Thursday, June 7, 2012

Aprons....


Plain, functional full aprons were de rigueur in the 30's, 40's and 50's for housewives.  Before the days of washing machines, women found it a lot easier to hand wash just an apron instead of their whole dress.

The aprons were usually white - and would be reversed when they got soiled and only washed when both sides were dirty.

~image courtesy Catholic Home and Garden~

My great grandmother was born in the late 1800's and lived to be almost 100 years old.  I don't think she wore a pair of pants a day in her life; not to butcher chickens, or chase off rabid raccoons, or split wood, or even to milk her goats.  I can't picture her in anything but a cotton dress with an apron over it.


By the 1960's, women were going into the workforce and not staying home all day anymore carrying eggs from the barn, collecting apples for a pie or wiping their hands after working in the garden or washing dishes, so full aprons sort of lost some of their appeal, but the half apron emerged around that time - more as a 'hostess' apron than anything.


Aprons actually originated with bakers and butchers, mostly men, centuries earlier.  Again, to protect clothing, full aprons were worn in industry.  Purely functional, through history aprons have played a key role in the working wardrobes of both men and women.  But they haven't generally been thought of as a fashion statement.



88 comments:

  1. I am such a fan of aprons!! I have never out grown wiping my hands on my shirt:) I would have to say though, I would really love to have the hat too. I have tried wearing sunglasses but can not get used to them on my face. That hat would be a perfect solution. I don't mind stuff on my head. I simply adore the choices of fabric. I love simple cotton calico!

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    1. I love everything , my favorite has to be the garden hat with strawberries

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  2. Cute aprons, I'm always needing one when I go to the coop. I never plan on collecting eggs, but I'm always bring them inside. When the garden gets up and going I'll have the same problems with veggies. I would have logged in with facebook but it wouldn't let me.

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    1. I really can't pick a favorite, I would have to order 7 different aprons one for each day of the week. I just thought I should add that.

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  3. I really couldn't pick a favorite. I just love the sleep ware! If I had to narrow it down to just one, I don't think I could!

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  4. I like the La Provence Rooster apron.

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  5. I agree with Elizabeth F, I think I would need one for everyday of the week.

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  6. My favorite item is the Purple and White polka dot apron. love love love

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  7. The Blue Rooster Flour Sack Towel is really cute!

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  8. Love the lace apron and the vintage floral ones... oooooh I just need to get myself a apron. No more splashes on my shirts for me!

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  9. Thank you FED for introducing me to such a wonderful store! I love the fun designs but the one I love most is the Jesse Steele Cream and Black Damask Chefs Apron Set! Blessings!
    Mandi Hinton Miller
    sevenruns@dishmail.net

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  10. My favorite item from Main Street Store:
    Peach Flowers
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    Carolyn's Kitchen Apron

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  11. Very Hard to pick just one item, but I do love the Blue Cottage Rose Cap Sleeve Knicker Set by Jessica Steele 2001-JS-186

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  12. I LOVE LOVE LOVE The Black Dot
    Girlie Apron R2252
    by Kay Dee Designs

    Brandi Drury

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  13. I love the aprons with the terry towels attached. My grandmother used to sew them. but I love, love love the tea cozies! Tea is a big deal in our house. Too bad they don't have muck boots to match the aprons! That would be too perfect.

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  14. I love everything but the vintage style lace aprons were so sweet.

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  15. I love the way aprons are coming back into style.

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  16. Oh my! How do you choose? I couldn't get any farther than the Artisan Aprons and Oven Mitts. The Parisian oven mitt was adorable.

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  17. I just love, love, love the Savor the Moment
    Flour Sack Towels! But everything is so cute: )

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  18. Feather De Lis Chemise is very pretty and being as I am a newly wed it is cozey for both.

    Figure flattering sleep gown with elastic empire waist, adjustable elastic straps and generous cut. Waist features eyelet trim with contrasting ribbon. In ultra-soft, light-weight cotton.

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  19. I love the pretty pink Cotton Candy Organdy Grace apron, too cute!

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  20. I totally love the Children's Sweethearts
    apron. This would beautiful on my daughter's dark hair. So sweet.

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  21. They have such cute things!! My favorites are the Jessie Steele Blue Cottage Rose Capsleeve Knicker set and the Giant Yellow Gingham Courtney Apron.

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  22. Jennifer VazquezJune 7, 2012 at 10:52 PM

    I like the Battenburg lace apron. It's such a simple vintage design!

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  23. Completely in love with their flour sack towels! Now it's just a matter of narrowing down my choices... or not. ;-)

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  24. What a great way to get into character. I just love the Dorothy Apron in Red.

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  25. I love the Marilyn Half Apron in Aqua!!

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  26. So many cute aprons to choose from. I love them all, but the strawberry gingham with the towel is the most charming. I can really picture myself wearing that one while I gather eggs and veggies and do my canning.

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  27. I LOVE the vintage lace aprons!

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  28. I really like the spring floral red apron but I love all the lace ones too.

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  29. Aprons with matching hats are awesome! Coleen

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  30. My favorite item is the Cottage Rose hat, so I would love to win the set to improve my appearance at the community garden!

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  31. What a fun store! I love all of it! My favorite has to be the cheerful Giant Yellow Gingham apron, but the Super Cherry apron is a close 2nd.

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  32. Any of the aprons in the Ka Dee line would make me gappy!

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  33. I have been in love with aprons ever since my Grammy taught me to cook. We "had" to wear aprons when we cooked. I am in love with all their aprons!!

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  34. My favorite apron is the Vintage seed packet Farmer's Market apron. I love anything that has to do with chickens or vegetables!

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  35. My favorite apron is the Batenburg lace. So beautiful. Love the whole store though!

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  36. My favorite is the Cottage Kitchen Rose
    Farmer's Market w.Towel love the pattern & colors!

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  37. I love this story and how it unfolds! I also love aprons. I wear one, even though there is usually a T shirt and jeans underneath. Why? I have stained many a T shirt in my kitchen.

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  38. I've been wanting to either buy or make some aprons ever since the weather warmed! Maybe this will help me get started :) My favs from the Main Street Store would be Pink Gingham and Green Dot.

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  39. I LOVE the Dancing Dots apron! Everything on the website looks great! :)
    Brit868@yahoo.com

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  40. The Cottage Kitchen Rose
    Farmer's Market w.Towel is my favorite - so pretty!

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  41. It's hard to pic just one but I'd have to say my favorite is the Pretty in Plaid Apron!

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  42. My favorite is the French Poodle Tote! And free shipping too - can't be beat!!

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    1. Barbara AndersonJune 8, 2012 at 11:32 AM

      Don't know why it put my page instead of my name, lol. That's me above. ;-)

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  43. I love their PJ sets, especially their chemise spring and summer PJs

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  44. I like their rubber gloves, especially the Vintage Kitchen, and the Lemon Peel. I really like yellow. I'e used rubber gloves similar to these before. They go so high on your arms there is never any water getting into them and going down to settle around your finger tips. Next pay day I'm going to have to go over and order some. I love the free shipping.

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  45. I love the Cottage Kitchen Rose full apron. Full are my favorite and it is hard to find such cute ones. Thank you!

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  46. Carolyn's Kitchen Aprons :)Just adorable!

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  47. I love ALL their aprons, but it is actually my daughter who adores them more!! She will be entering culinary school in NY next year, and has insisted that I buy her aprons for every occasion. We have Halloween, Valentine's Day, Christmas ... well you get my drift. Now she needs a SPRINGY one!! Beautiful and fun stuff!!

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  48. WOW! Who knew aprons could be so darn cute! Definitely hard to pick just one but if I HAD to, it would be the Chantilly Faux Lace. These look like spectacular mother, sister, aunt birthday present gifts! Maybe even a hostess gift?

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  49. These have got to be the cutest aprons I've ever seen! Love them all but I guess my favorite would be Spring Floral Red. Will have to get myself one somehow!

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  50. Especially love the vintage look, rose printed fabric. Love the apron and hat combo..can picture myself (Oma (Granny) Sheila) picking beans in the kitchen garden in them...

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  51. Lorinda McKinnonJune 8, 2012 at 2:54 PM

    I love the Cottage Rose hat! I hate wearing hats in the garden, but would make an exception for that one!

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  52. I love the aprons. I can remember my grandmother alwasy alwasy had an apron on. Hers were not as pretty as yours!

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  53. Ok sorry left a reply instead of comment ' lol My favorite is the strawberry garden hat and of coarse I love everything was hard to choose just one favorite

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  54. I love the strawberry totes, although they're sold out - I'll be back!!

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  55. I don't know how many times I've said 'I wish I had an apron" !!! I love the flour sack towels, but there's a lot of other stuff I really like too :)

    Kim
    ladykbug4321@yahoo.com

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  56. Wow, they've got some awesome aprons. My favorite apron is the Cottage Kitchen Rose
    Farmer's Market w.Towel. Too cute!

    Stephen R. Newsome

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  57. I LOVE the kitchen glamour apron and also the pink floral apron and those totes are also so great....new fave etsy shop! thanks for sharing!

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  58. I love aprons, I have at least 8 already. I collect them from around the world.

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  59. Yes, I love he hat,too. I love hats! I really like the terry towel attached to the apron. What a great idea. The colors and pAttern are so lively. Cute as everything. I also remember the matrons in the family---grandma's and aunts--always wearing aprons. I like the full ones, as I'm forever splattering something on me if I get lazy and try to cook without one. And I cook every night for my parents, as well as, for us. Good job on the aprons! Love them! Want them! What a great gift idea, too. Lin

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  60. I couldn't pick one, they are all ADORABLE and I'm a fan of aprons, so I'm loving this site. Thank you for sharing.

    Vanessa

    Vanessa892@live.com

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  61. I like the Oh Happy Day
    sadiebeery at hotmail dot com

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  62. They are all so creative, but I just love the Bride and Bridesmaid aprons! Just gorgeous!

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  63. Ooh, I love that blue "last minute" apron. LOL

    julieross37 at gmail dot com

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  64. So many things to love! But the cupcakes aprons take the....cupcake ;-)

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  65. I love aprons, bustling around the kitchen cooking, it's the heart of the home ;)

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  66. Oh my....I don't think there is enough room to post what all I like on that site! One of my faves though is the La Provence Rooster
    Girlie Apron. And next would have to be the "wine" aprons! So cool!

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  67. All so cute, but Pretty in Plaid are the cats pajamas!

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  68. Thank you all for posting on MainStreet-Store. For some reason I cannot reply to some of the posts! We will give you all a 20% discount on any apron and 30% on the summer sleepwear. Thank you. Enjoy! Marcia

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    1. Thank you Marcia ! That is super generous of you ! I know I'll be buying one. Thanks for a wonderful contest too.

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  69. Beautiful items, especially like the apron variety and tea cozies.

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  70. So many I love, Cowboy Pinup is on my buy list as well as a few more!

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  71. I absolutely love the brown apron with the pink polkadots!!!!

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  72. I love absolutely everything, really, but the oven mitts really caught my eye. The ones I have now are ... icky, clean but icky. I especially loved the cherry cupcakes one. Sigh.

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  73. I love Jessie Steele's Cottage Kitchen Rose apron!! It's cute and what every country girl should have! Being the country girl I am, I would wear it to the store. It' so pretty!

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  74. Love the cupcake apron! Chel rlb118@hotmail.com

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  75. I love their site, as it is so hard to find cute aprons. I'm absolutely in love with their cupcake aprons, as my nickname is "Cupcake" and I love the rare find of such a cute apron!

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  76. Such cute aprons! I love them all!! My fav pick would have to be the Taupe Floral Girlie Apron 2251 by Kay Dee Designs. I also love the oven mitts!

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  77. I love the Black Petite Party/Carolyn's Kitchen Apron!!!!

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  78. Aprons remind me of my Nanie, my Mom's Mom. I learned to make a very simple one in HomeEc. No more HomeEc I hear. That is sad.

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  79. I visited the Main Street Store and LOVE their Tea Wallets!

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  80. I love the Main Street Store site! My favorite item is the black and white apron: Cream & Black Damask
    Bib Chef 305-JS-72C
    Jessie Steele Apron

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  81. I too love their site. Thanks for becoming a sponsor! Love the Flour Sack Towels

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  82. I love so many of them!!! I use an apron everyday. I especially like the Cherry Cupcake-Audrey one.

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