The fabrics used for aprons ranged from plain muslin to silks, elegant laces, linen and there were even those that were crocheted and you pinned them to your dress. I didn't get good pictures of some of the oldest ones and a few that were downright ugly, but here are a few of the aprons we saw.
This was one of the older ones - fine linen with beautiful hand embroidery over it. It slipped over your head and covered the back as well. There was a picot edge on the zig zagged bottom edge and around the neckline. You sure wouldn't want to drip anything on this exquistely made apron. This probably would have been used for serving the meal, not for the preparation of it.
This half apron was sewn in 3 separate sections with only the rickrack between and holding each piece to the other one. It had a lovely embroidered design on the middle section that was very beautifully done by an accomplished seamtress.
This cute number had rickrack trim and an additional ruffle added to the bottom and it covered your clothing all the way to the hem.
Another darling half apron with gingham trim. Check out the cute pocket shaped like a tea kettle.
A gingham yoke and trim with beautiful embroidered flowers, kept this lady's dress totally covered & clean--the skirt wrapped around to the back.
The lady who made this apron must have been a garmet maker. It had as much detail as a dress or jumpter -- a big square collar (front and back) with added ruffle, scalopped hemline, cute cutouts on pockets and at the neckline, and completely it covered your dress tying in the back with a big bow.
This was a half apron made with ladies hankies and lace trim.
Here's one was made from a pair of recycled jeans with an added checked petticoat looking ruffle added to the bottom.
Our fashion show was set to music too -- changing with the time period. When we got to the Roaring 20's, I half expected to see the model break into dancing the Charleston.! lol
It was a very entertaining evening with lots of interesting facts and information about how aprons came to be and were used and how they changed with the thinking of the times. The models were provided with appropriate accessories to show off their aprons. The last two aprons were for men and the ladies came out with mustaches and funny sayings on their aprons. I would love to show their pictures, but I haven't cleared it with them yet, so I'll resist showing them. You'll just have to use your imagination.