Prairie Day Charlotte Dress

Thursday, November 12, 2015

The week after Halloween, I was tasked with another costume of sorts. Avery's second grade class is reading The Little House on the Prairie, and they held a prairie day field trip to try to experience some of the things the Ingalls family may have experienced. The had fun making butter, lemonade, rag dolls, etc. (I'm pretty thrilled with the tiny dent those rag dolls made in my fabric scrap stash!!) Of course, Avery had a long skirt we could have easily used to pull a look together, but I couldn't just stop at that! It's an illness folks! 

The Modkid Charlotte just seemed like the perfect style for a Laura Ingalls dress. I also knew the dress would be fabulous beyond just prairie day. I think I already mentioned how I love the way the Charlotte combines a vintage feel with a modern look.

I used Anna Maria Horner's Honor Roll fabric for the long ruffle and ties. The maroon solid is Michael Miller Cotton Couture Broadcloth. The cotton couture was a dream to sew with, and it gives the garment such a great feel. I need more of these solids in my life!!

Love this sweet little button cuff! I made the dress in a size 7 with the length of the size 8. The sleeves ended up a little on the long side, so I tightened up the button after these photos were taken. 

The bonnet was mine as a child. I'm so thrilled my mom was able to find and send it for our use!

My little Laura!!

It's not a completely traditional Laura Ingalls looks, but I think Avery felt awesome that day.

I love the interesting details on the bonnet. If anyone recognizes the pattern, I would love to know what it is!

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