It's A Habit 18" Doll Clothes Pattern

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This Nun’s habit is inspired by a relatively new order of Nuns formed in the late 1990s called The Sisters of Life. It is designed to reflect their habit which is similar to other orders and can be used for these as well. Simply change the colour combinations to make a Dominican Habit (White and Black) or Servants of the Holy Spirit of Perpetual Adoration (Pink and White). There are many other Religious Sisters whose habits could be made from this pattern by leaving out the scapular or the guimpe. I found several online when I was researching for this pattern. Some are included as variations but don’t let that limit you.
The habit consists of a tunic/dress, scapular, guimpe and veil. The guimpe is sewn to the habit at the neck for ease of dressing the doll. A variation with a collar and detachable guimpe is also included. The scapular closes with hook and loop tape or snaps at the shoulder and the veil slips on over the head with elastic underneath. It can be finished with a detachable belt or a tie around the waist. It can be made with a variety of medium to lightweight woven fabrics. Included are instructions to make a veil pattern.

Complete the look with the Sweet Pea Fashion Doll-Sized Rosary pattern. 

Recommended Fabrics: Light to medium weight cotton, poly cotton

Supplies Needed:
• View A 1 yard of 46’’ wide (1 metre of 112 cm wide) lightweight fabric in main colour,
28 inch x 12 inches of fabric for veil
• View B 1 yard of 46” wide (1 metre of 112 cm wide) lightweight fabric in main colour, ½ yard (45 cm of 112 cm wide) lightweight fabric for scapular and veil head band
• View C ½ yard of 46” wide (50 cm of 112 cm wide) lightweight fabric in main colour for tunic, ½ yard (45 cm of 112 cm wide) lightweight fabric for scapular, scrap of fabric for veil and small scrap of fabric for veil head band
• View D 23” of 46“ wide (60 cm of 112 cm wide) lightweight fabric in grey for tunic and guimpe, scrap of light blue fabric for veil and veil headband
• ¼ yard lining fabric (all views)
• 3 fasteners OR 5” piece of hook and loop tape for back and small piece for Scapular shoulder
• 3” of 1” wide Elastic
• Matching thread
• Optional ¼” wide double-sided iron-on tape
• Optional Cord or Doll Belt
• Optional mini Rosary Beads and Holy Medal on a chain

Skill Level:  Intermediate

What You Get: One 41 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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Blanca F.
United States United States

Looks good and easy to use

I haven't used it yet, but thrilled that you had a pattern available, because my daughter's puppy shredded the dress she was wearing.

Christine R.
Canada Canada

Found it easy to use as a novice

I don't sew all that much, and this is my first project for dolls. Made one mistake and had to rip back because the collar was a bit unclear to me, but when I actually looked at the pictures it was very obvious (the step-by-step pictures are amazing). I have not made the guimpe or scapular, but what I have done was straightforward, easy to do, and turned out amazing.

Henri S.
United States United States

A Nun's Habit

The pattern was relatively easy to follow. I had some confusion about the attachable collar. My biggest challenge was the black fabric I chose to use. Also it should be stated that the sleeve cuffs will be showing the wrong side of the fabric which would not look good if your fabric wasn't the same on both sides. Overall the pattern was very nice.

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Shari D.

It's a Habit

The only recommendation I would make is to please use contrasting thread in the pictures. It would make it so much easier. I do love the written summary at the end of the pattern.

Pixie Faire It's A Habit 18 Doll Clothes Pattern Review
Jeanne B.
United States

It's a Habit

This pattern was very well written and illustrated and had a lot of options for the various orders of nuns. While it didn't include the starched head and neck pieces of the orders of nuns I remember from my childhood, those would have been very complicated to make. The more generic headband and two lengths of veils were great substitutes. Overall, I loved this pattern.

Pixie Faire It's A Habit 18 Doll Clothes Pattern Review