In a world of jeans and yoga pants I suppose I stand out a bit. I think folks are both mesmerized and baffled by my attire. I was at the library last month and a mom came up to me, big eyes, all excited, and asked, “Is there going to be story time?” Heck if I know. I looked down at my layered skirts, apron, old fashioned boots, and remembered my Santa hat and realized she thought I was in costume!
Maryjane wears her apron around with me and it is not uncommon for us to be asked if were just in a parade or festival. Do we bake? Why on earth would we be parading around as such? Well, let me explain. Let’s go through the elements of the Farmgirl attire.
#1 Long skirt- This is important because I am too tall to find jeans that fit right. I never stop moving so jeans aren’t exactly comfortable. A long skirt is comfortable and practical. Ever since Maryjane was about twelve months old she hides under my skirts. Her hands wrapped around my leg, she giggles thinking no one can see her, her little feet sticking out. As she gets taller and older I know this is limited now and I relish feeling her cold hands on my leg, that giggling, her security from the world hidden next to my leg. It is a very maternal feeling and I know all too well she will grow out of it soon. (I buy my skirts at the Elizabeth Celtic Festival. It is a rather simple pattern that uses elastic or string to cinch the waist.)
#2 Slips- In a world of too tight skirts and panty lines, I do still love the look of a beautiful cotton slip. Mine has a long swath of eyelet around the bottom. It is feminine and beautiful. I also wear a full skirt under my regular skirt as well. Why? Well, I am cool in the summer with the layers, and warm in the winter with the layers. It makes my dress swish. It is lovely and modest and sexy all at the same time. And at my age, I don’t care what the style is. I like the old fashioned look.
#3 Apron- If you do not wear an apron each day how do you find your phone and keys? Mine would be lost in my purse, possibly forever. I also can carry a tissue, my to-do list, and a few flowers I harvested. The original reason for an apron was to cover a woman’s dress, for she probably only had two, one for every day and one for church. The apron is easier to wash and keeps clothes cleaner, meaning if you haven’t traipsed through mud, you can hang your skirt back up. (Mine were made by an Amish woman and her daughters, a neighbor of a blog reader. Some of mine I made, or were gifts, or hand me downs, and some really quite old that belonged to Kat’s grandmother.)
#4 Old fashioned boots- Stickers, weeds, rain, snow, cold or hot weather, farming, shoveling, and a cute addition to any farmgirl attire. (I got mine at Big R.)
We farmgirls have lots to do, from taking care of the homestead, cooking for folks, farming, and for me, being the local folk healer, so wearing beautiful, comfortable clothes is just one perk of being a farmgirl.