Why Wear Aprons?

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 that hates 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. 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. 

Not Your Granny's Apron?

Nonsense... of course it is! They're pretty much the same today as they were 50 years ago. But in the 1960s, your Grandma burned her bra and kissed the kitchen goodbye. She stuffed that "symbol of household oppression" in a drawer... and forgot about it.

Fifty years later, things look different to us. We're not defined by what we do or don't do in our kitchens or homes. Today textile collectors like myself search high and low for that drawer full of treasures. Ones from the 50s and earlier are highly sought-after collectibles.

Everything Old Is New Again

Today there's a renewed interest in everything old or retro. (I know... you're reading this on your computer, phone or tablet. Never mind that!)  A new generation has rediscovered the value and pleasure of-

  • Learning domestic and homesteading skills, whether you're an urban or suburban gardener or tending a small flock of chickens.
  • Making things to use and to sell; both are practical AND satisfying.
  • Finding and wearing genuine vintage aprons and clothing. It's modern recycling... very hip and very green

Everything has come full circle. So why deny that those aprons are from Grandma's time or earlier? Own up to it, embrace it. Make one... buy one! And to help you, I started this website.

Welcome To Acme!

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 to learn how to make them, buy the patterns you need, buy 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. 

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 using my original design or using a vintage sewing pattern. 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 here on this website, and custom orders are welcome! I hope you enjoy your visit.