I am often asked if I can recommend anyone to make a new hood and apron, a new bag or reline a pram, I have had one of my own prams refurbished by a lady called Jackie in Leeds, West Yorkshire and have seen many other prams that she has restored. It is two years now since I last mentioned this so for newcomers to the site I am putting her details on here again. Her work has been sent all over the UK and abroad so even if you don’t live near it is still possible to get the work done for you.
Jackie trained as an upholsterer when she was just a teenager and over the years she must have recovered thousands of items, not just pram hoods etc but also furniture. This proves how she has thoroughly learnt her skills, her work is very professional, in fact she is a perfectionist. I once visited and saw a pram she had just finished, it looked perfect to me but a very slight crease in the hood made Jackie dissatisfied and she told me it would have to be redone.
The picture below shows a close up of some of her work. Fastenings are matched to the style on the original apron, the ones below are the more modern stud type but lift and dot style are used on vintage prams.
If you want a particular colour of fabric then Jackie does her utmost to find it for you, she did an excellent job when I asked her to try and match the blue of the Wedgwood plaque on my pram for the hood and apron.And here are some hoods and aprons she has made in other colours.
One of Jackie’s “trademarks” is that when she does a new hood she inserts a small ring behind the hood braid, if a toy is hung there it can be slotted through the ring instead of having to pin it to the braid. Just a small touch, but one that makes her work that extra bit special.
(all pictures copyright Custom Coachbuilt prams).