Primrose Chemise 18" Doll Clothes Pattern

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This sweet and practical 1870 era chemise is designed specifically to be worn under 1870s style dresses with their fashionable fitted sleeves, but works just as well as a dainty summer nightie. It is very simple in design with only four pieces. It features short dolman like sleeves that are edged with lace and a round lace edged yoke that fastens one button at each shoulder (snaps or hook and loop tape can be used, if preferred). The chemise is finished with a lace edged hem that completes this simple, yet feminine garment.

This PDF sewing pattern, by Thimbles and Acorns, is designed to fit 18" dolls such as American Girl® and Other Similarly Sized Dolls.

Suggested Fabrics:  Chemise in light weight cotton, batiste, voile, linen, or silk. Not suitable for knits.


Supplies Needed:  


  • Chemise - 1/3 yard 45” wide fabric


  • Thread
  • Two 1/4” buttons (snaps or hook and loop tape can be used, if preferred)
  • Two yards 1/2” wide flat lace


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

Skill Level:  Intermediate


What You Get: One 14 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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Karen B.
United States

Primrose Chemise

Excellent instructions, Easy to follow and the chemise fits perfectly.

Lisa A.
United States United States

Primrose Chemise

This turned out just so dainty and delicate! While I made it as a chemise layer for under another Thimbles and Acorns dress pattern, it’s quite pretty on it’s own, and makes a lovely summer nightgown. Instructions are detailed and easy to follow.

Pixie Faire Primrose Chemise 18 Doll Clothes Pattern Review
Lynne T.
Canada Canada

perfect for a warm summer night

This is an excellent pattern with clear instructions that are easy to follow. I used snaps instead of buttons and button holes because in all honesty, I hate to spend time making such an adorable nightie and then have trouble with the button holes. What I especially like is that it is so easy for children to put this nightie on or take it off. Way to go Thimbles and Acorn

Hope F.
Australia Australia

Sweet and simple

This cute chemise went together really well. I chose to make mine as nighties. Next time, I think I would use a lightweight interfacing for the yoke as the fine voile fabric did pull a little out of shape. The instructions for applying the lace were easy to follow. I worked on these two sporadically over a couple of days, but it should be easy enough to finish this pattern in an afternoon for an experienced seamstress.