It’s “Easy as Pie” to see that these handmade vintage aprons were made to be admired. My aunt received nearly two dozen aprons for her wedding shower in 1958 and carefully packed them away in her cedar hope chest with the hand-embroidered pillowcases, sheets, and towels. When my sister and I opened the chest two years ago, everything was still in the original paper but marked with the folds of time.
These two aprons are my favorites. “Easy as Pie” is made with a printed kitchen towel as the center panel design surrounded by cheery yellow cotton. “Flower Garden” (on the right) is made by joining crocheted flowers to form a colorful border around a plain mesh dishcloth. The flower pocket adds another splash of color.
Of course, sometimes a new bride wants to look frilly and pretty. That’s when she brings out the nylon and lace aprons:
Pink nylon (now turned brown with age) adds a pretty touch to the pink floral cotton. The lavender nylon and lace would look dainty over a plain dress or skirt.
And, when there’s work to do, the 1950’s woman will turn to practical attire like these simple cotton aprons:
It’s unfortunate that the cotton discolored with time, but both the flower print and blue check would have been cheery and washable coverings for everyday housework and cooking. It (almost) makes me want to wash the dishes!