Saturday, July 15, 2006

Granny's Apron

Great Granny Brown wore an awesome apron. Huge, deep pockets, a full bib, and a full wrap-around. Nothing foo-foo or fancy about her aprons. These were built for sturdy use and I never saw her without her apron while at home. I wish I had a better picture of her, but here she is when they were building the big brick garage to house the well rigs.
A few years ago, my Aunt Ignacia sent me the original pattern from Granny's trailer. It was cut out of a newspaper dated 1932. I carefully traced it onto sturdier paper (thick pink paper, if you must know!) and made an apron for my cousin for Christmas. In the pocket of her apron was tucked a copy of Granny's Apron pattern.
I made it with Mary Engelbreit teacup fabric.
An early version of it was painstakingly piped all the way around the scalloped edge, until I decided to Halifax with that much work, it would be neater and more fun to make the apron reversable and therefore I wouldn't have to bind any seams at all!
AND , I'd have two aprons for the price of one, so to speak.
Here is the one I made for Sharon my silly friend, armed for bear with the largest spatula I've ever seen!
And here is my everyday apron, pink or blue same fabric just in two different color runs. It is very fun to make and wear!
Apron construction tip: Sew the pockets on FIRST before you get bored or worn out. Pockets are a necessity on an apron...good for resting hands, holding clean hankies, or in the case of Granny's Apron, stuffed with fresh baked Sugar Cookies which she pulled out of those capacious pockets like magic.


Puss-in-Boots said...

Love the aprons. I can remember big coverall aprons like that when I was little, we called them "pinnies", short for pinafore, I guess.

Yep, a panel beater is a body repair shop. That's Auspeak for you lol

kansasrose said...

These are so cute! I collect and sew aprons too! I love your parson chair idea too! Very creative and fun!