This sweet little apron dates from the late 1800's to early 1900's and was fashioned out of blue and white striped cotton chambray fabric by an exceptionally accomplished seamstress. Chambray was often favored for work clothes, household overdresses, and aprons, due to its' strong resistance to fading and ability to hide dirt and stains (this gave rise to the expression "blue collar worker" referring to the blue chambray and denim shirts often worn by working class men).
The apron is constructed out of narrow 24" wide fabric, with one full width being used for the center section and two narrower pieces added on to both sides. The bottom is bell-shaped and a strip of blue bias-cut fabric is used to cover the gathering that draws the bottom up to form a ruffle and also decorates the top edge of the pocket. This unique method of adding a bottom ruffle makes the piece especially charming!
There is a small tear abut 1/2" long on the right side which could easily be mended if you so wish ~ see last photo. Otherwise, the apron is in very good, clean condition and has been hand-washed and ironed. We can just see this hanging in a country farmhouse kitchen with white ironstone and blue willow dishes, homespun towels, baskets, freshly gathered eggs, and maybe a pie just out of the oven!
Overall length including waistband and ruffle ~ 30" Width at widest point ~ 40".
~Freight (Standard Mail) included, however Insurance is optional and can be purchased @ checkout ~ within the continental U.S.