Thursday, March 29, 2007

Apron Style

Aprons are back in style. There are sites all over the internet about how to make or where to buy chic aprons. There are even blogs devoted to aprons. I had no idea; I thought I was the only one left in the world who still donned one. We get our aprons at the annual Catholic Daughters Christmas Bazaar at our parish, although they are easy enough to make.

Here is an essay about aprons from 1926:

Did you ever stop to consider how many different kinds of aprons there were? A great, big, roomy, coverall apron for mother when guests are expected and important things are happening in the kitchen. A wee bit of a lace apron for the person who is in charge of the tea-urn at five o'clock. A smart bungalow apron to make household duties seem pleasant, and a rather petty apron with deep pockets for the sewing room. And, of course, sweet little aprons for the kiddies—gaily colored and bound with an almost grown-up regard for smartness.

You see, there are really so many interesting kinds of aprons that the subject deserves a lesson all by itself. We're going to teach you little important points about tea-aprons and work-aprons, children's aprons and chafing-dish aprons. And when you are all finished with the lesson, you are actually going to make a pretty apron for yourself.

Do not make the mistake of thinking that an apron is a not-so-very important garment. As a matter of fact, it is really quite as important as a dress—for who can tell when an unexpected guest is going to "drop in" for a chat and find one at the disadvantage of being aproned! But the disadvantage can be changed to an advantage. The apron can be made a very delightful garment. One may actually feel proud to be found wearing a pretty combination of lace and ribbon and soft white dimity—or a rather trig apron-affair of gingham and muslin ruffles.

And then, of course, there is the feeling of utter neatness and satisfaction when one is wearing a crisp little apron. Even though it does hide the pretty dress underneath, it can be so very pretty itself that one hardly minds. And that's what we're going to do—we're going to teach you all about pretty aprons that you can make at home and that you will be delighted to wear.

An Apron for Housework

To be entirely consistent, an apron that is worn in the performance of household duties must cover the whole dress underneath. Otherwise it wouldn't be much of a protection, would it? But the apron must be absolutely neat, for surely one cannot do neat housework when the apron one wears is untidy! And after all, why shouldn't a woman look as attractive in her own home, among her own dear ones, as she does at a fashionable dinner? (Read entire essay.)



Anonymous said...

I would fail an apron test hands down. Years ago I wore one.. well, it was actually supermarket stock clerk issue, which one of the teens had forgotten to return upon moving to other employment. I was felled by its black and thus very slimming charms. It did what it had to just before our company arrived, but I'm almost certain the phrase, "Butcher from Heck" ran through the mind of my ever-aproned mother-in-law, once.

What does your favorite apron look like?


elena maria vidal said...

Hi, Lily. My favorite apron is a yellow-gold calico design that goes with a lot of my clothes. I also have a big coverall apron that I wear when doing artwork or other messy projects.

Terry Nelson said...

Woman's talk...not really - in the Trappists the aprons covered the habit - I actually had one made in denim the length down to my ankles - for when I paint large canvases, the floor looks like a Jackson Pollock however.

Aprons - it's a good thing.

elena maria vidal said...

That is true, Terry, aprons have deep roots in the monastic tradition. The original scapulars were aprons.