Trying to find American Girl patterns
Hello! I am hoping someone here can help me. I am looking for patterns made by Pleasant Company for American Girl dolls – they don’t make them anymore, but you can make exact replicas of the clothes sold for the dolls in catalogs and stores. I see them sometimes on ebay, but usually collectors are selling them new, uncut, still shrink-wrapped, etc. for very high prices. I would like to find used versions, especially for Felicity, that have been cut out and aren’t of such value to collectors. Has anyone seen these anywhere? Thank you so much!
I just checked Google under "American Girl dolls clothes patterns" and found all sorts of references. Have you done a search?
This is one site which looked good to me but I just barely investigated it. Have a look at it.
Making a basic pattern for clothes for a doll is not too hard but it is somewhat time-consuming because you have to measure the doll, draw the "sloper" then try it out. I did it for a 24" doll that I have and it seems to work fine but I have never made anything complicated.
Thank you for the link! I'll take a look and see if it works out for me. I haven't really made patterns myself, but I often adapt patterns to create a new design for what I'm looking for. In this case, I am hoping to find the actual Pleasant Company pattern, so that I can duplicate the clothing sold on the American Girl website. I may end up having to adapt something, though. Thank you for the great ideas!
Lori, I went looking for pages on Felicity just to see what she looked like and found this site which offers clothes for sale. http://www.dolliesdressmaker.com/store/start.asp?category_id=1What I find most interesting is that you can get close-ups of the dresses and thus get a good look at the details. It looks to me as if basic dress pattern would work very well if you adjusted for a slightly high waist and changed necklines, etc. as required.Anyway, enough from me. If you work out something to your satisfaction, it would be interesting if you posted photos of your efforts.Frances
Edited 3/10/2005 11:29 pm ET by clichay
Frances -- I visited that site and her items are beautiful -- unfortunately, she doesn't have patterns available for every item that she sells, but I think I can adapt a pattern that I have. Thanks for the great tip! I will post photos soon of my latest creations.
If you look in the pattern catalogs ( Vogue, simplicity, butterick....) you will find lots of patterns that will fit American Girl dolls and they have very similar pieces to the original outfits of each American Girl doll.....by comparing the fabric choices to the pictures of the original outfits, you should be able to duplicate their outfits very well. There are also several websites that sell accessories for dolls that are almost identical to the Pleasant Company ones. you can find these through a search engine.
There is a store in Lake Oswego, OR that sells all kinds of accessories and clothes for American Girl dolls. The clothes are made by local seamstresses, I haven't been there in a few years since my girls are out of this stage (Sadly for me)but give them a call and the owner I am sure could give you some advice. The store is called The Red Door Cottage, the phone numer is 503-635-3520. Good Luck!
Years ago when my daughter was at that stage I found a book at my local library that had patterns for all sorts of dolls and all of the basic pattern pieces. I traced them and used those to make all sorts of clothes for the " 18" doll ". The only part that can be challenging is finding the right kind of fabric and knowing what parts you need to duplicate a look. Good Luck.
It's sad that they not only long-ago discontinued the patterns, but now are discontinuing Felicity. Anyway, here are my suggestions:
Look in all the major pattern books. Most have patterns for clothes, shoes, hats, and I've even seen a horse by Vogue. McCall's 10863 has Felicity type dresses and I've seen more than one hooded cape pattern. I'm not sure if it's readily available, but it's worth a try.
Also, you might be able to post a "wanted" ad to craigslist.com, and check the sale ads there.
Good luck. (Please note: I have no commercial interest in any of the above-mentioned products or companies.)
The good news is, they are not discontinuing Felicity -- the latest word is that they are actually introducing her companion doll, Elizabeth, this September. So they may begin expanding Felicity's line again -- at least, I can hope!
Thanks for the tip on Craig's list -- I hadn't thought to check there. I see the patterns on eBay all the time, but they are new in package and sold as collectors items for more than $40 -- I just want a used one that I can put to good use. I will check out Craig's list -- thanks so much!
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