An Assembly of Aprons
by Mary Ray
An Online Extra to Threads #132, pp. 27-29
An apron inspired by the 1940s and '50s is a great way to combine unique fabrics in a fun, useful way.
In "An Apron Revival" (issue #132), Mary Ray shows you how to round up novelty prints and big print fabric to make a flirty skirt apron and a bistro apron. As major trends make their way full circle, these classics are the new sassy accessory of today. Here's a photo gallery of vintage and vintage-inspired aprons.
The three pockets make convenience the essence of this apron while the alternating direction of the pockets' stripes adds interesting detail.
|Natural beauty apron
Cross-stitch on gingham was the apron fad of the 1960s. The tiny squares make it so the apron doesn't need a design to be decorative.
|Modern-day flare apron
This apron really shows the adaptation of vintage patterns. The old meets new with a contemporary pattern on an apron with vintage style. The chicken apron combines fun fabrics that wouldn't look as perfect on anything else.
Another gingham apron that features cross-stitch is shaped with a zigzag bottom hem that flatters the outline of the apron. The bib apron was an essential of the 1940s.
|Pretty in pink apron
Pink organza makes this 1950s waist apron a companion to the flirty cocktail dress. The dainty flower stencil accents the apron's delicateness.
|Sassy hostess apron
This late '50s-early '60s apron is detailed with Swiss embroidery. With a playful edge, this apron is not meant to be used in the kitchen; it was meant to be worn around the waist of a hostess entertaining guests
|Holiday charm apron
This apron is embellished with red embroidered trim to give it a true holiday theme. Special occasions inspired holiday-themed aprons.
|Simply sweet apron
To decorate the white organdy, a motif cut from printed fabric is appliquéd on the apron. This simple detailing makes a plain apron a delightful accessory that begs to be shown off.
|Yellow ribbon apron
The decorative yellow ribbon used for the ties and waistband is the heart of this apron. It may be a detail, but ribbon is a fast and easy way to trim an apron without a lot of finishing.
Mary Ray is a contributing editor.
Photos: Scott Phillips