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The Homesteader Dress
homesteader dress

homesteader dress

  • 100% cotton
  • Fully lined bodice
  • Button front closure
  • Ankle length hem with reinforced hem protector
  • Fully machine sewn
  • Can be worn with or without a bustle (shown without a bustle)
  • Vintage collar and cameo not included

Available in women's standard sizes 6-22
Available in custom sizing

When placing your order, please specify fabric selection for gown (list 2)

Please allow 4-5 weeks for the completion of this gown.*

Special Order #1870W

Price: $395.00

(for wool, please add $80.00)

*Completion times are estimates and not guarantees. To avoid delays or additional fees, please email us for current turn-around times.

homesteader dress

Historical Notes:

Image courtesy: The Nebraska State Historical Society

In 1862, the Homestead act was passed encouraging the migration of American settlement westward. For the next three decades, families packed up their belongings, said goodbye to their communities in the East, and set out upon a grand adventure. For many, this migration proved a great deal of hardships. Homesteaders found the geography difficult to navigate and the taming of the western frontier extremely challenging.

Our homesteader dress is inspired by the women who made this westward journey and persevered. It is based upon a variety of period images as well as fashion trends of the day.

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