Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Pioneer Girl's Sunday Dilemma


I had a request for a homemaking tip. I consider myself to be a resourceful pioneer woman. My motto is fix it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without. I just made that up. Pretty catchy, huh. Well, last Saturday night I fell asleep on someone's couch. I woke up too late to go to my church, so I decided to go with Danny to his church. I didn't have any church clothes with me, but I did have 2 bags full of clean laundry. These were huge bags. Bigger than me. Believe it or not, I didn't have anything church appropriate in those bags. The only thing I had that was close was a really sheer, low cut dress. This is the type of dress that was made to be worn over another dress. But I didn't have another dress. I considered running down to target to buy a cheap skirt that I could wear because I figured the ox was in the mire. But luckily my pioneer ingenuity came through for me. After trying a few different things (baggy workout pants underneath etc.) I came up with one that worked fine. I wore a long-sleeved shirt underneath for the top half, and for the bottom I borrowed some of Danny's big baggy blue gym shorts for a slip on the bottom (the kind that make a swishing sound when you walk!) Somehow it worked. It just looked like I was wearing a fullish slip, and since the shorts were so big on me, you couldn't tell they were shorts--even under that shear dress! So next time you are running late on Sunday and your hands are cracked from churning butter, you can still look your Sunday best!!

9 comments:

lady ace said...

Side note: If you want any info on "What not to wear" to church, you should watch Pioneers in Petticoats. From this production we learned that if your wrists show or your neckline is too low, you had it coming and all of the other kids were justified in ostracizing you.

Maudie Jane said...

I love your can do attitude! I mean your ox was so in the mire and yet you pulled through. Speaking of Homemaking tips, we need to have a crafty night when you can come. I am in need of some knit talk, if you know what I mean.

SummerChild said...

Jee willikers Elin, I could've really used those pioneer tips on making a dress a few times when going to the temple spur of the moment. I once considered going wearing just a long jacket because they really wouldn't know what was on underneath and I'd be changing anyways... and then decided that I don't really want to go to hell for something like that. I just don't have that pioneer spirit like you do, must be because my parents didn't cross the plains but instead just took a plane from Finland to the West.

Deborah said...

yes. i agree with you about fixin' and makin' do! it makes life so much simplier! :) more energy to live than to live for! xo

Jiles Pfamily said...

Elin, thank you. I knew you were a good pioneer but now I know that you are a better pioneer than I am.

marshall p said...

this is why america rules the world. it all comes down to the ingenuity and "can-do" spirit of pioneer sisters like you.

emily jeanne said...

You are officially a better pioneer than I am! I love that you wore gym shorts under a dress that sounds like a good invention second only to skorts. P.S. I got a blog too! tinybutclassy.blogspot.com

Lee said...

Lisa got really sick a few weeks back, so I stayed the Saturday night on her couch. I didn't have anything to wear to chuch but my work clothes (slacks and a golf shirt). So, I put those on along with a tie. It looked pretty bad.

Moral of the story: sometimes ingenuity doesn't work.

marshall p said...

man. this site is pretty boring.