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.
From the heart apron (right)
Aprons were not just for personal wear, they were frequently made as gifts for friends and relatives. The unique shaping and adorable look make this apron a great gift.
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. Gingham apron
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