After WWII, people were eager to put the war behind them and settle into domestic life. Early family television shows had mothers wearing aprons, and it became an unofficial symbol of family, mother, and apple pie ideals. Aprons signified a cozy kitchen, and enough food for everyone. This uniform of the American housewife could be plain and practical, fun themed and kitschy, or sheer and ruffled for dress or hostess duties. You can see the different styles on these famous mothers (and aunt) below:
Mass produced aprons featured kitchen themes, the fabric printed with pot and pans; spoons; toasters; and other kitchen items. Homemade aprons were a popular use of fabric remnants and made welcome gifts or sale items at church bazaars. Homemade aprons could be decorated with ruffles, contrasting fabrics, rick-rack, trim, or handkerchief pockets. And now, after going out of fashion, they are BACK with styles Mrs. Walton or Aunt Bea would have never dreamt of. Some of them are so pretty (or white?!) that I can't imagine actually cooking in them, but wouldn't they be fun to have for special occasions?
Who wouldn't feel extra special wearing something like this in the kitchen?
Or this one?
And how fun is this cherry apron--it makes me smile just looking at it!
Creative women are even designing "aprons in a jar"!
Which of course could make a really cute Christmas gift for your favorite baker!
|Christmas apron in a jar with cookie recipe gift tag|
Tomorrow we'll take a peek inside my "apron drawer" and see what I aprons I particularly cherish. Until then, here is a sweet reflection to start our week on a homey note.