Shop Pioneer Dresses

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