Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Sewing - Four Aprons from 1916

"Besides having aprons that cover the dress well in doing housework, the woman in the home always finds it convenient to have on hand small fancy aprons that she may wear while sewing or while serving guests, or that she may lend to her guests. Such aprons in many instances add greatly to a woman's neatness and are generally a great source of satisfaction to them. Of course, small aprons can hardly be considered so necessary as the house aprons already considered, yet no woman really feels that her wardrobe is complete unless she is the possessor of a few dainty aprons."

This particular copy of Fancy Aprons and Sunbonnets was published by the Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences of Scranton, PA, in 1916. The first twenty pages, containing complete instructions for drafting the patterns for the four aprons pictured above, may be downloaded from my Flickr account.

The remainder of the booklet, containing instructions for eight more aprons, a clothespin bag, two sunbonnets and a sunhat, will be published over the next two Tuesdays.


Su said...

Wow, I never knew I was incomplete without some dainty aprons! :)

Thnks for sharing these. They give such a unique view into the lives of our grandmothers & great-grandmothers!


Shay said...

what, you don't keep them on hand to lend to guests?

Su said...

LOL! I know, I'm a shameful housewife!

Lidian said...

I knew I was missing something - small fancy aprons, of course!

Anonymous said...

I love it, I love it, I love it!!! What else can I say, but THANKS for sharing.

Shay said...

Y'all come back next week, y'heah?