Our guild hosts two retreats annualy - one in the winter, and one in the summer. The summer retreat used to be a smaller preview of the winter retreat, and was called A Taste of Retreat. But this year, it was renamed to simply Summer Retreat because it has become just as popular as the winter one. We had 39 registered attendees - including a few Junior members! I was so excited. The entire conference space was available to us - 8400 square feet! We sectioned off one-third so it would not be overwhelming. Behind the open doors in the smaller section we had some tables and chairs set up for relaxing and several tables for trade-ups materials that attendees choose to share.
|6000 square feet to Retreat!|
|Our youngest attendee.|
|More friends and Juniors. :)|
|My sewing space. I got to watch the Olympics while stitching. Go Team USA!|
|Sneaking in a Sewing Selfie. :)|
|A couple embroidered Christmas stockings for a niece and her boyfriend.|
|Wristlet for a Golden Anniversary|
|Even added my little label inside! :)|
The aprons I am making are by Wilmington Prints. One is called Le Petit Bistro, and the other is called Wine a Little.
|Le Petit Bistro Apron Panel|
|Wine a Little Apron Panel|
The aprons are very easy. Everything is included in the panel, including a pocket and straps for neck and waist. The longest task was turning all the straps after their long seam was sewn.
|Cutting out the pocket.|
I thought the apron fabric was a little thin by itself, so I decided to line the apron and pocket with muslin, then top stitch along the borders for a finished look. The added lining gave the apron just enough weight that it felt right.
|Cutting a muslin lining.|
|First one done.|
After I cut out all of the aprons, pockets, straps and linings, I was only able to complete five of the dozen aprons. Completion of the others should not take as long going forward since the pieces are now ready to go.
On a personal note, I also have an excuse as to why I didn't get to finish everything! I was absent for one entire afternoon. I had to leave to watch my son test for his Black Belt. He is now a holder of a 1st Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo. Good work, my boy! :-)
|My son has earned his Black Belt!|