Simplicity (full name Simplicity Pattern Company) is a manufacturer of home/personal sewing patterns that was created in 1927. They currently distribute the "Simplicity," "Burda", "It's So Easy" and "New Look" brands of patterns and many other notion and craft tool lines.
In Relation to American Girl
For a time Simplicity distributed two major lines of craft items.
American Girl Crafts kits--all-in-one craft projects--were sold through multiple craft stores and outlets. Also available were stickers, organizational supplies, journals, and/or crafts for dolls as well as children.
Starting in 2015, American Girl started to release officially licensed doll clothes patterns. Designed for modern looks and listed as "Crafts", these offer mix-and-match components or fancy wear. Starting with pattern #8280, four styles had children's sized patterns to accompany the look in sizes 3-8 or 8-16; starting with #8400, patterns included child- and doll-sized patterns together in "Learn to Sew!" style.
The pattern line was discontinued in 2019 with the last pattern released being #8864, for a total of twenty-five main patterns.
All patterns (including child patterns) have the following disclaimer:
"American Girl Doll not included. Dyes from fabrics and other supplies may bleed onto your doll or her clothes and leave permanent stains. The use of light colored fabrics and materials will help to reduce the risk. American Girl and Simplicity are not responsible for any damage caused by the use of craft supplies for doll apparel."
"Learn To Sew, You Can Do It!"
Starting with #8400 and #8401, "Learn To Sew, You Can Do It!" patterns were offered. These patterns come with both doll and child sized patterns (3-8 size range) for a single themed set of items. The instructions are simply written for the level of a beginner seamstress, often have minimal pieces, and include the definitions of common sewing terms step by step. Five of these were released, four focused on clothing bottoms and one on a shoulder bag accessory.
List of American Girl Simplicity Patterns
Patterns, historically, reuse numbers and designations and sometimes use different numbers for the same pattern. For the purposes of documentation, they are being listed as "American Girl Pattern ####" as originally documented on the Simplicity website. Child-sized patterns are documented on their doll-clothes pattern page if separately offered.
- American Girl Pattern 8039
- American Girl Pattern 8040
- American Girl Pattern 8041
- American Girl Pattern 8042
- American Girl Pattern 8190
- American Girl Pattern 8191
- American Girl Pattern 8192
- American Girl Pattern 8280
- American Girl Pattern 8281
- American Girl Pattern 8282
- American Girl Pattern 8359
- American Girl Pattern 8360
- American Girl Pattern 8397
- American Girl Pattern 8400
- American Girl Pattern 8401
- American Girl Pattern 8484
- American Girl Pattern 8535
- American Girl Pattern 8536
- American Girl Pattern 8620
- American Girl Pattern 8662
- American Girl Pattern 8665
- American Girl Pattern 8666
- American Girl Pattern 8817
- American Girl Pattern 8818
- American Girl Pattern 8864
- American Girl Patterns, which were designed by Pleasant Company for the Historical Characters to make clothing similar to the collections
- Please note: Since the initial rise in popularity of 18" playline dolls in the early 1990s, many pattern companies have and continue to release patterns under Simplicity and Butterick/McCall/Vogue/KwikSew (which, along with Simplicity, is the other major distributor of home sewing patterns) sized for them. To prevent overload of any pattern styles and/or licenses, this article and wiki will only discuss the officially American Girl licensed patterns that were released from 2015 to 2019.
- Sewing pattern sizes do not 1:1 correlate to ready-to-wear sizes and should be individually measured and sized to children.
- These patterns have children sized complimentary patterns; please see individual page for further information.
- These patterns are "Learn to Sew" patterns with patterns sized for both doll and child; see above.