Vintage Organdy Half-Apron with Yellow Roses and Purple Flowers circa 1950s
Life is a party. Dress for it. Audrey Hepburn
Seventy years ago when you wanted to throw a festive party, this is what you wore. You slipped on your best dress, set out a tray of homemade hors de oeuvres, shook up some cocktails and put on the finishing touch to your party outfit - your apron. Not the workhorse apron that helped you cook all the lovely party food throughout the day. Not the one that helped you hustle around the kitchen, baking and sauteeing and chopping your way to party time. Not the one that witnessed the mushrooms pile up on the counter or the mint get get plucked for the juleps or the chesse get arranged on the platter. No, no. That apron, your loyal companion, your true friend of the kitchen is not the one you confidently introduced to your guests.
Instead, you doned this apron. Your hostess apron. The one who prefers a festive atmosphere front of house and promises to make you look like a delight of positivity and put-together perfection. The one that hangs, not from an everyday hook behind the pantry door but instead from a hanger tucked carefully into your clothes closet. This one, made of a beautuful gauzy swatch of sheer organdy with big yellow roses and a smattering of tiny purple petals. This apron that has never actually seen any messy prepwork, or cooking splatters, or errant stains bubbled over from pots and pans at the stove. No no. This is the apron reserved for the most elegant of at-home occassions. The one that floats around the party like a dream, highlighting your figure, your dress and the effortless way in which you move about the space pouring drinks, passing trays, laughing the night away like it was all just some easy evening that required no planning, no attention, no thoughful prep or care. This was a party after all. Only beauty and cheer were welcome here!
Organdy reached the height of popularity in the 1950s and 1960s, when it could be seen on all sorts of ladies' and little girl's attire. Favored for its delicate style, fluffy volume and sheer construction, organdy was a favorite fabric for life's most memorable moments. Because these types of vintage aprons saw such little use, they have traveled the decades marvelously. There is not a thread out of place, or a spot or a stain to seen on this delicate darling.
- Brown organdy trim at waist, hem, pocket and strings
- Colors include lemon, gold, plum, lime and celery.
- Half apron size
- Sheer organdy fabric
Gorgeous condition. There are no spots, stains, or pulled threads. There are two tiny holes one measuring 1/16th of an inch and the other the size of pin prick both near the pocket. (please see photos). Luckily these fall within the folds of fabric that originate at the waist so they are not evident when viewed straight on.
There are no sizing tags on this garment but it will fit a small frame. Laying flat, the apron measures as follows...
Across waist: 17" inches
Waist to hem: 21.5" inches
Length of each apron string: 24" inches