Union Suit 18" Doll Clothes Pattern

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Brave the winter in this Laura Ingalls Wilder inspired Union Suit by Thimbles and Acorns. Union suits first came on the market as part of the rational dress movement for women in 1868. Originally called the "Emancipation Under-Flannel" it was designed as an alternative to restricting corsets. Their practical design soon made them popular among men as well. This one piece undergarment is based on the traditional design that is still popular today and can be made for either boys or girls. It fastens in the front with five buttons and features a functional dropseat that closes with four. For those that have experience making buttonholes, it is a quick and easy pattern to make. For those that want to learn to make buttonholes, this is a great pattern to develop your skills!  

This PDF sewing pattern is sized to fit 18" dolls such as American Girl®. Watch for more sizes for other doll types coming soon to Pixie Faire!

Recommended Fabrics: Union Suit in stretch knits only: Interlock, jersey, spandex blends, cotton, or t-shirt knit with 60% stretch across the grain. Suitable for stripes.

Supplies Needed: 
Union Suit ~ 1/2 yard (.5 m)

Thread. Union Suit ~ Nine 3/8-inch buttons, 6-inch by 3-inch piece of non-woven fusible interfacing.

Skill Level:  Intermediate

What You Get: One 19 page sewing pattern that you digitally download as a PDF file so you can start your project immediately! The PDF sewing pattern provides digitally drawn 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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Barbara R.
United States United States

Haven't made it yet, but. . .

I expect to enjoy this making the Union suit. When I found it I was just tickled at the idea of it! : ) I used to have one that I bought to wear as pj's. I had no idea that women in history had them first. Makes sense since their garments left a lot to be desired in the area of warmth. It’s going to be fun to have them for the AG dolls.

leona R.

18" doll union suit

It was a really great pattern. We do a lot of re-enactment shooting, and union suits are quit common--the pattern is exactly like the big ones!!!!!


Union Suit for AG dolls

Such a cute pattern! I've made six of these so far, in three different scales. I have to say, I have never been comfortable with my buttonhole attachment. But, I used Shari's freezer paper buttonhole method, and set up my automatic buttonholer, and TA-DA! It works! The pattern includes interfacing instructions so the buttonholes are stabilized. So much easier than snaps. No snagging of the knit fabric with velcro. I used a decorative, built-in sewing machine stitch on my up-cycled t-shirt knit, and found that I really had to coax the fabric along for the joining stitch along the cuffs and plackets. I would recommend a simple stitch rather than a forward-backward decorative stitch when using stretchy knits like the t-shirt I used. It was much easier working with more stable knits.

Pixie Faire Union Suit 18 Doll Clothes Pattern Review
Denise B.

Union Suit

I made this suit over the weekend. Don't let the number of pattern pieces intimidate you. This was the easiest pattern to make. I made it in a lime green color with a slightly darker green thread for the zig zagging over the seams. It turned out so cute, I can't believe it. The fit is perfect.... Slightly tighter on Logan and a little baggier on my old AG doll. Perfect for both. I used 3 snaps for the drop back and Velcro for the front. So cute......