Brighton Bodice 18" Doll Clothes Pattern


The “Brighton - Bodice” pattern, by Karen Lorraine Design, offers an opportunity to recreate a Victorian Era Bodice or a modern-day Jacket. This pattern is from a larger four-piece pattern that includes a Foundation/Underskirt, Overskirt, and a detachable Train, all of which focus on the Victorian Bustle days, in-particular the Natural Form Era of the 1880s. (These other three pieces are also available to purchase separately or you can purchase the entire pattern of Brighton 4-Piece Outfit.) 


In this pattern, the Bodice/Jacket gives an option of using boning, thus allowing for a highly couture and authentic finish. Front darts and princess lines further fit the Bodice to offer a stunning silhouette and structure. (A Dart Supplement is included at the back of the pattern for your convenience.) The square neckline can be trimmed with mini-pleats or lace, while a waist stay adds the final fitting element. 

Also used with this pattern is the method of flatlining (and not underlining). This is a historical method that helps with clothing construction including to hold the trims in place. 

Note: To be historically realistic, your doll would wear a chemise, corset, and 1-2 petticoats under this outfit. These undergarment pattern pieces are not included in this pattern.

SUGGESTED FABRICS: Quilting cottons, Cotton, Broadcloth and similar woven-cotton, non-stretch fabrics (for main fashion fabrics). Organza or organdie or similar non-stretch fabrics for flatlining fabric.

Supplies Needed:


    • Fabric “One” for mini-pleats 1 metre (wide) x ½ metre (deep) [40" x 20"], woven cotton, non-stretch (like quilting cotton). 
    • Fabric “Two” for Bodice pattern pieces 70cm (w)  x 40cm (d) [28" x 16"] woven cotton, non-stretch, like quilting cotton.
    • Fabric “Three” for flatlining 70cm (w)  x 40cm (d) [28" x 16"], non-stretch like organdie, organza.
    • Any fabric for bias strip to measure 1" (deep) x 33" long [2.5cm x 82.5cm].
    • Any fabric for hemming tape to measure ¾" (d) x 24" (l) [1.9cm x 60cm].
    • 1 metre (40") Rigband Polyester boning, plastic boning, or similar. (Optional.) 
    • Lace for neckline. (Optional.)
    • Matching or contrasting thread
    • Bar and tack, hook and loop tape, snap fasteners, or hook and eye closures. Additional embellishments like ribbons, beads, and lace. (Optional.)


    Skill Level:  Intermediate

    What You Get: One 43 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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