Here's Simplicity 3544, which says, "1940's farm housewife" to me. I've been on a Apron roll. Why is it that so many women are so into aprons lately? Especially younger women. I have a book which even promotes the wearing of some aprons by"teens" and "twenties" as a fashion statement!
Interesting, the resurgence of aprons, because when I was a child in the 1970s, aprons were hardly ever worn at home by younger women. Only older ones (like grandmas) wore them. Maybe women abandoned aprons in the 1970s because aprons were a symbol of being tied to the house, and therefore a symbol of women's lack of choice? This sounds to me like a likely topic for a Master's Thesis or more. Maybe when I'm done here I'll do a search on the internet and see what I can find.
Anyway, now that women, particularly those of us in western countries, have more choice in careers, it seems that we're not afraid to enjoy wearing aprons any more. Ok, enough of that. Here's the video:
Blooper alert - here are some things I should have said but did not in this video. (You Tube's server will not let me annotate my video right now (grrr), so that is why I'm telling you this stuff here. Anyone who accesses the video from YouTube alone will not have the benefit of this info. So SEE ? Now you know why you bother coming here to read this blog, right? Right?
1. In the video I state that I used three yards of bias binding. Nope, I used three PACKAGES, which comes to about nine yards.
2. In the video, I did not adequately thank my dear MIL, Carol, for her mentorship and caring, not to mention the fabric I got when she died. (However, I paid my father in law for the fabric, as he was going to sell it, and I felt bad depriving him of the income. And it seemed like the right thing to do.)
3. Toward the end of the video, when I turn around to show you the back of the apron, I mention that the apron strings are topstitched to the body of the skirt. Indeed they are, but I could not see the area to point it out to you. Further, the back of the skirt is twisted, but I could not see this. Sorry. That's how it is when you do a video on the fly. I guess next time I need to hire a stylist. Ha.
So, what do you think of aprons? Do you wear them? Do you think women abandoned apron-wearing in the 60s and 70s as a reflection of their re-entry into the 'paid' workplace in droves? I say re-entry, because in the 40s, women were all OVER the paid workplace. But when the menfolk came home from WWII, the 'girls' gave the jobs back to the returning war heroes.
PS - Please know that I have no illusions - women have a long way to come to gain full equality in the workplace. We have made a bit of progress, though. I'm just saying.