Here’s the back cover of the 1956 pamphlet which tells us that the items included are “for the discriminating homemaker who likes to be different…dainty handmade place mats with matching aprons, that we have christened ‘Hostess Sets’.” The cover shows a white set trimmed with tatting. The placemats have inset square tatted motifs, and the apron has the motifs on the pockets, a hemstitched hem, and a tatted edging along the bottom edge. The apron is cut to the following measurements: Cut a piece of material 16 1/2 x 39 inches. Finish lower edge with a hemstitched hem and make a 1/4 inch hem along the short sides. Gather the top edge in to measure 15 inches (people had smaller waists in those days). With remaining material make a waistband and ties and sew into place (you were on your own for measurements for these pieces). Cut two pieces of fabric 4 inches square for pockets, hem edges, sew a motif to each pocket piece, and sew into place. Sew edging into place.
This yellow set is very pretty. The instructions for cutting the curved bottom edge are short and to the point: “Cut a piece of linen 15 x 32 inches and curve lower edges.” I guess they expected you to know how to do it. The set is trimmed with crocheted daisies, 25 for each placemat, and 34 for the apron, including the pocket.
There are still more aprons to show tomorrow!