Tuesday's Apron

Aprons, Inspirations, Tuesday's Apron

Vintage Aprons

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I am always interested in seeing older aprons, be it 20 years or 50 years.  Inspiration comes from all places and to see the fabrics, the style and the fit of aprons from the past gives me ideas or sometimes a laugh or wonderment.  Delicate pockets, frilly trims, ruffles, sheer fabrics, reused fabrics, flour and grain sacks, every apron tells a story. Women wore aprons in the home all day to protect their clothes while they tended to their chores and duties.  The thought of this makes me shake my head but those were the times. I won't glamorize or romanticise it.  I think it must have been a very difficult and not a very satisfying life for most. On the other hand, it may have been very satisfying and fulfilling for some women.  

 I received an email newsletter the other day about vintage aprons from Threads Magazine. The writer found a collection of aprons in her parent's house.  The collection is varied, functional and pretty.  As I start a new season of design and making, this article inspired me to pull out some of my vintage apron books. 

from the book Aprons by Joyce Cheney, a 1940's apron. Very wearable today in 2017.

from the book Aprons by Joyce Cheney, a 1940's apron. Very wearable today in 2017.

This apron is genius! Perfect for bathing a new baby. Terry cloth is sewn on top of the apron.  From the Apron Book by EllynAnneGeisel

This apron is genius! Perfect for bathing a new baby. Terry cloth is sewn on top of the apron.  From the Apron Book by EllynAnneGeisel

The best for last, a Kitty Apron. The date is not given but looks like a 1940's or 50's graphic on the apron. Also from the Apron Book by EllynAnneGeisel

The best for last, a Kitty Apron. The date is not given but looks like a 1940's or 50's graphic on the apron. Also from the Apron Book by EllynAnneGeisel

Have a great weekend!

Tracey

Tuesday's Apron, Aprons

Tuesday's Apron - New designs for Lucky Girl Cafe

Last week on Tuesday's Apron, I posted about a new client I was designing some aprons for but I couldn't yet post the completed project.  The client, Lucky Girl Cafe, in Arizona had their event so I'm happy to show you the aprons I created for them. 

The client was happy, I am happy to say! My favorite part was that I was given 4 colors to work with and the image of their logo.  Quite a gamble but  I followed my design instinct.  Sometimes you win, sometimes you don't.  I have learned in life and my career as a designer stick to your gut!

 

Happy Tuesday!

Tuesday's Apron

Tuesday's Apron -Stitched Aprons and Towels

Some cute apron inspirations for today's Tuesday's Apron.

Leo's Dry Goods

Leo's Dry Goods

I love these aprons. Everything about them is a nod to homemade, handmade, and free form embroidery with the sewing machine. 

These aprons are from a little shop called Leo's Dry Goods.  The founder of Leo's is Shari, with a decorative painter background.  Her towels and aprons are now painted with thread. 

It's difficult to embroider, never mind embroider on a machine with no set pattern or control.  Looking at the fine lines of these drawings amazes me.  

Sewn on canvas or flour sack towels, these utility towels are super absorbent not just cute!

You can read Shari's story here.  All photos are from Leo's Dry Goods Etsy Shop. 

This is Tuesday's Apron, I hope you enjoyed it!

Tracey

Tuesday's Apron

Tuesday's Apron - Why Linen?

Many aprons are made from linen.  A beautiful, durable, wrinkly and expensive fabric.  Linen was the commonly used fabric for aprons before cotton became more prevalent.  Many aprons now again are being crafted from linen.  Why is this? They are lightweight, very durable, breathable, wear well, it withstands high temperatures and has minimal initial shrinkage and has a wonderful feel and texture to it.  It is one of the oldest textiles to our planet.

One of my favorite sellers on Etsy is Bonnbonn. 

Another favorite is Fog Linen Work.  Beautiful photos and beautiful product.  Someday I hope to get linen sheets. 

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Summer is here, especially in the northeast.  If you are in the market for a new apron, now is the time to buy a linen one.  Splurge and treat yourself to some beautiful fabric.

Happy Tuesday's Apron!

Tracey

Tuesday's Apron

Tuesday's Apron - Your Local Store's Apron

As an apron maker, I can't help but check out aprons when I go into a store.  My favorites are Anthropologie and Williams Sonoma.  Knowing how much things cost to make in a factory overseas, I always look to see where the apron is made.  The first thing I do is look at if it is adjustable and how are the straps attached.  Is it a d-ring? Is it an easy slide thru with twill tape.  Next is what's the fabric? Cotton, linen, poly? Next  up, pockets? How many? How big? What fabric? Last week's Tuesday's Apron was about inspirations.  So I thought it appropriate that this week I write about the different aprons out there in the mass market.

super cute kid's apron with embroidery applique from Williams Sonoma

vintage vegetable print in greys from Williams Sonoma 

One of my favorite websites, Fog Linen, beautiful photos, gorgeous product and quality product. 

color blocked apron in cotton from Anthropologie

So many aprons available to you.  Choose wisely! And have some fun!