This post has been sitting in my queue waiting to be revealed since about the beginning of my blog. You can see one picture of it on the header of my blog page, and yet, I still have never officially revealed it. I think partly, because I didn’t know if I should just reveal it and include it with all the home décor since it kinda ties in with the kitchen — right? Or I thought about drafting some patterns, which I haven’t gotten any further with yet. Or I thought about having some of my designs manufactured to be sold, but where to even start with that? So since this has already been revealed in a small manner, I figured I could share it.
I know there’s a lot of new followers out there who came upon me by that tufted ottoman, and I want to say first off, welcome. Secondly, I love restoring furniture, and I have many projects up my sleeve, but I have more sewing and a few faith/inspirational posts lined up in the next bit, because, well, I live in Alaska, and we have no heated garage. Need I say more? I am planning on making a tufted ottoman tutorial in the next couple of months because of all of the interest out there! Thank you for coming along with me on the journey. I hope you are blessed and inspired along the way!
Inspiration for design comes in many forms. But always, inspiration comes from what we’re looking at, thinking about, and usually what we love. Anne of Green Gables has been one of my very favorites since I was a girl. I LOVED everything about the book and movie. As a fifth grader, I remember I had to wear my longest dress as I watched the beloved tale from the turn of the century (I know, I was, and am a nerd, and I’m okay with that). And for days, I would wear long dresses and pretend I lived long ago. Pretty much, most of my childhood I was pretty sure I was born in the wrong century.
As an adult, I am quite grateful for my modern day bathroom, electricity and heat, and comfy yoga pants for around the house, but I think the slower paced life and the feminity in daily attire always attracted me to the days gone by.
But, since not many people dress like 1905 anymore, I decided to incorporate the look into an apron, so I could feel like Anne-girl in modern day America.
I used one of my original patterns and made a couple of adjustments. I added the petticoat, because, there is just something amazing about the feminine detail in the underskirt of an already beautiful dress. The tucks and lace with garments that were meant to be unseen just always make my heart flutter. So I decided to make a couple of tucks to reveal the pretty skirt underneath.
I also created a couple tucks in the neck strap to tie it all in.
I love the contrasting directions of the stripes. The fabric and design lend themselves to the scene in Anne of Avonlea where she receives money for “Averal’s Atonement” Baking Soda Contest and then chases who she thinks is Dolly in a muddy field. I always found it rather tragic that such a beautiful dress was completely ruined by a dumb cow that wasn’t even hers.
Whether you’re having a “Jonah Day” or you’re at the top of your class, I hope you have a great day.
Also, I heard from a handful of people interested in a sewing workshop (see this post for a little more details). If you are, be sure and let me know as I proceed with potential plans in the coming months!
Thanks for stopping by!