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.
That is until now.....
Please welcome our newest sponsor
Thanks to Main Street Store, aprons have been elevated to new heights of fashion ! Visit their website for a wide selection of adorable (and reasonably priced) aprons, plus matching hats, tote bags, tea towels, oven mitts, gloves and more. All with free shipping!
Main Street Store generously agreed to donate this cute Jessica Steele
Cottage Kitchen Rose Apron and Garden Hat Set
for us to give away to a lucky fan !
The apron is inspired by trips to the local farmer's markets and tending your garden. For indoor and outdoor use, the 100% cotton apron has an attached terry towel that is perfect for carrying veggies from the garden or drying off dishes.
The matching hat will keep the sun out while you look cute than ever! Whether it's just not your best hair day or there is work to be done, the bucket style hat with a cute ruffled edge is traditional and fun.
CONGRATULATIONS TO WINNER THERESA CARDILLO !