Here's one example of the dress that you will find in plain communities across North America. It is very simple with short sleeves, a button front bodice coming to the natural waist and gathered skirt. The skirt allows for plenty of movement, but is not as wide as most of our other skirts. This dress is normally worn 3-5 inches shorter than the lengths found on our size chart and is meant for everyday work, school and play. We can lengthen it to our standard lengths if you prefer a longer dress. In some of our pictures you will see the plain canning style apron that pops over the head without ties and protects the dress from dirt and wear. It is available both on our pinafore page and also as part of the Amish Dress Set on the Dress sets page. Traditionally, a plain dress is made with a solid color and has a white or black apron. The fabric would be a poly/cotton or polyester (which we don't carry). That said, you are welcome to have us sew this dress in any of our fabrics. While simple, this is a nice everyday dress for busy girls and pretty in either a solid or floral. Please size up if between sizes as we do not carry this set in a size 3, 5 or 7. Sewn by permission from a pattern by Friends Patterns. If you are looking for a culturally correct dress, please note that each Amish community has variations in their dress. This pattern represents just one of hundreds of communities and may not exactly match the one you are going to visit. Plain communities appreciate guests who dress modestly but dressing the same is not important.
Approximate finished length is 3-5 inches shorter than shown in the length chart below. In the options above you may lengthen it to standard length. If you have a child who does not fit into a size fairly close to her age, please use the contact form at the top of the page to drop us a note so that we can help you with sizing.