Hotdish Aprons are based on vintage patterns but have today’s style in mind.
I create each and every Hotdish Apron using the finest, fashion-forward fabrics--from high-quality cottons to specialty fabrics such as machine-washable Ultraleather--and carefully design, cut, and sew each apron in my Boise studio. Most aprons are one-of-a-kind creations; a few include vintage fabric or trim; some use custom-designed patterns.
"One size fits most."
Most aprons have adjustable neck and waist ties. If you have questions about fit or require a custom size, please ask.
These aprons are easy to care for: machine wash and dry, or air-dry to retain color brightness. Pressing and a bit of spray starch is optional, and gives your apron a fresh, crisp look.
Where To Buy
If you want to shop for a Hotdish apron, please consider visiting the Hotdish Aprons booth at the Capital City Public Market (CCPM) in downtown Boise. The market is held every Saturday, April 16 through October 29, 2016. The market is located on 8th Street and stretches from Main Street to State Street; hours of operation are 9:30 am - 1:30 pm.
In 2016, I am committed to these CCPM dates:
Once again, Hotdish Aprons will be at the Boise Art Museum's annual Art in the Park festival, September 9-11, 2016. Held in Julia Davis Park adjacent to the Museum, the event features over 200 national artists and craftsmen, plus food, music, and activities for family. The Hotdish Aprons booth is located in the Rose Garden area, in location #1.
NOTE: Due to travel plans this summer and fall, I have temporarily suspended shopping options on this website, but expect to re-establish an online shopping option in late fall of 2016.
The Story behind hotdish aprons
In the 1950s my grandmother and great-aunts wore functional aprons made from colorful cotton prints. This was an era when an apron was a required accompaniment for every chore performed in the home, from cleaning to cooking to entertaining.
Besides being great homemakers, all the women in my family excelled in several needle arts: crocheting, embroidery, knitting, sewing, tatting, and quilting. It was the sewing machine that captured my attention, and my first sewing project was a green gingham apron made using the Bishop Method of Clothing Construction. From that first effort (and through some typical "beginner" sewing disasters) I carried on, eventually earning a BA in Textiles and Clothing (with a special emphasis on textile history) from Michigan State University. I was the only student in the program who sewed with a treadle sewing machine!
During my first years in Idaho as a "back-to-the-lander" living in a one-room cabin in the mountains outside Salmon, I focused on spinning, dyeing, and weaving rugs and garments which I sold at arts and craft festivals and galleries throughout the Northwest. My interest now is centered on aprons: I love every step of the process from creating an appealing new design, to matching it to fabulous fabric, to carefully constructing it.
The name "Hotdish Aprons"has a double meaning: in the Midwest, it's the preferred name for casserole, and of course it also refers to the "dishy" dame doing the cooking!