Boys Pioneer Clothes
For one day programs and to go easy on any budget, boys are very easy to dress for this funfilled day.
Though we no longer manufacture boys clothes for Prairie Programs,
the following tips can be used to outfit your lad for that great day.
get the Knicker look, any pair of dress pants can be rolled up and cuffed just below the knee.
Uniform or kneesocks will cover the legs. Wear dark shoes or boots.
For a shirt, most programs only require that your youngster
wear a button
down the front, long sleeved shirt.
It usually can be any color, blue or grey,
does not have to be white, and does not require
the stand up collar of my shirts.
It can also be striped or plaid, even flannel.
Golf caps or driving caps are
a good substitute for my newsboy caps and
sweater vests are appropriate and
Tin pails are available at Home Depot in the paint department.
About $4.00, they are a good size for any lunch.
Or chop down a branch and
tie up the lunch in a large cloth napkin or bandana.
Use your imagination
and have fun!
Knickers & Shirts
Although blue jeans are often associated with pioneer or prairie living, Levi Strauss
and his partner Jacob Davis
did not start producing
cotton jeans until about 1873 when they received a patent for riveting pockets onto work pants.
Originally called "waist overall", men's pants were made of heavy cotton duck
cloth or wool. Davis, a tent make and tailor, got a lot of
complaints from his customers about the pockets ripping off the pants.
He decided to try riveting the pockets in place - instead of sewing them - and enlisted the help
of Levi Strauss, a dry goods dealer in San Francisco,
patent his creation. This ingenious invention became a big hit with farmers.
Men usually wore their pants tucked into knee high boots, protecting their pants from dirt, mud
and dampness while working out in the fields.
boys wore knickers, pants that fastened just below the knee, with long stockings tucked up inside the cuff.
Suspenders were worn
to hold up the pants.
Vests were a mainstay
for men and boys.
Pockets in the vests held
small tools, knives, coins and pocket watches.
were very loose and full with a simple tab collar.
shirts were also very long, usually below the knee in length and when the day was done,
the pants came off and the shirt became a nightshirt.
SPECIAL NOTE: The name "jeans" has been linked to the sailors of
who wore cotton workpants.
The sailors were themselves known as "Genes".