‘Celebrate Handmade’ weekend is an antidote to the ‘race-to-the-bottom’ of the Black Friday and Cyber Weekend Sales, which seem to last a week either side too!
In contrast ‘Celebrate Handmade’ encourages shoppers to avoid the global high street chains and choose to buy direct from UK independent designers and makers – Find a wealth of diverse, unique and beautifully crafted work, to be treasured.
I’ve been pondering doing a children’s crossback apron for quite a while – a couple of weeks ago a lady contacted me via Etsy to ask for just that! Her husband had bought her one of my No 4:3 aprons, which loves, and she wanted a couple like it for her young son.
I made a version of the adult No 7, so that the apron could be size/age adjustable age 4-7. I used the long side offcuts from cutting denim No 4 & No 7, seaming the aprons down the middle. This will reduce the final price of the apron a bit, when added to the making time which is only 40 minutes less than making than an adult size apron, plus webbing, d-rings and thread.
I’m exhibiting the ‘In The Making-Aprons’ range at the South East Makers Club ‘Makers Market’ this week 14-16 September – the weekend celebration of South East London makers work is part of the London Design Festival.
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.
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.