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Nowadays most kitchens, if there is an apron present at all, feature either a plain full apron or a half (or bistro) apron. But, there was a time when aprons were made in a huge variety of shapes and styles. Most of the time the lady of the house would have made these aprons and she would have been darn proud of them, too! Here are 12 styles of aprons that we never see anymore at all.

Women showing off their aprons, 1930s
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12) Cobbler’s Aprons

This style was very practical because the high neckline protected more of the clothing underneath. The ample pockets were also quite helpful. Many women wore this type of apron when gardening or hanging out the laundry.

vintage sewing pattern for women's cobbler style aprons
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11) Party Aprons

Sometimes also called hostess aprons, these were often made from chiffon or organza and featured decorations like bric-a-brac or delicate flower appliqués. They weren’t practical for preventing stains, but rather signaled who the hostess of the party was.

vintage 1960s party apron
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10) Mother-and-daughter Aprons

There was a time when women made matching outfits and accessories with their daughters.

Mother-and-daughter Apron pattern
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9) Crocheted Aprons

These were not as practical as some aprons, but were oh-so-beautiful.

vintage crochet patter for apron
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8) Pinafore Aprons

This style tied in the back at the waist, but was pinned to a woman’s dress at the bust, hence the name.

1920s "minute maid" pinafore apron
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Crossback Aprons

This style was slipped on through the cross strings and sometimes had no other ties. Because of this it was comfortable and never needed adjusting, provided it was made to fit the person wearing it.

woman making food in a crossback apron, 1940s
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6) Handkerchief Aprons

This style gets its name from the down-facing corners of the hem, much like a handkerchief turned at an angle.

vintage sewing pattern for a handkerchief hem apron
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5) Scalloped Aprons

This type of apron was both practical and fetching, but took a bit longer to make than a plain hem apron.

vintage sewing pattern for a scalloped aprons
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4) Embroidered Aprons

This style was truly a labor of love, but embroidery was once quite a common way to embellish homewares and clothing. In fact, it was considered a hobby to do in the evenings while listening to the radio.

embroidered apron
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3) Sweetheart Aprons

The sweetheart neckline was particularly popular in the 1940 and early 1950s. It was very flattering and very feminine.

1940s sewing pattern for sweetheart neckline apron
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2) Underbust Apron

These aren’t that common to find today, but the sewing pattern below is proof that they did exist!

1940s underbust apron sewing pattern
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1) Ruffled Aprons

The frilly aprons of the past are long gone. But, in years past ruffles might have been added to any of the above styles to lend a bit more flair and feminine style to an apron. After all, the woman making the apron would have to wear it pretty much every single day.

ruffle apron sewing pattern from the 1970s
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