Category: Western Clothing History

Why Our Summer Breeze Sun Bonnets are Better for Summer Wear

  Summer Wear Sun Bonnets Why are these Summer Breeze Ladies Sun Bonnets better for summer than sun screen? Well, let me tell you a little story…… đź™‚ I have made so many of them over the years, but I  never really considered sewing a bonnet that was light and breezy and cool for summer. Why? Nope…I…

The 43 Top Facts You Never Even Knew About Denim

  The Top 43 Obscure and Crazy Facts About Denim  I have a love affair with denim blue jeans. It's rugged, it's long lasting and wears well, it's a cool earthy blue color, it hides dirt, and it can be re-purposed into almost anything. Way back when I was first married, my boys were small,…

All About Bootjacks

Personalized bootjack with brand

WHAT ARE BOOTJACKS? Here you can learn all about bootjacks Ever been curious to learn all about bootjacks? Well, while we don't know everything about them, this is a good place to start. Bootjacks are a functional and utilitarian way to remove boots economically and quickly. It's actually an implement that will hold the heel…

Bonnet Bonnet Original Pattern-free

 Found this button bonnet pattern in an old Work Basket magazine. I still have many of those magazines and I’ve kept some of them because they were my mother's or because they have such beautiful older style patterns in them. This is where I found my button bonnet ‘pattern’. As you can see, in the…

Button Sunbonnet Pattern FREE

How to Make a Button Bonnet

How to Make a Button or Snap Sunbonnet with Only Two Main Pattern Pieces   If you are on a slow connection or mobile phone, please note that some images are large and require some download time. Make this really cute Button Sunbonnet Pattern yourself in a few hours. I saw it on the internet and…

Long Brimmed Victorian Bonnet Pattern Experiment

Long Brimmed Bonnet

  I was looking at odd bonnets and older style brimmed bonnets the other day. I even found an image with a 'pattern', if you want to call it that, which had no real information for me to use. I thought it would be fun to make my own long brimmed victorian bonnet, see what…

History of the Original Sun-Maid Girl

current 2009 sun-maid raisin girl loo

We’ve all seen the Logo on the boxes of raisins from the sun-maid raisin company. The adorable logo with the painting of a lovely brunette on it is both colorful, and catchy. But did you know how the logo was started? Do you know who the model was?? Not many people do.   Lorraine Collett…

Did You Know? 7 Fun Bonnet Facts

DID YOU KNOW…? 7 Fun Facts About Sun Bonnets 1.       DID YOU KNOW?…That little girls often wore an adult sized bonnet rather than a bonnet that was of a better fit. For prairie women, material was at a premium. So flour sacks, old dresses and shirts were saved so that pieces could be cut from them…

Women’s Prairie Bonnet History

Ladies womens gathered sunbonnet, turquoise blue with tiny dots

A General History of Women's Prairie Bonnet A Womens Prairie Bonnet was most often used by prairie women to protect themselves from the wind and the sun. ‘Proper’ women did not allow their facial skin to tan. A hardworking woman or girl always wore them from the start of their day to sunset as they were constantly outside doing chores. No…