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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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Historical Pattern Company:
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.
TIP #4- WHERE TO PURCHASE A PIONEER COSTUME
Pioneer costumes can be purchased online at:
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