Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Apron Stories

The Apron Book *Making, Wearing, and Sharing a Bit of Cloth and Comfort* by EllynAnne Geisel is a great resource book for those of us who have a fascination for vintage aprons. Why would anyone be fascinated with aprons, perhaps even to the point of having a passion for aprons? Because just like people, every apron has a story.
My mother and Aunt Mary wore aprons called half aprons or waist aprons every day while cooking or cleaning house. They always had pockets as the green one above.

Most ladies I knew made their aprons. Rick-Rack was often used to embellish. (above)

I love the one above I found in my mom's things. The clock face is a pocket. The embroidered clock face is set on 5 o'clock and the embroidery on the star says "Time to Cook!"

Do you remember the dish towel apron? The one above is made from a Christmas dish towel.

Ms. Geisel's book includes a pattern for a Basic Bib Apron. You can see more information at her website Apron Memories.
Sorting through and pressing these aprons for the church mother-daughter tea was a joyful journey down memory lane for me, bringing back so many wonderful memories of family gatherings and happy times. Every apron holds a special story.


Angela McRae said...

I love her books, and your "clock" apron is delightful!

Joyce said...

I love the clock apron. I do remember my Mom and Aunts always wearing an apron with big pockets in the kitchen. To clean the house my Aunts would wear house dresses and aprons. I remember once my school had all the Mom's donate a hand sewn apron to raffle off and my Mom picked a fabric with little pastel smiling cats. Thanks for bringing back some memories for me.


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