Amish clothing is considered to be an expression of humility and non-conformity. They typically dress in a very simple style, with clothing made from plain fabrics in mainly dark colors. This PDF pattern will help you create a dress, bonnet, and two different styles of aprons.
Skill Level: Intermediate
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The pattern is fine however the instructions were barely decipherable. The word "pattern" appeared as "paern." Many words were missing letters. The word "flush" was "ush," "outfit" was "ouit"; "elastic" was "elasc"; "stitch" was "stch"; backstitching" was "backstching" "entire" was "enre"; "continue" was "connue"; "finish" was "mish""existing" was "exisng"; "left" was "le"; "notice" was "noce" "unfinished" was unnished" while "dotted" was doed" These words occurred over and over in the instructions. Thankfully I have degrees in clothing textiles and related arts, so after reading through the instructions, I put them away and did what I knew to be appropriate. This is listed as intermediate, but was very simply if it weren't for the difficulty in reading the instructions I have used Miche patterns before and never experienced anything like this. It does make a reasonable accurate Amish outfit, albeit Amish dresses, caps, bonnets and aprons very between different communities.
I live very close to an Amish community, so I was excited to see this pattern. The bonnet brim could be a little bit larger, this one feels more "prairie girl" to me than authentic Amish. I did make a change and modified the dress to fully line the bodice, but I made the dress and black apron in about a day. Very nice pictures with easy to understand instructions. Pretty easy to make.
I have a great time making this. It fir the AD really well. I loved the hat. I would suggest to make sure you have more gathers at top of hat. I didn't have enough and it would have looked a little better if I had. Apron was a little complex but I got it figured out. Instructions are good.