1880 Mary and Laura 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 18" doll can dress as Mary or Laura in this replica of the Ingalls' dress' by Thimbles and Acorns  This PDF pattern includes instructions for an overdress, an underskirt, and a hand stitched hankie to tuck in the side pocket.

Supplies Needed:

  • Dress -3/4 yard lightweight woven fabric such as cotton, gingham, calico, lawn, silk or linen
  • Handkerchief  -4 inch square of lightweight cotton such as batiste, linen, lawn or muslin
  • Trims  -1 yard 1/2 wide flat lace   -1/3 yard 1/4 inch ribbon   -small decorative button
  • Closures   -6 3/8 inch flat buttons for the back closures 

Skill Level:  Easy 

What You Get: One 18 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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Excellent pattern

I made two dresses from this pattern for my granddaughter's 18" AG dolls, one for "Mary" and one for "Laura". My granddaughter loves Laura Ingalls Wilder, the real person..... The pattern was the easiest to follow of any pattern I've ever made. The fit was PERFECT. She also received a book from the Ingalls Wilder museum in Mansfield MO, in which there is a picture of Laura and Mary wearing this very dress - or one very close to it. She was delighted!


great historic pattern

This is a great pattern. I would rate it for Intermediate sewing skills as the dress has darts. Underskirt is very easy to sew.

Cathy C.

Great Pattern

This pattern was very clear and easy to put together. My granddaughter will be able to dress her dolls up while she reads her Little House books that she will get for Christmas.

Kallie G.

Great pattern! This was a

Great pattern! This was a pretty easy pattern for me and my granddaughter. Pieces fit well together.


Highly recommended

This was my first time sewing a Thimbles and Acorn pattern. The instructions were excellent, the pieces fit well and the dress was so cute on. I will be making this pattern again and highly recommend it, even for new sewers.