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Dee Burris Blakley ([personal profile] dee_burris) wrote2011-01-01 06:44 pm
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When did we quit using aprons?

I put on my apron a while ago to wash dishes and deal with other sloppy stuff. It took me back.

To a time I vividly remember, when both of my grandmothers, and the one great-grandmother who was living, just automatically tied their aprons on when they entered the kitchen.

When did we quit doing that - when wash and wear came out and women were no longer slaves to a day (or more) of ironing for a large family?

I liked their aprons better than mine.

They were softer.

And they had rick-rack.

I want rick-rack.

[identity profile] sttatus-quo.livejournal.com 2011-01-04 12:12 am (UTC)(link)
My mother stopped in the early seventies. She had the most beautiful voile aprons with ruffles that she wore for her bridge club. I had aprons from my grandmother from the time I was five or so. Younger folks seem amazed that I can tie a lovely even bow behind my back. I learned on an apron (of course all those back-tie caftan tops we wore in the early 70's helped keep it going as well).

I miss rickrack also. It was a right bitch to iron if I recall correctly. Personally, I just miss "notions" in general. Pickin's are slim at the fabric store.

[identity profile] dee-burris.livejournal.com 2011-01-04 01:06 am (UTC)(link)
Well, I broke down and ordered a vintage apron online last night...

Image (http://s3.photobucket.com/albums/y69/sharpchick/?action=view&current=ap898.jpg)

Ahm getting mah rickrack...

[identity profile] sttatus-quo.livejournal.com 2011-01-04 01:22 am (UTC)(link)
But there's no pocket on the front to hold matches to light the burners with. (Or the lantern depending on how far out in the country your granny lived)

I love that apron. Just promise me you won't wear it over a cardigan with a tissue tucked up your sleeve. 'K?

[identity profile] dee-burris.livejournal.com 2011-01-04 01:35 am (UTC)(link)
Oh honey...the tissue goes between the girls...