This was standard wear for Eastern woodsmen from the French & Indian War until well after the Revolution. Includes several options for cuffs, cape and fringe treatment. Sizes M, L, XL and XXL.
About Your Grass Dance Outfit Pattern
The Grass Dance Outfit evolved from the early Ponca & Omaha "Hethuska", or War Dance, with its name being derived from bunches of grass that were used to represent scalps, either carried or tucked into the belts of dancers.
From the Omaha, the dance spread to South & North Dakota, Montana, and Canada. While the regalia has undergone many changes since its beginnings in the late 19th Century, the information presented here is for the modern version of the outfit that is in vogue today and worn throughout the Northern Plains by the Sioux, Mandam, Hidatsa, Arikara, Plains Ojibwa, Northern Cheyenne, Blackfoot, Crow, Assinniboine, & Plains Cree tribes. It is also seen as far south as Oklahoma and as far west as California.
This pattern includes several variations and suggestions that will help you put together a unique dance outfit, along with complete instructions for assembly and decoration for the major articles of clothing. Also included is informatino on the other articles required to complete the outfit: the headgear, belt, harness, cuffs, moccasins, bells, neckwear, and hand ornaments.
Notions & Tools
Cotton thread for sewing shirt, pants and aprons, belt for aprons, 6 skeins yarn for fringe (2 each of 3 colors, or 6 of white), 47 yards 5/8" ribbon (23 1/3 yards of 2 colors), 2 yards 1 1/2" ribbon for decorating hoop, and chalk line cord for base cord when tying yarn fringe. Plus various other odds and ends for trimming, such as buckskin fringe, tassels, plumes, felt, plastic curtain rings, sequins, scarves, quilled wheels, or small rosettes.
While a number of different materials can be used for he basic cape, apron, side tabs and pants, we recommend a heavy cotton broadcloth for this pattern. You may prefer to use a solid color sport or western shirt and pants and simply add fringe. The pants may be the same color as the shirt or contrasting color, with black having been a popular basic color over the years.