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
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 ...
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 showed me how to lay out the pattern carefully, so as not to waste any fabric. Having grown up during the depression, “Waste not, want not” was more than and old adage to her. She taught me to make basic hand stitches and all my first projects were done by hand because “you needed to learn to sew by hand before you could learn to sew by machine you know”. I remember how amazing it was to see the odd shaped pieces transform into beautiful dresses right there in my hands. We spent many evenings together sewing dolls and dresses while watching “Little House on the Prairie” and much to Grandpa's dismay, Grandma and I would usually use the arm of the couch as a pincushion. He never appreciated getting an armful of pins when he would sit down to watch football, but he was a good Grandpa and insisted on getting me the entire set of Little House on the Prairie books for Christmas. Every couple of years I still pull out those books he gave me and read them again. These are some of my favorite memories of my grandma and grandpa and they are stitched into every dress I sew.