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Vintage Aprons–Guest Blog Post

on January 4, 2016


I am a guest blogger at Killer Crafts and Crafty Killers today. The blog is hosted by writer and American Woman editor, Lois Winston. My blog post is tied to my character Rylee and the sewing circle in my sweet contemporary romance, Sweetheart Cottage, and is all about vintage aprons.

Here is an excerpt…….

Every vintage apron tells a story, from the full-length work aprons of the pioneers to the postwar 1950’s aprons sewn from Simplicity or McCall’s patterns which were stylish and playful with bold fabrics. I had a lot of fun setting up a Pinterest page for Sweetheart Cottage, which showcases some of these playful vintage aprons.

Vintage aprons were used for different purposes. Women might have had an apron for housework, gardening, washday, and special aprons kept at the back of the drawer for company. Brides were often given handmade aprons for every occasion from the regular supper to serving cocktails. And don’t forget the holiday aprons! Vintage aprons could be for Christmas, St Patrick’s Day and Halloween.

You can read the whole blog post here.


If you’d like to read more about the history of aprons, a great book to check out is: The Apron Book: The Making, Wearing, and Sharing a Bit of Cloth and Comfort by EllynAnne Geisel.


Also be sure to check out the Apron Chronicles: A Patchwork of American Recollections which is an exhibit that has  been traveling the country since 2004. You can find all about the exhibit here.


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