Wednesday, January 16, 2013

American Girl Doll PJ's {FREE} Pattern


NEWLY UPDATED:
We've updated this pattern and made things more user friendly!

Sew your own PJ's for your daughter's American Girl Doll. Find the pattern for this outfit here: American Girl Doll Pajamas Pattern Check back next week for a tutorial using the slippers and shoe pattern included in this link. This is the picture tutorial for the PJ Top and Bottom. The little girls in your life will love this outfit. Don't forget to check out Caroline's Ballerina Outfit. For detailed instructions for making the slippers, see our American Girl Doll Slippers post.
















This is the pattern printed out and taped together. When parts A and B are taped together it forms ONE pant leg. You will need two of these. The slope and curvature of the front and back is different. This is on purpose because the back and front of your doll are different sizes! The curvature of the neck on the top front is different from the back of top because it is meant to be lower than the back.

52 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for this darling pattern! Could you explain how to print the PDF pattern pieces so that they are actual size and not thumbnails? My printer recognizes them as pictures and prints a 1x1.5" thumbnail only. They open in Google Documents, is that the way you uploaded them? Thanks for any suggestions! I would love to make a pair for my granddaughter's dolls.

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    1. Jerry, thank you for commenting! I am sorry you are having difficulties :( Yes, it should open in google docs and you should be able to print from there. My only suggestion is to try downloading it first? Go to file and select download, maybe that way it will open correctly on your computer. It should be a full 8 1/2" x 11" page pattern. I am assuming you have an Adobe Acrobat reader, if not, download it for free at www.adobe.com I hope you have success!!

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    2. I can not open the pdf file for pattern.
      It says it was not decoded right.
      Please help.
      Thanks Bev in Ohio

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    3. Bev, you may not have a PDF viewer installed on your computer. If not, you can get one for free at www.adobe.com you need their Acrobat Reader installed to view PDF documents. I hope that helps, I just checked and everything is working fine!

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  2. Hi... I love this! I was wondering how I could be sure that I printed it the right size... also, I'm a very inexperienced sewer, so I'm assuming that there is an extra half inch on every side for seams. Thankyou!

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    1. Anonymous,
      So glad you like the pattern! I am speaking for Julia here, and she is free to chime in if I give the wrong advice...haha but I am pretty sure the pattern should print out the exact size you need. I would save it to your computer to be sure,a and make sure you are viewing it at 100% - but it shouldn't be tricky. Notice in the separate instructions document (also linked above,) that she could not fit the whole pattern all on one page, so the instructions show how much to add onto it. I believe the pattern is already taking seem allowance into consideration. I hope that helps! I will have Julia verify this :)

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    2. Sarah, you are absolutely correct. I used a 3/8 seam allowance. On your sewing maching it usually is the line with the 10. Just a little more than the edge of the sewing foot. 5/8 seam allowance is a lot for doll clothes. Let us know if you have any other questions. Another tip is making sure you press after each seam you sew. You'll get a much more professional look!!

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  3. Ok thankyou... Also I am kind of confused as to why there are supposed to be two fronts for the top. Help please??

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    1. Cutting 2 pieces for the front and sewing them together with the right sides facing in is just one way of making the neck look nice and clean. Be sure to follow the instructions Julia has included up at the top of the post. Once you have sewn the pieces together, turn them right side out and you will have a nice clean looking front to your PJ's!

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  4. These patterns are fantastic! Thank you for the pictures! I made the top today for my daughter, after making pants from a different tutorial yesterday, and it was the first shirt I ever made, and thanks to your tutorial, I was able to do it! And it looks fabulous! I cut out the pieces for the shoes, but I can't figure out what to do! Do you have a tutorial posted for those too or no? I saw in your post that you said you would later, not sure if I missed it though. I have searched all over the internet and there are no picture or video tutorials for the kind of pattern you used, and it would be a great service to all of us DIYer! Thank you so much for your blog, I just found you today, but I will be sticking around!
    Fellow homeschooler,
    Courtney

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    1. Courtney, thank you so much for your kind words. I am have that tutorial almost done. Sarah and I have to get supper and take the kids ice-skating tonight. So, I should have it together later tonight!!

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    2. Courtney, here is the link for the slppers! I Hope you enjoy: American Girl Doll Slippers Pattern

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    3. Debbie from MissouriJanuary 20, 2014 at 11:22 PM

      Thanks, I couldn't get the slippers made based on the written instructions; took me awhile to find these tips, the pictures helped a lot. My Granddaughter will be happy, this is her 1st sewing project, I got her a beginners machine and am teaching her how to sew.

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  5. I don't see anything on the size or length for the elastic for the pants. What width elastic should you use?

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    1. I don't think Julia mentions anywhere what size she used - I will have her add that in! In my opinion though, I don't think it really matters, just be sure to turn the waist over to create an opening wide enough to hold whatever you have on hand. Anything under 1/2" wide would probably work best! Maybe 1/4" or 1/3" Hope that helps! :)

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  6. I am a very beginner at sewing and thought this looked simple enough to tackle...however I am so confused with the 2 pieces of front and when I sew them together it doesn't look right and I can't figure out how the back pieces go...UGH I am sure it is really simple but I am just not getting it...can it be done without the 2 fronts? thanks for any help, I was using the instructions and visual but still not getting it.

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    1. I am so sorry to hear you are having difficulties :( Keep at it, I am confident you will figure it out with practice!! Julia and I may work on tackling some beginning sewing skills videos. I would tell you to check YouTube, but when I went looking, I found them very hard to find! If you find the two front pieces too hard to master, you could go without the second, you will just have to finish off the neck somehow... turning it over and sewing which can be challenging to get it to look right unless you have a special foot for your machine. The instructions do call for you to do this to the back, it is just slightly more challenging in the front. Just experiment using some scrap material :) I hope it just "clicks" for you! I will ask Julia if she has any better advice!!

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    2. Anonymous, sew the shoulder seams and press the seams. So, you are sewing one front and the backs together. Then you put the right sides together of the two fronts. Meaning if you lay what you just sewed on a flat surface with the brightest side of the material up, or the side that is going to show. Take the second front that you have and lay the side that is going to show on top of it. Lining the neckline up. Now, you should be looking at the wrong side of the front fabric (that will be on the inside eventually), and you are looking at the right sides of the back fabric. This is the second picture.

      Then you sew the neckline together. Press that seam. Then press that seam open. You are going to then "stitch in the ditch". This is the third picture. You press it open and sew the seam you just created to one side. If you don't get this, just fold the second front (lining) in place and press the neckline.

      After you've done that, sew the sides of the lining (or the second front that you folded over) in the same seam when you sew the side seams. 1 layer of the back with two layers of the front. This will create a nice look on the inside of your PJ's, too.

      Please let me know if you need anymore help!!

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  7. Hi!
    I am using fleece to make the top so I should skip the second front piece, right?

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  8. How long is the elastic for the pants? I'm almost done making them to go with the doll my daughter is getting tomorrow for her birthday (therefore, I don't have the doll to measure) thanks!

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    1. I just measured and the American Girl Doll's waist is aprox. 12" around. Therefor, I would cut the elastic to be a several inches shorter - aprox. 8" or so (depending on the type of elastic you are using). Hope that helps!

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  9. Re printing out....... when you go to print it out UNCHECK the option for FIT TO PAGE

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    1. So for clarification, you printed it as "actual size"? I want to print this out, but want to make sure I'm printing it correctly.

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  10. Do you have word instruction? I'm trying to make this for my best friend in two weeks, also making the sleeping bag (i'm good on that though). :)

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    1. the instructions are included in the pattern - you'll find the link up at the top of the post. hope that helps :)

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  11. What fabric do you suggest using?

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    1. Flannel is what I used and it worked very well.

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  12. Do you add an extra 3/8 in to all pieces for seam?

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  13. You do not add extra except to the PJ Bottoms or Pants. The reason being is our printer paper is too small to hold the entire leg. So follow the instructions on the Pattern you are cutting out to know how much to add. I do use a 3/8 seam allowance for all seams. Does that answer your question?

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    1. So the 3/8 in seam allowance is figured into the pieces. I don't have to cut 3/8 in. around pieces for seams. Just want to be sure. I do understand about adding to PJ bottoms or pants. Thanks for very nice pattern. My granddaughter will be thrilled.

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    2. You are correct. The 3/8 seam allowance is figured into the pieces. Enjoy!!

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  14. I just made this pajama and It looks fabulous. I would like to show you the picture, but I do not know where.
    I have a Rebecca American Girl, and the pants are pretty small for her. She seems to have a big behind and I believe the pants would need an additional 3/8" on each side of both pieces of the pants pattern to fit the doll. I do not know if all the AG have the same body sizes. Has anyone experienced the same problem?
    Thanks,
    Elena

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  15. Elena, I am glad you enjoyed the pattern. The American Girl Dolls are all the same size even all these years later. Did you clip the rounded seam around the crotch? If you haven't, that will help it not be bunchy or tight. Be sure that you don't clip through the thread, but up close to it. Hope that helps.

    ~Julia

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  16. I made the PJ’s for my Granddaughter’s Caroline American Girl doll and the top & bottom were both too small. I did not have the doll with me but after looking at the comments above felt I was safe to make the PJ pattern. I even used a ¼ ‘ seam to be on the safe side. I posted a comment to see if ‘All Things with Purpose’ could help me so I could make the PJ’s again. But have not heard back.

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    1. I am so sorry you are facing difficulty with this! Julia and I have been looking into why it is that some people are able to print the pattern with no difficulty, but others are having size issues. Julia and I both just printed this out and found that even our computers each printed a different size. What it comes down to is each person's own unique computer settings. First off, make sure the "fit to page" box is not checked when printing. Once printed, the pants should be 6 3/4" wide (Julia actually made the ones you see here, at 6 1/2" out of flannel and did not need to use elastic). Be sure to print and re-size if necessary to make sure you are making the correct size pattern! We are in the process of updating ALL our patterns to take the guess work out and help ensure correct sizing despite differing computer settings. I hope that helps!

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    2. Thank you for looking into this. I appreciate your concern. I look forward to the updates.

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  17. Thanks for the answer. I clipped the seam, but the problem seems to be that my doll's waist is 12", and the pattern I printed is 6" each piece. So, I would need to add 3/8" for seam allowance. Maybe my printer changed the pattern size, although the camisole fits perfect.
    Anyway, I really like the pattern. Thanks a lot for making it available. I really like the two fronts solution. I usually made the first step twice (front + two back joined at the shoulders) and then join this two pieces all around the neck .
    Elena

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    1. Elena, please see my comment above!

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    2. Sarah, thanks again!! I think that if you just add a square that measures 1"x1" next to each pattern piece the problem is solved. In my case, that square would have been smaller than that and I could reprint it just adjusting the scale to 120%, for instance, to get the correct measure. Once I get my 1"x1" square right, the pattern size would be right, too. Hope it makes sense.

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    3. Yes, that is EXACTLY what we're planing on adding to all our patterns. Wish we had thought of it sooner, seems like a simple way to solve all these issues. :)

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    4. i don't think I understand what you mean by adding a 1" X 1" square? Could you elaborate?

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    5. Elena, we made updates! Check them out!

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  18. Sure, Holly, it's not exactly a square as much as an L shape with equal sides. We will put it on the same sheet of paper as the pattern and each of the sides will be one inch. Then each person that prints the pattern will measure a side of the L to make sure that it measures one inch. If it doesn't, then you know a problem exists in your printer settings. You would NOT use the pattern that printed incorrectly and then you won't have any surprises when you go to put the clothes on the doll. Does that help to clarify?

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  19. Ok, I see the 1" sq. or L will be a key or guide so we can double check that our pattern is correct. If the sq. or L is not 1" (if it is larger or smaller) then we need to increase or decrease the size of the pattern we printed until the 1" sq. or L is truly 1".

    I look forward to the new pattern so I can see how much off I was. : )

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    1. Holly, we made updates! Check them out!

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    2. I just printed them out and they are very different than the other pattern. The size over-all is larger and a different proportion. Looks good. I'll share after I make the updated PJ pattern. Thanks, I can see from the comments how difficult this becomes!!

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  20. What does 'add 1/2 in' at top of pants mean...add to waist ?

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  21. It means you need to add that much fabric to the top of the pattern. When I created the pattern I thought it would be easier for people to add length than to tape the pattern pieces together. Some have had trouble with their printer "fitting the image to the page". Please measure the waist of the pants. If it doesn't measure at least 6 1/2 inches wide then your printer is making adjustments.

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  22. Thanks for the clarification on the pattern size - I just finished the pj pants and couldn't figure what sort of weirdness I had created.. :) I sewed two dresses from one of your patterns today, love being able to make such cute outfits with a (mercifully) simple pattern!

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  23. I too am a beginner and am finding the top confusing. Do you have you tube tutorial on this? My daughter is wanting to learn how to sew so I am trying to teach myself first...Not having a ot of luck!

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  24. hello...my name is ellie and i was so happy to find this site , cause i planning to buy me a doll for myself for my 55 birthday this year. but last night i try to print the pattern.but i did not have any luck . can you please help me.
    hope you hear from you. thank you ellie

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