Just a couple of weeks ago was Pioneer Day, and to celebrate we gave the Primary children a day in the life of a pioneer. I designed vests and neckerchiefs for the boys and bonnets and aprons for the girls, and two other moms and I sewed them out of cheap muslin for all of the Primary children. The bonnets were a 16″ circle gathered with a 20″ piece of elastic string, and a rectangular brim 18″x4″ with rounded corners. Of course, there was a 1/2″ seam allowance added to all of those measurements. I added a 50″ ribbon around the top of the brim and hanging down on both sides to tie under the girls’ chins.
The aprons were just rectangles we gathered with a basting stitch and inserted into the sashes to hide the unfinished edge (see the diagram).
We added eyelet lace to the bottom edge of the aprons.
The neckerchiefs were just simple triangles the same size as the scout neckerchiefs.
The trickiest things to sew were the vests for the boys. The diagram I’ve made is to scale–you just need to add the 1/2″ seam allowance. Snip little easements around the curves so it doesn’t bunch up when to turn in the edges.
I painted the covered wagon in the picture so we could pose the kids like the pictures of pioneer wagon trains. Of course the pictures’re in sepia tones to add to the historical integrity 😉
The kids did pioneer chores like digging for potatoes and making their own fry bread and butter, they played pioneer games like the indispensable stick-pull, and they made their own covered wagons out of popsicle sticks.
All in all, the kids had a really good time, and the pioneer costumes really helped them to “get in character” for their day in the life of a pioneer.