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Announcing the Winners of the "PR Challenge: Aprons" Contest By DianeSev on 6/3/11 1:31 PM

"PR Challenge: Aprons" Contest Winners

Although making an apron can be a pretty basic project, this contest was an opportunity to step it up a notch and have fun. With Mother's Day, Father's Day and cookout season all in the future when this contest started, there was great motivation to make the perfect fun and useful gift for someone.

The rules were simple: make an apron (or two - multiple submissions were okay). The apron had to provide coverage for the garments underneath, with primary coverage being in the front, and it could be a full or a half apron, to be worn for cooking or barbecue or utility purposes. And the ultimate wearer could be a man, woman or child.

The apron could be as basic or elaborate as the sewer desired, and, as the rules suggested, contestants would probably find good material from their stashes.

35 contestants entered 47 items in this contest. Take a look at all the great projects they entered here.

Now let's meet the winners.

First Prize (By Member Vote):
unfinishedprojects for Sew Liberated: N103 The Emmeline Apron.

Pictured: Sew Liberated: N103 The Emmeline Apron

It seemed that every time unfinishedprojects needed her apron, it was in the wash, so she decided to make this reversible Sew Liberated: N103 The Emmeline Apron as a backup.

She used quilting cotton from a collection called Gypsy Bandana and choose three coordinating prints. She decided to make one side in a "crazy" paisley and the other in a sedate print to wear according to whatever mood she's in!

In her first attempt, she centered the design but encountered a problem that other sewers have...that the circular designs ended up in, in her words, "unfortunate places." So she re-cut the piece with better results.

She found the instructions very detailed and says that they covered everything from making bias strips to the ladder stitch used in hand-finishing. She says that this would make an excellent beginner project.

She had a couple dislikes, though. She doesn't like where the back ties attach and says that if you want to bring them around to the front, they want to sit lower than the bodice band. She also changed the location of opening for turning the piece inside out to a less conspicuous place.

Will she make it again? Oh, yes! And she absolutely recommends it to others.

Congratulations, unfinishedprojects!

Random Entry Prize
Aroura for her Simplicity: 2319 It's So Easy Misses' & Child's Apron.

Pictured: Simplicity: 2319 It's So Easy Misses' & Child's Apron

Aroura originally planned to use Simplicity 2319 to wear as a craft apron when she works with the kids at the local Head-Start program, but when she finished it, she found that it didn't match her size, so she decided she'll give it to her mother for her birthday instead.

She made the pattern of cotton fabrics and says that she should have made a small rather than a medium.

She found the instructions easy to follow and recommends this pattern to beginners. The pieces went together very quickly and easily, and she really likes the adjustable style.

She made a contrasting ruffle to dress the apron up and made the pockets in the same red. She designed appliques for the pockets and embroidered around them. She says, "10 petals was a lot to embroider around!"

She will eventually make this apron again (for herself) so that she can have a second one handy when her other apron is in the wash.

She recommends this pattern to sewers of all skill levels.

Congratulations, Aroura!

And congratulations to all our contestants for their awesome aprons!

Thanks to our sponsor:

We also thank PR member SexiSadi for managing this contest.

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