Everybody remembers Mom's or Grandma's aprons. Some were utilitarian cotton half aprons or smocks in pretty colors or prints. Some were used only for special occasions in holiday motifs or fabics of organza or satin. Any vintage film of the 30-40-50's show any respectable woman wearing a dainty apron in the kitchen or as the hostess. We cannot forget June Cleaver with her fashionable kitchen ensemble. There was even one with matching oven mitt and dishtowel. With the advent of women's lib in the 70's the lowly apron represented women's servitude, those apron strings, those ties that bind, and they were cut. Fast forward 30 years, and many stained frocks later, the apron has found new popularity and uses. There is a new Apronation(C) on the horizon. Whether new or vintage the apron is not seen as being only utilitarian, but expresses our personality, our unique apronature(C). Apron's are not only worn in the kitchen, but in the garden and craft room, on the sales floor, and even as fashion accessories. Look below and choose your apron.

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

A Stitch in Time.....

.......threads it's way all the back to the future! Look what I found...

Two perfectly preserved patterns from <1950-something    and             1964>






I love the collection and variety of items that can be created from these 2 packets

A babydoll Scarf and a fabric clutch


A Ponytail Scarf and Cunberbund


Slippers....not too sure I could do those, but better to get out of the 'sewing box' and try something new 8)


Apron with triple pockets....
I did one by freestyle a while back..phew..should be easier now
and 2 smock aprons



I love these. A little tweek and they would make a great item to wear for any occasion. Soooooo many ideas and not enough hours in the day.   sigh.
I'll be linking in at Rednesday Wednesday at Brown Gingham Creations, hope you can stop by!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Red Letter Day and a New Book

Hello BlogPals!
It's a red letter day over at Brown Gingham Creations....it's Rednesday Wednesday...

and do I have a fun post for today here at Apronation.
I don't usually do book reviews on any of my blogs, but this book I found at the library the other day is just toooo good.
At the Library the other day I thought I'd take a llok at the how-to selections to find some inspiration and I found this gem.................
A Is For Apron by Nathalie Mornu
As I have said before I don't usually do book reviews, but this apron book is soooo inspirational....such a gem of vintage history.....and a great how-to for even the beginner, that I had to show it to you


Mornu gives a brief history of  the apron then proceeds to show her personal collection.....6 whole of wonderfully vintage goodness!

And, then gives easy to follow directions to create one of her vintage inspired designs......


Patterns and all!!

While you're out and about stop by and pick up your copy or go online. It's A Is For Apron....25 Fresh and Flirty Designs
                       By Nathalie Mornu
                       Published by Larks Books/Sterling Publishing Co.
                        2008


Monday, January 13, 2014

January

I have been stitching away in my cold corner of Bloglandia and to celebrate January's Flower of the Month I created a little vintage inspired apron set......................................................

 I found a nice carnation printed tablecloth that was in a mixed rag bag at a sale. Just enough to create this apron









I then hand-embroidered some of the carnations and fern fronds to give a little more texture and make it pop.


For fun I located a vintage 
Carnation Milk Cookbooklet  
and to complete the set I made a dishcloth/table runner from what little material remained. I love finding old textiles that folks think are past their usefulness and recreating something brand new. I also love searching for little things to go with it to make a bit more special. Do you have any old textiles that are ready to abandoned....
old doilies or potholders...hankies or buttons that belonged to someone special or just remind you of the 'olden' days, but you hate to part with em.....well, leave me a comment or send an e-mail
brownginghamcreations.fuse.net and let's talk. Maybe we can turn those memories into a treasure. I do custom designs! If you're interested in this apron set or other designs go HERE for more info.

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Monday, January 6, 2014

Happy New Year

Hope you are having a wonderful New Year. Just a little note to let you know I have a couple new vintage inspired aprons in my Apronation Shop HERE  Hope you can stop by!