Who knew aprons were so useful...

Do you remember your grandma wearing an apron?  I do, but I never thought about the role it played in her life as a wife, mother, grandma and later a great-grandma.  Kinda makes me want to dig out my apron and start wearing it!

Notice the size on the pattern is medium, which was 14-16!  {Today's medium is 6-8.}  

The History of 'APRONS' 

The principal use of Grandma's apron was to protect the dress underneath because she only had a few.  It was also because it was easier to wash aprons than dresses, and aprons used less material.  But along with that, it served as a potholder for removing hot pans from the oven.  It was wonderful for drying children's tears, and on occasion was even used for cleaning out dirty ears.  
From the chicken coop, the apron was used for carrying eggs, fussy chicks and sometimes half-hatched eggs to be finished in the warming oven. When company came, those aprons were ideal hiding places for shy kids.  And when the weather was cold, Grandma wrapped it around her arms.  Those big old aprons wiped many a perspiring brow, bent over the hot wood stove.  Chips and kindling wood were brought into the kitchen in that apron.  From the garden, it carried all sorts of vegetables.  After the peas had been shelled, it carried out the hulls.  In the fall, the apron was used to bring in apples that had fallen from the trees.  When unexpected company drove up the road, it was surprising how much furniture that old apron could dust in a matter of seconds.  When dinner was ready, Grandma walked out onto the porch, waved her apron and the men folk knew it was time to come in from the fields to dinner. 

It will be a long time before someone invents something that will replace that 'old-time apron' that served so many purposes.

Grandma used to set her hot baked apple pies on the window sill to cool. 
Her granddaughters set theirs on the window sill to thaw.
They would go crazy now trying to figure out how many germs were on that apron.
I don't think I ever caught anything from an apron - but love.

I love these old patterns!

Someday we should have an apron party and everyone could wear their favorite apron, and we could eat warm banana bread with real butter...and drink sweet tea...yeah, we need to do that sometime.

Just me being me...Lori

Note:  The History of Aprons was an email sent to me by my Mom, by way of my Aunt Patty.  Thanks for sharing!

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