Jan 27, 2016

How to Sell Your Aprons on Etsy

If you are thinking about setting up an Etsy shop, or if you already have one, and you want to start selling cute aprons on the world's largest selling venue, then you might be interested in my new PDF tutorial that I wrote up just for you!  This apron-selling guide is a fun FAQ with questions and answers to your most common questions, that I have gathered over the years while selling aprons and my best-selling apron pattern on Etsy.

I also interviewed some of the best of the best apron shops on Etsy and they have been so helpful and sweet. You will love all of the fun FAQ's, the random tips, the apron-seller's interviews, and other assorted selling advice.

I also included a section about me and my apron shop and my personal story about Etsy and success.

If you want to check it out, you can get the tutorial here.

Sep 28, 2014

Dotties Apron Tutorial Tips

Welcome to my tutorial tips post! If you have purchased the tutorial, thank you for you support!

apron tutorial

My Retro-apron tutorial seems to be popular, and therefore I get lots of emails through Etsy with questions about the tutorial itself, as well as other apron-related stuff.
So, I have compiled some helpful tips here for you, and I might even update as new questions are answered, or as I find new things to add that may help you to make the cutest-ever aprons!!

The PDF tutorial and pattern is a complete tutorial for sewing a Dottie’s Diner circle skirt diner waitress apron, with a heart-shaped bib and a pocket. This is my official instruction booklet for my best-selling apron that I wrote myself. I have made and sold a ton of these aprons in my Etsy shop, and this pattern can be used to make aprons to sell in your Etsy shop as you please, or anywhere you may want to sell online.

As of now, I have changed the pattern and made it really simple to print the pattern pieces. All pieces will fit on a standard sheet of printer paper, in sections, so that you can print and tape them together. I have gone to the trouble to make it really simple for you. Because I care

If you have experience with the following techniques, and you have at least a few years of sewing under your belt, you can probably get through this apron pretty easily.
•             Sewing bias tape around a curved edge
•             Sewing bias tape to a heart-shaped edge, with a pivot point
•             Stay-stitching around a curved edge, clipping curves
•             Attaching a curved edge to a straight waistband

•             Main fabric, for the top shorter skirt, and bib: 1 1/4 yards
•             Accent fabric for the under skirt, and ties:  2 yards
•             Bias tape, double fold double wide: 3 packages
•             Ric Rac:  1 package
•             Purchased ruffles for bib: 1 yard
•             A basic sewing machine
•             Scissors
•             Measuring tape
•             Thread to match your fabric and bias tape

Q: Can I use this apron tutorial to make aprons to sell in my Etsy shop?
A: Sure why not. I love it when I get pictures of completed projects too; so please send me a picture of your finished aprons. If you are selling your aprons, let us know, I will post a link for people to see!

Q: How do I print the large pattern on several pages on my printer?
A:  I have the pages set up for easy printing. Each PDF will print on 1-6 pages- then you will arrange the pages and tape them together. No need to re-size or anything, the entire pattern will print true-to-scale.

Q: What if I can't find my digital download PDF that I purchased?
A: This link should explain how to find your files, if you purchased from my Etsy shop.

Q: What size is the pattern?
A: I made the pattern for a size small to large, with an average waist of 26 inches. I also included instructions on how to determine waist diameter and easily make changes to fit your waist.

Q: I see your pattern listed several times in your shop, with different “cover” photos; are they the same pattern with different pictures?
A: Yes, they are the same. The reason I do this is to attract people who may not realize they can make a large variety of colors and combinations from my one pattern.

Q: I see a size XL as well- how different are the sizes/ what is the difference in the two patterns?
A:  The XL pattern has a larger waistband, and the skirt pattern pieces have a larger circle opening for the waist; therefore the length has been adjust a little bit longer. The bib is the same in both patterns because it seems to fit any size. I have tried making the bib larger for larger busted women, but it just does not look right, so the heart-shaped bib is the same size no matter what pattern you buy. If you look at the thumbnail images of the curvy-sized models in the XL pattern listing- you will see the heart shaped bib fits them just fine, and it has not been adjusted from the regular sized pattern at all.

Q: What if I want both pattern sizes?
A: If you want both pattern sizes, use coupon code 2PATTERNS at checkout (in my Etsy shop) for 30% off entire order. Please only use this code if ordering both patterns.

Q: My waist size is a little more than 26”, will this fit me?
A: Yes, all you need to do is add a few inches to the waist by making the opening (hole cut-out for waist) a little bit larger.

Q: How do I sew those straps onto the bib correctly!
A: There seems to be a lot of drama about sewing the straps onto the bib. I agree it can be a little weird. I will try to explain right now.

Hi Guys- so, after a particularly snarky review on my apron pattern, I went a looked at my instructions again. Maybe my instructions were a little hard to understand, so I’ll explain here, in the context of the blog, so that if you are still confused you can comment and I will reply.

OK, so to attach the straps to the bib, after cutting the bib and straps per the pattern, and sewing the straps/turning right-side out; you will want to lay the straps on the back-side of the bib, exactly as shown in this pic.  

Notice how the straps are pretty much straight, with an ever-so-slight angle towards each other near the bib bottom. This is so that when the straps are turned up; they will lie beautifully on your shoulder and kind of hug your neck.   If you would like, you could also just make them straight/parallel and it will still work fine. I think the person who left a meanie review must have been using a sharper angle, and I confess when I looked at the pattern there are some markings for where to place the straps that would be screwed up. I have since changed that.

If you would like the new bib pattern, here is a link. This is a free PDF download, please respect the pattern, that is all I ask. thank you! The bib pattern prints onto 3 pages; 1, and 2 are the bib and page 3 is the instructions for taping together and other stuff.

After you place your straps in the correct place, and clipped the excess flush with the bib edge, you can pin them in place as shown. Then you will attach your bias trim all around the edge of the two bib pieces, catching in the straps as you go.

this is the back side
Then you will lay the bib front flat on the ironing board, pull the straps up straight (or with a slight angle towards neck), and iron the crap out of everything. Make everything lie flat, and obey you!

this is the front
At this point you can turn the bib over, and add ric rac around the edges. Make sure you sew the straps to the bib again while in the “up” position, so that they always know where they are supposed to be.

Does that help at all?

Jul 19, 2014

a Beautiful Cake by The Royal Bakery

I wanted to show off this really cool cake that was made by The Royal Bakery. You may go ahead and drool over it, I am.
Lesley from the Royal Bakery contacted me out of the blue with this picture just to let me know that she had used my apron (my best-selling diner apron) as inspiration for a cake! I was totally flattered, and then after my huge ego had calmed down a bit I went and looked at this more.

I think everything on here is edible and made out of frosting or something like it- even the gingham and that shiny metal finish on the utensils. I mean this is some serious shit right here.

Then I thought, whoa I bet she has like a ton of followers with this much talent, so  I went to her Facebook page to check it out, and was blown away at the sheer number of interactive followers she has. 205,000 followers lol!!! So, then I was all "oh shit if she posted my apron on her timeline I am going to be swamped! I was. ha ha I also got some followers and some high fives and thumbs ups. It was nice while it lasted that is for sure. I was amazed how her followers comment and like and share all of her posts, and I can see why for sure.

So, here is my apron beside her cake. My aprons usually take me about 2 hours to make- that is nothing compared to what she must have put into this. I think she also makes tutorials to sell along with each new creation. 

This person is someone I need to follow, be around, make my new best friend, stalk (ok not that far)- but you know how when you are around people like this it just makes you want to be better? That is what I am feeling.
Great art right here.

Jun 25, 2014

Dottie's Models; Twinkie Chan and Ice Cream Cone

So I decided I want to try to get some of the more well-known Etsy shop owners to model my aprons for me. I thought it would be really fun, plus I love to mess with people's heads, and make them wonder huh? what? 

I follow Twinkie Chan because her Etsy shop is the most adorable ever, and she is a personality that I admire. She is always creating the cutest stuff; I mean the kind of cuteness that when you see it stream across your feed, you go "oh that is Twinkie Chan". Anyhow, I sent her a convo through Etsy and asked her to model.  I knew that she knew how to photograph and pose in such a way as to show off the style, because she does it all the time for her own shop. 

She said, yes! I was going to send her a cupcake apron, but thought she was way more suited to an ice cream cone. So, here she is, I couldn't have asked for a cuter bunch of photos, and I am in love with her pink hair and tattoos of Hello Kitty and ice cream.

This ice cream apron has a couple layers of bright colors, a pink waffle cone bib and short skirt, a sprinkles ruffle that is made uneven to resemble ice cream, more sprinkles on the bib and a red and white stripe waistband and ties. I sent her a pink tutu to wear under this and some cherry tights. There is a sequin cherry applique on the bib.

Twinkie wrote about this on her blog here.

This apron is available on my website store.

Here is some of Twinkie Chan's cuteness that you can find in her shop:



Mar 16, 2014

Fabric that has Kittens

Some of my favorite kitten fabrics, meow purr purr. Adorbs.
Links to the source are included. Because I care. xo

Apron Fabrics I LOVE

I admit it, I am a complete fabric nerd. Here is proof. 
Links to the source included. So you can be a nerd too.


Dec 8, 2013

Barbie Apron

Hi and welcome to my lovely and dysfunctional blog!
For my first post on this blog I'm going to start an actual project. The project is "Barbie through the years, made into aprons".
I am going to make an apron for every year of Barbie, starting with 1959 (which happens to be the year I was born).
So, I'm starting with the first-ever 1959 Barbie. The first Barbie had a black and white striped swimsuit. This suit has become a sort of Barbie icon.
Here is the apron finally!

Barbie was born in March of1959, just like me! The first Barbie wore this black and white striped swimsuit, and had a blonde ponytail. There was a brunette as well.

A cute model wearing a retro Barbie inspired swimsuit.
This is an anniversary Barbie that come out to mark the Barbie 50th. See how the outfit is updated, but keeps the retro look? Super adorable.

I found this fabric, I don't know why it's so hard to find 1" wide black and white stripe fabric, but it is.
I also found this super fun fabric. A cute colorful multi dot. I think these will be cute together. Can't wait to get started, I will let you know when it's done.