Meet Laurie: American Living History Apron Girl

18 Jul

Laurie is a sweetheart who I’ve been lucky enough to know as history maven and vintage style guru. But today, she’s the living embodiment of aprons reincarnated.

Laurie McKay, left, with a fellow reenactor Samara Show in vintage aprons.

It was only natural that Laurie be one of the several fans who volunteered to have their aprons profiled for Thrifty Vintage Chic’s special Apron Week series.

From the Civil War to World War II, Laurie McKay has donned an apron and pledged her vintage spirit by helping educate the public at living history events about the significance of our country’s most defining decades.

But enough of my words, here it is from the lovely lady herself …

Where did you find your vintage aprons?
I didn’t, people give them to me.

How much did you have to pay for them?

Why do you have a vintage apron collection?
I portray a working female barmaid/waitress during living history events and reenactments (mostly World War II).
Do you wear the aprons? When/where/how often/why?
Yes, to keep clean and to look the part of a working female during the war. I wear them several times a year.
When you wear a vintage apron, how does it make you feel?
It makes me feel like I am working hard, plus I am grateful for the pockets since I tend to carry a lot of stuff in my pockets.
In your opinion, why have aprons fallen out of fashion? Do you think it’s time for a comeback?
With the invention of the dishwasher, microwave and other appliances, they have taken up much of the hard/dirty work women used to do. Aprons were used to 1) keep your clothing clean, and 2) keep your clothing safe from wear and tear.

Me (Robin Wallace) at the Battle of Gettysburg reenactment, in a Civil War era (reproduction) apron.

This was important when fabric was expensive and labor was cheap. Now the opposite is true. Fabric is cheap and labor is more expensive than it used to be, and sometimes cheap. So, we have a lot more clothes because they are a lot more affordable, and we don’t have to make them ourselves.

During the 1700s, working women may have two or three sets of clothes. Now, we women have maybe a hundred of pieces of clothing or more — not to mention shoes!

Which is your favorite apron? Why?
My favorite apron is a white cotton apron with red rick-rack. It has two pockets on the front, is durable, and the rick-rack lends it some character.

Any special features or details about your aprons that we should join you in gushing over?
Other than the rick-rack, no. It is pretty simple.

Why is your vintage apron collection special to you?
Because they were all gifts, and I get to loan them out so others may enjoy them.

How do you store the aprons, in between wears?
The aprons are usually in my closet hanging up.

In your opinion, why should every woman have a vintage apron?
No, some women would not appreciate vintage aprons like we do. They should give their aprons to me so I will appreciate them. 😉

Any suggestions on where others can find their own vintage apron?
Salvation Army, consignment shops, thrift stores, vintage shops.

Any special laundering or care advice?
I always wash in the washing machine with hot or cold water, depending on how dirty they are, with regular laundry soap, but I never run them through the dryer. I let them drip dry over the shower rod.

{Name} Laurie McKay
{9-to-5} Marketing Coordinator
{Age} 41

See Laurie talk about fashion trends of the 1940s during WWII!

If you want to find vintage aprons like Laurie’s right now online, then head on over to eBay!


2 Responses to “Meet Laurie: American Living History Apron Girl”

  1. Laurie July 20, 2011 at 7:40 AM #

    Hey great post lady! 😉 Love you to pieces!


    • Thrifty Vintage Chic July 22, 2011 at 11:06 AM #

      you are the one who made it so Great!! THANK YOU!!! lots of vintage love back to you, too!!!


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: