Another WIP for Friday; a linen maternity apron for a very special blog pal who is near and dear to my heart. I was going for a little ZAKKA style here. It's actually finished but I'm still fighting the urge to put some embroidery on it. What do you think? Is simple better? What I like most about it though, is the hidden ribbon casing inside that allows you to take in or let out gathers as needed. The top casings in front and back are elastic. I didn't have a pattern for this. I'd been thinking about making it for awhile, but even though the sketches always look great on paper, I'm never totally confident with how something will turn out until it's 3D. So I hope she likes it. I think it turned out pretty cute in a plain, minimalist sort of way. No embarrassing frills to call attention to the obvious. And, oh...it's a Girl! But she's not due until November, so that should give me enough time to try my hand at making a pair of these adorable booties. The picture is from Quilts Japan magazine, an older issue #105 from July 2005 (ISSN1356-955x.) It's one I found here while visiting Seaside last month. Aren't these just the cutest things? I hope I can figure out the directions. Every thing's written in Japanese, remember? If I blow it I can always revert back to this pattern though.