The Linen Closet

vintage inspired apronsThe Linen Closet is just a piece of this blog, a piece that is constantly being re-thought, and, unfortunately, a piece that is often pushed aside and left to idle while my creative brain-power is being used someplace else. It’s also a piece that I don’t want to constantly flood into my writing, however, I’ve decided a monthly update is probably a good thing since I don’t want to completely lose track of my original vision just yet. Some of the ladies who ordered from me during Christmas-time left some lovely feedback on the shop and they also gave me some great ideas to update it in order to get the ordering process a bit more slick. Custom items are a little tricky on Etsy, so I’m still unraveling the how-to’s over there. In the meantime though, if you haven’t seen it, I’ve updated The Linen Closet page of this blog with some better explanations of available options, including, two different sizes:

half aprons

The apron piece of the blog has been a bit like a thesis that you know in your head exactly what you’re trying to get across, but when you write it down it doesn’t quite fit into the right words. If you’re confused by “convertible apron-top,” “mix and match aprons,” or really what the big deal is about yet another apron thrown into blog-world, hopefully this will clear things up a bit.

vintage apron

vintage aprons

I’ve been taking a break from my sewing room during the craziness that was December, but I’m hoping with this post to get inspired to get back to sewing, or, at least re-think this piece of VMMV. I think there’s something a little bit different about my aprons from everything else on the market and I’m not yet ready to throw in the towel on these kitchen-buddies. Happy Wednesday! (see, you weren’t even counting and it just happened…we’re already halfway to the weekend!

 – <3 A. 

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vintage sewing imageThis week free-time has become sew-time. Some more orders came in for my aprons and it’s been quite the job to fulfill them! I’m loving it though. It’s so much fun to see what combinations look good together, searching through yards of trim for some vintage-inspired laces, and making people’s visions come to life.

I was super-excited when a customer suggested some periwinkle, purples, blues, and corals for a half-apron. It’s such a lovely combination:

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This one will be on it’s way to Chicago as soon as I’m finished. I’ve also been on a red-obsession after finding some gems earlier this week…

vintage aprons…and, I finally paired my custom mod-cat fabric I created with some blues, black and whites, and it turned out so cute! It might be my new fave:

vintage custom aprons

custom vintage inspired aprons

As always, any bottom can be snapped on to any top to create a totally different look. I also have two different sizes now! If you’re thinking of one as a gift for Christmas or maybe a gift to yourself (my favorite type), check out all the listings here. There’s pre-made full and half-aprons if you want to see exactly what your apron will look like before you order, or, of course, you can always choose your own colors! The periwinkle one is calling me back for some attention so I’m back to sewing, hope everyone has a great weekend!

– <3 A. 

The Linen Closet

Last week, during all the party festivities, I was stirring enchilada sauce and mixing pumpkin-spice-latte cupcakes and I discovered I was very, very good at splattering. Apparently, when the enchilada directions said “simmer the sauce for ten minutes uncovered,” I read, “vigorously boil the enchilada sauce for ten minutes uncovered.” If you’ve never done it, a vigorous boil and a simmer are two very different things. If I had simmered, I’m pretty sure more of the sauce would have stayed in the pot instead of ending up vigorously boiling out onto the stove, my sweater…the wall? (wow), and the floor.

Needless to say, a half-apron for that meal just didn’t cut it. So, I began to think of how I could add a little splatter-safety onto my apron:

After a few shredded patterns, some misplaced darts, too wide of straps, and buttons that weren’t cooperating, I finally got it. My Etsy shop, Vintage Muses, is now offering convertible aprons.
The bottom half hasn’t changed except for a few nifty snaps that the top can simply snap into for some vigorous boiling episodes, and unsnap again if you just feel like wearing the half:

Pretty nifty, yes? My favorite part is that you can have multiple different tops to snap and unsnap and each one can give you an entirely different look.

The top has two darts sewn in and a sweetheart neckline so the typical oversized, straight-across apron-top is a bit more feminine.

The bottom  and top can be purchased separately or, of course, the two together. I’m really looking forward to this new option, and, also looking forward to using some of my custom fabrics I’m creating. There is definitely more to come!

If you’re thinking of doing some vigorous boiling soon for Thanksgiving, don’t do it until you’ve stopped by Vintage Muses first!

Hope you enjoy the new idea,

– <3 A.