Pattern - (W) Plains Indian Cloth Dress
Cloth dresses came to the Plains Indian women with the westward movement of the fur trade. Included in the pattern (Sizes 8 thru 20) are options for three different neckline styles and two distinct sleeve variations. Also shown are complete directions for lining the dress.
Light calico's were very popular for everyday use, red and blue trade cloth (broadcloth) was used for “best dress,” and today this dress with ribbons on it is commonly seen at rendezvous and powwows. Using this pattern, you can create the calico Plains Indian Cloth Dress, the now classic “Ribbon Dress” and the Traditional Trade Cloth Dress.