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Old Fashioned Prairie Style Dresses with Aprons

by kalynn06 Posted 19th Aug 2006 at 10:39 PM - Updated 27th Oct 2008 at 6:41 PM by CatOfEvilGenius
26 Comments / replies (Who?) - 23 Feedback Posts, 2 Thanks Posts
This is a new mesh recolour, and means that you will need to download the particular mesh itself in order for this to show up in your game. See the Meshes Needed section or read the text for more information.
These dresses were done by request. Although there are many incredible historical clothing collections available, I did these because I like to have variety and because I wanted more clothes that looked like someone would garden or cook or clean in them. Most of what I had were either too fancy or too much like rags. I wanted more everyday type clothes for that looked like they might be worn by people who didn't have servants, but who weren't destitute.

These are based on an incredible mesh by Besen . This mesh is included in the zips.
They should work with all versions of the game.

Set I: Includes the solid green, blue gingham, and red print dresses all with aprons.

Set II: Includes: the pink, blue and yellow sprigged calico dresses, also with aprons.

You can find more of my prairie dresses in solid colors (without aprons)that can be used for everyday and formal here

Thanks for looking and enjoy!


*If you find a use for these, I'd love to hear from you. Comments and thanks are much appreciated.

Age: Adult
Gender: Female
Clothing Type: Everyday
Clothing Style: No Style Historial
Other Type: Not Applicable
Maxis Flags: Not Applicable
Outfit Type: Full Outfit

You must have the expansion or stuff packs listed below installed to use this custom content. Please see the post text for any exceptions.

Sims 2
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Set1.zip 1.71 MB 6,558 19th Aug 2006
Set2.zip 1.75 MB 5,930 19th Aug 2006
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26 Comments / Replies (Who?) - 22 Feedback Posts, 3 Thanks Posts
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Lab Assistant
#2 Old 20th Aug 2006 at 4:10 PM
I have looked long and hard for clothing from this time period. Just like these everyday dresses. They are awesome. Thank you so much for sharing.
Lab Assistant
#3 Old 20th Aug 2006 at 5:23 PM
Great work!
Lab Assistant
#4 Old 20th Aug 2006 at 5:42 PM
I tried to vote you five stars for these beautiful dresses, but MTS2's servers aren't responding. Still, I wanted you to know I appreciate the time you took to create such great, authentic-looking detail. It's not easy to find clothing for the "Old West" look, as most of the Victorian-era clothing that would work in that period just aren't right for the rugged American frontier of the 1800's. I'd love to find some authentic American Indian outfits from that period, too. Care to try your hand at that? Hint hint...

The universe lies before you on the floor, in the air, in the mysterious bodies of your dancers, in your mind. From this voyage no one returns poor or weary.

- Agnes De Mille
Forum Resident
#5 Old 20th Aug 2006 at 6:39 PM
Great! Thanks for these, too!
Top Secret Researcher
#6 Old 20th Aug 2006 at 8:45 PM
Very nice. I appreciate having something a little more casual and period. Thank you.
Lab Assistant
#7 Old 20th Aug 2006 at 10:49 PM
Very lovely! Nice job on the detail work on the transperancy of the aprons and the collars; details like that really make the dress really shine.
Field Researcher
Original Poster
#8 Old 21st Aug 2006 at 12:24 AM
Thanks so much guys! I'm so happy you like them. I had a blast making them.

StarStuff, LOL, American Indian outfits huh? I'll have to think about that one. I'll definitely put it on the list (It's a long list though ).

Matildarose, I'm glad you noticed the details, they're the kinds of things you do and wonder if they make any difference at all Thanks.

"I'm afraid I'm not personally qualified to confuse cats, but I can recommend an extremely good service".
-Monty Python's Flying Circus
Field Researcher
#9 Old 21st Aug 2006 at 12:29 AM
These are amazing & even though I don't have a story-line going in my sims where they would look right I think I will have to have one in the future...just hafta dl these! Great job!!!

You can find some of my older houses HERE
Test Subject
#10 Old 21st Aug 2006 at 12:54 AM
Hey beautiful job.

I was wondering could you make these for teens and possibly children.
Forum Resident
#11 Old 21st Aug 2006 at 1:13 AM
This is exactly the type of thing I needed! Great work!

You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.
-Christopher Robin to Pooh
Lab Assistant
#12 Old 21st Aug 2006 at 1:37 AM
Thanks so much, these are even better than I had hoped. Amazing detail, apron looks great. Def 5 stars! if you ever feel the need, you can always make these for children and teens

Live, love, Laugh <3
Lab Assistant
#13 Old 21st Aug 2006 at 11:32 AM
I love these dresses, I've been trying to find some like these ones, but was never able to find more than just a couple, so these are much appreciated ^_^ Thank you
Field Researcher
Original Poster
#14 Old 21st Aug 2006 at 12:40 PM
flamingo, sunken-woglinde and kawaiimiyyo, Thank you for your kind words .

jubelbelly and Frzr, Thanks and Ack you asked the question I knew was coming . Yes I can do them (or a close approximation) for teens. I'll need to figure out the closest mesh, but look for those very soon. As for little girls it's on the list, because I never have enough historical little girl clothes, but those are going to be whole new dresses and so won't be out as quickly as the teens.


"I'm afraid I'm not personally qualified to confuse cats, but I can recommend an extremely good service".
-Monty Python's Flying Circus
Test Subject
#15 Old 16th Sep 2006 at 11:58 PM
I can't believe I missed these when they were first uploaded! I looove them. You're right, there's some beautiful Victorian stuff online, but these dresses are more realistic for everyday wear. Thank you for sharing!
Lab Assistant
#16 Old 13th Oct 2006 at 2:05 PM
I love how the fabric is visible under the apron. Thankyou. These are excellent.
Test Subject
#17 Old 4th Dec 2006 at 10:58 AM
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I have been looking for this type of dresses for a long time!
Test Subject
#18 Old 11th Nov 2007 at 8:26 PM
These dresses are exactly what I was looking for!!! You're right; stuff like this is hard to find. I LOVE them. Thank you!
Test Subject
#19 Old 29th Jan 2008 at 2:29 PM
Yay! These are beautiful! Thanks so much!
Test Subject
#20 Old 10th Jun 2008 at 6:37 AM
Hi there!!! I'm AMAZED of this beautiful work. I'm obsessed with the idea of making a prairie neighbourhood since I discovered Hexameter's carriages hahaha! I already have every piece of clothing my friend Judie made in ALL ABOUT STYLE, but I WANTED MORE hahaha. You've done a fantastic work!!! I LOVE the colors, the textures and the aprons!! That's a very nice mesh too (we all love Besen's.) Since you take requests sometimes... Would you make more costumes for pairie Sims :-) Thanks a lot!!!
Test Subject
#21 Old 14th Apr 2009 at 11:35 AM
Thanks so much! I know exactly what you mean about wanting something not too expensive nor too shabby. Good job, this will go great for my Trade Families in my Victorian Neighbourhood.
Test Subject
#22 Old 17th Aug 2009 at 11:28 AM
Excellent! I've been all over Internet in search for clothes for my Little House on the Prairie -styled neighborhood and these are just perfect for the everyday life. <3
Test Subject
#23 Old 22nd Oct 2009 at 10:41 AM
I've been using these dresses for a while now, and I never get tired of them. The colors, the textures! Thank you a lot!

I saw requests for children and teen versions, but I'm really dying for an elder version of these. If been looking all over the place, but there's really nothing like it. How long is that request list again?

No hurry though, I'll just keep my ladies from aging for now...
Test Subject
#24 Old 22nd Jul 2010 at 3:36 AM
I saw that there are a bunch of requests for teens and children, but I would really love it for teens! (my male sim I believe is "broken" he only has boys! five in a row O.O) but a version for teens would be awesome!
Test Subject
#25 Old 15th Mar 2012 at 11:26 PM
Thank you so much! I need this for my southern love story :3
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