I’m slowly turning into a 1940’s housewife…

… or my Granny?

Here is the evidence…

1. My new apron.

apronTif very kindly sent me the pattern for this which is based on an apron from 1941.

I made a few changes though.

The pattern called for all the seams to be covered in bias binding, but I couldn’t find any I liked and I certainly wasn’t going to make any (have you tried it? What a thankless task!) so that meant I had to line the apron.




I was so pleased to find this linen fabric covered in old fashioned roses.

I really wanted my apron to look old, and to remind me of the ones my Granny used to wear.

Shame the price of it wasn’t from the 1940’s, but never mind…

So, thankyou Tif for my lovely apron- I shall be making many more I am sure.




2. My favourite shoes







3. My new dress pattern


I am considering making the long sleeved dress to wear at Christmas.

The pattern is a reproduction by Vogue of an original 1943 design.

Isn’t it elegant? I think it will be a very feminine and flattering dress to wear.

If I get it made in time that is!

My family will also faint when they see me in it, because I almost always wear trousers.


So, there you have it.

If you take my recent purchases and creations and combine them with my hobbies (patchwork, knitting, baking) my general thriftiness and my ‘make do and mend’ approach to life you basically have a 1940’s housewife.

And I guess there’s no shame in that either. 

Edited to add; the 1941 apron pattern is from The Calico Cat’.




23 Responses to “I’m slowly turning into a 1940’s housewife…”

  1. lucykatecrafts Says:
    November 19th, 2007 at 10:14 pm

    oh no, not a granny, definitely not. a very sophisticated 1940’s housewife, with no powdered egg in sight : )

  2. tanja Says:
    November 19th, 2007 at 10:15 pm

    Oh oh, what a lovely apron! Just the perfect pattern, not to mention pretty fabric and your fine handicraft. Can I ask where is that pattern from, except from Tif? Lovely post! I like the forties style too 🙂

  3. hazeljoy Says:
    November 19th, 2007 at 11:29 pm

    sssh! careless talk costs lives you know xx

  4. Megan Says:
    November 20th, 2007 at 12:33 am

    That fabric is awesomeness personified.

  5. Tif Says:
    November 20th, 2007 at 1:55 am

    well you certainly did the pattern proud and the fabric looks beautiful…just perfect for the style of apron. (and having tried and failed with bia binding, i am totally with you on that one)

    it won’t be long before you will be wearing your apron in public, i am quite sure…i often walk to the mail box with pride in mine!

  6. Tif Says:
    November 20th, 2007 at 1:57 am

    oooh and i forgot to mention that i look forward to seeing the dress, with your talents it will be sure to look amazing…

  7. jude Says:
    November 20th, 2007 at 4:06 pm

    love it, and no shame at all. a good thing.

  8. asti Says:
    November 21st, 2007 at 10:04 am

    Just found you through Tifs blog – love the apron, the fabric is gorgeous. Definitely not granny!

  9. Wendy Says:
    November 26th, 2007 at 4:35 am

    I love it! And it’s so much easier to line something that to cover all the edges in bias binding.

  10. My Christmas Dress Says:
    December 10th, 2007 at 6:04 pm

    […] My Christmas Dress So, I’ve been fabric shopping and eventually found this lovely deep red silky fabric for my 1940s dress. […]

  11. Merry Christmas! Says:
    December 23rd, 2007 at 9:33 pm

    […] In other news… I have made an excellent start on the infamous dress. […]

  12. Jean Says:
    March 21st, 2008 at 7:55 pm

    Is there anyway I can purchase the pattern?

  13. Jennifer Says:
    June 28th, 2008 at 7:41 pm

    Wow!! Well done for your designs, good luck for making new ones, you are obvoiusly very talented!!

  14. Cathy Says:
    August 18th, 2008 at 2:37 pm

    I love the pattern. I have been hunting for the exact same pattern for ages but could only find a 1950’s style apron. Is there any chance you could let me know where I could get the pattern from?

    Many thanks,

  15. Astrid (Canada) Says:
    July 15th, 2009 at 6:41 am

    Hi, I’m just sitting here admiring your apron.
    Love it.

    Like the ladies posted before me, can you tell me if this pattern is still for sale somewhere and if it is..can you tell me where?

    Thanks in advance….from somebody who lives in an old farmhouse and would love to collect my eggs in the morning in an apron this style.


  16. Georgie Says:
    August 7th, 2009 at 3:19 am

    As others have also commented, this is a gorgeous apron! I would love this pattern and wondered if you could tell me how to get hold of it?

    Thanks for your help.

  17. Alison Says:
    September 15th, 2009 at 6:41 pm

    I love this post! I found your blog through a google search that I typed ‘turning into a 1940’s housewife’. I think I am, too! 🙂

    Love your apron by the way!

  18. Deb A. Says:
    December 16th, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    I’d like to order one of these old fashioned aprons. Do you sell them?


  19. alison Says:
    June 14th, 2010 at 4:56 am

    Hi! I love old dresses- my aim in life is to have a 50’s dress with a full skirt, head scarf and red convertible! I need a pattern though (for the dress, not the car!!!) and I will zip around!!!
    I alos need to know how to make it puff nicely…

  20. Anne Says:
    July 29th, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    Loved the apron. It is just what I am looking for as i need to make 6 for our show ‘When the Lights Come on Again’ which is to be produced at Lowther pavilion, Lytham 22nd-28th august. Can you tell me where you got the pattern.

  21. Lady Victoria Says:
    August 21st, 2010 at 5:38 am

    Greetings from Seattle, Washington in the United States of America!

    Yes, I too love your pattern for the apron and would very much like a copy for which I am willing to pay to have a draft of even newsprint mailed to me.

    My historical costuming group is doing a Stage Door Canteen to which everyone is to dress in 1930’s/1940’s style. Is the dress pattern still readily available?

    Looking forward to a quick reply from you.
    LadyVictoria “at” SITUSeattle.com

  22. Julie@Baby Christmas Dresses Says:
    October 26th, 2010 at 12:36 am

    Oh my goodness! Not only do I love the apron – but the material is to DIE for! The pattern reminds me of what my Grandmother used to wear to do housework. Some of my best memories of her are coming home from school to find her sweeping off our front porch wearing something similar to this. Well done!

  23. Jennifer Says:
    August 14th, 2011 at 2:04 am

    I have now made this exact apron 3 times. It is my favorite. I have used french seams to eliminate some of the bias, but I have never tried the lining idea. I will give it a try next. Thanks for a great idea.

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