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!
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