Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Tasha Tudor Lifestyle Pt 4 Aprons

Tasha always wore an apron. I never do, but I thought it is such a part of her that I should give it a try so I made myself one. It was kind of fun. I haven't done much sewing in several years, but once in a while I do a little. So it turned out pretty well and I think I will make some more. I made this with fabric I already had.

The cover of the book shows Tasha using her apron to carry some cuttings. She used her apron to carry whatever she found in the garden. I remember stories about how women use to always wear aprons and used them for all kinds of things. I wonder why we stopped using them. I know I usually have jeans on and they don't need protecting like a nice dress. When I was younger I remember wearing an apron when I was dressed up and in the kitchen. I guess I don't dress up anymore. Maybe I need to do something about my wardrobe. I stopped wearing dresses quite a while ago. My dd and gd's have been having dress day and I may just have to make myself a skirt.

This project with Tasha is making me think about a lot of things that I don't do anymore and I'm wondering why. You always see the homemaker in those vintage photos wearing an apron, that should have been my mother, but it wasn't because she was a small business owner. My grandmother often wore an apron, she also wore what was called a housedress. She always dressed up when she was going out. Her dress up clothes all had to be dry cleaned while the housedress was cotton and could be washed. I guess we are more casual now and fabrics have come a long way. There is a book called "The Apron Book" by Ellyn Anne Geisel that talks about the apron and how it brings back so many memories for a lot of people.

I'm spending a lot more time in the kitchen now and so an apron makes more sense. It's the uniform of the cook. Professional cooks wear aprons and chefs jackets so they definitely have a purpose and usefulness. Tasha's lifestyle was very different from mine and she was doing a lot of things that could stain and ruin her clothes so the apron was a practical way of protecting her clothing. A lot of that clothing had been woven and made by her so I'm sure she valued it a lot more than I do my jeans.


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