I was telling Toni about my family’s pioneer days in Kansas and Oklahoma. She was intrigued that my grandmother actually lived in a sod house as a little girl. The stories made her think of Little House on the Prairie, so we decided to go with a pioneer costume today.
Checking in her closet, I see one dress that might be just right for a pioneer girl costume. That dark blue one with the polka dots and long sleeves would serve the purpose.
Toni still wanted to scope out what outfits were available online. We found several but again, these came with a doll. All the dresses without a doll were little girl styles from the 1950s and 1960s or too fancy for pioneer times.
So, here’s Toni in her blue dress. For the true pioneer look, I’ll need to make a sunbonnet with a wide brim. She also needs some high-button shoes. For now, she’s going barefoot which actually may be quite appropriate for a pioneer who needs to save their shoes for trips to town or for going to church.
For comparison, here are a vintage family photo from pioneer times from our Vining family album. The sod house part is on the right behind my grandmother and her siblings.