When we began this sewing group over a year ago, meeting at my house one Tuesday night... who knew then what we would eventually grow into. I've met some of the best friends of my life and learned to love and appreciate this wonderful group of women. We all vary in our sewing skills (most of us being self-taught) but that's not what holds us together - it's the friendships we have made and the sisterhood we've created.
The original pattern I credit to Chelsea. She showed up in the fall of last year with a darling apron that we all ooohed and aaaahed over. Then a week later she shows up with the pattern - that she & her mom came up with. No one asked for it, but Chelsea is just like that... always giving and doing for others before the desire escapes your lips. I love this about Chelsea. Not only that - but every party or event with Chelsea is always fun. She just adds so much laughter & pizazz to any event. You know your in to laugh your arse off when Chelsea starts in on a story. She is a hilarious girl that is always a pleasure to be around. (Plus she is responsible for most of the SSC great coifs).
Where to start with Abbey?... I think just about everyone in the group thought Abbey didn't like them before they got to really know her. But in reality - she didn't care one way or the other. Her personality is closed in and you only really know her when you are lucky enough to spend time with her. You begin to realize she is a girl who speaks her mind and says things like they are. Often times making you bust out laughing at her frankness. Abbey is a go-getter. She finishes projects while the rest of us are still in the hypothetical phase. She branches out and I think has really been an integral part of this group making all kinds of things (not just aprons).
Is it kind of symbolic that Christie is our first ruffle? hmmm... I think so. There wouldn't be a SSC without Christie. She has breathed life into this group time and again. At first I was mistaken by Christie's grounded nature and quiet "you-can-do-it" ways. Only spending late nights sewing revealed the true sassss this girl possesses. Christie is the heart and soul of this group. She is encouraging, generous, and kindly. She will support whatever projects you might come up with and cheer you right to the finish line.
When I think of Jen, I think of sincerity and someone who would bend over backwards for you anytime and any place. She is sweet and means what she says. Jen is a trouper and will show up in a moments notice if you tell her it's apron night (and she's forgotten) or ask her for help with anything at all. Jen likes everyone and tries to make everyone comfortable around her. Jen is kind, thoughtful, and best of all she usually shows up with something delicious to munch on.
Beka is our late bloomer. She used to show up just for the social atmosphere. She wasn't interested in sewing as much as just hanging out & having a break from her adorable twin boys. What we didn't know was that lurking underneath the surface was a sewing diva just waiting to leap out. Beka is quiet and I spent many a times wondering, "Is she laughing at me or with me?" and just recently I can tell we laugh more often together on most things (although I wouldn't be surprised if she still laughs at me - I like being a dork and most find it funny). Beka adds so much fun and camaraderie to any gathering.... And best of all she's just about ready for the biggest leap of in sewing - buying her own machine. You've come along way baby!
I don't think it's symbolic that Rachel is the body. Rachel has used this basic body pattern countless times to make numerous aprons for others. Rachel is always doing things for other, but unlike most - it's unexpected and always a welcome surprise. Rachel loves gatherings and is a social diva. She is a fantastic hostess and someone I try to take cues from.
The Third Bottom Ruffle:
This piece of Jill came from one of her first aprons - the 1940's house apron. I still love this fabric!
The icing on the cake goes to Aubrey. She is one person I wanted to be bff's with before I even met her. She is a maverick and stands above the crowd. Aubrey had the foresight to see beyond our little cluster of females and pioneer ahead to create a satellite chapter of our group. I love Aubrey's warmth and generosity. I no sooner mentioned some fabric was adorable then she was sending it to me in the mail. Our Utah chapter wouldn't have a prayer without our fearless Aubrey, who continues to shake things up in the vanilla state.