More Sutter's Fort Information
Fort To Do List
Helpful Research Links
Close Enough Costumes (Rentals)
Sharon Baker does a fantastic job at equipping our pioneers from head to toe. She carries a great selection in a variety of sizes, and even does the laundry!
Pioneer From Head to Toe
The sections to the right are designed to help you piece together your pioneer clothes to closely depict 1846 attire at Sutter's Fort. Click on the images to start the slideshow..
Photos are labeled "Period Accurate," "Accurate," and "Semi-Accurate" or close enough. It is up to you how close to authentic you make your period clothing. I encourage as close as possible without spending too much money and becoming overwhelmed.
Some things to keep in mind. The pioneers always worked with what they had. Most of the time they did not have the luxury of matching clothes. Dresses, aprons, and bonnets don't have to match.
White was for undergarments and men's dress shirts. If you are wearing white at the fort your underwear is showing. . . How embarrassing! Please make sure outer garments are colored. With the exception of white aprons.
Have fun putting together your pioneer clothes! They don't have to be expensive or exact. Just close enough to make you feel like an American Pioneer.
When in doubt, remember . . . Women need: a bonnet, long sleeves, long skirt, apron, and leather shoes. Men need: a hat, a button up long sleeve shirt, slacks, and leather shoes/boots.
Have a good time becoming a pioneer!
What To Bring
List of real characters to portray
Helpful Costume Links
Head to Toe Clothing Examples (click on the images):
Head Covering Examples
Neck & Shoulders
Shoulders & Knees