When I first saw some fellow artists wearing split-leg aprons I sought out various fabrics that would suit my own design and began to search for high quality fabric offcuts from industry, deceased estates and private collections for their hard-wearing, durability and endurance qualities. It’s a great way to reduce, reuse and recycle and my aim is to bring new life to these fabrics that were originally designed with another purpose in mind. We artists do make a mess and this type of fabric is perfect for the materials, paints, coffee, garden soil, clay and glazes and every other messy bit we tend to throw at it… literally! These aprons have proven to be valuable for so many trades with many sold to baristas, chefs, bakers, tattoo artists, gardeners, tradies, hens’ parties, art and craft workshops, dog and horse groomers, makeup artists, costume makers, jewellers and artists.
As a pottery teacher I made myself many of these aprons as teaching a few classes a week required a clean apron each time! Many of my students also purchased more than one apron and were very proud to parade them around the studio or in their workplace.
The aprons are ideal for when you’re sitting or standing while working as they keep the mess off your clothes and cover your legs well below the knee. They’re also great while sitting working at a bench as it saves having to have a towel draped over your legs.
There’s quite a bit that goes into these aprons:
Firstly… the fabric is sustainably sourced (as much as possible) so purchasing retail fabrics just doesn’t happen. Fabrics are new and unused and in a small way, we’re all contributing to saving the planet one apron at a time, by reducing, reusing and recycling – avoiding unnecessary waste going into landfill.
Next…. pieces are chosen and matched, laid out and cut to size, individually overlocked, seams ironed and pieces sewn together with high quality thread, a designer label and washing/care instruction label inside.
Next… the most complimentary colour of straps/ties are selected, measured to fit and pressed.
Next… once each apron is completed, it’s photographed from different angles to highlight its features, each photo edited and uploaded online.
Then… upon purchase, each apron is carefully folded, packed and on its way to you via Australia Post.
As a side note – caring for your aprons is a must. If they’ve got a lot of food residue, factory dust, working tool residue, clay and glazes and other marks on them, be sure to give them a good hose-down by pegging them to your washing line first. For many, this type of wash will suffice. You can then throw them in your washing machine on a gentle cycle and add fabric softener too if you wish.
Thanks for all your support. It’s such a pleasure making these aprons and I’m only too happy to share the joy around. Please leave me a comment below or testimonial from having bought your own, unique split-leg apron.
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