So, I finally finished my ruffled apron from See Kate Sew's Ruffled Apron pattern! I worked on it today, my day off, with several interruptions from my cat who apparently thinks stick pins are good to eat. I finally kicked him out of my office until I finished cutting out my pieces. He was perturbed, but at least I didn't have to worry about my pins ending up in his tummy, and the astronomical vet bills that it would result in. Anyway, here's the finished project.
I wish I had better pics. I asked my husband to take some, but he took two and I didn't like either one and finally decided to resort to taking them on my not to scale dress form. I made the waist ties about twice as long as the pattern piece, because I wanted to be able to loop them around and tie them in the front. Well, on me they are a little long but work great for this purpose. On my dress form (that by the way, I am well aware is only for decorative use) the ties are way long. Such are the problems of having a 23 inch waist. But at least you get the idea. I really liked the pattern and think I'll probably make it again. I think next time, I'll make the neck ties as just one piece to loop over your head and I may shorten my ties a smidge, but I do like to be able to loop them around and tie in the front. The pocket is a cute touch. And this was really my first time doing machine ruffles. Tip: When you baste, use a weird color for your bobbin. I used red, and it really stood out so I could easily see which threads to pull, and then after sewing my ruffle into place, it was easy to cut out the basting stitches- just snip the red threads in a few spots and pull them right out.
Here's one more closer shot so you can see the colors and prints better.