1880 Mary and Laura 16" and 18" Doll Clothes Pattern

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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”.

Now your 16" and 18" doll can dress as Mary or Laura in this replica of the Ingalls' dress' by Thimbles and Acorns  This pattern includes instructions for an overdress, an underskirt, and a hand stitched hankie to tuck in the side pocket.

This bundled PDF sewing pattern is designed to fit 16" A Girl for All Time® dolls and 18" dolls such as American Girl®.  Both the 18" and 16" patterns are also available individually on Pixie Faire.  

Recommended Fabrics: Dress and Skirt   in lightweight cotton, linen, or silk.  Not suitable for knits.  Handkerchief in lightweight cotton batiste, linen, lawn, or muslin.  Not suitable for knits.   

Supplies Needed:
Dress and Skirt ~ 3/4 yard (2/3 m) 45-inch wide fabric.
Handkerchief ~ 4-inch (10.25 cm) square.
Note: Fabric amounts are generous; most items can be cut from leftover pieces of fabric.

Notions: Thread, 2/3 yard 1/2-inch (12 mm) wide flat lace, 1/2 yard 1/4-inch (6 mm) wide ribbon, small decorative button to secure the ribbon at the front neckline, six 3/8-inch (9 mm) flat buttons for the back closures on the dress and underskirt (small snaps or hook and loop tape can be used if preferred). 

Skill Level:  Easy

What You Get: One 28 page sewing pattern that you digitally download as a PDF file so you can start your project immediately! The PDF sewing pattern provides step-by-step digitally drawn illustrated instructions and full size pattern pieces. A PDF reader is required to view and print the files (example: Adobe Reader or Preview for MAC). The download link is received immediately after the transaction is complete. Print copies are NOT available.

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Natalia R.

Great pattern, fits my Sasha dolls

Clear instructions, good pattern. I am happy with this pattern and have made 2 dresses for my Sashas.

1880 Mary and Laura 16 and 18 Doll Clothes

Excellent Pattern

This pattern is easy to follow, easy to sew and fits the AG doll perfectly. I have sewn dresses from this pattern twice already for two of my daughters and I will happily make it again a third time for the youngest. If you love AG and you love Laura, this is a must have pattern-- and the result looks professionally sewn even though I'm at best an intermediate sewer. (I used my blindhem foot to edge stitch the pocket-- it works perfectly).

debra welch
United States

1880 Mary and Laura ingals

Great, sewed up nice looks great love it