Did you ever stop to consider how many different kinds of aprons there were? A great, big, roomy, coverall apron for mother when guests are expected and important things are happening in the kitchen. A wee bit of a lace apron for the person who is in charge of the tea-urn at five o'clock. A smart bungalow apron to make household duties seem pleasant, and a rather petty apron with deep pockets for the sewing room. And, of course, sweet little aprons for the kiddies—gaily colored and bound with an almost grown-up regard for smartness.
You see, there are really so many interesting kinds of aprons that the subject deserves a lesson all by itself. We're going to teach you little important points about tea-aprons and work-aprons, children's aprons and chafing-dish aprons. And when you are all finished with the lesson, you are actually going to make a pretty apron for yourself.
Saturday, February 6, 2010
I was looking for an interesting pattern (free pattern...yes, I am just that cheap) for an apron and look what turned up. The woman who wrote this back in 1926 took her aprons seriously!
It sounds like something out of a simpler, safer and happier time, but every generation has it's burdens. The women who were sewing aprons in 1926 were just a few years away from the Great Depression, child birth was a major cause of death for women, and people still routinely died from smallpox. I need to remind myself of these things when I yearn for simpler times.
Sunday, January 3, 2010
I have a few sewing goals for 2010 and without going into too much detail, here they are:
- Master the use of my serger. It's old and not very fancy, but it's functional and it's a crime to just let it sit.
- Master the use of my sewing machine. It's relatively new and very fancy so it's an even bigger crime to fail to use all the features.
- When I say "master the use of my sewing machine," that includes the embroidery function.
- Make a well-fitting blazer. This will have to come towards the end of the year because, of course, one of my other goals is to lose a few (okay, maybe more than a few) pounds.
That's it for now. I'll have to come up with some intermediate steps for the first three goals so I can measure my progress.