Do you have a little girl in your life that has an American Girl doll? Have you ever looked to see how much their clothes cost? Let me just say I spend less money on my own clothes than I would have for these dolls. But they are adorable, and I can’t wait for my daughter to be bigger so we can get her one (or maybe one of the knock off 18″ dolls from Target – we will see!) However, my niece, has one and my brother suggested that she would love some clothes for her doll for Christmas.

So off to Jo Anns I went!

My sewing skills are not spectacular, so I chose a pattern that I thought I could do with relative ease. Here is the one that I chose from Simplicity. (*Tip: These patterns go on sale all the time at the craft stores. Never pay full price! I got this one for $1.99.)

Pattern 2302

Cute, right?

I had both kids with me at the store when I had to get the fabric, so I needed to be quick about making my choices. I didn’t have time to stand at the cutting counter. Luckily, they have these great bundles of pre-coordinated fabric for quilting that work perfect for doll clothes. I could make about 8 more outfits out of the leftover fabric!
I got to work sewing and here is what I came up with. 
A dress. Her arms fit through two slits in the side and ties at the top around the neck with ribbon.
A top that ties in the back at the top and bottom, and two skirts.
I felt like it was missing a little something, so I got a really cute pair of shoes from Jo Anns as well (not shown).
I think my niece will love them. Plus, now I have a pattern for when my little girl gets big enough for one of these dolls. And I was able to make 4 items for her doll for less than what I could have paid for one at the store! 

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3 Comments on American Girl Doll Clothes

  1. Perfect timing for this. Santa is bringing an American Girl doll to our house this year, but not with any extra outfits. I’ve found a couple of patterns online, but I’ll definitely have to look for this one and use some of my fabric stash. Your niece will love these!

  2. Simply adorable! I have a daughter as well, but she’s not into the American girl yet. I don’t sew and don’t like it either, but that’s my mother’s in low’s hobbie, so lucky me!!! I found your blog today and I like it soooo much, I love to scrapbook and to do some simple crafts since I’m not that good at that, but some of your projects are really simple and I think I can do some of them ;-) Thanks a lot for inspiring me! Angelica

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