Saturday, August 26, 2006

"A Sewing Apron"

More from the New-Way Course in Fashionable Clothes-Making:

"Your sewing apron should be an example of your dress-ideals. It should be appropriate, well-made and attractive. And of course, you should make it yourself.

While it need not necessarily be large, your sewing apron should have pockets large enough to hold some of the smaller things that are constantly being lost or misplaced—the small scissors, the spool of thread, a tape measure, a thimble. And these pockets—three of them are an excellent number—should be high enough to prevent being caught on an unexpected corner or knob.

The material for your sewing apron should be heavy enough to resist the attacks of scissors and needles and pins. Percale is a good material, and unbleached muslin is really very substantial. You may add a touch of hand embroidery down in one corner of one of the pockets if you wish, or you may use hemstitching at the bottom as a touch of neat trimming. Avoid anything that is elaborate."

Of course! Who wouldn't know this already!!


Brenda@CoffeeTeaBooks said...

I came across some vintage magazines from the 50s over the weekend. They were 25 cents each. I think most are House Beautiful.

Anyway, one is a Christmas issue from the 50s that has a lot of instructions for making aprons as gifts for your girlfriends. How times have changed!

Heather Anne said...

I remember my grandma's sewing apron well - sturdy duck with red sprigged trim to match her stawberry pincushion firmly attached to her wrist with red lacy elastic (I think it was undergarment elastic). It was so pretty and practical and over the years it had softened and become like part of her. She sewed many of my clothes and doll clothes wearing that apron. I don't know anyone other than myself, who sews much here, least of all wearing an apron! After ruining a favourite shirt with cotton velvet fluff, I can see why 'covering up' would be wise!

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