OLD FASHIONED APRONS ARE NEWS AGAIN

Everybody loves aprons, old fashioned or modern. But why? It's the 21st century. We have wash and wear, stain-resistant clothing. Our clothing isn't expensive... sometimes it's even disposable. So what is it about an apron that makes people smile?

I have 2 theories. (Yes, I've thought about it a lot!)

First, you can wear one when cooking, cleaning or doing other housework. A sturdy cover-up protects your clothing from stains, whether you're in the kitchen, garage or yard.

That's pretty simple and hasn't changed for hundreds of years.

I wear mine because I'm a messy cook, and hate getting spaghetti sauce or chocolate on my clothing. It saves me the trouble of getting stubborn food stains out of my favorite shirts, and that makes me happy.

But my other theory is more interesting. Aprons remind us of happy images of Lucy and Ethel or June Cleaver. They make us think of home cooking and good times. We're all nostalgic for so-called simpler, safer times... and 50s domestic bliss.

Wearing a kitchen cover-up is part of your costume for your at-home performance art. Put one on and you're an instant “Domestic Goddess or Kitchen King”, even if you just called out for pizza.

I keep reading the statement, “It's not your Grandmothers apron.” Nonsense... of course it is! They're pretty much the same as they were 50 years ago. I know, because I collect the old ones, and sew them myself sometimes using patterns from the 20s - 60s.

But in the 1960s, your Grandma burned her bra and threw away anything related to the kitchen. She stuffed that "symbol of household oppression" in a drawer... and forgot about it.

Today, forty years later, things look different to us. First of all, textile collectors like me search high and low for that drawer full of treasures. Ones from the 50s and earlier are highly sought-after collectibles.

But there's something else happening now. There's a renewed interest in everything old or retro. (I know... you're reading this on your computer. Never mind that!)

A new generation has rediscovered the value of being thrifty.

  • Learning domestic and homesteading skills makes sense, whether you're an urban or suburban gardener or tending a small flock of chickens.

  • Making things to use and to sell is both practical AND satisfying.

  • Finding and wearing genuine vintage aprons is modern recycling... it's cool and very green.

Everything has come full circle. For whatever reason, they're hip again. So why deny that they belonged to Grandma? Own up to it, embrace it. Make one... buy one! And to help you, I started this website.

This website is divided into two sections. One part is for people that make things. Do-it-yourself'ers. People like me. (And you?) See the index on the left to learn how to make them, buy the patterns you need, shop for fabric and other tips.

The other part is for busy people that simply want to buy an apron- for themselves or to give as a gift. You can buy one that's either genuine vintage, (at least 20 years old... usually much older) or a brand-new one, handmade by myself.

So whether you're Lucy in the kitchen, Ricky at the BBQ, or working around the house, there's a perfect style for you. Try one and see if it doesn't make your next party more fun, or your kitchen work more cheery.

As an antique dealer and professional seamstress, I personally search high and low for vintage aprons. Or I find retro or new fabric and sew them. From the depths of a 100 year old attic, to an online fabric store, I shop everywhere fabric and supplies can be found.

My handmade creations are available in my store on Etsy. And I'm working on making my new and vintage aprons available to buy right here on this website.... hopefully very soon.

Please enjoy browsing my little website... it is a work in progress. Suggestions and comments are welcome. And be sure to come back again!