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This week, I am excited to show you this fabulous find from the same garage sale of my elderly neighbor I told you about last week. As I was digging in the box of fabrics, I found a sack and inside was the fabric and this ADORABLE pattern for Buttons and Bows Apron. My heart started racing a mile a minute.......look how sweet the fabric is....it is about 3 yards...love it!!
Now, the cover is in bad shape, but all the pattern pieces are there, and the instruction sheet is still in great shape.....I was super excited to find this.....
This is a shot of the back cover....now upon doing a little research about this pattern, I found a wonderful site that has this exact pattern shown, and it dates to 1948.
This was made by Advance Patterns of New York which was the house brand of J C Penny Company from 1933 until it was purchased by Puritan Fashions in 1966. This is from the website:
One of the companies most popular patterns was the Buttons and Bows apron used as a give away promotion in 1948 for the Movie "Pale Face" staring Jane Russell and Bob Hope.Well, as you can imagine...I am thrilled to have this....and if any of you would like a copy of the pattern and instructions, I would be happy to send it to you..."IF YOU DON'T MIND WAITING UNTIL I GET THE TIME TO DO IT"....But, I promise I will do it!! You can email me and let me know...OK?!?
Now, on Tuesday, my mom emailed me this email...and it was so perfect to include in this post...hope you enjoy it!
The History of Aprons
I don't think our kids know what an apron is.
The principal use of Grandma's apron was to protect the dress underneath,
because she only had a few, it was easier to wash aprons than dresses.
And they used less material, but along with that, it served as a potholder for removing
hot pans from the oven.
It was wonderful for drying children's tear, and on occasion was even used for cleaning out dirty ears.
From the chicken coop, the apron was used for carrying eggs, fussy chicks, and sometimes half-hatched eggs to be finished in the warming oven.
When company came, those aprons were ideal hiding
Places for shy kids. And when the weather was cold, grandma wrapped it around
Those big old aprons wiped many a perspiring brow, bent
over the hot wood stove. Chips and kindling wood were brought into the kitchen in
From the garden, it carried all sorts of vegetables. After the peas had been shelled, it carried out the hulls.
In the fall, the apron was used to bring in apples that had fallen from the trees.
When unexpected company drove up the road, it was
surprising how much furniture that old apron could dust in a matter of seconds.
When dinner was ready, Grandma walked out onto the
porch, waved her apron, and the men knew it was time to come in from the fields to
It will be a long time before someone invents something that will replace that 'old-time apron' that served so many purposes.
Grandma used to set her hot baked apple pies on the window sill to cool.
Her Granddaughters set theirs on the window sill to thaw.
They would go crazy now trying to figure out how many germs were on that apron, today.
* I don't think anyone ever caught anything from an apron.......
Of course not, they were washed and starched, ironed and put on clean every day.
Have a great weekend everyone!! And a Happy Vintage Thingies Thursday to every one of you! See ya' next week....same place and time!