Life in the pioneer times was difficult. Pioneers spent most of their time working on the farm or in the house. Making new clothes took a long time, so they took care of the clothes they already had.
Who made the clothes?
Women made all of the clothes for the family. First, they cut the wool off the sheep, then they cleaned it, and spun it into yarn. To make it more fun, women sat in groups to spin the yarn so they could talk to each other.
What materials did they use?
Most of the clothes were made out of wool or linen. Wool comes from sheep and is good for colder weather. Linen is made from flax, and is good for warm weather. Flax grows from the ground. Some clothes were made from cotton, but most families could not grow enough cotton to make clothes.
How did they wash their clothes?
How many clothes did people have?
Since clothes were hard to make, most people had very few clothes. They had at least two sets of work clothes, so they could wear one and let the other air out. They also had one or two dress-up items to wear to church or for special occasions.