I love working with clay. I love the creative process of shaping the clay into useful and beautiful pieces. I am even making friends with the glazing aspect of the craft. My favourite technique so far has been throwing clay on the wheel. While I am pretty fastidious, I really don’t mind getting dirty so long as clay ( or good garden soil) is involved.. but sometimes it would be nice to walk home from clay class not looking like a plasterer!
I brought my regular kitchen apron with me once. It helped a bit, but really, still got pretty covered from the mid-thigh downwards. So decided to take fabric in hand and whip up a better style with my fabulous new sewing machine.
Have I mentioned how much I love my Juki? No? well, more about that on another day. Yesterday I got busy, improvised my own design based loosely on my favourite sushi print apron and an image I saw for an apron that had a two piece skirt to accommodate the stance one takes at a potter’s wheel.
A couple of hours later this was the result! A sturdy mid-weight cotton apron with split skirt section to accommodate the wheel!
It is lovely. Heavy weight pure cotton with a gorgeous French country-style print called ‘Sunny Field Toile’ by the PKL Studio. I love this colour, and the design will hide some of the clay splatters. Almost too nice to use, but that is what things are for. To be used and loved – how else are they to capture memories?
I cut the pieces using a pattern made from Swedish tracing paper and general measurements from the basic apron for tie lengths and apron skirt length. The cut pieces can be seen here:
When I tried it on, the bib gaped a bit so two well placed pleats took care of that. The D ring closure is one that I prefer. One of my aprons has a set neck strap, and I always reach for the one that has the adjustable option.
Just because this is meant for messy work, doesn’t mean that it deserves any less care in construction than any other garment. I hope to do clay work for some time to come, so I want this piece to last. Seam treatments include French seams, zigzag edges and simple rolled and top-stitched hems.
The tie straps for the waistband ties are also reinforced where they are joined to the apron with box stitching.
No apron is complete without a pocket or two…although, I realized when making this apron that I have never actually used the one on my kitchen apron. But then at clay, I do keep lip gloss with me at all times. I also like to keep my very special initial stamp close to hand. So here the pockets may be a useful feature. The one on the right side (when wearing ) is deliberately angled so that the pocket sits horizontally when one is sitting at the wheelhead.
The detail of the smaller pocket with partitions (shown below) can hold the initial stamp, a pen, and a shaping tool or two. Look, there are goats on my pocket!
I am very pleased with this, overall, and am looking forward to giving it a test run at my next clay class! Will get some pictures of it being worn in the next couple of days!
Have a beautiful day,
Details: Original design created by Coryna Blasko of Heathcoteroad.co.uk
Fabric used: PKL Studio Screen Print 100% Cotton, ”Sunny Field Toile” made in the USA
Thread used: Guterman 100% pure cotton