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The woman and girls made all the clothing. Pioneer clothing was very uncomfortable. The girls had to wear many layers like petty coats, dresses and aprons. They also wore bonnets and high laced boots. The boys often wore trousers with suspenders and plaid shirts. They might have worn straw hats and high laced boots.
People would wear fancier clothes to special occasions and parties. Most children only had two outfits. One outfit was for wearing during the week and the other was for "Sunday Best." The Sunday outfit was usually fancier than the weekday outfit. Wealthy parents dressed their children in the latest clothing. The children were dressed a little like their parents. Young boys wore dresses instead of pants until they were four or five years old. Girls never wore pants.