The best handmade American Girl Doll clothes on Etsy: Should you succumb?

I caved. After years of avoiding the store and hiding the catalog, I finally gave in and bought two American Girl Dolls for my daughters for Christmas. But in doing so, I swore that I’d support Etsy artists and crafters by buying as much handmade clothing for American Girl Dolls as possible.

With help in part from Grammy (thanks Grammy!) who helped find so many of these great designs, here are a few shops to keep your eye on should you be looking to style Kit or Kaya or McKenna in something a little off the beaten path. And psst…AG clothes or 18″ doll clothes are both code for just what you’re looking for. -Liz

 

Handmade American Girl Doll Clothes | Sew Fun Dolls
Handmade American Girl doll clothes | Sew Fun Doll Clothes

Sew Fun Doll Clothes
This Spokane shop may be my very favorite, especially if you want contemporary styles that your own daughter might wear herself. The doll stockings in particular are wonderful–we are proud owners of the pink stripes seen here, but I imagine the black and white star ones are next on our list.

There’s also a great selection of original outfits for 18″ dolls (snowflake outfit shown at very top) most in the $18-22 range. We’ll be back here for sure.

 

Handmade American Girl doll ballet outfit | AM PM
American Girl handmade quilted vest | AM PM

AM PM Creations Too
The 4-piece American Girl doll sized ballerina outfit fits nicely and the shoes are beyond adorable–if you can keep your kid from tying them in 37 knots. Plus it’s $8 less than the official version which is kind of nice. ($22, 4-piece set)She also makes some cool, contemporary separates like this funky quilted vest  which honestly, I’d wear in my size. ($12)

American Girl doll handmade poncho | Lavender Lore

Lavender Lore
I am so in love with the crocheted poncho sets ($12.50) from this artist, which are all handmade to order in the colors of your choice. All her items are clearly beautifully crafted and made with love, judging from the number of orders and the excellent feedback. It’s like having your own surrogate crocheting Grandma.

 

Handmade American Girl doll clothes | DressURDolly2

Handmade American Girl doll clothes | DressURDolly2

DressURDolly2
If you like more traditional styles, this shop is packed with one-of-a-kind peasant tops, swingy dresses and matching hair bows. (3 piece sets around $18.) You’ll also find some shoes plus basics like fleece sweatshirts.

Handmade American Girl doll clothes | DressURDolly2

It’s not all traditional though; there are a few trendy pieces to be found like this very awesome French leopard coat and hat set ($30) which…well, take that, Madeline.

 

Handmade American Girl doll clothes | Doll Closet on etsy

Doll Closet
While she doesn’t have the biggest selection, I love the fitted tees and leggings at this shop each for just $8, which you can order in 24 different colors. Instant wardobe basics, done. Although if it were my doll, I’d be all over her purple snakeskin leggings ($10). So fun!

[thanks amye!]

If you have a favorite source for handmade American Girl Doll clothes please leave them in comments. We’d love to know!

Liz

Liz Gumbinner is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Cool Mom Picks and Cool Mom Tech. This makes her very happy.

14 Comments

  • Reply January 4, 2013

    Pattie McKissic

    Hi, Liz!

    Thanks very much for the mention! I see a couple of my Etsy buddies here too! Wonderful!

  • Reply January 4, 2013

    Chris Tanck

    You can see why Pattie was chosen by the AAA Support team as a leader! Her Dolls are amazing
    her shop is professional beyond reproach and she as a person is a doll herself.

  • Reply January 4, 2013

    Cinnamon Miles

    So fun to see several ETSY shops featured that use Liberty Jane Patterns to make a lot of the items they sell! Such a great way to support handmade in America!

    PS. We’ve always been a fan of those Sew Fun Doll Clothes tights – too cute!

  • Reply January 4, 2013

    Terrie Nielsen

    I may not be on Etsy but I think I have been told I pretty awesome website. Not only do I make and sell very cool clothes for American Girl and other 18″ dolls, I also sell some of my patterns.

    Check it out at http://www.alldolledup-dollclothes.com

    Thanks
    Terrie

  • Reply January 4, 2013

    Cher Hendrickson

    Thank you so much for the mention of my Etsy shop (SewFunDollClothes) and shops of my Etsy friends, all of whom I greatly admire. I love how the many Etsy doll clothes shops have such a wide variety of fashion interpretaions … so much to choose from!!

  • Reply January 5, 2013

    Karen

    Love that you did this. These folks are artists.

  • Reply January 5, 2013

    Grammy

    This makes me so happy! I love handmade. I love small shops. I love Etsy. I love Cool Mom Picks. And I love you.

  • Reply January 5, 2013

    Holly

    I prefer these clothes to the ones in the shops, so glad to have Cool Mom Picks as a resource so I know where to buy them.

  • Reply January 6, 2013

    Christine Broach

    What a delight to discover your site and to find the reference to my Etsy shop, Lavenderlore.Etsy.com. I love being “surrogate crocheting Grandma” to my wonderful customer. Thank you so much for including me, and wishing everyone all the best in 2013!

  • Reply December 2, 2013

    Thread

    Very cute doll outfits!

  • Reply February 7, 2014

    Michelle

    Hi there! I just opened a new shop on Etsy for American Girl Doll clothes. Please check it out. I’d love a shout out if you do another blog post like this one. Thanks. :)

  • Reply April 2, 2014

    Brenda

    As a Premium Partner with Liberty Jane Clothing I can also agree that this was a wonderful thing to do. I got hooked on the dolls when my three granddaughters got them for Christmas and I made them an entire wardrobe. Couldn’t stop sewing and ended up opening my own Etsy shop after completing Design Academy 2014.

  • Reply April 14, 2014

    Sherry

    We have opened our own etsy shop (mountaingirlstitch)with handmade quality clothing for American Girl and other 18 inch dolls. Check us out….We LOVE making fashions for our American Girls!

  • Reply June 11, 2014

    natalie

    I really like these clothes is there a pattern?

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