I have been a long time lover of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s cherished Little House on the Prairie books, as well as the captivating TV series. I was thrilled when my daughters became so intrigued with them too! We have had much snuggle time curled up together reading the books and watching the shows.
My oldest daughter had mentioned several months ago that she would love to have a Little House on the Prairie party for her 10th birthday. This party would not be complete without Little House on the Prairie dolls!!
I found internet pictures from the Little House on the Prairie pilot movie. The doll outfits were patterned after these pictures. We have the re-colorized version DVDs; these too were viewed for dress details. I wanted Laura to have a red paisley dress and yellow bonnet. For Mary, I wanted a green paisley dress and lavender bonnet. My daughters are very observant to details so I wanted a closest match as possible.
The Laura doll is a recycled Marie-Grace. I decided to keep the tendrils because several pictures that I found of the real life Laura Ingalls showed her with tendrils. Of course I had to add the adorable braids!
Laura’s dress, pinafore, and bonnet were purchased from Etsy shop, Aloha Girls Doll Clothes, https://www.etsy.com/shop/alohagirldollclothes . Ruby is a wonderful seamstress and I have purchased from her several times. She was so patient with me while we worked to find just the right patterned fabrics. The pantaloons are recycled from Marie-Grace. I purchased long black thigh length socks from EBay. I also purchased the black boots from EBay.
Laura’s prairie nightgown and nightcap were purchased from Etsy shop, Natural Charm Heirloom, https://www.etsy.com/shop/NaturalCharmHeirloom. Connie makes this outfit out of good quality muslin. It is a perfect replica!
Above are the Mary Ingalls inspiration pictues. I wanted to make sure her collar was pointed and that the pinafore was blue.
Mary’s dress, pinafore, and bonnet were also purchased from Etsy shop, Aloha Girls Doll Clothes. The pantaloons were recycled from my other daughters Marie Grace doll. I purchased long white thigh length socks from EBay. Mary’s boots are recycled from another Marie Grace outfit.
The Farmer Boy outfit was purchased from online shop, The Kindred Thread, http://www.kindredthread.com/ . Meg is a wonderful seamstress and pays very close attention to detail. This set included pants, suspenders, shirt, and cap. This made a perfect outfit for a boy doll to become Almanzo Wilder, Laura’s husband. The brown boots were found on EBay.
I love how these outfits add fun to historical doll play. The dolls were paired with American Girl’s Sheep-dog. This pet was found at our local Sam’s Club. He has the size of Laura’s dog, Jack and the coloring of her dog, Bandit.
Please come back to see my upcoming Little House Posts: Stocking the Wagon and The Birthday Party!
Craft on! Brandy