Saturday, April 21, 2012

A Post Full of Vintage EVERYWHERE You Look!!!!

Okay, this needs an explanation. I belong to one of the oldest and largest Women's Organizations in the World.
Well, we're getting ready to have a Local Centennial Celebration of this Women's Organization here in our Community.
This morning we met down at the church to cut out 40+ aprons (prototype above) for the women who have lived here for decades and contributed so much to this Organization.  We're expecting hundreds to attend.
 Above, is the logo patch that will go on the pocket of their aprons. 

While we were sewing (above), they were practicing the play and dances (below) that will help commemorate the different decades of recreation and service.  

So... I'm in charge of the display that evening which includes:  Sewing, Fashion, and Laundry. 
I've been collecting some beautiful vintage aprons for the event. 
Below, this belonged to someone's grandmother.
There's quite the story to go with the "rose bud" apron, below.
When my sweet mother passed away, I was honored to receive this beautiful piece of fabric.  But I was a bit puzzled regarding what I should do with it.
Then, one day while surfing the Internet, I found this photo below and knew exactly why it was printed that way.  If this photo belongs to you, please let me know, so I can give you credit.  : )
Mine, below.
Also, my grandmother's hankie, below. 
I  just cut off one corner for the pocket. 

That's me wearing it (in the mirror). 

Next...remember Sara and Will's Wedding Banner?  Well, I will be using it in my display to put photos of old dress patterns on one side, and vintage apron patterns on the other side. 

This old Lucille Ball pattern was actually in my Mom's old stuff.  LOVE IT!

Found this iron at Goodwill.  I had my heart set on one with a "fabric" cord that was black and white striped.  Thank you, Goodwill!

Someone had to tell me what this was (below).  Apparently, moms used to sprinkle their clothes that had just come out of the washer...roll them up...put them in a plastic bag...and in the fridge, till they could get to the ironing.  I guess it kept them from mildew-ing??? 
There's the "infamous" grapes so many women had in their Livingrooms in the the 60s and 70s.  I LOVE them!
Someone is loaning me this darling little evening bag.  The small opening suggests to me that they could only carry lipstick and maybe a small bottle of perfume in it. 

I found this quote explaining Relief Society and its purpose.  I sure love the women I serve with: 

"As sisters in Relief Society today, we have a rich and faithful heritage. More than 165 years have passed since the Prophet Joseph Smith met with a small group in Nauvoo, Illinois, to organize the women of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We now number over five and a half million Relief Society sisters in 170 countries across the earth. Like those who preceded us, we stand today united in faith, and committed to building the kingdom of God.
 Those founding sisters came from different circumstances—three of them were in their late teens, some were raising families, and others were single. Then and now, as women of all ages, marital statuses, and cultures, we consecrate ourselves to the cause of Christ through our service."

Relief Society was founded in 1842 as part of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints. (Which you have probably read all about on the NieNie Dialogues.  : )
Have a good weekend!


Nicole said...

Looks great! I wish someone would track the origin of those grapes. (And how far their reached extended...) My Grandma's even made them here in Calfornia - though one of my grandma's walked in thought they were ugly and grabbed a girlfriend and went to the movies instead!

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Good Evening M.L. Sweetie...
Oh what a gorgeous share this evening. I so enjoyed scrolling through and seeing the patterns, and the gorgeous aprons. Oh what fun you ladies are having.

I loved seeing the ones practice the dances. That looks like fun as well. Happy feet for sure.

I was so tickled to see what you created with not only your dear Momma's fabric but her hankie as well. She was just smiling down on you sweetie. She knew you would figure it out. I Love it.

Thank you for sharing. I think this is wonderful. I can't wait to see the actual photos of the event. It will be spectacular with all the work that you ladies have put into it.

Many hugs and much love, Sherry

Aledia said...

Sounds like a wonderful event, I love all your pretty aprons!! The banner is a brilliant idea!

Have a wonderful night!
Aledia @ Plum Perfect

Mimi Sue said...

How fun!! Love all your vintage finds. And what a fun night it will be to celebrate our Relief Society! When I was in Nauvoo last fall it was fun seeing where it all began. I remember that sprinkler bottle very well. It was my job to sprinkle the clothes that needed to be ironed when they came off the line. Then I rolled them up and put them in the ironing basket and then later that day my mom would iron them. She had that top attached to an old 7up bottle though! Love all those beautiful aprons. Mimi

Brenda said...

Sounds super fun! I wish I could attend. I love the aprons! The vintage patterns are fun to look at!
Thanks for sharing! Great job on your Mom's apron!

Rhissanna said...

I remember the sprinklers, too. For very dry laundry. You sprinkled it and rolled it, but putting it in the fridge is new to me. I still do it now, for stuff that the sun or tumble drier has baked into wrinkles or to fabric I need to iron before cutting and sewing.

Lisa of "The Creative Need" said...

Hey! Love the aprons! Here is a little info on the shaker bottle you have. Before the days of permanent press, steam irons and spray starch in a can, ladies would sprinkle clothes with water then press with a hot iron- thus making stream to help iron out wrinkles in all that glorious cotton!

Scrappi Sandi said...

I LOVE this post & how wonderful to be a part of such an amazing organisation!! I guess the UK equivilant would be the W.I. (Womens Institute) I have a few vintage dress patterns, inherited from my Mum, I love some of the styles but as she was petite & I'm extra large, I can't actully use them!! Does the neck of that little evening bag not expand out? I'm sure it should...maybe it just needs a little pull!! But I guess you wouldn't need it much bigger thanfor a lipstick & hanky, it's so elegant! Enjoy the event, I'd love to be there to see that show! :D

Cindy said...

Great job! Thanks for sharing all the fun things you have been working on. You are so amazing and talented!

Cindy said...

Great job! Thanks for sharing all the fun things you have been working on. You are so amazing and talented!

Shelia said...

Wow! What a wonderful event I know y'all are going to have! I love the idea of the aprons to give back to those who've helped so much. You've done a great job gathering vintage things. I had forgotten all about the clothes 'sprinklers' till I saw your snap. My mother used one of those when I was a little girl. Every now and then she would let me 'sprinkle' the clothes! I would be in hog heaven! :)
Thanks so much for popping in to see me.
be a sweetie,
shelia ;)

Scrap for Joy said...

I devoured evry part of this post today ML! The history of the Relief Society was interesting and I think the apron tribute is perfect. Seeing all of the vintage patterns broguht back lots of memories. I think we had that one skirt pattern. My mother had several of these aprons with the borders...why, oh why, weren't they saved!?! I love the way you used the hankie for the pocket. I hope your event is've put so much thought and caring into your display.
Thanks for sharing all of these photos.
I, too, used to "sprinkle" for my mother. Our sprinkler head was used on a soda bottle...why, oh why didn't we save any of that stuff!?!
Your "vintage" friend~xoxo

Scrap for Joy said...

Why oh why, didn't I proofread my comment?

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

Fun post! I remember sprinkling clothes that just came off the outdoor clotheslines. We didn't have a steam iron, so the slightly damp sprinkled clothes were easier to iron. My mother had the grapes, too. Wonderful vintage (and newly created) aprons!

Perfectly Printed said...

What a wonderful post!!! Love the aprons


Lorraine said...

Looks like it will be a fabulous event. I can tell you worked hard. Love the apron you made out of your grandmothers fabric!

Jennifer @ Town and Country Living said...

Wow! What a great collection of vintage items. Love all the aprons and yours with your Mom's fabric and hankie is just precious.

Susan said...

Your photos brought back many memories. About the sprinklers . . . I sprinkled my Dad's dress shirts when they came off the clothesline. Of course they were "stiff as a board" as my Mom would say because they had been put into a bath of liquid starch before being hung out. The dampening was necessary to be able to iron them. These were rolled and stored in the refrig so they wouldn't dry out and so they would be evenly damp. Of course if they stayed too long in the fridge, mold would grow and then it was a bleaching and start over.

Nezzy said...

Oh darlin', the apron is just precious!!!

So many wonderful things goin' on here. Those old patterns sure brought back memories, Mom had stacks of 'em.

Mom use to keep her water sprinkler bottle on her ironin' board.

Wonderful post my friend.

Have a perfectly blessed day sweetie!!! :o)

Sara Shoemaker said...

I sure hope me and will can stop by that night to see all the hard work you've done come into action! I love everything here. so cute as usual!

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