Semi-DIY: Embellished Vendor Apron – Reveal
A few weeks ago I posted a link to help with making 3D fabric flowers, with the following teaser photo:
And now that the finished product has made its way to the lovely vendor recipient, I can show you the finished product. First, a little back story:
For our June wedding I was sure I needed or even wanted a DOC (day-of-coordinator). I plan things fairly regularly for work, so really this shouldn’t have been any different. Only…it was! In addition to the wedding planning I was also in the middle of some serious work-place drama and stress. Due to family situations that just went from bad to unimaginable my boss stepped back for several months , leaving me & our assistant to “hold down the fort”. I thought I was managing everything quite well…until a discussion over table linens left me a sobbing mess, standing in Ikea, on Valentines Day. It was that day Brainy and I agreed I needed help. We worked to find vendors to scale back my DIY efforts and he took over several areas of wedding planning (Honeymoon & Music to name a couple). One of those vendors was our florist. Since we were getting married in such a small town I was really, really worried about the florist in particular. I grew up in a small town, and had never had a great floral experience with anyone there. Everyone we asked recommended her, and it was often just assumed that brides there hired her to be their DOC as well. After our first meeting I was sold on her as the florist, but not sure I needed a DOC. Then Brainy reminded me of Ikea and said for the low cost it would be fine….and you know what? It was more than “fine”. She rocked! Honestly, I still feel like we didn’t pay her enough, and the best thing was she didn’t seem like a vendor. Instead, she felt like a long lost family friend and everyone that met her at the wedding raved about how sweet and helpful she was. So, I decided I wanted to “create” her a small token of appreciation (in addition to rave reviews) but I wasn’t sure what. One afternoon I remembered a funny conversation we had during the days leading up to the wedding and it hit me, she needed a frilly apron.
So, using some leftover fabric she had painstakingly decorated our cake table with and a few other items, I whipped up a functional frilly apron to keep her clothes all clean when she is working on her floral goodness. Since I haven’t sewn in a few years (at least), I was super happy with how it turned out.
Remember those 3D Flowers? I created 3 different matching flowers and attached half of a snap to the back of each one, then sewed the back half of one of the snaps to the top of the apron. So she can change them out, and easily remove it for laundering. Notice how the frills didn’t cover the whole apron? That way she isn’t wiping her hands on the ruffles. And yes, I hand embroidered the shop name on the top.
I’m hoping she loves it almost as much as I loved having her keeping our wedding in line! Let me know if you are interested in a tutorial for this project and I’ll put one together and post.