Wednesday, July 15, 2009

More Aprons, Coming Up

My first apron is finished. I've always had this desire to make aprons and now I know why the thought appealed to me. You can be so creative with them. The pattern is really pretty basic and easy, and then you add, change, embellish, etc. and each one is unique and fun. So this is the first and while making this one I had many more ideas come to me, so I'm on to the next one.
Here it is showing it tied in back. I need to get a dressmaker form to model this better or model it myself, I guess, but that means I should dress up a little and put on some make up. I don't have time for that.
Then here it is with the long ties wrapped around to the front and tied.

And here's a close-up of the button and lace embellishment I did on the pocket. I inherited a big tin of old buttons that my grandmother had collected over the years and another tin from a good friend of my mother's. I love just going through these tins to see what's there and how I can play with them.

Now I'm so inspired I have the fabrics picked out for my next one. I think this one will be a hostess or half apron with this whimsical hat fabric as the main body and the green, yellow and pink stripe maybe for the tie and either one of the greens or the pink for the pockets and trim. It will come clear as I move forward.

I think I am going to sell these, but I don't know where, or how, or how much yet. I don't want to have to get into sales tax and that kind of thing just starting out so I don't know how that works if I take them into a few little boutiques that I know of, do they take care of that? And do I need to bother with any legalities or taxes on Etsy? Then I have to account for S&H and what to charge for that. If anyone has any suggestions, please let me know.


  1. What a precious piece, love the embellishments. TTFN ~Marydon

  2. Well, since they are foldable and don't weigh much, you could put one in a manila envelope and take it to the post office. They can tell you how much postage would cost depending on first class, etc. I don't know a thing about collecting the sales tax.

  3. Lily, good idea, I will do that. Thanks.

  4. So cute! You did a great job and I love your fabrics for the next apron.

  5. Ms Nina your aprons are so trendy! And it doesn't look like an apron, just wear a nice top under the apron and it can go a long way...fashionable.


  6. Nina i too have been thinking about starting an online shop and i think the internet can help answer all those questions.I know a girl from twitter who has a craft shop on,perhaps you could ask her,she's from a wealthy family and familiar with this stuff.

  7. It turned out just beautiful, I knew that fabric would be so special. Like blushing rose said the embellishment are great.

    The post office also has flat rate boxes and envelopes for priority mail. You wouldn't have to wait to have it weighed that way but it is a little more expensive if it's a light package.

  8. What a wonderful apron Nina! I love making aprons and wearing them too. I recently made six from The Church Ladies Apron pattern and gave them all away so now I need to make one for myself. :) blessings, marlene