A good friend of mine has just started learning to cook in the past year or so. She's really excited about it, especially now that she's just gotten engaged. (Congrats, Peguy!) Her birthday is today, and at first I was having a hard time trying to figure out what to get for her. I finally decided that an apron would be a good gift. A few months ago, we got in this Montessori By Hand pattern for this adorable reversible apron, and I had been wanting to try it anyway, so... I did.
It was the first time that I've ever made anything from a pattern like that, so I was kind of intimidated. The worst was cutting the bias for the halter, mainly because I didn't read the instructions all the way through and didn't find out until well after I thought I was done cutting. But, thats what I get for not paying attention. I'm still learning about sewing to a large degree, and I definitely made more mistakes than I liked. Some of them I could have fixed, like straightening out seams, but I decided to leave it. Kind of gives it character. But perfect or no, it still looks really cute.
She and her fiancee came over dinner yesterday, and I surprised her with cake and the apron after dinner. Her face when she pulled the tissue paper away was priceless, and well worth the time I spent on that apron. I've already got fabric to make another apron, this one for Rebekah. Haven't started it yet, but I will. And then, I'll make one for me. :)