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 Plains Indian Cloth Dress Pattern
Plains Indian Women’s clothing styles have remained basically
unchanged over the last 100 years. This conservative attitude is
further reflected in dress styles being straight cut & rather long by
Materials varied from a light cotton calico, popular for
everyday wear, to the fancier and more expensive velvet, wool
stroud cloth, or the ultimate: rainbow selvedge broadcloth. Many
times the upper portion of dresses made with these heavy materials
were cotton lined, especially when the yoke was decorated with elk
teeth, dentalium or cowrie shells. This made the dress more attractive
as well as providing extra support for the decorations.
Our pattern will make a basic Comanche or Sioux style
dress. Information is also included to allow easy modification to any
of the following styles as well: Blackfoot, Crow, Cheyenne, Kiowa,
Kiowa-Apache or Plateau.
For additional ideas on design variations such as shell
placement, ribbon decorations, etc., we strongly recommend that
you visit your local museums and examine existing specimens. It is
also advisable to study old photographs as well as the fine photos
found in museum and exhibition catalogs such as, “The American
Indian - The American Flag”, “American Indian Art”...”Form &
Tradition, American Indian Art” by Norman Feder...”Circles of the
World” and “A Persistent Vision”.
Notions & Tools
Needles, thread, 1 yd. of ¼” or 3/8” ribbon, seam
binding, 3½ yds. of ½” or 5/8” ribbon.
Note: The length of the finished dress will depend on the height
of the person wearing it. Sizes indicated here are for an average
height of 5’ to 5’4”. A taller person may require more fabric, so
check your pattern before purchasing your fabric.
For an everyday dress, a cotton print material such as
calico is appropriate, while a formal occasion would call for the
use of a finer quality material. For those occasions, a cotton
blend or satin in a stripe, solid or print would be an excellent
choice. For very special occasions, velvet or broadcloth with a
rainbow selvedge edge is the ultimate choice.