Missouri River Mountain Man Rendezvous Buckskin Pants Sewing Pattern Waist sizes 30-42


Missouri River sewing pattern number 4799-500-001
Buckskin Pants
Pattern includes waist sizes 30" - 42"
Pattern condition: uncut, factory folded and complete with instructions.

~ Item for sale is a sewing pattern, not a finished garment ~

This style of buckskin pants is typical of those worn by the trappers, traders, and frontiersmen from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Coast beginning in the late 1700's and stretching to the end of the 19th century. While many of the mountain men outfitted in St. Louis with commercial cloth trousers, the rigors of the frontier soon rendered them useless and they were replaced with elk or buckskin pants copied from the cloth ones. Leather trousers held up much better under the rough conditions of trapping, riding and frontier life in general, and were made either by the mountain man himself or by Indians from a friendly tribe.

Decorations varied considerably, and most pants were quite plain. However, fringe was very popular along the sides of the legs, with a few examples having narrow "flaps" instead. Some rare examples even sported floral beadwork down the front of the legs! Other variations included a sawtooth edge on the fly cover and rear "foxing", or reinforcement, on the back section of the legs and seat. which might also have a sawtooth edge. As illustrated by the artist, Alfred Jacob Miller, pants were quite often held up with suspenders.

Missouri River's Buckskin Pants pattern is authentically designed and includes detailed and fully illustrated instructions that will make it easy to construct and extremely serviceable pair of pants.

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