I was visiting my 96 year old mom-in-law. We were going through a box of "stuff" she had in a closet. I pulled out some vintage aprons. I was admiring them, and my MIL told me to take them, but she wondered why I like them, since they had seen better days.
Two of them have stains and spots, and even a bit of paint. I washed and ironed them today. It's interesting the work that was put into utilitarian cover-ups , rather than sewing a couple of ties to a simple piece of cloth.
Here is a maize-colored gingham. It's pleated at the waist. There's a strip of trim at the hem and waistline, embellished with cross-stitches.
This is turquoise gingham. There is smocking on the waistband, on the apron below the waistband and on the pocket.
Last, this white apron is embellished with embroidery. The ruffle is series of small pleats. This one is in very good condition--no spots at all.
I was happy to get these old aprons. They were given to my MIL many years ago. I knew the lady who gave them to her, who died a long, long time ago.
They may have old age spots, not unlike me. But, they are mine. And I love them.