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Althea Victorian Style Bustle Dress
Ava Rose Victorian Style Dress
Bianca Cotton Print Victorian Style Dress
Candace Victorian Dress
Carrie Victorian Dress
Charity Victorian Dress
Chloe Prairie Blouse and Skirt
Civil War Victorian Style Dress
Daisy Victorian  Dress
Dickens Victorian Dress
Eliza Victorian Dress
Ella Victorian Dress
Fran's Frontier Pioneer Dress
Green Gables Blouse and Skirt
Harper Victorian Pioneer Dress on sale
Josephine Victorian Style Dress
Katharine Victorian Style Dress
Mary Chestnut's Americana Victorian Cotton Dress
Miriannah Civil War Style Cotton Dress
Miss Kate Dress
Natasha Print Cotton Prairie Dress
Old West Victorian Suit
Pioneer Blouse and Skirt
Pioneer Blouse, Apron and Skirt
Pioneer Calico Blouse and Skirt
Pioneer Print Set
Retta Victorian Dress
Romantic Era Cotton Dress  and Cape
Trinity Civil War Dress
Trinity Dress and Cape
Victorian Blouse and Skirt
Victorian Pioneer Ensemble
Victorian Prairie Dress
Victorian Styled Work Dress
Wendy Victorian Dress on sale

Pioneer dresses harken back to the time of Laura Ingalls Wilder and Little House on the Prairie. While they may not be as extravagant as other dresses featured on our website, the simplicity of pioneer clothing is historically accurate.

The simple designs were practical and made it easy for women to sew their own clothes, since for many of them, an experienced dressmaker was hundreds of miles away. The sleeves were looser on these dresses than on other gowns of the era because women also had to participate in much of the labor around family farms, and more constricting dresses simply didn't allow for the movement necessary for physical labor. The hems were also slightly shorter to prevent too much mud from ruining the bottom of the dress.

Many times, families would have to dress in the same fabric because on the prairie, carts with bolts of fabric only came around every so often. Historic accounts note that you could know which family a child belonged to just from the clothes he or she was wearing. This also became a time when waste was unacceptable, and fabric scraps were saved. These scraps were then sewed together in quilts, which is a uniquely American tradition.

If you have any questions about our pioneer clothing, please contact us. Our customer service representatives will be happy to assist you. Choose a sweet and simple pioneer dress for your next historical look. Browse our selection below to find the dress that is perfect for you today.