Sunday, August 23, 2015

The Apron Comeback

  1. 1.
    a protective or decorative garment worn over the front of one's clothes and tied at the back.
    synonyms:pinafore, smock, overall, bib, bib apron; More
  2. 2.
    a small area adjacent to another larger area or structure.

    "a tiny apron of garden"
The "apron" is the area of fat around the lower abdomen that tends to hang over the waistband of your pants or skirt. Lack of muscle tone and excess weight can lead to the development of a fat apron on your body.

I've had a chuckle or two over the past few days  reading the above definitions of the apron. I can especially relate to #2,  having a larger area of structure behind my apron. ( I won't comment on the apron of the sir!!.)

I did a basic search on the history of the apron, and there are some excellent articles describing the first to the present.  Seems history is repeating itself.

I found this poem of Grandma's Apron excellent for the descriptive use!  As I read it, I could only see how dirty the apron must have been by the end of the day!! How did they ever remove the stains? The ending, however, was the highlight of the whole poem!

So here it is..hope you have time to read it, and  that it brings back memories of the good ole days to those who are still young at heart !

Grandma's Apron
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, it was easier to wash aprons than dresses and they used 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 fall, 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.
Grandma used to set her hot baked apple pies on the window sill to cool.
Her granddaughters set theirs on the window sill to thaw.
They would go crazy now trying to figure out how many germs were on that apron.
I never caught anything from an apron…But Love. (Author Unknown)

The above apron is basic...a rectangle for the apron part, front piece and ties.  If you would like the measurements I would be happy to post them.  The waistband and pockets are all quilted.

This is the first apron I've made since grade 8 high school, which was many moons ago!  I still remember my home-economics teacher.  Her name was Mrs. Cox, a very serious individual, but proficient in her profession.

Have a wonderful day!  Fall is coming soon!  Cooler weather!  Yes!!



Anonymous said...

What a lovely commentary the vibrant colours of the apron too. I remember making my first apron at school too. Never wear one now. Maybe they will make a comeback :) (Your Anonymous friend) Maureen :)

Linda said...

Thank you Maureen! I believe they've made a comeback, but are not used for the purposes as in the poem so much anymore. Many aprons today are elaborate, full of frills and lace. There's a lot of interesting history behind the apron! They were considered heirlooms at one point, and passed onto their favorite family member, while at another time in history, they were a sign of submission! The apron does seem very popular and there are now many people making and collecting them.

Marge said...

Linda, love the memories! I made my first apron when my mother first taught me to sew, at the age of 8.

Linda said...

Sounds wonderful Marge! Can you recall the name of the sewing machine? Did you use a pattern?

Pam @Threading My Way said...

Loved reading the two poems, Linda. Shows how times have changed. Your apron looks great.

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