1860 Enlisted Civil War Uniform

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1860 Enlisted Civil War Uniform Pattern


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Doll/Doll Clothing

Skill Level:

medium skill level requirement Intermediate

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • This is an advanced pattern and a general knowledge of basic sewing skills. Should be able to make buttonholes, apply eyelets, attach trims, and manipulate small pieces.

Pattern Description:

Pattern 1860-02

1860s Sack Coat and Pants - Enlisted Civil War Uniform - Union or Confederate by Thimbles and Acorns

This time, I am trying something completely different.... as the mother of four boys it was inevitable that I would have to do something for them.

During the Civil War it was not uncommon for boys as young as 12 years of age to enlist as drummer boys. Though they weren't technically soldiers, they were still close to the battle lines and often took up arms when battles became heated. This uniform is patterned after the standard pants and sack coat issued to enlisted men and is the same style worn by Johnny Clem, who at 9 years of age became the youngest soldier of the Civil War... actually, of any American war.

This pattern has been carefully researched with close attention to detailing. The pants have a fly front with a small working silver button and two front pockets. The jacket features a unique pocket in the front that is accessed through the front placket. The jacket is fully lined ... just like the original.

This Uniform was fit on an older, thicker bodied 18 inch American Girl doll body, but the design fits the newer , slimmer body sizes as well.

*PLEASE NOTE* The shirt is shown for modeling purposes only and is not included in this pattern. It will be part of an upcoming Civil War Uniform pattern,

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Fits 18-inch dolls such as American Girl, Journey Girls, Harmony Club, and Madame Alexander.


  • Sack Coat: 1/3 yard of lightweight wool flannel or other lightweight to medium weight woven fabric. Not suitable for knits. Union Coats were Navy Blue and Confederate Coats were Light Gray. Sack Coat, Suspenders, and Pants Lining: 1/4 yard lightweight cotton muslin. Not suitable for knits. Unbleached muslin was the lining of choice to reduce costs. Suspenders were often made with a striped fabric. Pants: 1/3 yard lightweight wool flannel or other lightweight to medium weight woven fabric. Not suitable for knits. Union pants were Sky Blue or Navy Blue, Confederate Pants were typically Light Gray or Tan. Pistol Belt: Scrap piece of lightweight brown or black leather. A piece from a retired leather jacket works well.

You Will Also Need:

  • Trims: For Sack Coat, 18 inches of 1/4 inch wide Middy Braid (optional). For Pants, 24 inches of 1/4 inch wide Middy braid. Navy or Light blue for Infantry, Yellow for Cavalry, Red for Artillery, and Black for Medical or Chaplain. Closures: For Sack Coat, 4 ~ 3/8 inch gold buttons. For Pants, 5 ~ 3/8 inch nickle buttons and 1 size 4/0 nickle snap, 2 ~ 1/4 inch eyelets, and 1 ~ 6 inch piece of string or leather lace. For Pistol Belt, 1/2 inch and 1/4 inch buckle with prong.

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I had my first real sewing lesson with my Grandma Switzer when I was about eight years old. After watching her in awe while she worked at her sewing machine, she helped me pick out a pattern for a doll that was just like I imagined Laura Ingall's doll Charlotte looked like. We then dug through her closet full of fabric scraps to find just the right pieces for the doll and several dresses. She ...

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