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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Karen C.
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Edith WW1 VAD Nurse Uniform 18" Doll Clothes

Great pattern. Clear instructions. Very easy to work with. End result very satisfying.


Cute nurse

I tested this pattern for Genine, and it turned out so cute. I have one of my dolls wearing it now. It was not too difficult even with the many pieces, and the end result was great. All of the Genniewren patterns are so well written, and easy to follow.

Carol B.

Absolutely thrilled with the pattern.

Absolutely thrilled with the pattern. My granddUghter made for her humanities assignment an d received nothing but praise for the finished produce. Loved the research also supplied with the pattern

Kathy G.

wwII nures uniform

great pattern