Apron fetish - I think I have a prob­lem

The Daily Observer - - FORUM - HILDA YOUNG

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.

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