Our High Yoke Prairie Dress closely resembles the dresses worn by pioneer and homesteading girls of the 19th century. High yokes made the dresses fit longer and the easy fit was right for school, work and play. Girls generally had three dresses. Two were for weekday use and one for Sunday and special occasions. Old dresses were either used for chores or were handed down to a younger sister. When they were all worn out, many were cut up and used as patches for quilts. Their dresses would usually have had long sleeves but we wanted to give you some options for comfortable summertime wear. During the week, pioneer girls almost always wore a pinafore over their dresses in order to protect the dress. Pinafores were usually made of white or natural colored muslin so that they could be used with any dress.
Our Prairie Dress comes with a square yoke, front bodice buttons, elbow length sleeves or long elastic ruffled sleeves and options for no collar or a round collar. Two pinafores work great with our Prairie Dress. The Prairie Pinafore buttons in the back and has a sweet ruffle at the bottom. The Girls Pinafore is a basic high yoke design which also buttons in the back. Both are loose, full and easy to get on and off. You can find them on the Pinafores page.
We would recommend this dress in any of our small calico fabrics or solid cottons. For super easy care choose one of the Tropical Breeze poly/cotton fabrics.
Approximate finished length is as shown in the size chart below. Our clothing tends to fit generously and this dress has proven to be a great choice for girls who need a bit of extra room around the tummy. If you have a child who does not fit a size that is close to her age, please contact us using the contact form at the top of the page so that we can assist you in finding the right fit.
Finished Length for dresses