Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Grandma’s Apron

How many of you remember your grandmother or mother wearing an apron? Do you wear one? It seems that aprons are making a comeback – I’ve seen many websites selling them, and patterns are available everywhere for those of us who sew. Truthfully, I haven’t worn one in years, but have several in my small “collection”. I have one my daughter made in Home Economics, as well as several made by my mother, some of which are adorned with rickrack, buttons, etc. They are definitely special treasures.

A short time ago I found the pattern for the apron I made in my Home Economics class many years ago, and here is a photo of the pattern envelope:
Apron Pattern Envelope
Can you believe that price? 45 cents!

I’m sure a lot of you have received the email that’s going around pertaining to “Grandma’s Apron” but for those who haven’t seen it, here it is (copied from the email I received):

“The History of 'APRONS' I don't think our kids know what an apron is.

The principal use of Grandma's apron was to protect the dress underneath because she only had a few and because it was easier to wash aprons than dresses and aprons required less material. But along with that, it served as a potholder for removing hot pans from the oven.

It was wonderful for drying children's tears, and on occasion was even used for cleaning out dirty ears.

From the chicken coop, the apron was used for carrying eggs, fussy chicks, and sometimes half-hatched eggs to be finished in the warming oven.

When company came, those aprons were ideal hiding places for shy kids.

And when the weather was cold, Grandma wrapped it around her arms.

Those big old aprons wiped many a perspiring brow, bent over the hot wood stove. Chips and kindling wood were brought into the kitchen in that apron.

From the garden, it carried all sorts of vegetables. After the peas had been shelled, it carried out the hulls.

In the autumn, the apron was used to bring in apples that had fallen from the trees.

When unexpected company drove up the road, it was surprising how much furniture that old apron could dust in a matter of seconds.

When dinner was ready, Grandma walked out onto the porch, waved her apron, and the men folk knew it was time to come in from the fields to dinner.

It will be a long time before someone invents something that will replace that 'old-time apron' that served so many purposes.”

Author Unknown.

My sister collects aprons, and the perfect gift for her is always a lovely apron found in an antique store or estate sale. She has even used several for curtains in her sunporch.

So let’s pull out those aprons and start displaying or wearing them proudly, for they have a history and nostalgia that shouldn’t be lost.

And if you’d like to share your apron stories, please do so….we’d love to read them!

Your comments and suggestions are always welcome. Thanks for reading!

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