I received the most appropriate e-mail today from my stepmom, Leslie, called 'The History of Aprons'. She knows of my affinity for cooking, sewing, and creating, and couldn't have sent me a more timely message!
The History of Aprons
I don't think our kids know what an apron is.
The principal use of Grandma's apron was to protect the dress underneath because she only had a few. It was also because it was easier to wash aprons than dresses and aprons used less material. But along with that, it served as a potholder 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 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, the apron 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 onto the porch, waved her apron, and the men folks knew it was time to come in from the fields to dinner.
It will be a long time before someone invents something that will replace that 'old-time apron' that served so many purposes.
Grandma used to set her hot baked apple pies on the window sill to cool. Her granddaughters set theirs on the window sill to thaw.
They would go crazy now trying to figure out how many germs were on that apron.
I don't think I ever caught anything from an apron - but love...
I love aprons. I think they're delightful little fashion statements. I'd have thirty of them if I could. I currrently have one very, very well-worn Husker apron that needs to be replaced and one that came from some conference Matt attended. They're not very fashionable, but that's all about to change!
Matt's delightful Aunt Robbie found a terrific set of retro apron patterns at her local quilt shop. She made the most adorable aprons for her sisters and sister-in-law and handed them out at this year's family reunion. I instantly attached myself to Aunt Robbie and the aprons and begged for the pattern. Lo and behold, about a month ago I received the most WONDERFUL package in the mail....THE PATTERN BOOK!!! I've made two aprons out of the book so far and they're terrific. They remind me so much of the aprons that my Grandma Trambly wore. I can almost smell applesauce spice cake and pork chops when I look at the finished products. Matt doesn't love being my living dress form, but he does look pretty hot in the aprons!
I'll be cranking out many more aprons around Christmas time and will hopefully get my newest one done soon, as well. I'll be sure to post pics as I finish. But for now, enjoy this little history of the apron. In today's 'heat and eat' society it's nice to see the beginnings of a return to real cooking and along with it, real aprons....with fashion sense, that is!
Tell me about your favorite use for an apron! I'll pick my favorite use and that lucky blog reader will win two dozen custom cookies from Just Like Mom's!