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
Tie– 1” wide w/10” on left and 7” tie on right,
Pockets– 2 patch
Ruffle– tapered from waistband [1 ½”-4”] finished with a machine made scalloped edging.
Overall length- 27 ½”.
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 see also Christening Dresses on this web site for more information on Madge Edwards.
Swiss Batiste Apron 2017-12-33 TB61R5Sa1
Type– Waist or half apron white sheer, fine cotton with sheen
Pocket -same fabric with machine stitched entredeux hem, pointed
Waist and ties same fabric
Hemmed edges and rounded skirt hem- treated as one cotton lace edging attached with machine stitched entredeux.
Donated by Josie Eager Beadle from the estate of William G. and Dorothy Hopkins Eager
Printed Aprons 2016-12(-11,-12,-14,-15) TB 61R5Sa1
The next four aprons were gifted to us by Kay Powell and belonged to Juanita Tomlinson Powell of Valdosta, Ga (1915-2009). Juanita Powell contributed greatly to the Lowndes Community. Working in insurance for many years, she retired and served as a South Georgia Medical Auxiliary lady, was a member of the Lions Club, the Literary Club, the Lowndes County Historical Society, and Founding member of Park Avenue United Methodist.
The aprons serve as a special reminder of her hospitality to the community so much so that it was mentioned in her obituary, ” She evolved into a great cook who turned out dinner every Sunday then- determined how much she had cooked- invited whoever she ran into to join her in the meal.”
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 from the estate of Juanita Powell
Full children’s cotton apron 2010-19-11,
Hem and top hand embroidered feather stitched hem x25” long.
Donated by Mrs. John (Jackie)Wiggins. For more information on the Wiggins, please see the Quilts/ Coverlets/Blankets section of this web site.
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