Vintage hand made Floral HOSTESS half APRON with two side pockets - fabric is a cream background with purple and yellow flowers, pale yellow organdy or organza with purple rickrack trim. (c. 1950's) The organdy or organza is a pale yellow. The floral fabric may be 100% cotton. This vintage apron seems to have never been worn or used.
Aprons have been cooks' companions for hundreds of years. Indeed, aprons were used by men and women for a variety of tasks long before they were seen on 1950's television. During this era, women were portrayed as homemakers and good mothers and you rarely saw them without their aprons.
Some researchers point to Biblical references about aprons. They cite a passage in which Adam and Eve sewed together fig leaves to make aprons to cover themselves. We traditionally think of aprons being used for cooking, and while that is true, they have served as a cover-up for other tasks that tend to be messy. Occupations such as butchers, welders and bakers have always used aprons to protect both their clothing and bodies from their work.
For centuries, homemakers have used aprons. Even since the early 19th century, women have used aprons to keep their clothing clean. They have also used aprons to carry essential utensils such as rolling pins, for gathering and carrying eggs and for transporting kindling wood. Aprons have been an effective tool for many, many years.
It was not until the 1940's and 1950's that society started to see the stereotypes of the "perfect mother" who always wore an apron, no matter what. Until that time, aprons were thought of as a functional piece of the wardrobe. Today's aprons are more stylish. Perhaps surprisingly, aprons have made a fashionable comeback, even making occasional runway appearances in the form of the apron dress.
This vintage floral hostess apron measures 17.5" side to side at the waistband, 22" long from the waistband to the bottom and each tie is 27.5" (72.5" from tip of tie to tip of tie). Excellent condition and VERY cute!
A1868 - Vintage HAND MADE FLORAL HOSTESS APRON Purple & Yellow Flowers