Friday, 19 July 2013

Adorable apple apron

When I see a handmade item I like, nine times out of ten I'll resist it, telling myself "I can make that." But every so often, I see something that's so beautifully made I know I'd never be able to replicate it or make my own version. Sometimes the quality and attention to detail is just so good that's there's only one thing to do - buy it!

That's what happened recently when I saw the wonderful apple-themed half aprons that Beth at The Linen Cat had just listed in her shop

Green gingham on the reverse side - hoorah

I'll admit, I have a soft spot for apple themed crafts and fabrics: I have this skirt as proof and there are always at least two or three different apple print items amongst my craft fair stock. But as soon as I saw Beth's aprons and read her blog post about the whole process of making them - I knew I had to have one. Not because I actually need another apron, but because I can't NOT have this one!

Vintage apple apron - Beth's original inspiration picture


What I like about Beth's work is the attention to detail and the excellent finish. There are not one but two beautifully applied pockets - just look at that apple, she's even sewn on pips!  


The apron is also quite flattering to wear. She's added little pleats to the waist and made the ties super long so you can tie them at the front. More like a classy little backless skirt than an apron really!


This wasn't a cheap buy as aprons go, but what I think you're paying for is the quality of the materials and the amount of work that's gone into making it perfect. It's far, far superior to anything I could ever attempt myself and I'm more than happy to shell out for that. 

Has anything ever impressed you so much that you just have to surrender and buy it? Or do you always try and come up with the goods yourself? 

Have a great weekend! x


20 comments:

  1. This is so cute! AND it'll look great hung up in the kitchen, as well as on - so definitely a good buy!
    With limited time on my hands sometimes I do just have to admit, even if I could make the thing myself, that it's satisfying to buy it there and then! Plus that way you're also supporting other craftspeople, which is great.
    x

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    1. I agree, it's good to support other crafts people, especially when the standard of their work is so high. x

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  2. Beautiful apron ! I've just bought an appliqué / embroidery picture from Sam at A little of what you fancy. I'm so excited about it and could never have made such a lovely picture myself.

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    1. Just had a look at her shop - she makes gorgeous stuff! x

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  3. It's absolutely adorable. I love the pockets :)

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    1. Yep, it was the pockets that sold it to me! x

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  4. A rather expensive apron, but a knock-down bargain piece of art! That's how I'd justify it to myself, anyway. It's lovely, and it'll make you smile every time you see it.

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    1. Yes, that's how I justified it too! x

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  5. It is lovely! I too would buy something if I'd fallen in love with it, especially if I knew I couldn't do as good a job. Makes you appreciate it even more, and it's a great compliment to the maker! Your 'classy little backless skirt' made me laugh: could a backless skirt be classy?! Hehehe.

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    1. Probably not, but I could give it a go!! x

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  6. Adorable! I think it looks like a great purchase and way to support someone else's talent!

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    1. I'm always happy to support somebody else's talent, especially when the quality is so good. x

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  7. A classy backless skirt....hmm. Lol.

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  8. Thank you so much Jane - you just made my day :) Bethxx

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    1. My pleasure Beth, I love it! x

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  9. Beth's makes are just so dreamy aren't they? I can totally understand how you failed to resist this! Often I will see something and think most certainly I could have a go at making that... but then it will just get added to an ever growing list which, frankly, means it will be years. There are some things I should just buy if I love them!

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    1. I agree, unless you're going to make it there and then, it has to be bought if you love it! x

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