Nowadays most kitchens, if there is an apron present at all, feature either a plain full apron or a half (or bistro) apron. But, there was a time when aprons were made in a huge variety of shapes and styles. Most of the time the lady of the house would have made these aprons and she would have been darn proud of them, too! Here are 12 styles of aprons that we never see anymore at all.
12) Cobbler’s Aprons
This style was very practical because the high neckline protected more of the clothing underneath. The ample pockets were also quite helpful. Many women wore this type of apron when gardening or hanging out the laundry.
11) Party Aprons
Sometimes also called hostess aprons, these were often made from chiffon or organza and featured decorations like bric-a-brac or delicate flower appliqués. They weren’t practical for preventing stains, but rather signaled who the hostess of the party was.
10) Mother-and-daughter Aprons
There was a time when women made matching outfits and accessories with their daughters.
9) Crocheted Aprons
These were not as practical as some aprons, but were oh-so-beautiful.
8) Pinafore Aprons
This style tied in the back at the waist, but was pinned to a woman’s dress at the bust, hence the name.
This style was slipped on through the cross strings and sometimes had no other ties. Because of this it was comfortable and never needed adjusting, provided it was made to fit the person wearing it.
6) Handkerchief Aprons
This style gets its name from the down-facing corners of the hem, much like a handkerchief turned at an angle.
5) Scalloped Aprons
This type of apron was both practical and fetching, but took a bit longer to make than a plain hem apron.
4) Embroidered Aprons
This style was truly a labor of love, but embroidery was once quite a common way to embellish homewares and clothing. In fact, it was considered a hobby to do in the evenings while listening to the radio.
3) Sweetheart Aprons
The sweetheart neckline was particularly popular in the 1940 and early 1950s. It was very flattering and very feminine.
2) Underbust Apron
These aren’t that common to find today, but the sewing pattern below is proof that they did exist!
1) Ruffled Aprons
The frilly aprons of the past are long gone. But, in years past ruffles might have been added to any of the above styles to lend a bit more flair and feminine style to an apron. After all, the woman making the apron would have to wear it pretty much every single day.