Monday, October 4, 2010

I love aprons

It's true. I'm a bit of a slob and have taken to wearing aprons almost every day. I wear them when making food. I wear them when cleaning. I wear them when volunteering at the PS cafeteria (even though no one else wears aprons there--I bring my own and everyone thinks I'm funny that way). Aprons keep my shirts and the fronts of my jeans or shorts from getting wet or messy. Aprons give me a convenient spot to dry my hands. Aprons with pockets let me carry a cell phone around the house or tote Legos and Nerf bullets and other stray bits and pieces I find while tidying up.


I like to start my day with a shower and a clean set of clothes, but my dirtiest jobs generally happen first thing in the morning--gardening, doing dishes, scrubbing the bathrooms. Aprons let me stay fresh and clean without compromising the order of my shower time and chore time. I confess, if I could get away with wearing a housedress, I think I would. I totally get the sense behind an outfit made specifically for wearing while working around the house.


I like how aprons make me feel retro. They're a fun dash of color over my jeans and t-shirts. I have an apron inherited from my grandmother, a ruffled red and white with some embroidery details, my "fancy" occasion apron. I have a souvenir apron from Mama Mia, it's heavy canvas and has an adjustable neck loop. I have an apron that looks just like your grandmother's kitchen tablecloth--checked with fruit printed against the pattern. Mr. D bought it for me years ago in a church basement during a Ghost Player weekend in Chisholm, Minnesota. That's the one I grab most often, the pockets are deep and I am ridiculously fond of anything handmade by church ladies. The best aprons have a bib for full frontal coverage--no point in just wearing an apron skirt because how's that going to protect your clothes?


Of all the handy and affordable things Kathy over at Four Dog Day makes, aprons are among the most useful. Not that it's my job to tell you what to pick--but if I pick your comment out of all the comments left here since last week Thursday, well, you might want me to buy you one of Kathy's aprons if you haven't got one already. For September's FABULOUS, I'm giving away one item from Kathy's Etsy store, Four Dog Day, to one lucky commenter. I'll pick a name Wednesday.

Spill it, reader. Do you own an apron? Do you wear it?

34 comments:

  1. Oh, you're so right! I hate cleaning the house when I'm wearing dirty clothes, but they always get dirty (and ruined if I use bleach) while cleaning. So I put a moratorium on cleaning. Not the best solution, but... pick me pick me! I should really have an apron... ;)

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  2. Yes,I wear a apron alot. I seem to be a messy cook. My husband bought me a apron with my name on it when we were on trip in Italy--I guess it is for when I forget who I am...maybe sooner than later!

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  3. Yes, I own one and I am not afraid to wear it. Mostly when cooking, espcially when I am working with flour or using the submersible blender.

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  4. I do not wear an apron ... yet. I need one. I love the designs shown on Etsy and will likely own one soon!

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  5. I'm a fan. I still have an apron I made in 7th grade home ec, I have an apron made by my mom out of Christmas fabric and I have one that I inherited from my mother-in-law when she passed away.

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  6. Aprons are fine..house dresses are not :)

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  7. I love wearing an apron. Whenever I am working in the kitchen, it seems something drips, pops, overflows, etc. I have a great canvas one but have often looked at the old-fashioned kind. I haven't thought about wearing one while cleaning though. What a great idea!

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  8. My wife loves aprons too. Sometimes I have to ask her if she plans to wear hers to bed.

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  9. I love aprons--you have to have nice big pockets!

    Last week, I wore one practically ALL day--cleaning and cooking and cleaning up the cooking....then there were screams in the nearby lot where the kids playing...took off to investigate (no one was mortally wounded unlike the screams suggested!)...ended up getting introduced to the town's new youth pastor, dirty apron and all...oh well ;)

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  10. I just got my first apron a few weeks ago, and I love it! You're right I feel retro. Fun. :)
    Her aprons are really cute! She has a lot of great stuff. :)

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  11. I have a few - I love 'em and even wrote a story for Romantic Homes about them.

    They are so much fun when you are doing dingy work

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  12. You know, I don't! I wish I were domestic enough to necessitate an apron, but...nope. But I get your "made my church lady" love! Things are always better when they're made my little old ladies for a church fundraiser!

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  13. I do! I only wear them when helping out at a cake sale or a craft sale... Ginormous pockets! I would definitely wear one in the cafeteria. It's great for keeping your change/float money on hand, as well as things like straws, flyers, business cards... Other people who have a cash box, covet my apron by the time the day is out.

    But for cleaning, old clothes. Maybe I should change my ways?

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  14. I adore aprons. My favorite are the old-fashioned kind that cover everything but my sleeves. (And frankly, if they made aprons to cover sleeves, I'd buy them. I'm that messy of a cook).

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  15. I have 3 aprons and I wear them. They are part of my work uniform, however.

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  16. I do own a couple aprons and I wear them quite often, despite the teasing of my inner college girl who said I'd never be domestic in any way! (Ha. Look at your life, college girl.)
    It's my favorite thing to browse in antique stores and I love the retro-ness too. Very fun to wear and so useful!

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  17. I remember the day when women wore aprons all the time. My mom and my grandma always had an apron on. The first aprons I made were for me and my daughter...matching holiday ones for a craft show I was doing. She is now 36 years old. :) I love aprons, but I love them so much that I hate to wear a cute one and get it dirty. :)

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  18. Husband bought me an apron when we went to Seattle - with a picture of Pikes Place Market on it. I wear it a lot! It keeps my school clothes clean when I'm cooking supper.

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  19. I too, love an apron. I only own one, but it is well used.

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  20. I hate aprons. I put them on only when necessary -- like half-way through frying something. Y'know, AFTER I've already ruined my clothes. We have a StainStick addiction.

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  21. Oh I loooove aprons!!! I have several, but never seem to remember to wear them?! I love your retro pattern in the post too :) Now I'm going to hang my apron out so I remember to put it on while I'm baking cookies tomorrow!

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  22. I love my cobalt blue Williams-Sonoma apron, but I can see wearing that adorable black & white number on Thanksgiving.

    I clean house in my pj's and then shower. I used to do it your way, but a friend converted me.

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  23. I love aprons and own several. My husband laughed at me when I told him I wanted aprons for my birthday. But man, now I need one with pockets!

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  24. And this crafters challenge is made for you:

    http://www.bhg.com/holidays/halloween/pumpkin-carving/carve-a-pumpkin/?sssdmh=dm17.474382&esrc=nwbhgsweeps&email=1137613406

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  25. last week our class held a similar talk on this subject and you point out something we haven't covered yet, thanks.

    - Laura

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  26. I had to wear an apron as part of my uniform when I started at a grocery store. Shortly after that the uniforms were changed and the aprons were ours to keep. I have been wearing that one lately when cooking.

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  27. I own multiple aprons. So do my girls. The covers everything kind of aprons, which we put on when any of us has anything on that might get compromised by food, so pretty often. My girls offer them to friends, family, even complete strangers when we are baking. In fact, my youngest has even tried aprons on the dog. Sadly, aprons do not keep dogs as clean as humans. Wouldn't it be great if they did?

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  28. You know I work at the Shower Gel store and we have to wear aprons at work. At the end of my shift, I can't wait to rip that thing off my body!

    I do my housework in my PJ's and then I shower.

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  29. I own several but almost always forget to put them on. Then when I'm done cooking or baking I see them in the pantry and think, "Forgot again..." I like the idea of wearing them for cleaning though!

    And I love your new banner photo!

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  30. We love aprons - I've always worn them, they're a must in the catering/sewing/art amalgamation that is my work life. I wear vintage ones over my boring solid colors only wardrobe if I need a little variety. It was also a very easy way to teach my girls to sew - it's hard to make them wrong (the wonkier the better, as long as the ties are long enough) not much fabric, instant gratification. They (we) make them for friends for birthdays, etc. I can't get my son on board, although he commented that the guys at Home Depot and "that yelling cooking guy" - Gordon Ramsay - wear them often, so I think he's considering it.

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  31. Mine is simple, black with white ties, and to the point by reading:

    What part of
    "It's not ready yet"
    don't you understand?

    Fits me No?

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  32. I love aprons too. It's a recent addiction, that's accompanied child raising. My favorite souvenir is an apron, any style. One of my favorites (and Hub's too) is the "Friday Night Apron." If worn alone, it has that Marilyn Monroe vibe in the Seven Year Itch.

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  33. Is it true that if I wear aprons, (which I do most of the time), That I am classed as a sissie ???Love to get some feedback on this, as this fetish may eventually get me into trouble. Thanks , Joanapron

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  34. Good for you!! Wear yours with pride! I do !
    Millie

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Spill it, reader.