WW1 Nurse Uniform for 18in doll

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WW1 Nurse Uniform for 18in doll Pattern


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Sewing: WW1 Nurse Uniform for 18in doll
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Pattern Details:

Pattern Details






Doll/Doll Clothing

Skill Level:

medium skill level requirement Intermediate

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Basic dressmaking skills - sewing straight and curved seams, finishing seams, gathering, some hand sewing

Pattern Description:

The Edith pattern is based on the World War 1 (WW1) Voluntary Aid Detachment (VAD) field hospital uniform.

The pattern comprises a front fastening ankle length shirtwaist dress with white cuffs and a choice of Mandarin or Peter Pan collar; and two styles of bibbed apron with straps.

The pattern also includes elasticated oversleeves; a Red Cross or St John Ambulance brassard (armband) and a choice of headwear: the traditional VAD "handkerchief-style" headdress, and a "Sister Dora" nurse cap which was the standard headwear style used by many civilian hospitals at the start of WW1, and which continued to be worn as recently as the 1980s by London teaching hospitals.

The collars and apron styles are interchangeable.

The Edith pattern for a WW1 volunteer nurse uniform is deliberately generic to allow you to make a nursing uniform that is representative of your own country's role in the War.

More information about WW1 VADs is included with this pattern along with links to sites for more information and family history research purposes.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • To fit 18 inch dolls


  • One yard white fabric
  • Half a yard grey or blue fabric for dress

You Will Also Need:

  • Quarter yard lightweight fusible interfacing
  • Four (4) small (6-8mm) buttons
  • Four snaps for apron closure
  • Anti snag Velcro (R) or snaps for dress closure
  • Three quarter of a yard of 1/4" (6mm) elastic for oversleeves
  • Strong white thread for hand gathering the Sister Dora cap

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About Designer

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I've been sewing, knitting, crocheting and embroidering all my life. I love making up my own designs and dressing dolls and teddy bears. For many years I made artist teddy bears and sold them under the name Ninie-Bears. I made over 500 bears that were sold all over the world including USA, Switzerland and Japan. Nowadays I design doll clothes patterns and I digitize designs for machine embroidery ...

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