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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

That Was Then, This is Now III

Enter the current Giveaway from Dorothy's Aprons Here.

It looks like they were pretty much messin' with women's body image back in the 50's as well as today. Apparently the impossibly small waste, larger upper body and disproportionately long leg was not a new invention through the use of the model "Twiggy." As I was born in the 70's I have only my personal experience with fashion trends to look back on. However, after looking at these patterns of womens aprons from the 50's I see that skinny body image indoctrination has been going on for a long, long, long time.

Left: Ruffle-trimmed bib aprons in two styles; half apron too. Advance 5884 size medium. From 1951.



Right:
Contrast fabric used to highlight shaping of hems and pockets. Advance 5883 in size medium. From 1957.

While these images of women on the patterns are pretty, they are not realistic in any world I know. These impossibly small waists are what get me the most. I realize exaggeration occurs in fashion but really...

So I wanted to take a moment and celebrate some beautiful ladies showing off their aprons minus the artifice of fashion.

Here is Simply Vintagegirl wearing a home crafted creation.



Then I found these awesome aprons from Stitch Thru Time where they make old fashioned retro aprons all made in the USA. They feature normal figured models in their beautifully styled adult and child sized aprons.


This picture was featured on The Quilterhood and shows a great mom and daughter set of aprons! Kid need to have positive images to model from and I think this one is great!


As always, if you would like to be featured on this site in your apron just send me an email with your picture and story. Plus get extra credit for any future drawing!

9 Goddesses Have Spoken:

So Not Mom-a-licious said...

Welcome to the Secret is in the Sauce! It's great to have you as part of the group!

Grand Pooba said...

I wish I had a daughter (or a son) so we could wear matching aprons!

Grand Pooba said...

I'd try to put one on Dozer but I think his ego has been hurt enough with the pink collar.

AP said...

welcome to SITs, love your photos and how you choose to feature realistic beautiful women

Karen said...

Feel free to use my picture. I have only made one apron. I am too busy making quilts and purses.

Jamie said...

So true about the skinny waist...I mean honestly, who is THAT skinny and if so, I'm sure it can't be healthy, hehe. Visiting from SITS...and you have a very cute blog! My daughter and I have the cutest set of matching aprons I custom ordered from a shop on Etsy! I think I'll have to 'follow' you to keep up with the cuteness. Chat soon!
Jamie :-)

blueviolet said...

You find the cutest aprons, always!

Ann On and On... said...

I'm shaking my head in agreement. It is just like the "Barbie" doll, the norm is not proportioned like that. Real is beautiful....

Welcome to SITS!

Terri said...

What, you mean real women don't have 6-inch waists? Are you sure about that? The media - misleading us?? Say it isn't so!! :)

Love the photos - the women are gorgeous and so are the aprons!