French Impressionist Fabric Apron

I taught French for 16 years and those were the Camelot days of my teaching career.  I loved teaching the language and the culture.  My high school was located in the Southern Suburbs of Chicago so we had access to the world class Impressionist collection at the Art Institute.  In either French III or French IV each student would present a report on an Impressionist artist showing examples.  That unit culminated with a visit to the Art Institute and a French restaurant.  Great memories and even better ones of going to the Musée d'Orsay in Paris.  There is a special place in my heart for the impressionists.

It came to me that I needed to integrate this passion into my sewing life but not as a 5 year masterpiece project where I recreated a piece of art in fabric and thread.  I am starting thatfabricre next week.  Just kidding!  I wanted much more instant gratification than that so I started poking around on the web, in my favorite fabric sites, here and there looking for "French impressionist fabric" with an oh la la hope in my search engine fingers.

And I found it!  On Etsy, specifically at Fabrics and trimmings.  Oh, and there were such luscious fabrics here that I may have bought two others for no reason whatsoever!  Maybe the prices were really good or there was a fantastic sale going on.  Or, yes, maybe I am a fabric addict.  This wonderful site has not seen the last of me.  If you are feeling weak and have a credit card handy, you might want to check it out yourself!

The fabrics arrived quickly and Mon Dieu they were works of art themselves.  Now my quandary was what to make?  A quilt bounced around my head and I may order some more fabric and do that.  But remember the goal of instant gratification?  Plus I really just worshiped these fabrics.  Aside from draping them over me, how else could I showcase these beauties?

french2reYou know where this is going, don't you?  What do I make when I don't know what to make?  An apron.  Have I made you one yet?  Really, well hang on.  And for these aprons I didn't feel there was a "B" side.  I love them both.frenchre

The internet search took longer than the sewing.  But I got my fix, I got those amazing fabrics sewn up.  Now what do I do with it?  Keep it?  (YES!) Or give it away?  Yes, that's a good idea.  In the meantime, it's up in my sewing room where I can pet it every once in a while and wonder if I should buy yards and yards more of this or be happy with my French Impressionist Fabric apron!

Fabric makes me sew happy!

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Here's another apron post.  Yes, I am obsessed.  Thanks for noticing.

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