Throwback Thursday – Retired Spring Dresses from American Girl

So, if it is supposed to be Spring, why did I wake up to a car covered in tiny, white snowflakes again this morning? I think Mother Nature forgot to set her alarm! Anyhow, in celebration of Spring, today’s Throwback Thursday is an opportunity to take another look at some of the retired Spring dresses from American Girl. This is long, but such a fabulous TREAT!

Let’s start by taking a quick look at three of my favorites. From left to right, our Chrissa (GOTY 2009) is wearing her Sundress with her meet outfit shoes. Molly has one of my all time favorite outfits on – Licorice’s Best Friend outfit from 2005 which came with the purse (we have it in girl size too), the pink dress, white denim jacket and pink sandals. And Ruthie is wearing the 2003 Birthday dress and sandals.

If you are looking for doll sized Easter Eggs, we found these in a bag at Hobby Lobby and the basket is also from Hobby Lobby. The little duck is from Only Hearts Club and I found it at Target for $1 or so.

From Alyssa – Saige wearing the Petal Pink outfit from 2010.

From Willsbardgirl – This is Chrissa’s Sundress from 2009.  It came with a green, pink, and periwinkle polkadot sundress, light blue sandals, and 2 light blue clips.  My grateful (to get inside) model is Chrissa herself!

A closer look at the shoes that go with the polka dot dress.

And the blue hair clips that go with it, too – I forgot about the hair clips and wonder if ours have been misplaced or are in a box they shouldn’t be in.

From Erica W. – Sally (GT7) in the Birthday Outfit from 1998.

Also from Erica W – Mai Lee (MyAG 40) in the Flower Garden outfit from 2002.

And the last one from Erica W – Kendra (MyAG 22) in the Springtime Sundress from 2008.

From Madelon – The Flower Garden dress from 2007.

From Nina – Lanie is wearing her Butterfly Outfit. It came with a coral eyelet dress, an orange cardigan, sandals, and a butterfly clip (not shown). Caroline is wearing Gwen’s meet outfit. AG sold it without the Gwen doll for a little while. It consisted of a white eyelet dress, sandals, a headband/belt, and pink underwear (not shown). Mary (JLY #23) is wearing the Sweetheart Skirt set’s blouse, shoes, and necktie. The skirt has chosen a great time to disappear :(, so she is wearing McKenna’s School leggings as well. Mary is also wearing the knee pads and helmet from the 2008 skate set. The skates are off to the side. My dolls are ready for spring!

From Sierra –  Elizabeth (MYAG #33) shows off the Flower Girl Outfit from Spring 2008. The total outfit came with the sandals, hair wreath, boquet, gift, card and book. 

Also from Sierra – Rebecca models the Springtime Sundress from Spring 2008. It came with a dress, sandals, jem bobby pins, a necklace, purse and book.

The remaining photos are from Hanna K.

The first attachment is of Arista wearing the Embroidered Party Dress from 2006. It is a pretty shade of pink with pretty gold flowers and it comes with pretty gold sandals. It came with 
hair gold hair clips, but don’t have them in at the time I took this. 

Nellie Is modeling the Birthday Girl Dress that came out in 2005. The skirt color is a pretty purple and the t shirt has a cute cake on it. The birthday dresses usually come out during the spring time. Also comes with purple sandals. It came with a crown,but I don’t know where it is. 

Arista modeling the Flower Garden outfit from 2007. This outfit is so pretty! 

A close up of the flowers on it. The photo was taken with the homemade reflector from the recent post. Great idea and truly made a difference in lighting! 

Arista wearing the Flower Garden Dress from 2011. I know this one is not too old it only recently retired, but I thought I would include it. For some reason it has the same name as the one from 2007. 

I love the flowers on the dress and shoes! 

This is of Hallie my first American Girl doll all the way back from 2002. #7. It is sad that she is retired.  She is modeling the birthday dress from 1998. I recently bought it off of eBay. It is dark purple with fruits all over it. It comes with purple jelly sandals (fisherman style). This is one of the many pretty outfits from way back.

From Tony – Elizabeth (JLY #7) is ready for Spring in Kirsten’s Apron Dress and Daisy Wreath. Happy Spring, Everyone!

WOW!! Thanks SO much for everyone who sent photos in this week. What a great look back at some beautiful outfits.

The theme for next week’s Throwback Thursday are RETIRED AMERICAN GIRL KAILEY. Send in photos of your retired Kailey’s or any of her collection! Please save me time by resizing your images to 540 pixels wide first and put THROWBACK KAILEY in the subject line of your email to me at


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  1. Lubna says:

    Beautiful! I wanted to send in a picture of Marie Grace’s summer dress because i totally think it would work as a spring dress but i ran out of time :(

  2. Sierra says:

    Very cool. Thanks for posting my pic Char!

  3. I am remember some of those!

  4. Samantha says:

    Flower Garden outfit from 2002 Is adorable!!!

  5. AgLifeWithU says:

    Yayyyyy!!!!!!! I love Kailey! She’s my favorite girl of the year : D

  6. Ava says:

    Some of these outfits I wish you could still get.

  7. Maxine says:

    Gorgeous, they remind me what a beautiful time of year it is with all the flowers, pastel colours and Spring events to dress up for. Lovely post.

  8. Erica says:

    “Flower Garden” sure seems to be a popular name…

  9. Venus says:

    I had a dress that looked very similar to the 2003 birthday dress… O_O

    *desperately searches through garage and all local Goodwills to find that dress, which will most likely fit as a tank top now*

  10. Tony says:

    Way cool! I love seeing all the lovely Spring dresses. I may have to try to find a couple of them. Great pics, Everyone!

    And it was fun seeing #7’s “sisters”. : )

  11. Layla W says:

    Sigh……. The old dresses are sooooo much more cool then the newer ones……… but I still like the new ones :)

  12. StoryTeller says:

    I love seeing all these pictures of retired AG outfits! I’d forgotten about the birthday dress with the fruits on it.

    Char– Are the Only Hearts Pets (like the duck) still made? I don’t think I’ve seen them in a while.

  13. Char says:

    Yes, I have been seeing the Only Hearts pets everywhere – Target, CVS, Rite Aid – I may have seen them at Five Below, too.

  14. lanielover says:

    I am reading all of the GOTY books over again and right now I am reading Kailey

  15. Sophie says:

    I don’t have Kailey, so I can’t send in photos, but I love these!

  16. Julia says:

    Cool! My friend has Kaileys meet outfit(I think) so I will tell her about next weeks throwback Thursday.

  17. Julia says:

    Storyteller, I’ve seen only hearts pets at Joann’s, too.

  18. Maddie says:

    Wow! Pretty! I don’t remember most of these

  19. N says:

    These are really pretty outfits.

  20. Nina says:

    Thanks for posting my picture!

  21. Ellie says:

    I had no idea the Pink Petal Outfit was expired. I have one and I started collecting AG stuff 2 years ago!

  22. Elly says:

    Im at the jet blue airport and saw i got wifi here so i decided to check out the spring dresses! Just in time for SPRING BREAK!!!!

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  24. Brianna says:

    I wish I was born in the 1980s so I could collect a whole bunch of AG stuff

  25. Julia says:

    When will doll of the day be? Lemme guess, maybe a Springfield doll?

  26. Char says:

    In a little while and your guess is wrong 😉

  27. sabrina says:

    So cute! A lot of pictures! I want to buy a spring dress!

  28. Juliet XD says:

    Ive always loved chissas sundress!!!!!! to bad i wasn’t into AG when she came out. i still want her………..

  29. Megan!!!!!! says:

    oh i should have sent in a picture of a cute spring outfit…i think it is called the flower flutter outfit. and i believe that it is retired, and it comes with a purple shirt a teal skirt, teal shoes and a teal hair clip!! its super cute and my dolls wear it ALL THE TIME!!!!!!

  30. cordelia says:

    Wonderful pictures eveyrone! Looking at these dresses in their beautiful spring colours certainly raised my spirits on a rather gray and cool day. My dolls are still wearing tights and are so eager to go bare-legged.

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  32. AGInParadise says:

    ALL of the entries are amazing!!!!!!!!

  33. myag says:

    😮 im definitely sending photos of my kailey