Starting another series of A- Z posts.
An Amish woman's outfit consists of three pieces. The dress, cape, and apron. The cape is often not worn during the week unless they want to dress up to go somewhere, but is always worn to go to church. The apron on the other hand is worn every single day.
Sundays and dressier aprons had a single belt that was wrapped around the waist and fastened with two straight pins, everyday aprons had two strings that could easily be tied on the back and made it ever so much easier to change when needed.
These everyday aprons came in a nice assortment of colors. We could use almost any color we liked and much lighter than acceptable shades of colors for dresses. We would often choose colors that were several shades lighter than the dress we were wearing, and then there was always a supply of white aprons kept on hand that would go with anything and would be used when our somewhat matching aprons were dirty, or if guests stopped in and wanted to help in the kitchen we always gave them a white apron to wear over the apron they were already wearing. It would never do to have them get dirty in our house.
Darker colored aprons were often used when doing especially dirty work like butchering or taking care of animals and other barn chores.
Aprons came in handy when gathering vegetables from the garden and there were more than we could carry with our hands. They served as a quick potholder when the need arose, and worked wonders to shoo away the neighbor's dog when it came to visit.
These aprons weren't pretty, they didn't have pockets, but neatly hid the pockets on the dresses. You never felt dressed and ready for your day until you were wearing your apron.
I hardly ever wear an apron any longer, but have them on my list of things to sew this winter, I'm looking forward to wearing them in the kitchen once again.