Wednesday, March 25, 2009

May Manton's 8820 - Work Apron



1915-1916.  This is the first pattern I've seen for a front buttoned work apron, making this closer to the smocks that we see in the 1920's than to the back-closing work aprons we've seen up until now.

You can glean some interesting details about May Manton (the nom de plume of  Jessie Swirles Bladworth) in Women's Periodicals in the United States.   May Manton patterns were a sort of spin-off of McCall patterns.   Presumably all the involved parties thought that there was room in the home sewing market for yet another pattern company.  To my eye, May Manton patterns don't have quite the polish of McCall patterns, so perhaps they were aimed at a different sector.  (Some day I do intend to do some price comparisons among the different pattern companies. Some day.)

During 1915-1916 The periodical School Arts ("An illustrated publication for those interested in art and industrial work") ran a monthly feature profiling a selection of patterns that would appealing to (and suitable to) high school aged girls.  This pattern was featured in the April 1916 issue, modeled with a dusting cap and feather duster.  Note that in this illustration the collar, cuffs, and belt are in a contrasting fabric, probably white.

Once again, we see from the layout that provision has been made for piecing:


Now, if we were to make up this work apron in a grey percale, don't you think it would make a splendid prison uniform?

1 comment:

Persuaded said...

"splendid prison uniform" lol!