Village Commons by Bettina Havig
Bettina Havig used Alice's Scrapbag prints plus a pale white print for a model for a class she teaches.
She's donating the top to the National Quilt Museum in Paducah where quilters will finish it to demonstrate hand quilting.
"Mama's Apron" is the largest print in Alice's Scrapbag, my latest reproduction fabric collection from Moda
Photographer: Hugh W Diamond, early 1850s
English woman posed in a patterned apron
similar to the print called "Mama's Apron."
We liked this design so much we printed the floral in six colorways.
The collection has seven reproduction colorways
Formal portrait about 1865
Library of Congress
You don't often see mid-19th century-women posed in patterned aprons.
More often you see a show apron like the pleated example on the left
or a starched white apron.
Black silk aprons were part of presentable dress.
Cotton calico aprons were apparently not, although they
were common everyday dress.
Despite the hard wear they saw many cotton print aprons survive.
The American Textile History Museum owns
a calico apron made from an 1876 Centennial print.
This vintage photo from about 1910 pictures a woman who looks like she could be from my family. She's glowering because somebody is taking her picture in her everyday dress. I can still hear my mother saying, "Wait a Minute," as my dad snaps a kitchen scene in the 1950s. She takes off her apron and her glasses. Then she's ready to pose.
I think the only reason the woman above has been captured in her patterned apron is because she is living in a mental institution. Dr. Hugh Diamond photographed patients at the Surrey County Lunatic Asylum in England in the early 1850s.
A patchwork apron?
Apron or pinafore?