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Topic: 18th Century-esque "Gathering Apron" with emboidered pocket  (Read 5257 times)
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« on: May 06, 2009 06:00:27 AM »

HI everyone.  My partner has already received this from the Outlander Swap, so I thought I'd post pictures. 
When I learned that my partner had a garden I knew I wanted to make her an apron to wear while working in it.  The pattern was mainly taken from the gathering apron that has appeared on Craftster lately, (http://www.frogcreekcottage.com/2008/04/the-gathering-apron/) but much of its construction also has to do with the history or fabric and fashion.

In the 18th  Century, an apron was a requisite piece of a womans attire.  Aprons ranged from plain utilitarian linen work aprons, to lovely sheer linen or cotton semi-dress aprons with beautiful embroidery.  The cloth available to most people in Europe and the colonies would have been wool or linen homespun.  Cotton was extremely costly, and while it was available from India, many European countries banned the importation of such goods in an effort to protect their own cloth industries.  Colors in clothing were often pale, and came from dyes that could be made from local plants.  Bright colors were not usually available until the invention of synthetic dyes at the end of the 19th century.  Colors for women's clothes included ivory, sand, light blue, blue-grey, silver, and pink. Darkish and middling reds, bright yellows, dark blues and greens have been seen in extant garments, but not very frequently.  In this apron, I chose to use both the blue hand dyed linen (which is pieced from multiple strips since women would have used ALL available pieces of cloth) and some printed cotton, to provide contrast, and because it is easy to clean in the washer after a busy day in the garden.  (As this was for the Outlander Swap, I decided to imagine that wealthy Aunt Jocasta sent the expensive cotton to her beloved Brianna.)  The embroidery on the center pocket is reminiscent of embroidery and textile design styles of the 18th century.     
I hope you enjoy it!
Front of the apron:

Detail of embroidery on the pocket:

Back, showing the cute mitered ends of the ties:

Apron, all gathered up for collecting treasures in the garden:

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« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2009 10:30:04 AM »

this is cute , and a clever idea to make it gather up like that . the embroidery is great to , I wish i could embroider

« Reply #2 on: May 07, 2009 04:52:42 AM »

This is beautiful, I love it, and thanks for the history lesson to  Smiley
« Reply #3 on: May 17, 2009 02:54:09 AM »

This is a beautiful and thoughtful gift.  I, too, enjoyed the history lesson.  Smiley

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