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

Hercules wrap-around pinny

Hercules is probably the best-known brand name for vintage pinnies.  In fact Hercules is the name used for the preshrunk roller-printed cotton fabric, which was manufactured by Joshua Hoyle & Sons of Manchester.

The pattern here is a classic design for the printing method used, combining floral, geometric and paisley motifs in blue and green.  As with most older pinnies, this has been made to a good length and would have reached well past the knee.

Made by: unknown, possibly Hercules
Fabric: Hercules cloth, preshrunk roller-printed cotton of floral, geometric and paisley design in blue and green, with blue bias binding.
Year made: Probably 1950s