Meet Sister Clark
I joined the church as a child, and wore out my
Primary album, playing the pioneer songs over and over. I learned to
sew about age nine, and began focusing my interest on the mid-19th
century about 1993.
In 1996, my husband David finally convinced me
that not everyone could “translate” 19th century
dressmaking instructions into clothing, and I began sewing custom
historic reproductions for the living history community. This quickly
expanded to teaching others 19th century dressmaking
Today, I continue to research the wide range of
clothing systems and technologies from that era, and share the
information through articles, clothing patterns, and direct
instruction at historic sites and museums across the US. You'll
find more information on my mid-century teaching and research at
. I’m excited
to share my love and respect for our pioneer ancestors, and, with my
family, enjoy dressing for living history experiences as often as
If you’re in the northern portion of the “Mormon
Corridor” and need a motivational fireside speaker to kick off your
area’s trek planning, please let me know.
About the Contents of this site
Copyrights & You:
The majority of copyright infringements come
about innocently. As Church members professing Articles of Faith, we
believe in upholding all righteous laws of the land in addition to
obeying all of God’s Commandments. Illegal use of patterns
contravenes both the Commandments (Thou Shalt Not Steal), and
copyright laws around the world.
I firmly believe that donning accurate
reproductions of our ancestors’ wardrobes enhances our modern
experience, and helps us connect to our gospel heritage. I believe
that whatever talents and skills God has blesses us with should be
used to build up His work on earth. Providing this site, patterns,
and articles (as well as personal help and encouragement) is one way I
have found to give a portion of my blessings back to God, in
The patterns and projects presented are the
result of my research and study. I retail full legal copyrights and
offer them free to the public, with the following stipulations:
Keep them free
Photocopy them intact and unchanged.
To share via the Internet, link directly to
http://www.mormontrek.net. Do not copy site contents to your own site.
No pattern or article may be used to make
items for sale, regardless of profit or quantities.
Patterns and articles may be photocopied or
printed in whatever quantities needed by individuals, wards, stakes,
or historic sites, and distributed free of charge for educational,
Frequently Asked Questions
The article I wanted wouldn’t open up! What’s wrong?
All our articles and
patterns are in PDF format. You will need a recent copy of the FREE
Adobe Acrobat PDF reader installed on your computer in order to open
and read the files. You can download and install this program free of
charge; click the Adobe Acrobat button at the top of the Pioneer Pack
Can I (or
my class, my ward, my stake, my site) photocopy these patterns and
YES. You can make as
many photocopies as you need! Copy or print them just as we provide
them, with the copyright permission at the top.
Can I save a copy of these patterns and articles to a
computer disk or drive?
YES. It’s fine to save
the files for future printing or reading. If it’s been more than six
months since you saved them, be sure to check this website for updated
articles and patterns.
Can I sell things I’ve made using these
patterns and articles as a starting point?
NO. Elizabeth retains all legal
rights to profit from her work (she owns the copyright on every
article and pattern here.) You may not use these patterns or
articles as a starting point for any item that will be sold
(whether in person, in a gift shop, on-line, at auction, for
barter—it’s all selling!). Please respect the law of the land as
it pertains to copyright and permissions. If you have a question
about legal use of site items, please contact us (click the
Contact button in the side navigation bar). We’ll be happy to help you meet your goal within the scope
of the law.
Can I put copies of these patterns and
articles on my Internet site?
NO. The best way to share these
patterns and articles is to link directly to our main site page,
http://www.mormontrek.net . This ensures that everyone has access to
the most recent versions of patterns, articles, and research.
I’m brand new to historic sewing—can I
handle these patterns?
YES. Any person with a little
determination can learn to sew historic clothing very nicely. You
make your wardrobe even if you don’t own a sewing machine! You’ll
need to learn a straight stitch by machine, or a running stitch by
hand—everything you need to make can be done with those two
stitches. Elizabeth is happy to encourage and help you along the
Do I really need a huge skirt
and petticoat layers?
clothing works in a system. If you go with a 60" wide skirt,
you'll be trying to hike in the equivalent of a sarong. You
can't take a full stride, and are more apt to trip. That's
dangerous. The full skirts of the mid-19th century do allow a
full stride, and then some. Adding equally full-cut petticoat
layers helps to support the skirt; two or three layers work together
and move as one, which helps prevent them wrapping around your legs
with every breeze. The other reason you want them: they're
really quite attractive. Because dresses and petticoats are
fitted at the waist, and very full around the lower body, you look
very tidy and trim. And full skirts make dancing even more
I’m not sure about one of the sewing
steps. Can you help me?
YES. Please sign up and post your
question on the Trek Tech Support forum. If you’re shy,
email Elizabeth at: