Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Custom Made Supplies #2 - SewYou Vendor's Apron

This winter I was faced with a dilemma.  Used to selling indoors, there had been one occasion where I had possessions stolen. This year I did my first ever outdoor market (well, three) and was stressing about the logistics of keeping my cash, phone and general costly posessions safe whilst being distracted by lovely customers wanting to buy things, or pieces of eight blowing down a busy street!

Having exchanged a few tweets with Abi of SewYou, she encouraged me to meet her for gin in Saltaire after work to 'talk business' (that old chestnut).

Off we toddled, and guzzled, in Fanny's Ale House. Amongst anecdotes of what Abi used to do when driving home from nightclubs ten years ago, I gave her my criteria:

Something like a market trader's belt but looks better
Holds money and phone... and maybe more
Ideally feature my logo
Be colourful, kitschy, funky and fun!

Abi, being the expert on sewing, asked lots of questions to do with what I do at the fairs and what I tend to have on my person, how I wanted it to sit on my body and so forth.  She sketched a plan:

I sourced the fabric... Fast Food by Alexander Henry, fits my pop-art style perfectly...

...and Abi sewed like a mo fo...

Abi posted it into my work. When it arrived I wore it all day, my colleagues thought I'd gone a bit crackers!

However, here I am, with the vendor's apron, in situ

So, whaddaya think? I love it, it keeps everything safe, it's tied to me at all times, I can even take it to the toilet with me! What's more, I can also keep my sales book in it, my coin purse (for my own spends) and loads more.

Why not read Abi's account of designing my apron here on the SewYou blog?


Colourful Kitschy Funky Fun...

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Jolly Good said...

What a handy thing to have and it looks awesome to boot! Great that it's got your logo on too. xx

Marthaamay O_o said...

fakkin lav it


Marthaamay O_o said...

approve that comment kitscher x

helen @ forty percent fringe: sixty percent face said...

Just working my way through your blog as never visited before. Some great reads! Absolutely love this apron-bag-thing, just what I need for craft fairs so will pop over to SewYou's post in a bit - thanks! Hx