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vintage apron goodness

Earlier this year, my mom gave me some family aprons to keep. I'm fairly sure that all three were made by my grandmother and based on the fabrics I'd guess easily 50 years ago if not more. Finally I had a chance to get them out, iron them and really look them over, and here they are:

First up is this so-classic-I-can't-believe it example. The fabric, the colors, the contrast-trimmed pocket, this is so vintage looking it almost looks like modern retro. And it's in perfect shape!

vintage apron - apples

Then we have this classic gingham with cross-stitching that follows the fabric pattern. Unfortunately this one is not in great shape, there's a large area of discoloration and one of the ties has actually torn (but is still attached). I'm hoping I can fix it up.

vintage apron - gingham

And finally, this cute apron that was my mom's. We know this because her name is embroidered on the pocket:

vintage apron - mom's pocket

I absolutely love that fabric. I don't know that I've ever seen bees and chickens in a print together before, but it somehow seems perfect. This one is a bit fragile but definitely worth preserving!

I don't know if I could ever bring myself to use any of them, but it's really neat to have four generation's aprons (Emily already has two little ones of her own) all together.

What did you say?

Amazing treasures! Isn't it a sort of quietly awe-inspiring feeling to have them? i have some that belonged to my grandmother and one that was even my GREAT-grandmother's....i almost NEVER use them...but when i do, it's like getting a hug from them even tho' they are long gone. i am sure they are somewhere feeling greatly amused that something as "utilitarian" to them as aprons have become such treasures to some of us younger generations!

Amazing treasures! Isn't it a sort of quietly awe-inspiring feeling to have them? i have some that belonged to my grandmother and one that was even my GREAT-grandmother's....i almost NEVER use them...but when i do, it's like getting a hug from them even tho' they are long gone. i am sure they are somewhere feeling greatly amused that something as "utilitarian" to them as aprons have become such treasures to some of us younger generations!

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