Having a bit of a sort out in the studio and found this sample from when I first started the Folksy shop. This woven stripe denim is so lovely. Over the weekend I unpicked and re-cut the bib, and double stitched the pocket – quite pleased with the design update – it’s now in my Folksy shop SAMPLE/SALE SECTION folksy.com/items/4210194-Woven-Stripe-Denim-Work-Apron-Womens-Artist-Craft-Apron-Small-Large-No-5-
These aprons are now in my Folksy and Etsy shops. Named for it’s distinctive kite -shape, I am so pleased with how this apron turned out, it perfectly fits me (5’6″) and my partner (6’4″), and looks great. An adjustible crossback apron, in beautiful quality cotton canvas with tough marine cord ties.
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.
Here is the first sample….it is rather cute.
I’ve added a new design to the range, a pleated pinafore apron ‘No14’, now on Etsy & Folksy
The apron has deep pockets concealed behind the pleated skirt, a box pleat in the bib, adjustable neck ties and long waist ties – the first three in this design are in crisp dark navy twill.
I’ve been working on this design for since before Christmas! …with several toiles and samples…
I’ve been meaning to visit William Gee haberdashery for ages. I made the trip to Dalston Junction on the Overground yesterday, with my friend Fran – thank goodness she came, I couldn’t possibly have carried both the rolls of dot & cross paper (very heavy) and manilla card by myself!
William Gee has a modern website full of fabulously useful stuff, so the antiquity of the shop interior was quite a surprise; with most of the stock behind the two long counters and you must ask the assistants for assistance!
Spent a fun morning yesterday, making myself a dress with vintage cloth given to me by my sister-in-law. It’s an altered Merchant & Mills Camber Dress pattern, sleeveless, and with added pockets into the side seams.
An order for four 4:3 aprons in ochre denim, blue denim and one blue denim with red straps (to go with the charcoal denim with red straps they ordered last week). The aprons are for for an art conservators studio in central London.
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…
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….
No 4.3 crossback apron – Charcoal denim with red canvas straps.
The charcoal denim has a nice silvery grey reverse side.