Apron fetish - I think I have a problem
Wikipedia defines an apron as a garment that is worn over other clothing and covers mainly the front of the body. it has several different purposes and is today, perhaps, most known as a functional accessory that layers over one’s outfit to protect one’s clothes and skin from incidental stains and marks. However, the apron may also be worn as a purely decorative garment, for hygienic reasons and to protect from dangers such as excessive heat.
as a top layer that covers the front body, the apron is also worn as a uniform adornment, ceremonial garb or fashion statement. apron styles adapt to the tastes of the times to suite the values and jobs of the current culture. the practical, fashionable sentimental nature of the apron has made it a cherished accessory for centuries. because aprons provide comfort, protection and a sense of preparedness – the apron will always be a go-to garment for people who work, clean, entertain and create. because the apron is a top layer, the apron will continue to be worn as a fashion accessory both inside - and outside - the home.
Define fetish: the attribution of religious or mystical qualities to inanimate objects, known as fetishes according to Wikipedia.
my favourite piece of clothing is an apron. i like to have all my good clothes covered.
my fetish started when i was young.
in the 1960s when girls took home economics and boys took shop in Grade 7 and 8 one of the first items of clothing the girls produced was an apron! my first attempt was in england in 1964: the obligatory white cotton apron that was a bib style. to personalize this item of clothing we all had to embroider our names on the bib. i learnt slowly to make the straps and main part of the apron. it was one of the few pieces of clothes i packed when we immigrated to Canada. in Grade 7 i also had to make an apron. it was of the plaid cotton popular in the 60s. there was also embroidery involved, along the bottom, cross stitch. the apron straps were threaded through the waistband area. my sewing skills were limited but i did keep those aprons for a while.
my mother’s training was in a cooking college in Norway so she was big on aprons. before we prepared any meal and before sitting down for a meal we had to have a clean apron on. it is still a humourous topic of conversation between my daughter and husband. my daughter Jocelyn, when she comes to visit, will say, “mom are you ready for supper? you don’t have your apron on?” to which i reply, “Where is it? i need a clean one as the old one is in the wash!”
after supper, or the dishes, the used apron, if it is still relatively clean, is hung over my dining room chair. However i usually forget where i put it and look for another one!
my school aprons have long since disappeared. i have an everchanging collection of aprons. one of my favourite was purchased at all Saints Christmas sale in 2002. it was an important addition to my collection as it had the number 50 all over it! it was my special present to my self on my 50th birthday and lasted well for about a decade! it is now a rag!
one of my friends knew about my fetish and indulged me with a heavy canvas style apron for my 60th birthday (See photo). as you can see it has been well worn but is still serviceable. it is my most frequently used piece of clothing.
all my aprons have a story to tell. i have several Christmas aprons purchased at local fundraisers. the one in the best condition is heavy cotton with drawstrings that i won at an oSPCa event in 2012. it has big pocket. i also own a black, bibstyle apron purchased from the Pembroke Grannies of the Stephen lewis foundation. the african style transfer was lost long ago but the plain apron still fits. i still have a couple of aprons that just cover the middle inherited from my mother. as they are not used often - too small - they are in good shape although they are at least 20 years old!
in the last few years my husband and others have continued to indulge my addiction to aprons. i have an apron purchased in tuscany in 2010, one purchased in Costa rica in 2015 and one purchased in St. John, New brunswick in 2015 at the well known market. on my 65th birthday my daughter purchased a canvas apron for me and asked the attendees of my party to write on it.
i take my apron fetish seriously as i struggle to make sure my husband is also well attired. Several years ago he was given a President’s Choice barbecue apron which he used occasionally. He did not think he had the same need as me. this year, close to father’s day, i attended a bake sale and craft event at the Presbyterian church. one lady had a rack of homemade, personalized aprons for sale. i purchased a “butler” style apron for him! He has only worn it a few times although it does add some style to his barbecue outfit!
Now - i just dream of the ideal apron ... it covers everything, is easy to put on, washes itself and never shows any wear! oh the fantasy.
Next week: Wendy Michael
Here I am sporting a heavy canvas apron purchased for me for my 60th birthday.