To quote the beautiful Sophie Dahl ‘I have always been interested in food, primarily because I have always been interested in eating it’. This sums up entirely my third biggest hobby after sewing and knitting- baking! Just like the desire for pretty vintage style clothes feeds my sewing drive, the desire to eat cakes feeds my inclination to bake!
Recently I have been following the Paleo lifestyle inspired by my dear friend Emma who has a fantastic Paleo blog of all her wonderful cooking. This means no grains, no dairy, no pulses and no refined sugar. It sounds pretty bleak but with a few specialist ingredients from the health food store you can still bake the most delicious cakes- a few of which you may have noticed popping up on my instagram. So more of my time than ever has been spent in the kitchen recently experimenting and whipping up lots of concoctions which means that my need for pretty aprons has obviously dramatically increased. Hehe!
I have always LOVED vintage aprons. For me they are so representative of a time when people really put so much effort into crafting beautiful things, even if they were things that would only ever be worn around the house. My mother made me a beautiful little frilly apron when I was a little girl and I loved it so much I point blank refused to take it off before we went out on a shopping trip. Clearly I was onto something as an elderly lady commented on what a pretty dress I was wearing! Funnily enough she made it for me as I used to like playing what we called the olden-days game, where I would dress up and pretend I lived in a past era. When she was telling me this it occurred to me that I am pretty much still playing that game everyday now! Teehee.
It’s very easy not to end up making things like aprons and petticoats and makeup bags when you sew your own wardrobe as they kind of end up at the bottom of the to-do list, but I genuinely find they really give me just as much pleasure as the more sensible, worthy creations like winter coats. It’s nice to feel well put together around the house anyway, and yes I realise this makes me sound like a supressed 1950s housewife! Sorry about that!
Although I have a few vintage apron patterns and have made a few up in the past I didn’t follow a pattern for this particular one. My mother in law gave me a red and white apron with similar scallops on for Christmas so I thought I would make a springtime one inspired by that, I actually began this in apron in April and it sat around half complete in my workroom for longer than I care to mention! I used quilting cotton from Cotton Patch as I find this is a good weight for aprons, not too flimsy and not to bulky to gather.
I thought I would include a little collage of some inspirational vintage apron pictures for you -which is your favourite, I can’t decide!
Do you like sewing vintage house attire yourself?
Thanks for reading!