Saturday, September 5, 2009

It's often stressful for me to fill special orders when I'm making aprons...

Everyone has a different idea of what they like or want and it's impossible for me to read minds. (At least, I can't do it anymore since I passed retirement age.) So, special orders are always stressful for me. Usually someone says, "Can you just make something blue, or green, etc., with a little of this and a bit of that, and maybe some ruffles?" and so on and so forth. It always sounds more simple than it turns out to be. I much prefer to just make something from my own imagination and hope that someone will like it and want to buy it. Special orders always take longer, cost more to make and are rarely profitable.
Not so with the most recent one. A friend I met in Florida, who has bought several aprons from me, asked if I would make something sort of fancy for a relative's birthday. She gave me a general idea of what she wanted but didn't get too I was able to use my own thought process and pick out fabric and a design that I was comfortable making. I'm really happy with the way it looks.
I started with a very nice, smooth black cotton polka dot fabric which I cut in a similar fashion to my original baby-doll design, but without the little pleats at the bodice. Inspired by the previous half aprons you saw in my last post, I added a row of ruffled pleats across the bib along with some sheer, organza polka dot ribbon. I gave the same treatment to the pocket edge and then gave both areas a special touch with tiny crystal beads. It looks dressy, yet sophisticated. I'm pleased as punch. Take a peek. (If you click on the picture, you'll get a closer view.)
Beautiful, beautiful Labor Day Weekend here on the Cape. Lots of folks in town for a last hurrah. There's a big tent wedding at the Beach Breeze Inn down the street. We can hear the music as we sit on our front porch. A nice way to end the season.
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  1. Hi Joanne ~~ Love you Beautiful Special Order Apron, Im sure your customer will be very pleased. I had to laugh at your last few posts on my Blog...Re the PumPkin & my I had no clue, but thought heck I forget everything latley so who knows. And I lost my mind years ago so we are all in good company. Had a nice visit with our friend yesterday..Cathy looked good and her house as always looked Beautiful.
    Hugs ~ Connie xox

  2. You've outdone yourself on that one. BEAUTIFUL!


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