Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Just so you'll know..

My plans for tomorrow being a no techy day is to make an apron. I think they are probably the greatest idea! I ruin more clothes getting grease splatters and coffee spills then anyone I know! I figure an old fashioned apron would certainly help protect my clothing while choring about the house! (Isn't that what they were made for anyway?) I've made several for gifts, but have yet to make one for me! (isn't that always the case).

I want an apron yes, but I want a specific type. A 1/2 apron will not serve the purpose I'm looking for, so those are out. It has to be a full bib apron..remember..coffee and grease. I'm just frugal enough and sewing savy enough not to want to buy a pattern for it, even though after many hours of searching I found something as close as I'm gonna get. You can view it here.
If you've ever watched Dr. Quinn Medicine Women, she wears something very similar to this one, only it doesn't have the extra gathers in the top. That's what I'm looking for. So tomorrow, I'll be creating my own pattern and trying to put one together. I'll let you know on Thursday how it goes. In the meantime, enjoy the Apron Memory below..

The principle use of Grandma's apron was to protect the dress underneath, but along with that, it served as a holder for removing hot pans from the oven; it was wonderful for drying children's tears, and on occasion was even used for cleaning out dirty ears. From the chicken-coop, the apron was used for carrying eggs, fussy chicks, and sometimes half-hatched eggs to be finished in the warming oven. When company came, those old aprons were ideal hiding places for shy kids; and when the weather was cold, grandma wrapped it around her arms. Those big old aprons wiped many a perspiring brow, bent over the hot wood stove. Chips and kindling-wood were brought into the kitchen in that apron. From the garden, it carried all sorts of vegetables. After the peas had been shelled, it carried out the hulls. In the fall, it was used to bring in apples that had fallen from the trees. When unexpected company drove up the road, it was surprising how much furniture that old apron could dust in a matter of seconds. When dinner was ready, Grandma walked out on the porch and waved her apron, and the men knew it was time to come in from the fields for dinner. It will be a long time before anyone invents something that will replace that old-time apron that served so many purposes.
~ Author Unknown 

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