Aprons were sometimes worn for every day use to keep clothing from soiling and wearing during work or play and sometimes complemented outfits. Some more fancy aprons were used for serving company such as hostess aprons and cocktail aprons. Many aprons did not survive the test of time due to their heavy usage. Because aprons continue to be such common commodity, possibly other vintage aprons may still be owned and used by family members. The Lowndes County Historical Museum has a limited number of aprons which are featured on this page.
White Dimity Apron 1978-201-1c TB 61R5Sa1
Estimated date 1920-1940
Donated by Kathryn Ulmer.
Sharks Teeth Cotton Lawn Apron 1982-337-10TB 61R5Sa1
Type– Waist Apron 33” long, 30” wide
Construction method– hand stitched
Hem Finish– 1” turned under hem with 1 7/8” wide machine cotton lace whipped to edge of apron hem and tie ends
Decorative Stitching-4 rows of sharks teeth above hem [Note: sharks teeth is a method of sewing a series of horizontal pleats that are then cut vertically into a pyramid pattern. The cut ends then folded up and resewn into the pleat stitching revealing a series of sheerer (one layer of fabric as opposed to the pleated fabric) triangles in a pyramid form.]
Estimated Date: 1890-1910
Attributed to Mrs. Madge Edwards
Printed Aprons 2016-012-11,-12,-14,-15TB 61R5Sa1
Pinks & green small floral
-11 Type– Waist Apron, Cotton Print with Cotton solid fabric for accent
Pocket -One rounded in floral and pink band 1 5/8″ wide
Waist– Solid pink 2″ wide Ties-floral 2 1/2″ wide pleated into waist.
Skirt-gathered into band 19 1/2 length width 34″
Hem– pink band 3 5/8″ wide
Estimated date 1940-1950’s
Type– Waist apron Cotton, large faux Ikat looking print. Fabric made by Schwartz-L Textiles Inc.
Pockets- patch pockets, 2 w/running stitch trim,
Waist- waist with tie in the same floral.
Hem- sewn by hand.
Red rose floral shaped and edged w/organdy -14
Type– waist or 1//2 apron
Waist– 1 ½ wide
Length 17 ¼ long
Ties– gathered to waist, hemmed edges, 3” wide
Skirt all over U shape with 2 deep floral scallops. Organdy is flat felt seamed to floral and organdy finished with simple rolled hem.Three Appliqued flowers made from the floral fabric are straight stitched to the organdy skirt and simple embroidery stitches enhance the flowers including the stem stitch, lazy daisy, and French knot.
Estimated date 1940-50’s
Blue floral -15
Type– waist apron pieced in , “v’s or “neckties” alternate floral with blue solid
Waist-shaped band 2 1/2-3 1/2″ wide
Ties – solid blue w/floral facing ties. gathered to waist, 2 1/2″ wide
Skirt– width of bottom 17 1/2
Length– 17 1/2
Hem- enclosed w/ blue twill tape
Estimated date 1940-1950’s
All Printed Aprons donated by Kay Powell
Full children’s cotton apron 2010-19-11,
Donated by Mrs. John Wiggins
Sheer blue hostess 2010-25-113,
Type- waist apron, 100% nylon sheer material
Waist/ ties of same material
Pocket- Heart-shaped lace pocket on right-hand side
Hem-w/lace beading around edge (polyester machine made lace).
Dimensions- 17 3/8” L @ center point, 24” W @ apron base.
Belonged to Mrs. Louie Peeples White