The Handmaiden’s Cottage Easter Dress Blog Tour

Day 11 of the Handmaiden’s Cottage Easter Dress Blog Tour hosted by Seams Sew Lo! On today’s blog: How not to have a panic attack because you feel awkward doing your blog photo shoot in Ikea. HINT: The trick is to have an amazing model. Thanks, Robin.I know what you’re thinking. Why go to Ikea for a photo shoot if it’s going to cause you anxiety? Because my kitchen is ugly! Truth. It has pink counter tops. Enough said. Can we go down a little rabbit hole together? Does that sound like fun? Don’t worry, it’s not an anxiety catastrophizing rabbit hole. It’s a “Laura loves patterns” rabbit hole. So. The fabric I used has the provincial flowers of Canada on it. The the Pacific Dogwood is the provincial flower of British Columbia. The capital of British Columbia is Victoria. This apron pattern is called The Victoria Apron. I made the apron out of provincial flowers of Canada fabric. And so on and so forth. Did you enjoy that rabbit hole?The Victoria Apron pattern by Handmaiden’s Cottage offers four sizes: XS (bust 32-33″, waist 25-26″) to L (bust 39-49″, waist 32-34″). I fall outside those measurements, and although I could have made the apron for myself anyways, it’s always nice to have a friend take on the model role. I much prefer sitting at the sewing machine and standing behind the camera. The pattern can be made in one of two lengths: 37″ and 42″. For myself, clocking in at 5′ 4 3/8″ I would have gone for the 37″ length. However, Robin is significantly taller than I am, so I went with the 42″ length for her. I really like how it turned out, as far as length goes. The one thing that is going to drive me bonkers about my finished product is the pockets. This is not a reflection on the pattern or the instructions. This is all me. As mentioned above, Robin is taller than I am, so I tried to guess where she would need her pockets. It’s driving me crazy that they aren’t at a better length for her. Robin is going to find me in her kitchen one day ripping the pockets off and replacing them. The pattern offers some great tips on how to get a more personalized fitting apron. Had I been sewing for myself, these tips would have been the bomb. They’re great little adjustments. And I could have used them for this apron, but I highly doubt Robin wanted to come over and hang out while I burnt the midnight oil sewing. The Handmaiden’s Cottage Easter Dress Blog Tour is nearly over. Hey, have you noticed this ISN’T an Easter dress? And the blog tour is an Easter DRESS blog tour?! Sneaky! The tour ends tomorrow. And so does the 30% off discount code to Handmaiden’s Cottage. Use the code EasterTour2018 for 30% off the Etsy store and website. Down below there’s a rafflecopter giveaway – $50 store credit to Handmaiden’s Cottage. Please visit all of the Easter Sewing Pattern Inspirations on the Handmaiden’s Cottage Easter Dress Blog Tour hosted by Seams Sew Lo!

March 1st: Seams Sew Lo

March 2nd: Miinoma Studio

March 3rd: Momma You Can Make It

March 4th: Kate Will Knit

March 5th:  Kathy’s Kwilts and More

March 6th: Granma Texas Sews

March 7th: Our Play Place

March 8th: Aurora Designs

March 9th: Frullemieke

March 10th: My Sewing Roots

March 11th: Manning the Machine

March 12th: Seams Sew Lo (Round Up)

Don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway!!

Thanks so much for stopping by. I appreciate it. Drop me a comment below and tell me which of Canada’s provincial flowers is your favorite, and what fabric you would use to make your own Victoria Apron.

About manningthemachine

I'm Laura. Mama to four, and wife to one awesome guy. I'm ever so slightly sarcastic. Just a little bit. I like to quote movies, but since our house is managed by little people, most of those quotes come from kiddie shows. At least my husband generally gets the references. It makes me feel less awkward. I took sewing lessons starting at the age of 8, through the Kids Can Sew program. I took lessons for four or five years. Then I became a snotty teen and decided sewing was lame. I've repented of my ways, and enjoy sewing for my little ones. And sometimes other people. And almost never for myself. Oh hey. My blog name. "Manning The Machine." I think it's probably only funny if you know me in real life. And even then, maybe it is only funny to me. My last name is Manning. This is a blog about my sewing. Manning The (Sewing) Machine. Do you get it? Do you? No. That's fine. I think it's funny even if you don't.
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11 Responses to The Handmaiden’s Cottage Easter Dress Blog Tour

  1. Barb selvage says:

    Your apron is lovely. What a great idea to do a photo shoot at IKEA! Looks like you had fun. Your blog is wonderful!


  2. mysewingroots says:

    You can tell she loves it !! I like this apron!


  3. Kimberly McQueen says:

    Oh mylanta! I need this pattern. That apron you made is perfection, and I love that you did photos at IKEA! I did some at Lowe’s one time and everyone thought I was crazy! Lol! The things we do for our craft! Beautiful job!


  4. chinapat says:

    Lovely apron.


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  7. Vilma R says:

    Love everything about this


  8. kaidydid says:

    I love this pattern


  9. love the print! and you have a great friend who would model for you. Lovely project.


  10. Liza Azman says:

    The lady’s slipper looks so unique.
    And ah….you post totally made my day! Haha…I wish I could do the same, taking photos in public haha…
    The apron is well made and I love the fabric!


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