Over two years ago a fellow blogger, Eileen, and I sewed aprons for one another and sent them across the country to each other. I made her a half apron with beautiful fabric with a chicken towel sewed on as pockets. She sent me a Mennonite style apron since she lives near a large community. She wanted to make me something that I wouldn’t have and indeed this apron was a great gift to me and one that I have never seen replicated.
It reminds me of the pinafore on the front of Raggedy Ann’s dress and pinafores were always a pretty accessory to the occasional dress I had growing up. I wondered what the difference was between a pinafore and an apron. A pinafore comes from “pin a fore” or pin the apron to the front of the dress such as the Amish do. Then it came to be understood as an apron that had two arm holes and covered a large part of the dress. It turns out a pinafore is another form of an apron. So, I naturally love it.
I’ve touted it before, aprons are an important accessory for any farmgirl. They can make an ordinary outfit look different every time one wears it. They keep one’s dress clean so one doesn’t have to do laundry as often (yea!). There are pockets so that one can find their keys, pocket knife, tissue, phone, gardening trowel, small toys, clothes pins, and eggs from the coop. (Just remember to take the eggs out when you get in to the house!)
I probably strike folks as a bit different with my long skirts and aprons but fashion should hint at one’s personality and passions, not on what companies want to sell that season. I get many compliments about my aprons from adults and I overhear young people whispering to their friends that they love the way I dress. Yesterday at the farmer’s market a vendor said that she had seen more people with aprons on. Fabulous!
My beautiful apron that Eileen had given me had seen child’s tears, gardening dirt, held a dying chicken, was stained with goat placenta, had been covered in flour, had been worn around our homestead, then to our new temporary one, to now. I asked Eileen if she would sew me a few more. Apparently Eileen hates to sew. She had a solution though! I sent an extremely fair price to her to give her Mennonite neighbor who had loaned her the pattern in the first place and her daughters made me five of the most beautiful aprons/pinafores I have ever seen.
A gift beyond measure. I cannot wait to wear them on my next homestead! (and today….I’ll wear one today!)