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The Apron Book: Making, Wearing, and Sharing a Bit of Cloth and Comfort
     

The Apron Book: Making, Wearing, and Sharing a Bit of Cloth and Comfort

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by EllynAnne Geisel
 

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Aprons are back! After more than 30 years in the attic, aprons are making a splashy comeback in a happy convergence of nostalgia, pop culture, and contemporary fashion.

Vintage aprons and modern designs are turning up in movies, magazine spreads, upscale shops, and hip retail venues like Anthropologie, whose trendy line of aprons is selling as fast as they can stock

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Aprons are back! After more than 30 years in the attic, aprons are making a splashy comeback in a happy convergence of nostalgia, pop culture, and contemporary fashion.

Vintage aprons and modern designs are turning up in movies, magazine spreads, upscale shops, and hip retail venues like Anthropologie, whose trendy line of aprons is selling as fast as they can stock them. The Apron Book is an infectiously enthusiastic guide to aprons, old and new, that are suddenly everywhere.

Aprons take us back to our favorite place-hearth and home. Vintage aprons help us remember home and family the way they used to be, while bright and sassy contemporary aprons confirm that nesting is all the rage. Actress and trendsetter Julia Roberts has a closetful of vintage aprons. Celebrity custom-made apron auctions have become an annual event for several popular charities in the past few years.

The Apron Book provides full-color photos of new and vintage aprons from the author's collection, patterns for four basic apron styles and myriad variations, recipes, tips on collecting and preserving vintage aprons, and heart-tugging stories from the author's traveling apron exhibit. The book also explores the heyday of aprons and looks at the various roles aprons still play when worn in the kitchen, around the house, by the backyard grill, on the job, and for special occasions.

Warm and inviting-but like an apron quite practical!-this book is a celebration of a great American icon and reminds us of what we loved about the people who wore them.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780740761812
Publisher:
Andrews McMeel Publishing
Publication date:
09/01/2006
Pages:
152
Sales rank:
345,938
Product dimensions:
7.30(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.70(d)

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Meet the Author

EllynAnne Geisel, who lives in Pueblo, Colorado, is the author of The Apron Book and the creator of Apron Chronicles, the traveling exhibit. Her apron designs have appeared in Vogue and have been worn by Bree in Desperate Housewives. She's been a guest on both NPR's All Things Considered and CBS News' Sunday Morning. She continues to make nationwide appearances to promote her books and exhibit.

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The Apron Book: Making, Wearing, and Sharing a Bit of Cloth and Comfort 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
LizzyB More than 1 year ago
I purchased this book about aprons because I miss not wearing one when I cook. I grew up using aprons to save my clothing from food stains. I wanted to look at some of the old patterns to see if I could make aprons for my daughters and daughters-in-law. This particular book has been very helpful in that area.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My sister has MS and sewing is what she uses as part of her therapy, in the beginning she made alot of aprons and other small projects. She has now advanced to beautiful quilts and other larger items (she was always an excellent seamstress but the MS slowed things down but she is recovering most of her abilities). I thought she would enjoy the book for the history of aprons and some of the pictures of the older aprons. She enjoyed the book and then shared it with her granddaugher, who really liked it and was very excited. Abbigail picked out a simple pattern and thought maybe she could advance from there, she is hoping one will be good enough to enter in one of the local fairs in the future. My sister has recommended this book to others and has shared hers with friends.
cakes-karate-quilts More than 1 year ago
this is an excellent book has great pictures, history and patterns to boot. I let a friend borrow the book and she thinks it is great also- it is not just for the sewer but also has some interesting history about memory lane- "grandma and her apron"
Leatherstockingal More than 1 year ago
Beautiful illustrations and well written and interesting text make this book a must have for any stylish seamstress! If you already sew you have an edge, but do not despair! Anyone with a little sewing experience can easily create something wonderful, to keep or to give as a special gift. Fresh ideas and insight make this book a must read for you. Well done Ms. Geisel. A++++++++ Five Stars for you, it's the top of the top!
Mason81 More than 1 year ago
I have recently discovered a love for vintage aprons.... For those of us that are searching for a simpler way of life, you may just find it here in the stories of the past, which also includes patterns for making several traditional style aprons. The basic waist apron pattern beginning on page 17 is very easy to make - I'm a beginner in the world of sewing and had no issues making this apron - it was absolutely perfect!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I too bought this book for a friend and found it to be a great little gift. In response to the review before mine:If you are offened by the human body and are ashamed of the body you were given you are going to be offened by pretty much anything, what do you tell children when they see themselves in the shower? Gee, seriously... Its a fine book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this book for a friend who makes and wears aprons. Since there was an apron pattern included in the back, I thought this to be a perfect choice. I looked through it before wrapping, and discovered on page 117 a picture of a naked woman with a see-through apron standing hunched near some shrubs holding a pie. I thought this kind of photo not appropriate in an apron book. My friend's young children might have looked through it and saw it. I had expected a history of aprons and the people who wore them. The only story that I enjoyed was that of Julia Child. This photo on that page ruined the whole book for me. Who would expect to see that in a book about aprons? Certainly not me. I thought it out of place, and I took the book back, and got her a different book.
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