Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Conquestor wrap-around pinny




The distinctive roller-printed cotton fabric looks prewar, but the manufacturers tag gives the game away as it's polyester.  Probably dates to circa 1960, and made by Conquestador

The unusual design is predominantly floral, but those large circles contain the paisley motif.  Four separate colours have been printed in the design.

Homemade ruffled bib apron




Beautiful homemade apron, stitched on a handcranked sewing machine.  Maker unknown.  I love the ruffles over each shoulder and only wish that I were still slender enough to wear this.  The style is late 1930s, but the cotton print fabric suggests that it's actually postwar.

Friday, 4 July 2014

Slip over pinny




Perhaps the simplest  design of all over pinny of all, these simply slip over the head with waist ties tying at the back.  This one was almost certainly made by Hercules and I'd guess that it dates to the 1950s.  The roller printed cotton has a gorgeous design in cerise, green and turquoise.

Manufacturer: probably Hercules
Fabric: roller printed cotton of floral design in cerise, turqiose and green trimmed with pink bias binding.
Year made: possibly 1950s

Green wrap around overall



Wrap around overall in green drill cotton.  Unable to buy these in the 1970s, I resorted to making some in the standard colours of white, blue and green.  This particular one has short sleeves, has been in regular use for the past thirty odd years and is somewhat sadly reaching the end of the road.

Friday, 7 March 2014

Sheep may safely graze...



Made for me by a friend perhaps twenty years ago.  I love the brown gingham and especially the embroidered sheep.

Homemade wrap-around pinny




Made for me by my Nan.  The paisley design still feels fresh, even if it's faded somewhat with time.  I've no idea who made the fabric, but it's a fairly standard roller printed type of pattern.

Monday, 3 March 2014

Banner wrap-around pinny






Unusual and attractive fabric design. Made by Banner, a name mainly associated then (and now) as a manufacturer of school uniforms, and the almost exclusive supplier of the blue and green wrap-around overalls that were worn for science and arts and crafts.  Banner date back over 150 years as a company, and were once a major supplier of military uniforms.

Manufacturer: Banner
Fabric: Roller printed cotton with blue, yellow and white flowers arranged over pink boxes and black spots on white background with turquoise binding.  Maker of fabric unknown.
Year made: Probably 1940s