Harsh Weather Dressing on the Homestead

Winter Insulated Dressing

Well, my previous article is all fine & dandy for late spring through early fall, but what about in the winter?   I want to introduce you to Carhartt for Women and for men.  There are several different styles, such as this barn coat .  When you need it, these insulated overalls are handy.  Yes, I know I said that overalls are a stereotype, but I was talking about denim overalls !  LOL  Actually, there is nothing wrong with denim overalls, if that is what you want.  Just don’t think you MUST wear them.

If you prefer an all-in-one garment, try insulated coveralls .  We actually own and use both options, insulated coveralls or jacket and overalls.

Keep your Face and Neck WARM

Neck scarves are nice for extra warmth, but remember that I want you to be safe around equipment, so I suggest a neck gaiter or a balaclava.  For men, a full beard is also nice, but you bearded men can add these to your winter wardrobe, too!


Other things to consider are your gloves.  Buy your brown jersey gloves by the dozen.  You should be able to find them for $1/pr or less.  These gloves with dots are also an economical option, since they can be worn on either hand!  When the weather is more severe, wear something like these ski gloves.

Long Johns

Dressing in layers is always important. Long Johns! Grandpa wore them when he farmed, you’ll love them, too.  Tops  and Bottoms   Get the best quality you can afford.  Farmer Graybeard likes to put on his Tee shirt, then his Long Johns, then a sweatshirt or hoodie, then the insulated coveralls.   He has no plans of getting cold! LOL  He was thankful when Grandma Honey found tall sizes for him.  So much more comfortable for him!

What about your FEET?

Your feet need love, too.  These are my personal favorite wool socks  that I actually wear around the house.  I put on my normal socks , then the wool socks over top and pad around the house with my feet & calves warm.  Farmer Graybeard wears the same ones in his boots.

To save on laundry, we wear lighter layers next to the skin (tees, socks) and cover them with heavier layers.  The lighter layers are changed daily, while the outer layers may be worn numerous times before washing.

Don’t try to skimp on your boots.  You NEED good support working on your feet all day!  Red Wing boots are a favorite here, but there are many good name brands.  A rubber boot or muck boot is also a necessity.  If you are working with larger animals, you may wish to consider getting steel toe type boots to protect your feet.

Since you don’t really want to TOUCH those boots with your hands after you’ve been to the barn, you can make a handy boot puller.

Don’t forget the Farm Kids

With a little searching, you can find all these products for children, too.  They need to be as warm as mom and dad.   Kids’ Insulated Coveralls or Two-Piece Insulated Gear for Kids

 I stumbled onto a way to keep little tootsies warm and dry out in the snow.  Put a pair of wool socks on them after their normal socks, but before their snow pants.  This provides an extra layer of warmth for their feet and legs, then use just plain rubber boots.  They will wear the rubber boots year round, but with that extra layer of wool socks, they are best protected in the winter.  I think I discovered this with our 6th child … yep, years of frustration solved!

I probably don’t need to mention this to you, but it is sure handy to have a plastic tote box just for kids winter outerwear.  Each fall, bring out the box to see what-fits-who this year, then pack it away again in the spring with laundered and thoroughly dry & repaired coats.  During the summertime, as you go to yard sales, watch for good gear at cheap prices.  That is how we got most of ours.  Yard sales and thrift stores and hand-me-downs from friends.

Of course, the same will be true for rubber boots.  Watch for sales and keep all sizes on hand.  You will get unexpected or infrequent visitors who will inevitably arrive without boots, but want to help you feed the chickens!

Add your comments:

Let me know what challenges you face while dressing for the farm and homestead.


What Clothes to Wear on the Homestead

Overalls?  Maybe, but Probably NOT!

Surely you don’t have the idea that you need a new pair of overalls to be able to farm your homestead! I hope my blog here will help bust some crazy misconceptions and stereotypes that you may have seen.  But, what clothes DO you wear on the homestead?

This post was inspired by this article:  Recovering the Lost Art of Dressing Up

And by a 4-week Design Your Wardrobe   with Seamwork magazine  by Colette.

What clothes should you wear on a Homestead or Farm? One of your first considerations has to do with serviceability and safety.  You don’t want your clothes and hair loose when you are working around equipment. Please be safe!

For Mr. Graybeard’s first 30 years or so, he wore jeans & tee shirts, as you probably wear.  Once he tried some Dickey’s slacks & shirts, he hasn’t looked back. These uniforms are typically worn by mechanics, truck drivers, and the guy behind the counter at the parts store, but you can wear them, too!


Here is one popular style of slacks made by Dickies.  They make several different styles, so you can find what works for your own comfort.  I suggest the flat front.


Shirts come in short sleeves or long sleeves and the ever handy pockets.  We prefer the ones with two pockets on the front.  One carries a 3×5″ spiral notebook for the daily To-Do List and a pen or pencil.

One of the cool things about Dickies work clothes is that they also come in Tall sizes! Mr. Graybeard is 6’1″ and this is great for him!  My farmer is now retired, so Dickies are now his “town clothes”!  They are comfortable, as well as neat.

Laundry Service

Now, let me include you in a little secret. Check the laundry services in your area, you know, the ones that launder the work clothes for your favorite auto mechanic. Some of them will deliver to you with a subscription service for two people. I planned to do that when my son became a teen, but life circumstances happened to derail our farming plans when he was old enough. Sad. However, it is worth taking the time to call around to the local ones and find out what they will do.

The pricing structure was going to be about the same for us as purchasing the clothes & laundering them myself. If you are going to launder them yourself, you may want to get a separate machine for work clothes or even use the laundromat. If the pocket rips off or something, then you have further work to do for repair. All of that is included in your work clothes laundry subscription. For me, though, having this subscription was going to save me some time each week at no additional cost.  Pretty sweet!

Tee shirt

Under that long sleeve work shirt, you can wear a Tee Shirt. We recommend the pocket tees, too.

And Clothes for Women

Dickies also makes work clothes to fit women well, too.  While I prefer to wear this Denim A-Line Skirt and plain tees, I know that skirts aren’t for everyone, especially on the homestead!

What do you like to wear?



Sewing Clothes that Fit

Clothes that Fit Me Perfectly

I am 5’8″, with long arms, long legs, and a long back.  Off the rack clothing is not made to fit that body type, especially with a larger bust.  Even as a child, before that bust issue, I loved having clothes that fit me perfectly.  My mother was a talented seamstress, and I walked in her footsteps.  I made my own clothes in college, and later made clothes for my own children.

I strive to wear modest garments, and wanted that for my own children.  For boys, buying tee-shirts and jeans was a pretty straightforward process, but for my girls … Ooo-la-la!  I didn’t want my 6yo daughters wearing dresses cut such that they shouldn’t be worn by adult women in public!  So, being able to sew dresses for my own girls was fabulous.

The Peaceful, Calming Hobby

As a hobby, sewing  provided me with a creative outlet that also calms me.  Even when I have to “unsew” a seam, I have peace in the process.

A New Series

I want to start a series about sewing garments and home decor.   I invite you to join me in a creative community of other people who also love to sew.

Colette Patterns, Snippets, and Seamwork

At Colette , the patterns are designed to actually teach you how to sew, and to help you get the best fit from each garment.  They are my favorite pattern company  for women’s garments.  I rarely have to alter the patterns, but when I do need to do this, the directions are right there, and Sarai Mitnick & her staff are very helpful, too!

In addition to the Shop itself, there is a Blog with archived tutorials, some free patterns & downloads, and an email list called Snippets for weekly hints & tips!

Then, there is Seamwork, a monthly magazine membership, bringing you a library of wardrobe-building patterns, updated with at least 2 new designs every month, for only $7!  Here is a link to get your first month for just $3!

You’ll also get articles, inspiration, and exclusive pattern hacks delivered right to your inbox monthly.  Please join us!