the original A is for Apron

Before A is for Apron was appropriated as a book title, it was the description on an early apron pattern. This is the oldest pattern I own, and I love sharing it:

For the clearest picture, I scanned the apron packet and surrounded it with a black border to contain the rips in the paper envelope, which I think exist because the paper is over 80 years old.  The printed muslin is still in pristine condition, as are the tidy bundles of embroidery thread. The thread colors are subdued – a light pink, soft lilac and yellow with a tint of green, which are consistent with the dyes of the time. 

Oh, whether to leave it as history or cut, sew and embroider it as art. I just don’t know.
Tie One On…an apron, of course!


  1. Why not have both! Couldn’t you tke the pattern somewhere and have it photocopied, use the copy as a pattern and keep the original as history??? I mean, SOMETIMES we can have our cake AND eat it too! I love the apron, by the way!

  2. I so love the idea that you have the full kit intact, aged and all.
    I would make a copy of the pattern, replicate the fabric & floss to create the apron and then I would have the orgigional pattern/fabric & floss framed in a acid-free momory frame/case to be displayed.
    How fortunate you are to have a little bit of Apron History in your hands.

  3. I framed about 7 or so aprons that travel with Apron Chronicles, because they are either rare or fine examples of a particular apron detail or design. I hadn’t thought of framing “A is for Apron,” but I will now! Thank you for thinking on this for me. All this cake talk got me to thinking, too! mmmmmm.

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