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.
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.
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…
It’s taken a couple of weeks to get everything sorted for the open studio on Saturday. Lots of planning, compiling and printing, exhibition diagrams, written information, signs, and moving the furniture about!
Open Studio – Saturday 23rd September 2017
South East London Makers Club 2017 – a London Design Festival 2017 event.