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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Seven free patterns for a complete American Girl doll wardrobe

List of free patterns for American Girl doll clothes.

My girls asked for American Girl dolls for Christmas this year.  And, as you probably already know if you are reading this, it can get really pricey to outfit an 18 inch doll in stylish duds.  Lucky for me (and you), there a ton of free AG doll clothing patterns online.  Here's a round-up of seven free patterns to sew a complete doll wardrobe. I have personally sewn each of these patterns, most more than once.

List of free American girl doll clothes patterns.


Did you know that the American Girl company used to provide patterns for some of the historic dolls' clothing? Those pattern packs are now available as free downloads here.  If you remember playing with Addy, Samantha, Felicity, Josefina, Kirsten or Molly, this will be a trip down memory lane for you.  I downloaded the pattern pack for Molly's clothes and sewed up a few dresses using the pattern for her jumper as a starting point. Molly is the doll that I owned on a child, and I still had her kicking around to model these pieces.

List of free patterns for American Girl doll clothes.

I raised the neckline on the bodice pattern and then played around with the skirt pieces for each dress.  This one was sewn using a scrap of brocade from my Babushka's seamstress days.  I remember my mom telling me that the brocade was left over from a wealthy client's custom gown.  The scrap has been sitting in my stash since I began sewing, and this seemed like the perfect use. I also added some bead accents to the bodice.


List of free patterns for American Girl doll clothes.

These leggings are so cute, and they are also a very fast sew.  They close with hook and loop tape in the back. I sewed them out of scraps of denim-look knit fabric so that they would look like skinny jeans.


Molly is wearing this tee in the photo above and below.  It's a regular t-shirt pattern with sleeves, but I redrew the sleeves as cut-on sleeves to make it a faster sew.  This tee closes up the back with hook-and-loop.


This adorable peplum skirt is a more polished look for your favorite doll. I sewed it in some scraps of cotton twill. It would be very easy to leave off the peplum for a different look, as well.

List of free patterns for American Girl doll clothes.

5. Bubble Skirt

Is this skirt not the cutest? I made it out of cotton chambray scraps, and Molly is rocking it along with another Liberty Jane trendy tee.

List of free patterns for American Girl doll clothes.


This is a basic long-sleeved drop-sleeve tee with lace trim.

List of free patterns for American Girl doll clothes.


This ingenious tutorial walks you through making doll tights from a single adult sock.

List of free patterns for American Girl doll clothes.

I hope this list has been helpful! If you have any favorite free AG doll clothes patterns of your own, drop them in the comments below!  I'd love to check them out.


6 comments:

  1. All of these are so adorable, Masha!!! What a wonderful and special gift for your girls! I loved dolls as a kid, but was a little bit older than the target demographic for the first American Girl Dolls. Nonetheless, even though I was too embarrassed to admit it at the time, I still thought they were so great, with all of the history, etc. I can't wait until Maggie is old enough to get into them! I have a feeling I will be sewing up some clothes!

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    1. Thanks Inder! They were really fun to sew.

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  2. Wow, quite a lot of work!! And all the outfits look adorable! I was going to make some outfits for my girls' dolls but then life took over... (as usual).

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    1. But you knit them all those cute sweaters and tunics ... I need to do some of that too.

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  3. I'm so impressed, Masha! These are so great! My favorite doll was Samantha! I still have mine, too! Tia is into Bitty Baby. You really did an amazing job! What great gifts- and this is one case where sewing would save you loads of money!

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    1. It really is nuts how expensive those clothes can be. But now I've started setting aside scraps I would otherwise toss, and putting them into a "future doll clothes" pile. Thanks for the compliment!

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