This sounds a bit Stepford housewifey and is a little bit of a dirty secret. But I would love to be one of those women that wander about the house wearing a nice apron. I have one which I bought from Icklebabe (Fifi has an adorable matching one). I only wear it for a specific purpose; cooking. I do very little housework, although even that’s enough really and I wouldn’t sully my lovely apron for that. No, the apron idea is more of a vision, a sort of fashion statement, a sort of additional uniform, an adult comfort blanket.
Even though I have a fab apron I would really like to get one that is more old fashioned, a Victorian one, or maybe a 1930’s pinafore, one in 1950’s fabric with that cross over style, any excuse to get more really. That way, I could look stylish each day of the week. All this is not beyond my means, I could make one fairly easily, I have the sewing ability (just), but more helpfully I have access to a vast array of Aprons and Pinafores in the museum archives. I should make the effort. Look at the amazing fabric above, it was used for a fantastic pinafore I found today. The skirt section is black fabric and there is a design made from bias binding in the same fabric as the top. Or this beautiful applique velvet flower on this silk one, which I think dates to about 1830.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you could buy such aprons today? Or even better if people attempted to make their own like they would have done in the past. I’d love to visit my friends and find them wearing their own creations.
The question is really whether or not I am going down the route of even more embarrassing mother. I don’t want the children to disown me at the school gates when I rush out forgetting to remove the apron, or what happens if I open the door wearing a housecoat? Instant loss of street cred. Would the husband enjoy this look? Or would he think I had descended further down the route of bonkersness? It is something that only time will tell…