This apron is hand made using three vintage crocheted and embroidered pillowcases that needed to be given a renewed purpose. The bodice is made from a vintage napkin that has been machine embroidered with a tea cup and green tea sprig with flowers. The bodice also has a tiny hand embroidered flower in the corner salvaged from the original vintage napkin. Look closely to see the tiny vintage green buttons that run down the front of the bodice. The waist and neck ties are forest green grosgrain ribbon that is extra long allowing for a bow in back or front as pictured.
These vintage pillowcases were much loved and all useable material has been repurposed either in this apron or in others. No scrap goes to waste and smaller pieces may even be given a new life as shabby fabric flowers.
Vintage hand embroidered pillowcases are getting more difficult to find so I try to use other vintage materials or as in this case lessen the number of ruffles and keep the price still affordable.
All vintage linens are carefully washed and stains gently removed. No fully intact unblemished vintage linens were harmed in making these aprons. Vintage style patterns are often used in repurposing the linens.
Some of my thoughts behind my new apron line, Vintage linen rebirth into vintage aprons. Often I need to fussy cut the embroidery to avoid a few stains and holes in the original linens. When possible, I line my aprons with soft muslin. The majority of the materials used are repurposed from the vintage linen. This style or repurposing existing materials is typical of 1940's wartime scrap aprons.
In the 1940s wartime UK everything was rationed and therefore in short supply. Everyone had to be thrifty and inventive of how to preserve things they had, and also recycle everything to make new things.
Make do and mend were the buzz words of the era, and upcycling and recycling were things everyone did to try and make ends meet.
Aprons were very popular at this time not only could they be made from recycled scraps of material but they also performed a function in that they kept your clothes clean, which meant that your clothes lasted longer.
With that spirit in mind, I am hunting for beautifully embellished linens to give a new life as a vintage style apron. In this quest I will pledge to not harm any vintage linen that is unblemished. I will honor the vintage linen and when it has given its full life in its current form, I will pass on its heritage in the form of an apron to be again cherished and loved.
Payments are expected at time of purchase. I do not begin work on custom orders until after payment is received.
My shop is located in Harris County Texas, so if you live in Texas expect to pay sales tax on your purchase.
I ship every day so if you order in the morning it will likely go out that day. Afternoons and weekends shipping is next business day.
Custom orders are shipped within 2-5 days after payment is received unless otherwise indicated in the order approval process.
All sales are final unless the item you receive is damaged . If that should happen please convo me immediately so that I can make things right. If you are unhappy with the item you received please contact me so we can discuss and find a solution.