Friday, February 26, 2010

Little Girl in the Big Dress

Like many homeschoolers, my older daughter (6 years) enjoys the Little House series by Laura Ingles Wilder.  She calls them the "Mary" books, for some reason identifying with the older daughter in the books rather than the author.  I promised her that I would some day make her a "Mary" dress.  We searched for the most authentic looking pattern, just the right natural fabrics and last weekend I decided to tackle it.  It took nearly the entire day just to cut it out with all it's many pieces and another full day to sew it up but it's finally done and let me tell you, YOU COULD FIT THE WHOLE PRAIRIE IN THIS DRESS!!!  It's huge.  Little House in the Big Woods, NO WAY...Little Girl in the Big Dress is what I'm calling it.  But gosh, darnit, she's cute and gosh, darnit, the dress, pinafore and bonnet are lovely and gosh, darnit, they better be because she'll be wearing them until she's 10!!


  1. Melissa Zurn-DeckerMarch 5, 2010 at 4:45 PM

    That is so cute! I loved that series as a kid.

  2. i love those books! i had to buy a set just last year because my older copies were so worn out.
    also i think i may know why the dress is so big on her. if it's a peirod dress, then she would be wearing underthings and petty coats in layers and layers. so the dresses of that time had to be larger. but the dress looks amazing!! great work!!
    ~Tara a.k.a.