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Examiner
  • Remember grandma's apron?

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  • The idea of an apron can seem simple to some.
    To Jennifer Edington they are necessary and should be a part of every woman.
    The Sugar Creek woman started making aprons two years ago after a costume change was needed in a play production. She thought to put an apron on a woman in the play and it was a huge success.
    The apron was a big hit, Edington said. She has since made and sold 600 aprons.
    Edington now uses the phrase ‘one of mine.’
    She will go to a friend’s house and see an apron and say “that’s one of mine!”
    Q. What is the basic design of your aprons?
    A. They are 1940’s and 1950’s vintage. Think of June Cleaver and Lucille Ball. They are very full.
    They’re one of a kind. They may be similar in shape, but no two are alike. They are 100% cotton and machine washable.
    “I want them to be used, not just kept in a drawer,” Edington said.
    They need to have spaghetti stains and flour spots, she said.
    Q. Are your aprons custom designed or premade?
    A. They are premade. Jennifer makes the aprons before craft shows and has several to choose from.
    “People can say they want a blue one or a floral one,” she said. “You can choose one, try it on, and play dress up.”
    She makes aprons for little girls and for women of all ages.
    Q. What are good uses for your aprons?
    A. Aprons are designed to protect your clothes from spaghetti sauce and dinner. They are a towel you are wearing. They collect things you can’t hold in your hands.
    “I’ll go to the grocery store and forget I have one on!” she said. “It’s a statement of home makers.”
    Q. Why are your aprons popular?
    A. They are just popular right now. There is a personal and cultural nostalgia about them.
    “They remind people of simpler times, when their grandma was alive,” Edington said.
    Everyone can think of a woman in their life who wore an apron.
    Q. How much do your aprons cost?
    A. The adult aprons are $35 and the aprons for little girls are $28.
    Q. Who buys your aprons?
    A. Men buy a lot of them, surprisingly. There is an unspoken promise of apple pie and roast beef dinners.
    They make great gifts for older women, young mothers and teachers.
    I sell a lot to every age group, she said.
    Page 2 of 2 - The aprons are sold individually, not to retailers.
    Q. How can people buy your aprons?
    A. The aprons are sold out of Edington’s home.
    “I also attend craft shows and set up a booth,” she said.
    You can also purchase Edington’s apron pattern. Indygo Junction produces her pattern that can be found at Rustic Yearnings at 4621 S. Shrank Road in Independence.
    For more information on her aprons, she can be reached at 816-517-6604.

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