Clothing in the Old Days

The early settlers wore plain clothes made from woolen and linen cloth. They only had a few outfits. For everyday wear they had work clothes. They also had an outfit for church and special occasions. Clothing was never thrown away but "handed down" to younger brothers and sisters.

Clothing was also made from skins (hides) of animals like deer and rabbit. The skins were made into leather. Coats, shoes, hats and men's pants were some of the items made from leather.

Old wornout clothes were used for making quilts, or rugs for the floor.

Men wore long white cotton shirts and breeches. Breeches were pants that came just below the knee. The men wore a jacket called a doublet. Boys wore the same kind of clothes as their fathers.


Women and girls made all the family's clothing. The women had petticoats under their long dresses and wore aprons when they worked. The apron was also used to carry things like vegetables, wood or eggs. A full apron was called a "pinafore".

Bonnets or hats protected their heads from the sun. For footwear they wore long stockings and shoes that laced up.

Skirt and Waistcoat
All Dressed Up

Clothing that could no longer be used was made into quilts. It was also cut in strips and made into rugs for the floor or used as rags for washing dishes and floors.
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