1860 Civil War Era Dress 18" Doll Clothes Pattern

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The Civil War Era Day dress by Thimbles and Acorns has a fitted bodice with full bishop sleeves that fasten with a snap at the cuffs. View A features the fashionable full oversleeves and View B has a faux front placket with a row of decorative buttons down the front of the bodice. Both dresses have full pleated skirting that can be worn with the crinoline and petticoat from Thimbles and Acorns Unmentionables pattern to get the distinctive 1860s bell-shaped skirt. The bodice, oversleeves, and skirting can be embellished with bias tape, lace, or any other Victorian style trimmings. The dress fastens in back with three buttons, but hook and loop tape or snaps can be used if preferred. A smart looking belt adds a nice finishing touch.

Suggested Fabrics: View A and B Dress in lightweight to medium weight woven fabric such as cotton, cotton blends, linen, or silk. Undersleeves, Lining, and Collar in lightweight woven fabric such as cotton batiste, muslin, silk, or handkerchief linen.


Supplies Needed:


  • View A or B Dress ~ 2/3 yard
  • Collar and Undersleeves ~ 1/6 yard
  • Lining ~ 1/6 yard
  • Trim ~ 1/2 yard


  • Thread
  • Three 3/8” buttons; snaps or hook and loop tape can be used, if preferred
  • One 1/2” decorative button, for neckline
  • One 1/2” wide slider buckle

View A Dress

  • Two yards narrow trim such as soutache braid,
  • middy braid, lace, or bias tape
  • Two 1/4” buttons
  • Two 1/4” snaps

View B Dress

  • One and a half yards narrow trim such as soutache braid, middy braid, lace, or bias tape
  • Seven 1/4” buttons
  • Two 1/4” snaps


  • Sewing machine
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Hand sewing needle
  • Iron and pressing tools
  • Blunt needle or point turner


Skill Level: Intermediate


What You Get: One 23 page sewing pattern that you digitally download as a PDF file so you can start your project immediately! The PDF sewing pattern provides full color step-by-step illustrated instructions and full-size pattern pieces. A PDF reader is required to view and print the files (example: Adobe Reader or Preview for MAC). The download link is received immediately after the transaction is complete. Print copies are NOT available.

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Joanna H.
United States United States
Gorgeous Quality Garment

This is a masterpiece of a pattern. It is not hard to follow with some sewing experience, and while time consuming, you really reap the benefit with such a high quality finished product. Highly recommended.

Tara F.
United States
Lovely Dress!

If you have sewing experience, this pattern is easy to follow, and results in a beautiful dress and pantaloons.

Pixie Faire 1860 Civil War Era Dress 18 Doll Clothes Pattern Review
Georgianne T.
United States
another winner

I love all of her patterns. This is no exception. Well written instructions that turn out well every time.

Elizabeth R.

I'm an experienced sewist, but this was my first attempt at doll clothes. Loved every minute of the experience. Directions are clear and complete, with fun little historical factoids added. I love that the bodice and oversleeves are lined -- for historical accuracy, I imagine -- even though the lining doesn't show. An excellent pattern with so many fun details.

Penny T.
Period Perfect Design

I sewed from an earlier version of this pattern and used purchase trim. I look forward to making it again with the self bias for trim. Lots of great details in this design including front skirt pleating, princess seams, and double sleeves.