Introducing Flapper Girl’s 2010 Halloween Aprons & Other Wearables

August 24, 2010

It’s time! I can’t believe it! I’ve worked so hard on this year’s Halloween wearables collection, and I’m so excited to unveil it. I love how everything turned out, and I hope you like it too!

In addition to the new designs, I’ve also brought back a few of the most popular apron designs from last year. You can see all of our latest spooky offerings over at the Flapper Girl Boutique.

Click on any image below for a detailed view.

Aprons

Flocked Halloween Apron Vintage Inspired

Skull Pirate Apron

 Trick or Treat Retro Tulle Halloween Hostess Apron

Vintage Inspired Halloween Apron

 Spooky Owl Night Vintage-Inspired Halloween Tulle Hostess ApronThis last design was originally an OOAK apron I made for myself last year, but since so many people wanted to purchase one last year but couldn’t, I decided to make this design available for purchase this year!

Brooches

Golden Owl Brooch

Retro Prize Ribbon

Retro Halloween Cat Brooch

Retro Halloween Ribbon


Meet Stitch Witchery, Your New Best Friend

August 4, 2010

I’ve been making aprons for over three years now. A combination of plenty of practice sewing these, and a bit of trial-and-error experimentation with my method has brought me to a place where I can make these babies pretty quickly without error, and without needing to double-check my steps.

However, the last step in my apron process has always given me a little bit of trouble. All the last step involves is finishing the waistband, and sewing the open seam in the back closed. It sounds simple enough, but it’s a little tricky, because of the rick-rack trim on the front.

I’m a perfectionist, and I make sure that my stitches never veer off of the rick-rack onto the fabric. As such, I have to sew the back waistband seam closed from the front. So I can’t see it as I’m sewing it. I have to depend on pins to keep it in place. And let me tell you, pins and me… we’re not exactly the best of friends. The pins somehow tend to let things slip around back there, and sometimes there will be parts of the back seam that don’t get stitched closed, and I have to go back and stitch them up. It’s sort of a pain.

Well, this week I made a huge discovery. I was working with some apron waistbands that were made from silky, slippery material, and there was no way I could even pin this stuff down. What’s a girl to do? That’s when I remembered I had bought some Stitch Witchery* at the Kitten awhile back, and this was the perfect opportunity to try it out.

Holy. Smokes. This stuff is amazing. Instead of wrestling with unruly pins, all I did was put a little strip of it underneath the seam I was going to sew.

Stitch Witchery Aprons

Then I ironed it down, using plenty of steam.

Stitch Witchery Iron

And it totally holds everything in place! I was able to do my final stitching flawlessly and everything turned out perfect. So now I am using it on all my aprons, not just the ones with the silky waistbands, and I’m excited about it!

* I admit I really love the name Stitch Witchery, and I love saying it too. Kudos to the marketing genius who thought it up. Now all they need is a rad witch logo to ago along with the awesome name.

WIP: Pastel Retro Tulle Hostess Aprons For Spring

February 5, 2010

It seems a bit surreal, but I’ve been working on seasonal holiday projects since mid-July. First it was Halloween, then the winter holidays, and finally Valentine’s Day. It feels really weird to be working on springtime aprons that aren’t for any specific holiday. I’ll admit it’s been a nice change of pace*.

Here are some work-in-progress shots I took this morning. I wasn’t kidding, people, I’m firing up the sewing machine, and getting down to business with these spring aprons.


Cotton & tulle! So far, I have all my pockets, ties, and waist band pieces cut and ironed. I still need to iron all my tulle and cut the pieces down to size.


Here are all the pocket pieces. I love the way they look all lined up together. I’ve discovered over the past few years that I really love the way these aprons look when they’re made with gingham. I even wrote Spring 2010 is all about the gingham! in my sketchbook. I couldn’t leave out the dainty florals, though, because I love them too.


So many deer! All hand-cut. Holy smokes. Next up, I need to hand-embroider their cute little faces onto their sweet little heads.

Last night I went through my rick-rack and bias tape collections, and made a list of what I have in stock. Today I’ll head over to the Knittn’ Kitten to pick up the last bits and pieces of what I need to get cracking on these aprons. Then it’ll be time to really get down to business, and start some serious sewing.

*I will admit, though, that I have actually started designing some elements for radical vintage-inspired paper Hallowe’en garlands. I’ve also begun the brain-storming process for the entire 2010 Flapper Girl Hallowe’en collection. I know Hallowe’en is over eight months away, but I can’t help it.

2009 Winter Holiday Aprons

November 28, 2009

After months of research, planning, and sewing, I’m proud to introduce Flapper Girl’s 2009 Winter Apron Collection. If you see an apron you can’t live without, please visit the Flapper Girl Boutique and order today. And don’t forget Portlanders, I offer free shipping to locals! xoxo


SNOW DAY RETRO TULLE HOSTESS APRON
Inspired by snowy winter days filled with glistening tree tops & hot cocoa.

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SCANDINAVIAN CHRISTMAS REINDEER APRON
Inspired by reindeer of the Lapland area in the north of Finland, Sweden and Norway. My love affair with vintage reindeer ski sweaters also came into play with this design.

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JACK FROST APRON
Inspired by harsh Nordic winters, and the mischievous elf Jack Frost, who personifies crisp, cold, winter weather in old Norse folklore.

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THE YETI APRON
Inspired by the lovable yeti (aka abominable snowman), who inhabits the the remote and forbidding Himalayas.

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A WINTER SOLSTICE ZEPPELIN RIDE RETRO TULLE HOSTESS APRON
Inspired by the holiday that surrounds the longest night of the year, and my love for vintage zeppelin figural Christmas lights.

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MAGICAL WOODLANDS FLY AGARIC MUSHROOM APRON
Inspired by the magical fly agaric mushroom, and its ties to Santa Claus, good luck, and the magical world of the forest.

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SNEGUROCHKA RETRO TULLE HOSTESS APRON
Inspired by the Russian folk tale of Snegurochka, the daughter and helper of Grandfather Frost.

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I Know, I Know, It’s too Early For This

September 9, 2009

Snegurochka_SmallI’m not much of a Christmas decor person*. That being said, I’m toying with the notion of creating a Winter Holiday apron line. This little seedling of a thought probably won’t ever take root, but I want to think about it anyway. I don’t know what direction this apron collection could take, but I’d like some input if you have any.

I keep getting drawn back to the Russian snow maiden, Snegurochka. So I’m imagining more of a mystical line of winter aprons, perhaps with a Victorian twist. I see white, cream, blues, silver, and possibly some earth tones, as opposed to red and green and Santa Claus.

I’m also finding myself drawn to red plaid, but I don’t know where that fits in.

Hmmmm. I’ll let these thoughts marinate for awhile and see what happens.

*Ok, so I like vintage Xmas lights, and those vintage winter villages made of cardboard and glitter that now go for an arm and a leg at antique stores. I dig the occasional kitschy doodad, like those rubber elf ornaments made in Japan, and I will always have a not-so-secret love affair with vintage reindeer Dream Pets, but for the most part, the buck stops there.

Introducing Flapper Girl’s 2009 Halloween Aprons

August 24, 2009

It’s time! I can’t believe it! I’ve worked so hard on this collection, and I’m so excited to unveil it.

It was really exciting to do research on the origin and golden age of this mystical autumn holiday. I browsed through so many books showcasing hundreds of images of vintage Hallowe’en decor. I learned that once upon a time, costumes were made from crepe paper, and the Dennison Manufacturing Company was once the king of all things Hallowe’en. I fell in love with the stories and photos in Halloween Merrymaking: An Illustrated Celebration Of Fun, Food, And Frolics From Halloweens Past by Diane C. Arkins, who so brilliantly discusses the Golden Age (1890s-1930s) of the holiday. I visited the library and checked out Hallowe’en party books from 1925. Did you know they used to melt lead for a popular party game? It’s true (and oh so dangerous).

Armed with some new info, my love of everything vintage, my affection for Hallowe’en, and my sewing machine, I created a line of holiday aprons that bring together a touch of the old with some new twists. I hope you love this collection as much as I do. Let me know what you think!

If you find an apron (or a few) you can’t live without, you can visit the Flapper Girl boutique and order your favorite one(s) today!

Click on any image below for a detailed view.

Peach Owl

skull apron Bats & Stripes

Green Bats

Orange Apron 2

Black Green Owl

Red with Bats

Pink Spider

Orange Bats


Of Aprons & Vampires

August 8, 2009

It’s been cool and gray here the past few days. It’s been really nice to get a break from the heat. The weather has been the perfect inspiration to help me hunker down and work on Hallowe’en aprons while listening to Sookie Stackhouse novels* on my iPod, which is exactly what I’ve been doing. The plan is to have the aprons done by the end of next week, and I’m excited to say that it’s shaping up to happen.

I always feel weird sewing things production-line style. Sewing up a million apron ties, then sewing up a million pockets, etc., always makes me feel like I’m getting nothing accomplished. It’s odd, because intellectually I know that I’m getting things done faster and more efficiently, but when the end of the day comes, and there’s no finished product, it just doesn’t feel right.

I’m finally getting to the point with this collection where I see the end in sight, and I’m loving how everything is turning out. I can’t wait to roll the aprons out in early September!

SookieBill

*My one complaint about the audiobooks is that the narrator (who is not the author) uses this monotone, husky, slightly mumbling voice any time she reads a male character’s dialogue, which just makes every single male character in the book seem like an aloof asshole. It’s very distracting and annoying. It makes me appreciate the really well-done audiobooks, and also makes me wonder if it’s always better when the author does the reading, since they know the material best. I know that the David Sedaris audiobooks, for example, are wonderful, and the manner in which he reads adds an element to them that you don’t get from reading the books yourself.

2009 Hallowe’en Apron Collection

July 13, 2009

I’ve had Halloween aprons on the brain lately. I have a lot of awesome ideas for this year’s collection. Last night I spent a good amount of time at Powell’s looking through Hallowe’en books for inspiration. The best book, I think, was one all about the history of the holiday. It went into great detail about how most people celebrated it during the 20s—’40s, and included many drool-worthy photographs.

So what do I have planned for this year’s Hallowe’en apron collection? You can expect a lot more fun with tulle, as well as some fancy details courtesy of my recently-required ruffler attachment. I’m also really excited to incorporate some lovely new retro fabrics, too, like this one I received in the mail yesterday:

halloween_nites__1 copy

There are other surprises in the works that I’m really excited about, but I’m not ready to reveal them quite yet. You can expect to see the new Hallowe’en aprons in my Etsy shop in early September.


Just In Time For Spring

March 31, 2009

pink-apron

I just listed a few new retro tulle aprons in the Flapper Girl Boutique. They make perfect gifts for Easter, Mother’s Day, birthdays, and even just to say “I wanted to brighten your day!” Each apron is made from limited materials (either vintage or reclaimed), making each one truly one-of-a-kind.


Flapper Girl In the Etsy Halloween Gift Guide

October 21, 2008

I was perusing through Etsy’s Halloween Gift Guide yesterday, and what popped up on the second page? Check out the last item on the second row. It’s my vintage-inspired spiderweb apron! Very exciting!