School Uniforms For American Girl Dolls

School Uniforms For American Girl Dolls

This week I’ve been sewing school uniforms for American Girl dolls. Here are the patterns I’m using, and some back to school looks. I’m also sharing some tips for sewing doll clothes at the end of this post.

School Uniforms for American Girl Dolls | Cute looks + pattern picks and sewing tips

If you want to sew matching looks for your kids; my top picks for kids school uniform patterns are at Serger Pepper.

School Uniforms For American Girl Dolls

School Uniforms for American Girl Dolls: Patterns, inspiration, & sewing tips

You can download the free Polo Shirt pattern from Doll Duds to make this look.

Khaki Shorts for American Girl Doll, snap closure and heart shaped "button"

These shorts are modified from LJC’s Capris & Shorts pattern. I used a snap front closure and heart shaped faux button. The welt pockets are my favorite!

Button Up Shirt for American Girl Doll

The Button Up Shirt pattern by Liberty Jane is adorable. It has a back yoke and optional front yoke. It’s very detailed, and even has pleated cuffs. This one is tricky for me- I struggle with the cuffs and collar. I’m just going to keep sewing it until I get it right:)

Back To School LookBook for American Girl Dolls

I layered the button up with the Pullover Sweater pattern by Liberty Jane. I used a sheer navy colored knit. There’s a keyhole opening and snap in back to fit over the dolls head.

Skinny Jeans pattern for 18" doll from Peekaboo Patterns

Many of the kids patterns at Peekaboo Pattern Shop have 18″ doll sizes included. I used the Skinny Jeans to make these khaki uniform pants. They include functional front and back pockets.

The Betty Skirt pattern by Shaffer Sisters (18" doll)

This is the Betty Skirt pattern by Shaffer Sisters. It’s a girl pattern with bonus 18″ size. There are lots of options but the pleated version is great for school uniforms.

School Uniforms for 18" Dolls

You may have noticed the ties my girls are wearing: I made them using the Dress Me Up Neck Attire pattern from Doll Tag Clothing. It also includes a bow tie and scarf.

Urban Backpack pattern from Sew Urban | Back to School Sewing for American Girl Dolls

The Urban Backpack pattern by Sew Urban is a really quick sew. Mine is purple and sparkly and I added a Velcro closure.

Tips For Sewing Doll Clothes

  • I like upcycle clothing to make doll things. For back to school looks; old polos are great.  You can use the fabric and ribbing from the collar. Likewise, old khaki pants or jeans are a great fabric source once they get too short or holes in the knee.

School Uniforms For American Girl Doll

  • Keep in mind that some seams are tiny and difficult to press. Use fabric that isn’t too heavy or thick. Fabric with some stretch to it is really nice because a many doll patterns have very little ease. You can use a rolled washcloth to press tricky areas, like inside a sleeve.

School Uniforms for American Girl Doll

  • Likewise, sourcing tiny notions will really give your doll clothes an edge. Scale is everything; from notions to fabric prints.

School Uniforms for American Girl Doll + Pattern Sources & Sewing Tips

  • Keep your seams small. 1/4″ is plenty; you don’t need any bulk that could make it difficult to dress your doll.

School Uniforms for American Girl Dolls | Pattern Sources and Sewing Tips

  • Smaller stitches look nicer, more “to scale”, and hold up better. They are also more annoying to seam rip, so work slowly.

Do as I say, and not as I do. Sometimes I get lazy and break all the rules. I really need to sew that button up shirt again, and practice sewing snaps. I never like they way they look. I’m thinking about buying a KAM Table-Top Snap Button Press Setter Machine

. I love pearl snaps on blouses and men’s shirts; and it would def make my doll clothes look nice. Hand stitches are not my strength. I think we all know that :)

Now you have the chance to win the outfits shown in this post! The next big American Girl Wardrobe giveaway is coming at Diana Rambles; and it is a full year’s wardrobe! It’s will include seasonal looks, formal, sports, back to school, holiday, and more. 1 winner takes all!


About The Author

Amy Mayen

Hello. I'm Amy and I'm addicted to sewing. I borderline-hoard fabric, buttons, & patterns. Sometimes I wish I could pile my fabric up on the floor and just roll in it!


  1. Annette Siverson

    Thank you for the post. This is very helpful, like using a rolled washcloth for pressing certain areas. I would never have thought of that one on my own! And your work is beautiful! TFS! I am here from PR.

  2. gina

    wow!! Functional pockets, welt pockets, and button down shirts for your dolls… they must be special!! I have not really found any cute back packs for my girls this year; i would love to find one their size that is purpley and sparkly!! keep on sewing, the clothes look awesome!
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  3. Kim

    Wow!!! Those are adorable! My baby is only 18m I am so looking forward to making stuff like this for her.

  4. Pam @Threading My Way

    Welt pockets on dolls’ clothes.. I think your dolls are better dressed than me!!! Amy, your attention to detail is amazing. Impressive looking dolls’ clothes!!!
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