By Donna di Natale
OK, so you thought I was through talking about aprons, but here’s one last one. This apron got missed when we were photographing the others, but because it is worth at least a small laugh, I decided to go ahead and show this one, too.
I’m guessing this apron is from the ’50s, but that is purely a guess. It could be later than that. I also don’t know if this one was store-bought or homemade using a border fabric. I’m leaning toward store-bought. What do you think?
The whimsical design is the nursery rhyme Old Mother Hubbard. Just what you want to have on your apron, right? The rhyme is presented in words and pictograms. Can you read it?
Old Mother lady wearing silly shoes and funny clothes went to the fancy looking cupboard to get her poor expensively trimmed French poodle a bone with a design painted on it. Now I’m the one being silly, but you get the picture.
While I think this apron was store-bought, I don’t think it was purchased already sewn. I have a pillowcase from about this same time period that was purchased as a flat piece of fabric with instructions for making the case. The fabric was 36 inches wide, and you simply purchased twice the width of your pillow. Then all you had to do was sew a seam on two sides, turn the hem under, stitch it down, and you had a lovely faux-appliqué pillowcase.
I think the apron may have been made the same way. You bought a yard or panel of the border print fabric, cut out the pocket and ties, and sewed it together. Another clue to this is that the ties are the same length as the apron, and only about half as long as they should be. This might all be conjecture, but you can still buy apron panels in holiday themes that are constructed in this same manner.
Tell me what you think. Do you recall buying yardage or panels for aprons like this? Let me know, and I promise this will be the last of my apron blogs. At least until I find something really special.
Donna di Natale is an author and editor for Kansas City Star Quilts. She writes every Wednesday.