Happy Sunday!! But wait … I usually don’t post anything on Sundays (it is a day of rest, right?!?). This week, however, is different!! Today marks the start of Anthropologie Knock Off Week here on View From The Fridge (as well as four other fabulous blogs!!)
Here’s how it’s going down …
- Each day (starting today and going through Friday), each of those lovely ladies above and I will post a knock off project on our blogs. That’s 6 projects each this week from each of us … 30 total!
- On Saturday (the 7th and final day of this week), we’ll be having a link party so YOU can link up and show off your fabulous Anthro knock off projects!
- We’ll be pinning our knock offs, along with the original Anthro link, to our group Anthro Knock Off Week Board. Click here to follow along. We’ll be pinning the link party projects next Saturday, too!
NOW, LET’S TAKE A LOOK … OUR DAY #1 PROJECTS:
Here on View From The Fridge today, I’m sharing my version of Anthro’s Tea & Crumpets Apron …
Because I’m FAR from an expert seamstress, I decided to start with an inexpensive plain white, pre-made apron from JoAnn (near the tie-dye supplies). $5.99 at 40% off = $3.60!
From there, I added detail by detail right over the top. Here’s how the ‘anatomy’ of my Tea & Crumpets Apron broke down:
APRON ANATOMY BREAKDOWN
- Add thick bias tape (quilt binding) to neck and waist straps for a little added appeal (those tiny white ones are just too wimpy!)
- Add gathered skirt to bottom half of apron (my grey/white circles fabric)
- Add white ruffle to bottom of skirt
- Add three white ruffles on top half of apron
- Add waist band across center (and to cover top of skirt and bottom of ruffles)
- Add pocket (that might hold a cell phone, but that’s about it!)
- Add clip on flower
Step 1: Add bias tape to ‘beef up’ the ties
- Starting point … flimsy little thin white ties
- Place existing white tie into fold of bias tape and sew along outer edge. I cut the existing neck ‘loop’ in half, then added extra length of bias tape to each half. Now the apron ties around the neck rather than simply slipping over your head. More work to put on, but it fits much better now!
- ‘Beefed’ up ties!
Step 2: Add ruffles!
- Cut three long strips of thin white fabric (~ 45″ long each)
- ‘Ruffle’ strips by sewing a straight line down the center with your machine on the highest tension (mine is 9) and widest stitch width (mine is 5.0). See this post for more details on creating ruffles using this method.
- Make sure to switch your machine settings back to normal, then sew ruffles in place on top of apron. Trim edges of ruffles.
Step 3: Make Gathered Skirt
- Cut skirt fabric roughly 45″ wide x 20″ long. Gather one end of this piece of fabric by sewing similar to how you created the ruffles. Machine on tight tension (I set it to 7) and widest stitch width. Sew along the one edge, backstitching at beginning and end.
- Cut 2 long strips of your thin white fabric. Mine were each 45″ long. If you happen to have 90″ of fabric, then just cut ONE strip ~90″ long. Ruffle these pieces.
- Sew top of skirt onto middle of white apron.
- Cut off excess fabric if necessary
- Hem all edges of skirt (except top edge that is attached to white apron). Attach ruffles to bottom of skirt.
Step 4: Make Pocket
- Cut two ‘pocket shaped’ pieces of fabric (I did this freehand). Sew the two pieces together with right sides facing and leaving a gap to flip the pocket right-side-out along the top, flap edge.
- Flip the fabric right side out, then stitch the gap closed.
- Using a strip of white fabric, ruffle it (same method as above), then set your machine back to normal and sew ruffle in place along top / flat part of pocket (this ruffle should cover the stitches from sewing the gap closed).
- Trim edge if ruffle is a bit too long.
Step 5: Put it all together on the apron
- Create waist band for apron. I cut the fabric roughly twice the desired ending thickness ~6″. Then folded in half (right sides facing), sewed a seam, flipped the band right side out, ironed it flat, then
- Sew band to apron making sure to cover bottom of ruffles and top of skirt.
- Attach pocket to skirt by sewing around all edges EXCEPT the top, flat edge (where ruffle is).
- Attach clip on flower, AND
APRON IS COMPLETE!
Now, I’d love to model this for you, but my 37 week preggo belly makes this apron look ridiculous. To help me out, my hubby, Matt put it on for me (and was thrilled to model it for you). Not sure if he looks any less ridiculous than me and my belly, however:
I’m sure he’s going to be less-than-happy that I actually put that picture in here. I just couldn’t help it … it makes me laugh every time I look at it. (oh … and I’m hoping that this apron looks a bit nicer on me (after #3 is born) than it does on him).
- ~ $10 of fabric
- $3 on bias tape
- $2 on clip on flower
And about an hour and a half.
Anthro’s version sells for $32. Is it worth it??
This would be a fun bridal shower / bachelorette party gift, or wedding gift with a matching ‘his’ apron (not entirely sure what that would look like, though).
Now … it’s time to stop over and check out what the four other talented bloggers came up with for Day #1 of the Anthro Knock Off Challenge:
Sonnet from Sohosonnet Creative Living: Spoon Rack
Brittany from Confessions of A Serial Crafter: Rhino Purse
Tasha from Designer Trapped in a Lawyer’s Body: Reclaimed Wood Letters
Angela from Life In Velvet: Vintage Storage Boxes
Thanks so much for stopping by today! Enjoy the rest of your weekend, and be sure to stop back tomorrow to check out all the projects for Day 2 of the Anthropologie Knock Off Challenge.