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Traditional Plain Dress Women's Caps

Examples and Links to Patterns/Seamstresses

Soft Caps

Soft caps have been worn by many groups, including the Quakers, Amish and Old Order River Brethren. It is important to note some differences. The Old Order River Brethren place much emphasis on a bright white cap, often starching it into shape. Among the Quakers, there is no set pattern, but I show a few of the styles that are worn. The long, flowing veiling is becoming more and more popular among plain women and is now an acceptable alternative with some Plain groups.
  1. Examples
    Nebraska Amish Pleated Cap Swartentruber Amish Smoked Cap Swartentruber Amish smoked black cap
    Amish, Nebraska, Pleated Amish, Swartentruber, Smoked Smoked, unmarried, in black.
    Lancaster Amish Heart-shaped Cap from Katie's Mercantile Christian Coverings' 26 inch veil PrayerCoverings.com 22 inch veil
    Amish, Lancaster, Heart-Shaped 26 inch veiling from Christian Coverings 22 inch veiling from PrayerCoverings.com
    Ohio Yearly Meeting Coif Cap Ohio Yearly Meeting Soft Cap Quaker Style "Laura" Cap from Rachel's Seamstress ServicesQuaker Style "Caroline" Cap from Rachel's Seamstress Services
    Coif-style Cap worn by some women of Ohio Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quaker) Soft Cap worn by some women of Ohio Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quaker) The caps I wear, the Laura Cap and the Caroline Cap from Rachel's Seamstress Services. The Laura Cap in particular was inspired by traditional Quaker caps.
    Photos used by permission of Plainly Dressed, Katie's Mercantile and Burning Ember Arts
  2. Ready-made
  3. Patterns

Stiff Caps

Stiff caps are associated with the Anabaptist tradition (Amish/Mennonite/Amish Mennonite and Old German Baptist Brethren). These happen to all be photos of "net" stiff caps, but some groups wear stiff caps made of solid, non-see-through white or black fabric.
  1. Examples
    Beachy Amish Cap Eastern Mennonite Cap Conservative Mennonite Cap
    Beachy Amish Eastern Mennonite Conservative Mennonite
    Old German Baptist Brethren woman Traditional Covering from Katie's Mercantile
    Old German Baptist Brethren Conservative Mennonite Covering from Katie's Mercantile
    *Photos used by permission of Plainly Dressed
  2. Ready-made
  3. Patterns

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Epistle 81
1655

"The Pretious Springs of God"

. . . As the glorious Truth is springing and manifest among you, live and walk all worthy of what ye are called unto. . . . Live in the Dominion of the Life that is hid in God, and every particular it know in one another. And live in the Power of God, and of Life, that ye may see over the Day of Tempest, over the Day of Darkness and Blackness and Mists: And feel, and know, and come into that, which comprehends the World; that ye all may be guided with Wisdom, and ordered to God's Glory. . . . And feel the ...

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