Depression Era Aprons

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There has been an apron that I have been seeing occasionally and I have always really liked the look.  It's on trend with overall fashion as well, a simple, clean line and airy garment.  Many people are calling it a Japanese Apron or Japanese Inspired.  Actually this popular style is a classic pinafore dating back to the depression era. 

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The above Pickford Apron, named for Mary Pickford, Hollywood actress of the time who looked completely picturesque while wearing an apron.  Or as my mother called this, a housecoat.  The purpose was to cover up your lovely attire while doing the dirty house work.

I recently began working with a new business which I am so excited about.  They would like to try a depression era housecoat, cross apron coverall.  I love doing research and love experimenting!

Happy Tuesday's Apron!


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. 


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!