Free Authentic American Girls Patterns!

Back in the ’80′s  Pleasant Company offered pattern packages for their historical doll wardrobes.  Of course, the first dolls were all historical~Civil War era Addy, colonial girl Felicity, Minnesota prairie girl Kirsten, Victorian era Samantha, WW II Molly and 1824 New Mexican Josephina.   Each American Girl had a package with patterns specific to her period and culture.

At the time, the $18 cost for each set of patterns seemed pricey.  But the detailed patterns made it possible to authentically duplicate the original costumes, accessories, and available extra outfits for each doll.  So they were popular with mamas, nanas and aunties who were eager to please a child.

Molly in jumper which is a reverse match of Laurel's. We've ordered a tee shirt for her to wear under this.

Now, they are out-of-print and new pattern sets for later dolls have never been offered.  But YIPPEE!!!!, those original patterns are available for free  from a fabulous web site I recently discovered!

I had done a google search for AG patterns, hoping to find one or two on eBay when I happened upon American Girls Playthings where these patterns are offered as  free .pdf downloads!  There is a wealth of AG information on this site, so check it out.

Knowing how web sites come and go, I downloaded all six pattern packages to my computer and printed out several of them.  One of the big advantages of AG dolls is that they are all the same size, except, of course, the Bitty Babies.  So the clothes and patterns are interchangeable from doll to doll. Now, I can use any of these patterns with their many different styles and garments to make clothes for Laurel’s second AG doll, Kit.

Molly’s slip pattern was used to make a jumper similar to the one Laurel made for the upcoming county fair.  But after re-drafting it to add length (the slip has a ruffle), extending the shoulders to create a lap for buttons and readjusting one thing and another, the jumper was much too wide.  After discovering this, I compared the original pattern to my redraft and realized that I inadvertently added almost an inch at the center front and back!

This was especially noticeable at the neckline, so I ran a gathering thread to draw it up.  It’s neither a great fix nor a great garment, but Laurel is never critical and always appreciative.  When she makes a matching jumper for Kit, I will have  all kinks from my adaptations worked out and correct the redrafted pattern pieces.

Now, with all the patterns from American Girl Playthings, we have patterns for everything from under garments to sleepwear, rain gear, party dresses and more.  If you have an American Girls fan to sew for, you might want to get these patterns downloaded soon.

17 Responses to Free Authentic American Girls Patterns!

  1. You are a wealth of information and I THANK YOU so much for this latest tidbit. I have been lucky enough to have collected the original patterns from ebay over time but to have these additional ones, I can save the originals in their packaging. Could you please tell me what pattern you used for Laurel’s dress? I just might steal that idea for a little girl who loves to have things that I make for her.

  2. Wow! I would NEVER have thought to use the slip pattern to make a jumper. Now I’m looking through all of those historical dress patterns with new eyes. Thank-you! :)

  3. Shirley, the pattern used for Laurel’s A-line jumper/dress is the one in Martha Pullen’s book, Applique~Martha’s Favorites. The pattern only goes to size 6 and Laurel is 7 1/2 but small for her age. I enlarged it just a little bit and it is actually big for her. So the patterns do run a little large. The directions show how to sew this completely by machine except for a 3″ section that needs to be hand whipped closed. Really neat. Laurel made the dress-I traced the pattern.

  4. Sophia Patterson

    Thanks so much. Going to download now.

  5. Thank you for posting those patterns… I had the originals way back when… and lost them or lent them or???? Off to download NOW!

  6. Thank you so much for posting the link to the patterns for the American Girl Doll clothes!

  7. Isn’t this a fabulous resource? I was thrilled to find it and happy to share.

  8. debbyshehane

    Finally I have granddaughters! Alas- I discovered that the patterns for AG dolls were discontinued. After buying one on ebay, I did a google search and there you were! Thank you so much for publishing what you found. Now I can begin to sew for the Felicity doll I just ordered!

  9. Hurrah for granddaughters! I’m so glad you found these patterns and can now have all the fun of sewing for dolls. Lucky Felicity!

  10. Please send American Girl patterns – for Caroline

  11. Sorry, Carol, but you will have to read the post.

  12. Penny Scott

    I got excited reading about the free patterns. But when I went to the Ameerican Girl Playthings web site I was unable to download the patterns. The link has either been removed or corrupted. I was hoping you could help.
    Penny

  13. Penny, I just visited AG Playthings site by clicking on the link in this post. After fumbling for a minute, I was able to download the patterns by clicking on the photo of the pattern, rather than on the word “download.” Try that and let me know if you are still having trouble.

  14. I’m currently using the kirsten school dress pattern to make a dress from little house on the prarie for my saige doll

  15. That sounds like fun! Aren’t we lucky to have these patterns for free??? Aren’t you lucky to have Saige!

  16. I just came across that website myself and am so happy. My mom and I both make AG clothing, for my old doll and for friends whose daughters have a newer one. The original patterns were expensive for the time, but if you try to buy them on ebay you can pay upwards of $80 or more. Thank you so much!

  17. Lauren, I’m so glad this information is useful to you. If you are all about making the AG clothing and not into collecting original hard copies of the patterns, this site is a gold mine. I was thrilled when I found it. Sounds like you are too. Happy AG sewing!

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