In between sewing some things for others this week, I found a use for some of the thrifted fabric I posted about a little while ago. This busy, bright print was not something I would normally buy, but I have been inspired by retro fabric lately and decided to give this trend a try. The apron and hot pad are from Amy Butler's book In Stitches. The oven mitt is my own design. Besides using my thrift store fabric find I gave new purpose to a wool winter coat by making it into the oven mitt which is lined with the thrifted print. By putting my new kitchen gear to good use, I should be able to cut down the risk of burning my fingers and ingredient splattered clothes... but then I think this set would make a friend a nice gift and if I keep it I'll only end up burning bits of the hot pad and getting stains on the apron... guess I'm back to using the ratty threadbare hot pads. Just need to stock up on bandaids and stain remover ;o)
Oh, and I also managed to find time this week to wander through a couple of thrift stores (can't let my project to-do pile get too small!!) and found this fabric that I'm considering making into a summery dress. I know, I know, I just find fabric so hard to resist buying. It's crazy because at the moment my dining room looks like a fabric store disaster zone (this is what happens when I tire of packing everything up every evening because it only makes each sewing project longer to complete if I have to keep putting everything away all the time.) Lucky for me, my husband and sons seem to understand my need to create with fabric and just avoid that particular room. Well, actually it's not much of a choice because with all the stuff I've managed to cram in that room - you can't really move around easily. Anyways, back to the dress idea. That won't happen too soon as I have several projects in the works before I will get to this one, but it's nice to dream of the warm days ahead and something that will look nice while keeping me cool. Ha! Who am I kidding? At the rate I'm going, if this dress gets made it likely won't be for this summer!