabric design to print to paper I was then able to create some mockups for the design. I took photos and then sent them as previews for Julie to choose the one she liked. Then I panicked about actually accomplishing the project, but now I have completed it, and I am so glad she likes it.

  1. chatou11 says:

    What a nice apron Lynda with great colours.. you have done very well and I understand your friend liked it. I like long and large apron that covers you entirely.

    • Lynda says:

      Thank you, Chantal! It is funny about me and aprons. I love to collect the vintage ones, and I love to make them, but I never wear one. I think I need to start wearing one. I am sure my clothes would appreciate a break from the spatters when I am cooking!

  2. littlesundog says:

    Oh my, another commonality! I collect vintage aprons too but I do wear mine! This one you created is absolutely gorgeous!! I’m not sure why you worry so much… and you simply must lose that perfectionism thing! I beat it and I know you can too!

  3. Margaret says:

    wow, I’m impressed. I have some from my aunt’s collection. One has a girl embroidered on it with a skirt that flys up and you can see her drawers and the red garter.

    • Lynda says:

      Margaret, that sounds so cute! Mine are from my mother-in-law. Almost every one of them is green, and two are made of cotton voile with Christmas themes.

      I think if would be fun to make a reproduction of your aunt’s apron with the skirt and gartered girl! 😉

  4. shoreacres says:

    I stopped by when you first posted and just knew it was for Julie – the peacock resemblance was just too clear! It’s a beautiful piece – and the blue and orange together remind me of the art china so favored in the late 1800s, especially in England – and China, of course.

    Aprons are so useful, and I don’t know why I don’t wear one more often. Well, for one thing I’m not sure I have any. I do think they were favored more when women did more frying! Not so much need for an apron when there isn’t a frying pan full of grease doing its thing!

    Remember those hilarious “dress” or “party” aprons of the 1950s? The ones with ribbons and rhinestones and netting? Good grief. 😉

    • Lynda says:

      Linda, there is a whole apron subculture out there. There is even a once yearly magazine on the subject entitled Apronology featuring creations by women from all over, and for every occasion. Several I have seen resemble those 1950s tulle and rhinestone numbers you mentioned. It’s all for fun!

      I’m glad you knew the apron was for Julie! You and I know some of the most lovely people don’t we? 🙂

    • Lynda says:

      Mary, your talent is looking through the lens and your lovely writing! You have a gift.

      I’m glad you liked the apron! My friend in Australia just got it this past week and she loves it. I am so excited that she is happy with it. 😀

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