Pattern: McCall's 6811
Version: A - the apron
Fabric: about 1.5 yards of quilting cotton in black and sugar skull print
Notions: velvet ribbon; 1.5 yards pom-pom fringe
Instructions: pretty nice
Modification: fabric selection; embellishment
As Halloween rolled around this year, I was perplexed on what to do. At the time there was no plan to attend a big costume affair, and already having a few backup Halloween costumes, there was absolutely no need to whip-up something new. How could I let the holiday pass without making something for it though? So, I thought, "Why not a costume a person could wear to work?" Something that was festive, but still office appropriate. McCall's 6811 fit the bill with an apron that could be put-on and taken-off without the disruption of changing clothes or putting on make-up.
The pattern calls for three contrasting fabrics, which looks great. When I was at the fabric store though, I had to have this sugar skull print and decided to pair it with a plain black skirt. With all the ruffles, semi-circle skirt, and the skirt overlay, the design takes a bit of fabric. It is worth it though. I followed the direction, and in return came out with the perfect work costume and something to celebrate the Day of the Dead as a bonus.
As soon as I thought I was squared away with 2015 Halloween/Day of the Dead attire, an invitation came for a grown-up costume party. As I said, I have a few costumes already made and decided to wear the Alice in Wonderland I made back in 2013. I soon found out that the apron was missing though. Since McCall's 6811 was already in the sewing room, I set about, as fast as possible, to make a white replacement apron. This version was made from a thin shirting in a single print with the ruffles removed. I also decided to loop the neck straps around lengthened waist ties to remove the need for a neck bow. The project still took me about two hours to make, but it was easy and I like this look better than the original. I shortened the apron skirt by two inches, but I ended up taking the hem out of the dress so the blue contrast showed.
As the trick-or-treat marathon begins, I send you a Hallows Eve greeting full of stitches, batting, and notions.