I have finished sewing Lara and I new aprons to wear at the farmers market this year.
Here is a detail of the lace I put on the neck and pockets -- my grand aunt, Mathilda Ledvina, crocheted it; it has to be at least 80 years old.
Lara happily modeled her apron for this picture:
I have a different fabric to make one more apron that we will try to sell at the farmers market. If people like the aprons, I'll make some more of them to sell. The pattern is a Depression style apron so I will sell them as "heirloom aprons". They certainly are sewn to last, and I even sewed them on my Singer black top sewing machine that came to me from my mother (who got it from her mother when she married my father) when Tom and I got married. The fabric will rot before a seam sewn on that machine gives way. The high quality cotton fabric for each apron cost about $30. I specially ordered it from Hancocks in Paducah, KY. There is a lot of hand sewing on the aprons, too, as well as the use of the antique hand made lace for trim. The fabric is pre-washed and pre-shrunk so what you see is what you get. I figure that once the antique lace is used up, I'll get out my lace patterns and make some of my own lace. Any ideas what I should charge for something like this?
Another "to do" task scratched off my list: I brought some canned blackberry juice up from the basement and tried my hand at making blackberry cordial.
I boiled one quart of blackberry juice with three cups of sugar and two teaspoons each of cinnamon, cloves, and lemon zest until the sugar was dissolved and the mixture started to thicken.
Then I shut off the stove and strained the mixture into another stainless steel pot.