The Eliza Wyke studio prides itself on the depth and variety of it’s commissions. Whilst bridal, evening and prom dresses are glamorous and exciting to create, other slightly ordinary or as is often the case, extraordinary, commissions are undertaken with an equal amount of enthusiasm.
A couple of weeks ago I received a rather interesting and exciting challenge. It was whilst shooting with the very talented wedding photographer, Nicky Chadwick, that this commission came up. Nicky was waxing lyrical about her new venture, but then went on to explain that she was struggling to find an apron which would fit her slender frame, but look equally smart and stylish. She showed me a couple of sites online which had unisex aprons (ie large) but these didn’t have the pockets in the right place, or the straps weren’t adjustable to accommodate different outfits. In short they weren’t right.
She asked me (with my personal shopping hat on) whether I had any thoughts. Then the designer in me had an idea: how about creating an Eliza Wyke bespoke apron?
I’ll share with you that I’ve never actually made an apron before. Most girls attempt one at school, but we never did that. So this was a doubly exciting challenge for me.
First I started where any designer should with a spec: measurements of Nicky, how long/short she required it, what sort of pockets would be needed, where to place the pockets for easy access and of course how large each pocket should be to accommodate it’s contents.
Next I thought about colour. I selected fabrics which would match Nicky’s brand colours as she’ll be wearing her apron for events and exhibitions. I had so much fun shopping for brightly coloured cottons.
Three hours later and here are the results…