~Since we worked as a pioneer family last week at our state historical park, I wanted to share some photos. I had to prepare period garments as best (and fast) as I could to work our stretch. The park told us that adult females wore floor length skirts or dresses and long sleeve conservative tops. I was worried that it would be too hot wearing long sleeves all day in the heat, but we really did get used to the weather. The shade and light summer breeze was heaven when dressed as a pioneer.
I found this fabric series that was entitled "civil war fabric" and used the Kwik Sew 3381 pattern. This is a great pattern for a long skirt. I made a size small and loved how the zippered waist turned out.
~This is another skirt that I made (because I needed multiple outfits) with the McCall's 6140 apron--which really needed a pocket or two. If time allowed, I would have made a matching top--because I really was really pleased with the fabrics after working with them. I usually prefer more modern colors, so this was a completely new direction for me.
~Here is a bonnet that I quickly put together. I would have made a much longer brim after day one working in the hot sun.
~The boys wore long sleeves with suspenders and hats. Our first experience involved working on a farm and preparing meals in early 1900's.
~Here the boys are making an apple pie which we later cooked in a 1905 stove/oven, which was very interesting. Who says we need all the fancy gadgets to make great things?
~Grinding up cornmeal and churning butter are perfect jobs for young boys who are brimming with boundless energy!
~The farm we worked on had chickens, pigs, cows, and sheep. This day we were to clean and prepare the wool for spinning.
~Cleaning the wool by hand in tubs was quite arduous, but the boys always enjoy getting their hands in water. After it was washed with soap and water, it was dried in the sun.
~After working on that batch of wool, we had another batch of wool that had been dyed and needed to be carded.
~Not only did we work this day, but we had fresh butter, pie and played games whenever we had a spare minute. The boys favorite game was the spoon and egg races. Since the park was open to the public, there are always people wandering through your workspace. I think the boys and I were tired from the heat, sun and duties. It was a good time all around, and gave the kiddos a visual to the life of a pioneer boy.