Plain Profiles: Headcovering

If you are new to Plain life, modest dressing or headcovering, you may be looking for sources of information and products. I will profile a couple of resources each week, and God willing, I’ll try to keep you posted with changes over time.

I used to make my own prayer caps. These are the traditional pleated soft caps, easy enough to sew yourself. Then I switched to stiff caps because I like the look and because I find they stay on better. Many of us learned to sew our own caps from Shepherd’s Hill: I just had a look over there, and they have excellent photos of their daughter Haley’s Plain wedding.

 I recommend highly, as do many others, Plain-n-Simple headcoverings: Everything I’ve seen is well-made and designed to last. I expect my bonnet will be an heirloom piece! Their products are traditional and vintage in style, and they carry other products for traditional women besides headcoverings. The prices and shipping costs are reasonable and fair. Don’t expect things to be to you within a few days. The women who sew here have families and households that are a priority, but the quality of their work is worth a wait.  One of their most unusual and interesting products is a set of Mennonite dollhouse-sized dolls. I so want to order a set for Patience! I think we will wait for her next birthday, when we intend to give her a good wooden doll house.

For those who don’t wear traditional coverings or want something different for home or evening, I have heard only good things about Garlands of Grace: Their prices are reasonable for the beautiful pieces they sell, such as snoods, kerchiefs and bands. They have pieces sized for girls, and a line of feminine fabric embellishments. I would think that their delicate lace snoods would be perfect for a modest or old-fashioned wedding. Like Plain-n-Simple, I hear that the owners are very responsive to special needs.

If you have favourite headcovering providers, let me know.

8 thoughts on “Plain Profiles: Headcovering

    • Don’t you have a video of kapp-making on youtube? I think Jenna sent me a link, but I can’t get it to work. If you wills end the link in a comment reply, it will appear with this post. Thanks!

  1. May I ask where you purchase your stiff kapps? I would like a stiff kapp, but not one that is opaque. My buns can be messy and large sometimes and I like the simplicity of a simple white kapp like yours. Thank you!

    Many blessings,

    • I found mine on eBay. There are vendors there under Amish Mennonite clothing who regularly sell kapps. They are all very nice; I’ve bought kapps from three different vendors, looking for the style I like best. They are an Ohio-style kapp. Stiff kapps stay on my fine hair with just a couple of bobby pins at the back.

    • In what way are you part-time? Just for church, or just at home? My guideline would be that if you can align yourself with Conservative Quaker/Anabaptist views on pacifism and Christ, then you may wear the Amish style kapp. I don’t think it’s a good idea to wear the Lancaster covering, as it is unique to Lancaster Amish, but the pleated coverings worn across Amish-Mennonite-Quaker-Brethren groups would be all right. Otherwise you may want to wear the hanging veil, which has wider usage in modest Christian churches.

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