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 cottonSupplies Needed:
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This pattern is not only easy to make with great pictures and well written directions, it is also a lesson on Habits! She tells us about the different orders and how their Habits vary. Everyone should read this even if you never make the Habit. I am not Catholic so it taught me a lot about the parts of the Nun's attire. Thank you for a fantastic pattern!
This is a wonderful pattern that recreates a traditional nun's habit with the more modern style veils. This is exactly like the habits the nuns wore when I attended a convent high school in the 1970s. The pattern is well illustrated with easy to follow instructions and it contains lots of information about the habits of different orders. You can use the pattern to make a custom habit for the nuns you remember, or you can choose one of the several options included in the pattern. The pattern designer's sister is a nun, so this pattern is very accurately designed and described. Thank you for letting me test this pattern. It was so much fun to make.