Author Archives: lisabenn

New ‘Boro’ style aprons…

I listed a new apron range on Etsy today!

Individual and unusual aprons pieced together from offcuts of denim and other cotton fabrics left from making the aprons in the In The Making range – taking inspiration from Japanese Boro clothing and vintage French and American rustic aprons, which were made from collected fabric scraps and usuable parts of worn out clothing.

I laid bits of fabric out on a big table and pieced each apron together like a jigsaw, balancing the different blue denim tones and complementing with contrasting ticking and red canvas.

Overlocker!…

Big thank you to my friend Fran for gifting me an overlocker! Today I spent a few hours setting it up…I needed the magnifying glass to peer into the machine’s innerds, trying to thread it. I was very impressed with the instruction book and colour coded threading diagram inside the machine itself… now looking forward to some fun with thread colour combinations…

Making a name change today…

Today was a bit momentus, I changed the shop name from A Dog Like Sparky to ‘IN THE MAKING – aprons’. I’ve been pondering it for a while. The shop range has changed, focussing almost entirely on women/men creatives rather than children. Things came to a head when an apron/linens business lifted my entire tagline word for word, for their new denim apron’s Christmas social media campaign, then a magazine used my ‘Aprons for Makers’ title for a Christmas apron feature (really girly ones!). A change was needed, a shorter shop name that gives you an idea what I do!

It’s amazing how many changes have to be made across the Folksy and Etsy shops and social media…things that have been built up gradually over the last 4 years.

New apron No14…

Working on a new apron. It started as a doodle, on the morning of my open studio day when it was a bit quiet.

Since then I’ve drafted a pattern, made a toile (calico mock-up) and made lots of making notes and changes.

I bought some dark navy, crisp cotton twill in Rolls & Rems Lewisham last week, which I need to do a wash test on (to calculate shrinkage and colour loss) before I make a sample apron….

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