Born in 1867, in Pepin, Wisconsin, Laura Ingalls Wilder had the privilege of growing up during the momentous westward expansion. She played in the untamed woods of Wisconsin, traveled by covered wagon through the Great Plains to Kansas and southern Minnesota, and followed the railroads west where she came of age on a homestead in the wild prairies of Dakota Territory. Later in her life, Laura recorded the memories of her experiences in her classic “Little House” book series, preserving a first hand account of those significant years in American history.
This “Mary and Laura” dress pattern is a reproduction of the dresses that Mary and Laura Ingalls wore in a photograph that was taken around 1880, the year recorded so vividly in Laura's book “The Long Winter”.
This pattern includes instructions and pattern pieces for a princess style dress, underskirt, petticoat, and a hand-stitched handkerchief to tuck in the side pocket of the dress.
This PDF sewing pattern is sized to fit 14.5" dolls such as WellieWishers™. Please see our other listings to view this pattern for 18" dolls such as American Girl®, and 16" A Girl For All Time® dolls, as well as the bundled package that includes both sizes.
Recommended Fabrics: Dress and Skirt in lightweight cotton, linen, or silk. Not suitable for knits. Handkerchief and Petticoat in lightweight cotton batiste, linen, lawn, or muslin. Not suitable for knits.
Dress and Skirt ~ 1/2 yard (1/2 m) 45-inch wide
Petticoat ~ 1/3 yard (1/3 m) 45-inch wide
Handkerchief ~ 4-inch (10.25 cm) square
Thread. Dress and Skirt ~ 1/2 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). Petticoat ~ one 3/8-inch (9 mm) flat button for the back closure (a small snap or hook and loop tape can be used if preferred).
Skill Level: Intermediate
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