Mary and Laura Dress for 18-inch Doll

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Mary and Laura Dress for 18-inch Doll Pattern


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Pattern Details:

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Doll/Doll Clothing

Skill Level:

small skill level requirement Beginner

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • This is an easy pattern that requires basic sewing skills.

Pattern Description:

Pattern 1880-01

1880s Mary and Laura Dress - Replica of Laura Ingalls Dress for 18 inch American Girl Doll by Thimbles and Acorns

Born in 1867, Laura Ingalls Wilder had the privilege of witnessing a whole period of American history; the frontier, the woods, the Indian country of the great plains, the frontier towns, the building of railroads in wild, unsettled country, homesteading and farmers coming in to take possession. Later in her life, she began recording these memories in her classic "Little House on the Prairie" books, preserving a first hand account of those significant years in American History. The "Mary and Laura" dresses are a reproduction of the dresses the girls wore in a picture taken around 1880, the year recorded so vividly in her book "The Long Winter".

This 18 page pattern includes instructions for an overdress, an underskirt, and a hand stitched hankie to tuck in the side pocket.

An 18 page pattern in PDF format will be sent to you by e-mail after purchase. It is designed to print on standard 8 -1/2" x 11" paper. The pattern is EASY and the perfect choice for beginning seamstresses.

This listing is for a PDF version of the pattern. A printed version is available upon request, but will include a $3.45 printing and shipping charge.

For customers who have already purchased this pattern that would like to request an updated version, please send me a convo with your receipt number and the e-mail address you would like it sent to.

Last Revised: 1/4/13

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Fits 18-inch dolls such as American Girl, Journey Girls, Harmony Club, and Madame Alexander.


  • Dress: 3/4 yard lightweight woven fabric such as cotton, gingham, calico, lawn, silk, or linen. Not suitable for knits. Handkerchief: A 4 inch square of lightweight cotton such as batiste, linen, lawn, or muslin.

You Will Also Need:

  • Trims: 1 yard 1/2 wide flat lace. 1/3 yard 1/4 inch ribbon. Small decorative button to secure the ribbon at the front neckline. Closures: 6 - 3/8 inch flat buttons for the back closures on the dress and underskirt (small snaps or velcro can be used if preferred)

About Designer

About Designer

Shari Fuller on

I had my first real sewing lesson with my Grandma Switzer when I was about eight years old. After watching her in awe while she worked at her sewing machine, she helped me pick out a pattern for a doll that was just like I imagined Laura Ingall's doll Charlotte looked like. We then dug through her closet full of fabric scraps to find just the right pieces for the doll and several dresses. She ...

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