Edith WW1 VAD Nurse Uniform 18" Doll Clothes Pattern

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The Edith pattern is based on the World War 1 (WW1) Voluntary Aid Detachment (VAD) field hospital uniform. It is called "Edith" to commemorate Edith Cavell, a British nurse who was executed in 1915. 
The PDF pattern comprises of a front fastening ankle length shirtwaist dress with white cuffs and a choice of Mandarin or Peter Pan collar; and two styles of bibbed apron with straps.
The pattern also includes elasticated oversleeves, a Red Cross or St John Ambulance brassard (armband), and a choice of headwear:  the traditional VAD “handkerchief-style” headdress, and a “Sister Dora” nurse cap, which was the standard headwear style used by many civilian hospitals at the start of WW1, and was used until as recently as the 1980s. 
The collars and apron styles are interchangeable. 
The Edith pattern for a WW1 volunteer nurse uniform is generic to allow you to make a nursing uniform that is representative of your own country’s role in the War. 
More information about WW1 VADs is included with this pattern.
Suggested Fabrics:  Cotton chambray, quilters cotton, cotton lawn, polycotton


Supplies Needed:

-Half a yard (0.5 meters) for the dress

-One yard (1 meter) of white fabric for the headdress, apron, collar, cuffs, brassard (arm band) and oversleeves. PLUS a small piece of black fabric for the St John Brassard (optional)

-A quarter of a yard of fine/lightweight fusible interfacing

-Approximately 10” Anti Snag hook and loop tape, or snaps if preferred

-4 small (¼-⅜” / 6-8mm) white buttons for the front of the dress (decoration only)

-4 snaps for the apron fastenings and straps

-Three quarters of a yard of ¼” (6mm) wide elastic for the oversleeves

-6” (15cm) of ⅜” wide red ribbon for the apron cross and 4” (20cm) of ¼” (6mm) ribbon for the cross on the brassard. 

-Extra Strong white thread


Skill Level: Intermediate


What You Get: One 60 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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Genniewren's "Edith" Nurse Uniform

I used this pattern for one of my big projects — a Civil War scene. The pattern was complete with the head wrap and sleeve protectors. I added a close-up of the hem-stitching on the head wrap. This was a suggestion in the pattern. I can’t believe how much of an enhancement the mitered corner and wing-needle hemstitching brought to this $1.99 per yard piece of bleached muslin. The underdress which is a wonderful pattern on its own, has the perfect blend of flare and gathering to give a great silhouette. While I was dressing my doll, I realized that this pattern would also make a great Downton Abbey maid’s uniform. I made a little cap, my own pattern, and added a feather duster, and I had another, completely different look. Same dress, different era. I love it when I learn to do something new, (the hem-stitching) and when the pattern is so versatile!

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Julia H.
United States

Done for Fun

What to say - I liked the sheer convenience of downloading the PDF version, and found the pattern itself very well engineered - that is, all the pieces fit nicely. And the instructions were painstakingly detailed. Confession - the first outfit made from it, I pattern-bashed, and mixed elements of this pattern with elements of a vintage pattern from American Girl - Kirsten's Pretty Clothes to make a student-nurse or candy-striper. The outfit entirely from this pattern is cut out and ready to go together.

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Barbara T.
United Kingdom

Excellent detailed pattern

I purchased this pattern to use as part of our school display on WW1 Both of the patterns are very detailed giving a full list of all the materials required to complete the designs. The pattern was easy to print and cut out, and the comprehensive instructions, with photos make construction easy. The outfits came out perfectly and the teachers and children are very pleased with them as part of the display. They additional included information on nurses and volunteers in WW1 was a bonus as well. Thank you so much.

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Connie H.
United States

Edith WW1 VAD Nurse Uniform 18" Doll Clothes Pattern

I made this costume last weekend. It is so CUTE! It was a straight forward construction. I didn't put a collar on the dress and it is still historically correct. Thanks for adding these historical dresses. I teach AP World history and plan on using them to illustrate the how the changes in clothing reflect the changing social attitudes toward women.

Janice Campbell
United Kingdom


My friend Mary is a published author here in the UK and I always like to celebrate the publication day oh her new novels by doing something with one of my dolls to celebrate. When she wrote her novel based on the Battle of the Somme, I looked everywhere for a WW1 nurses doll pattern. To my delight I found Gennie's. I was thrilled with the result my doll looked just like the nurse on the front cover. Mary and her publishers were delighted. My photo of my doll was tweeted by the publisher. My church later had my doll in the uniform in their Battle of the Somme display too. I can't thank you enough Gennie.