Last year for my niece’s birthday I made her doll clothes for her American Girl doll. When I asked my brother what she would like for this year’s birthday he told me she requested more clothes. This year I chose a new pattern to make a few pieces from. I purchased all the fabric and trim from Jo Ann’s.

I chose a McCall’s pattern. This one was a little harder for me to work with than the Simplicity one I used last year. I am still a novice sewer and I easily get confused by the instructions that come with the patterns, but luckily I was able to figure it all out!
Here is the pattern I chose:
M6451

I decided to make part of the outfit you see in the bottom left corner. It consisted of a long sleeve shirt, jeans and an apron. I actually chose this pattern because of all the little aprons. I love grown up ones and these little dolls ones were just too cute!

I started by making the long sleeve shirt. It has a velcro closure on the back. I love the white flower detail in the fabric. The fabric for this shirt was from the quilting section.
You can see my not so straight stitching of the velcro. Like I said, I am still learning! 

Next, I sewed up the jeans. I used thin denim from the apparel department. The front has a straight waistband and the back is elastic to get them on and off easily.
And this is where the project stopped for months. I was scared of sewing this tiny apron. My skills (or lack thereof) got the best of me. Luckily, when I finally just got in there and started sewing, it wasn’t really too hard. The trickiest part was turning the fabric right side out on the tiny tie in the back. 

I am hoping next year if she requests any more doll clothes, I will be a little more confident in my skills so I can get her present to her in a timely fashion. I get the not-so-great Aunt award on that part of the present!
The best part is that when my daughter gets a little older and needs some doll clothes, I should be a pro!
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8 Comments on American Girl Doll Clothes

  1. Those are so cute. The ones in the catalogs are so crazy expensive so I bought some for my dd from etsy. And I sew too, but I don’t like sewing doll clothes very well.

  2. They turned out great. I love the little apron! I am still afraid of store-bought patterns, they always confuse me. I purchase e-patterns from etsy and youcanmakethis.com. You can print them as many times as you need and they usually include extensive tutorials. It’s easy to email the designers with questions, too. One of these days I’ll get brave and actually buy McCall’s or Simplicity.

  3. They look great. Don’t be afraid to try something new. That’s how we all learn. And don’t point out your little mistakes. No one is looking at that any way. And none of sew perfectly. Just keep sewing and have fun.

    • Thanks so much for your encouraging words DJ! I definitely try to have fun with it, even if it is sometimes frustrating for me. I point out my mistakes on here since people come to my blog for tutorials. I want to be sure they know the correct ways to do things, and what I found works and what doesn’t. Have a great weekend.
      xo,
      Laura

  4. I love that you did Velco for the back of the yellow shirt. It’s easier to sew on than buttons, in my opinion. I really like the idea of making clothes for my daughter’s dolls, but because I’m so busy with work and activities for our kids, I just can’t find the time. Buying clothes directly from American Girl is expensive, so I want to find a happy medium in finding a place to buy clothes.

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