When I started to buy Plain, it was with trepidation. I am petite and very persnickety about fabrics. I modified or sewed my own at first.
But that didn’t help my husband, who needed a Plain black hat.
I ordered one from Mennonite Maidens (http://www.mennonitemaiden.com), who sent it promptly to meet a departure deadline. Nicholas wore it for years until I finally got him another one last winter. (It was decrepit, but is still in use as a working hat.) Maidens also carry bonnets, kapps, veils, kerchiefs and Amish hairpins. They have an extensive selection of aprons and modest dresses, including cape dresses, and an impressive range of old-fashioned undies. They are sweet ladies, and wonderful to work with. They are also on facebook and eBay.
Other speak highly of Katie’s Mercantile (http://www.katiesmercantile.com), although I haven’t bought from them myself. She has clothing for women and girls, including head coverings ranging from baby bonnets through veils, kapps and bun covers. She also makes modest and cape dresses as well as nightwear and unmentionables.
Many friends and Friends like Rachel’s Seamstress Services (http://rachelsseamstressservices.com). She has some very Quakerly kapps, including one designed for Quaker Jane. She makes men’s broadfalls and children’s bonnets.
For overall Plain and modest dress for women and girls, many use The King’s Daughters – as in Psalm 45.13 (http://www.thekingsdaughters.com). They have a wide range of styles and fabrics, are exceptionally responsive to special needs, and I really like their lovely website.
Now, these aren’t inexpensive options, but for those whose sewing skills aren’t that well-developed, it is a good investment. Plain dress doesn’t change in style; well-made clothes will last for years with the occasional mending.
Do you have other favourites? I will be writing another post on this subject soon.