PRINCIPLES IN ASSEMBLING YOUR COSTUME
You will need 2 outfits or changes for Trek so consider the following. When assembling your costumes for the Pioneer Trek, it is not necessary to sew your own, nor to spend a lot of money. Your clothes will get grubby so simple and inexpensive is best. Options are below.
You will get hot, sweaty and dirty on this Trek, so light-colored, breathable, cotton or linen fabrics will work best. Man-made fibers (polyester, rayon and fleece) are a fire hazard. Historical exactness in the cut of your outfit is not necessary to the exact year, per se, but a close approximation is our aim. Here are a few guidelines that you may want to follow. Below are some images and a slideshow from the last Pioneer Trek in 2005 to give you ideas as well as some tips in assembling your costume.
TIP #1- HUNT A THRIFT STORE FOR PIONEER-LOOKING CLOTHING
Girls, rather than complete authenticity, go for the silhouette of a dress. It does not have to be a one-piece dress. Visit a thrift store and find ankle-length or mid-calf skirts or jumper dresses (you will be wading through tall
grass & want to minimize tripping over fabric) in cotton or denim, solid or small print (no modern prints please). Maybe visit a thrift store as a class or quorum acitivty!
For girls' tops, full-sleeve cotton blouses work well and will breathe well. Button front, high collar, or plain crew neck collar blouses, or peter pan collar school uniform-type blouses have typical period looks and often can be found at thrift stores.
An essential item for modesty when lifting the skirt, ladies have a choice of bloomers or lightweight, white or cream capris pants to wear under the skirt. Bloomers (image here, are also known as drawers or knickers) can be adapted from white cotton leggings (avoid lycra which can get hot), white kulots (culottes) or gaucho pants, or white hospital scrub pants cut to capris length (found at Walmart here) to which a lace trim to the cuffs can be added or be left plain. (Scroll down for ideas on modifying items.)
For boys, khakis, corduroys or plain cargo pants will work well, or old suit pants (avoid polyester) from the thrift store with a vest. A button down long-sleeve shirt with a band collar shirt (image here) or a Sunday shirt with the collar cut off to create a band collar will also work. Suspenders or rope works for a belt.
BE CREATIVE WITHOUT SPENDING A LOT OF MONEY!
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TIP #2- BORROW A COSTUME
Borrow from anyone who might have done a Trek previously. Very likely someone in your ward might have a costume stash somewhere.
Or raid your mom's closet for that old 1980's or 1990's button-down flower print dress with the lacy collar (you can take out the shoulder pads), or Dad's old Sunday shirts and pants.
Remember, your clothes will get sweaty, soiled and possibly ruined so do NOT borrow a nice costume that you must return in prime shape.
TIP #3- SEW YOUR OWN COSTUME- PATTERNS LINKS & IDEAS FOR MODIFYING EXISITING ITEMS
These sewing patterns are available at many local fabric stores as well as at the links below. Possibilities are not confined to the patterns below, but this is a good place to start. Projects can be applicable to Personal Progress/ Duty to God/ Eagle Project Ideas here.
Women's McCalls Dress Pattern M4548
Women's McCalls Dress Pattern M9423
Girl's McCalls Dress Pattern M9424
Women's McCalls Dress Pattern M2337
Men’s Simplicity Outfit Pattern 2895
Women's Simplicity Dress Pattern 3723
Women's Simplicity Undergarment Pattern 9769
Women's Simplicity Undergarment Pattern 2890
Girl's Simplicity Dress Pattern 3725
The Historical Pattern Company:
Various men’s and women’s patterns are shown on this website.
IDEAS FOR MODIFYING- GET CREATIVE:
Experienced sewers, and crafty Young Women, feel free to make your own patterns or modify existing items. Here are some ideas below. GREAT CLASS ACTIVITIES. Projects too can be applicable to Personal Progress/ Duty to God/ Eagle Project Ideas here.
BLOOMERS can be made by purchasing some cute white 1/2 length cafe curtains or tier curtains (think white eyelet fabric, battenberg lace), sew it up to make pant legs, and use the casing for the curtain rod for a draw string or elastic waistband). Tier curtain example here. Image of bloomers here.
BLOOMERS can also be made from white hospital scrubs for $12.00 from Walmart here. Cut them off to capri length and add cute little eyelet trim.
SKIRTS can be made from curtain window panels or cute bedsheet (think solids or small pattern, nothing too modern- be careful that the fabric is not too thin or transparent- it will be too revealing, especially when wet), use the curtain casing at the top (or create one) for a drawstring or elastic band, sewn up the side(s) and hem the bottom if necessary.
APRONS too can be made of 1/2 length cafe or tier window panels, image here, which come in pairs so share with a friend! Apron ties can be made of wide bias tape or binding.
TIP #4- WHERE TO PURCHASE A PIONEER COSTUME
Pioneer costumes can be purchased online at:
Riverjunction.com Men's Band Collar Shirts
Gentlesmansemporioum.com Men's Band Collar Shirts
Homespunwares.com Men's Band Collar Shirts, Drawers and Trousers
Travelsmith.com Men's Band Collar Shirt
Ebay.com Pioneer costumes for sale
Ebay.com Pioneer Bonnets for sale
Walmart.com White Hospital Scrub Pants (to make into women's bloomers)
Sew-What: Pioneer Clothing
White Elegance Pioneer Costumes for Men & Women
Costumes 4 Less Pioneer Hat Bonnet
Ebay Prairie Pioneer Bonnet Hat
Ebay Prairie Pioneer Colonial Dress
Moon Costumes Pioneer Blue Bonnet
PioneerTrekDesigns.com Pioneer Ladies Clothing
PioneerTrekDesigns.com Pioneer Men's Clothing
TIP #5- APPLY YOUR EFFORTS IN ASSEMBLING A PIONEER OUTFIT TOWARD PERSONAL PROGRESS/ DUTY TO GOD/ EAGLE PROJECT
Many ideas above and more in preparing your pioneer clothing can be applied for Personal Progress/ Duty to God/ or an Eagle Project. Whether it is learning a skill, sewing a personal outfit, to helping another friend along, or organizing a group or class effort, much can be applied. Get creative! See a list of ideas toward Personal Progress/ Duty to God/ Eagle Project Ideas here.
TIP #6- Additional Resources & Links
Note: the following Women’s Butterick Patterns at
www.butterick.com, 4570 & 3992 are both out of print but are good visual references.