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      Product Description-The Apron Book: Making, Wearing, and
                 Sharing a Bit of Cloth and Comfort
    Aprons are back! After more than 30 years in the attic, aprons are making a splashy comeback in a happy convergence of
    nostalgia, pop culture, and contemporary fashion.Vintage aprons and modern designs are turning up in movies, magazine
spreads, upscale shops, and hip retail venues like Anthropologie, whose trendy line of aprons is selling as fast as they can stock
 them. The Apron Book is an infectiously enthusiastic guide to aprons, old and new, that are suddenly everywhere.Aprons take
   us back to our favorite place-hearth and home. Vintage aprons help us remember home and family the way they used to be,
   while bright and sassy contemporary aprons confirm that nesting is all the rage. Actress and trendsetter Julia Roberts has a
closetful of vintage aprons. Celebrity custom-made apron auctions have become an annual event for several popular charities in
 the past few years.The Apron Book provides full-color photos of new and vintage aprons from the author's collection, patterns
  for four basic apron styles and myriad variations, recipes, tips on collecting and preserving vintage aprons, and heart-tugging
   stories from the author's traveling apron exhibit. The book also explores the heyday of aprons and looks at the various roles
 aprons still play when worn in the kitchen, around the house, by the backyard grill, on the job, and for special occasions.Warm
    and inviting-but like an apron quite practical!-this book is a celebration of a great American icon and reminds us of what we
                                                loved about the people who wore them.

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Customer Reviews:
79 of 79 people found the following review helpful Great History and Memorabilia, but short on actual patterns, March 12, 2009
By J. Grufman (Minnesota)
   This review is from: The Apron Book: Making, Wearing, and Sharing a Bit of Cloth and Comfort (Hardcover) I was on the
verge of purchasing this book, but at the last minute headed off to the library to take a look at it. What I found was a book filled
with memories and anecdotes shared by various people involving aprons (mom's, grandma's or otherwise). There are beautiful
pictures of many vintage aprons with lots of history. Also included are 3 simple patterns and directions for a "Waist Apron", a
"Basic Bib Apron," and a "Smock Apron," with ideas for varying the pockets. Don't misunderstand, plenty of ideas can be
gleaned from the pictures of aprons on display, but the book is limited in pattern styles - and that's what I was after. I've got
plenty of cookbooks, so for me the recipes were wasted space. If you are looking for a book of reminisces and vintage images,
this book will serve you well. However, if you are after a large variety of patterns to begin with, the Apron Book falls short.
41 of 44 people found the following review helpful apron lover, October 15, 2006 By earnest reader (East Coast)
This review is from: The Apron Book: Making, Wearing, and Sharing a Bit of Cloth and Comfort (Hardcover) I loved the colorful
mix of worn aprons in my mother's kitchen drawer and I'd give anything to have one wrapped around my waist right now.
Unfortunately, those aprons are long gone, but as I hoped, THE APRON BOOK brings me right back to the wonderful memories
I associate with the aprons of my childhood.As the author suggests, this book IS like an apron, simple yet beautiful, nostalgic yet
useful. The gorgeous photos of vintage and contemporary aprons make you want to get our your machine and start sewing. The
instructions are clear and the book inspires you to be creative and original.This book is not just a stroll down apron memory
lane. It's a warm and charming invitation to bring aprons back to our everyday lives. I will give this book as a gift many times
over....with a homemade apron, of course.
22 of 23 people found the following review helpful

Of Grandmas and Aprons, October 22, 2006 By Judith Paley (Denver, CO)
   This review is from: The Apron Book: Making, Wearing, and Sharing a Bit of Cloth and Comfort (Hardcover) When my friend
EllynAnne asked me if I had an apron story, the memories came flooding back. Grandma in pearls and stockings with a brightly
colored hand-sewn apron over her dress, my mom with that same apron tied over her work clothes at the end of the day, and
finally me--you guessed it, in Grandma's apron--cooking away in junior high home economics class.How pleased I am now to
read The Apron Book, and I'm here to tell you it sounds just like EllynAnne in person. She's taken her "girl-raised-in-the-south"
voice to these wonderful apron memories, a rich mixture of gentility, tradition, and folksy humor, with her own finely tuned ability
to tell a story. I only wish I could serve my teenaged son and his friends bottled sodas swathed in tiny aprons. Check out the
picture, it's a hoot! Please oh please publish the pattern for those.And how especially honored I am to see my family heirloom
apron, unfortunately now too worn to wear, featured in this handsome...

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