Get in touch with your inner Laura as you sew up this charming 1870s prairie inspired dress, apron and bonnet ensemble. The dress features a gathered bodice with a yoke and waistband that button down the back. Finish the skirt with the wide ruffle for an old-fashioned prairie style, or leave the ruffle off and don an easy to make cloth flower for your modern prairie girl. The bonnet cinches in the back with a drawstring to achieve a perfect fit and the simple apron ties in the back and has two handy pockets, just the thing for a hard working Prairie girl. This easy to make PDF pattern is a great choice for new sewists wanting to develop their sewing skills.
Recommended Fabrics: Dress and Lining in lightweight to medium weight woven fabric such as cotton, cotton blends, linen, or silk. Not suitable for knits.
Bonnet ~ 2/3 yard (2/3 m)
Past Dress ~ 2/3 yard (2/3 m)
Apron ~ 1/3 yard (1/3 m)
Present Dress ~ 1/2 yard (1/2 m)
Thread. For Bonnet, 1/2 yard 1/8-inch (3 mm) wide twill tape or ribbon. For Past and Present Dress with button closures, two small snaps for the sleeves, one large snap for the waistband, and three 3/8-inch buttons for the back. For Past and Present Dress with Snap Closures, five small snaps for the sleeves and bodice and one large snap for the waistband. For Present Dress one 3/8-inch (9 mm) decorative button for the flower.
Skill Level: Easy
What You Get: One 32 page sewing pattern that you digitally download as a PDF file so you can start your project immediately! The PDF sewing pattern provides digitally drawn step-by-step 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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The pattern went together pretty easy and has plenty of options to make it unique. I added a collar to one dress and did the dress and ruffles at different lengths. If you're not a fan of lots of gathering stitches, it probably won't be as enjoyable to sew. A good addition to my pioneer doll's wardrobe.
I am very fond of the dress. Despite the many pieces, it came together well. The apron pattern is fantastic. I struggled with the bonnet. I made another dress changing a couple of things putting the bonnet together. Using the cording in the back of the bonnet added too much bulk where the ties joined the bonnet. I opted for elastic mid neckline. I lengthened the ties a little as well. I plan to make more.
This was a great pattern. Instructions were very easy to follow. A lot of detail in the dress but not difficult to do. I like the way Shari always puts some history about the garment in her patterns. I made this for a little girl who loves Little House on the Prairie books. She was very excited when she received it for her birthday.
Love it! Can't wait to use it
Making the outfit was easy for me. I've been sewing for years. It did take some time though. I made the petticoat also. I love the fabrics I chose. My doll is Rebecca and she looks absolutely beautiful in the outfit. I also loved the outfit on Tenny. I would like to get her someday. I loved the Little House on The Prarie books and tv series.