Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Designed for action

Cataloguing retroconversion of American items has revealed this beauty from 1947. Called "Dresses and aprons for work and in the home" it was published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and written by a clothing specialist and scientific aid. Aimed at "homemakers," it shows how to make practical clothing "designed for action" which are easy to put on without mussing the hair, are comfortable yet becoming.
The photo below shows the "basket apron," ideal for carrying eggs or beans.

Here is the "mop apron," which holds the skirt out of the way of mop water.

And here is a dress made for "girls and young homemakers." Styled for comfort, it also keeps the wearer cool.

Gentleman need not feel left out; there is a pocketed apron designed for the man of the house. Finally, for those ladies who "run little errands in and out of doors", there is even a "kitchen jacket" with "action pleats" so there will be no restriction to applying elbow grease!

(All photos from "Dresses and aprons for work and in the home" at shelfmark F1/AC.14)


Brook said...

I love this information. Is there any way to get a copy of all the apron information? The Mop Apron at the Sewing Aprons group has us Intrigued. I would love to see the patterns for them all too. Thank you for posting them. brook

Jan Usher said...

Dear Brook,

Please contact me at and we can discuss photocopying the items you require, best wishes.