header image

[Sign Up Now] to Receive Our FREE Daily SCVTV-SCVNews Digest by E-Mail

Inside
Weather
Santa Clarita CA
Sunny
Sunny
55°F
 
Calendar
Today in
S.C.V. History
April 20
1874 - First train out of L.A. to reach new town of San Fernando; Newhall 2 years later [story]
train tunnel


[KHTS] – A Santa Clarita mom and former girl scout leader has created her own business by hand-making and selling earth-friendly American Girl doll clothing.

americanplanetChar Nathanson, 55, who has been sewing since she was 10 years old, founded American Planet in April of this year.

American Girl clothes are expensive,” she said. “I was researching Etsy and found that there weren’t any doll clothes that were eco-friendly, either. Instead of buying new fabrics from a store, I look for things gently worn from thrift stores or remnants from fabric stores.”

Nathanson was taught by her grandmother and while taking asewing class in junior high, she got her own sewing machine. She has sewed Halloween costumes for her daughter and sons as well as sewing her own wedding dress and eventually her daughter’s.

“I made clothes for my daughter and her friend’s American Girl dolls out of clothes they had outgrown,” Nathanson said.

Nathanson was a volunteer for the Girl Scouts of America for 25 years and her daughter went through the program as well.

Once Nathanson’s children were grown and her daughter no longer needed American Girl doll clothes, she wanted to find something else that she could do that was creative.

santa-clarita-mom-creates-american-girl-doll-clothing-biz-90868-“I was an empty nester,” she said. “I wanted to do something unique.”

Along with having more time now that her children had grown up, Nathanson was diagnosed with fibromyalgia in 2010.

Fibromyalgia is a disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues, according to Mayo Clinic.

“It’s hard to have a job (with fibromyalgia),” Nathanson said. “Some days you’re really healthy and some days you’re wiped out. I wanted to find something where I could use my imagination and skill but still be flexible enough to manage my own hours.”

So Nathanson decided to open up her own business selling American Girl doll clothes made from clothes found at thrift shops, flea markets and remnant bins at fabric stores.

“I look for things with nice labels and like to use quality fabric that you can see held well,” Nathanson said. “I like to use interesting patterns and fabrics instead of getting new fabric from fabric stores.”

She said that she wants the clothes to look like real clothes, not doll clothes and works with Pixie Faire, a doll fabric company for special designs.

Nathanson set up a website, Facebook page, an account on Etsy and got a logo designed in time to open her shop on April 1 of this year.

She donates part of her sales income every month to an organization of her choice. Some includeAction Family Foundation, the American Cancer Society and others.

This month, she is donating to Captain Spectrum, an autistic boy turned superhero who leads the fight in anti-bullying in Tennessee. Next month, she plans to donate to the SCV Food Pantry.

“I put out one outfit specifically for Captain Spectrum’s cause,” Nathanson said. “100 percent donations are going to his cause.

santa-clarita-mom-creates-american-girl-doll-clothing-biz-90868-“I was touched by the bullying issue,” she said. “When I was younger, my family didn’t have a lot of money. In the movie Pretty in Pink, she takes different outfits and makes her own but is made fun of by girls who bought their clothes from a department store, that was me. I was unique and in the long run, it was a blessing to have this skill and opportunity to make things for myself that no one else had.”

Since April, the American Planet Etsy page has had more than 8,000 views, 555 individual clothes favorites and 112 shop favorites.

The clothes are offered in full outfits as well as individual jeans and Trendy T t-shirts.

For more information about American Planet, check out the Facebook page, Etsy shop and website.

Comment On This Story
COMMENT POLICY: We welcome comments from individuals and businesses. All comments are moderated. Comments are subject to rejection if they are vulgar, combative, or in poor taste.
REAL NAMES ONLY: All posters must use their real individual or business name. This applies equally to Twitter account holders who use a nickname.

12 Comments

  1. I hope the American Girl company doesn’t try to shut her down or sue her. Great idea!!!

  2. Megan Cunico Megan Cunico says:

    U can make any doll clothing or accessories as long as it’s not sold under their name.

  3. Maggie Farren Cockerell and LeeAnn Youngwirth Morrell

  4. Off with her head! Those doll$ are evil.

  5. Emily Ball Emily Ball says:

    Of course AG should sue her. She is using the name, the likeness, the doll size for measurements. This is silly.

  6. There are so many people that are sewing clothes for AG dolls, Ebay and Amazon are full of these clothes, it is a huge business.

  7. There are so many people that are sewing clothes for AG dolls, Ebay and Amazon are full of these clothes, it is a huge business.

  8. I used to make dresses for my daughter and her friends American girl dolls. But selling them under the American girl doll name???? I hope she got permission.

Leave a Comment


Latest Additions to SCVNews.com
1874 - First train out of L.A. to reach new town of San Fernando; Newhall 2 years later [story]
train tunnel
Los Angeles County Public Health officials on Monday confirmed 18 new deaths and 337 new cases of COVID-19 countywide, as cases in the Santa Clarita Valley now total 27,588 since the pandemic began.
Monday COVID-19 Roundup: 2 New Vaccination Sites Open in SCV, Palmdale; 27,588 Total SCV Cases
The city of Santa Clarita’s Film Office has reported six productions filming in the Santa Clarita Valley, aka "Hollywood North," the week of Monday, April 19-25, 2021
Six Productions Filming in SCV this Week
The Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health and the Mental Health Commission will host a public hearing for the Mental Health Services Act Three-Year Plan on Thursday, April 22.
April 22: LACDMH, Mental Health Commission to Hold Virtual Public Hearing
The William S. Hart Union High School District was named one of 19 school districts and one county office of education for school attendance review board as a model program for its attendance strategies during distance learning.
Hart District Named Model SARB Award Winner by State
Students from across the California State University system will make final, virtual pitches of their ideas for new television series on Wednesday, May 5, at California State University, Northridge.
CSUN to Host Final for a Television Pitch Competition
The Children’s Bureau is seeking foster families during National Foster Parent Appreciation Month and is now offering two virtual ways for individuals and couples to learn how to help children in foster care while reunifying with birth families or how to provide legal permanency by adoption.
Children’s Bureau Offering Virtual Orientation During Foster Parent Appreciation Month
In April, the city of Santa Clarita joins in the celebration of National Volunteer Month by recognizing the community's exceptional volunteers with a national award.
Santa Clarita Celebrates National Volunteer Week, Awards Volunteers
To provide a framework to guide the future of residential development locally, the city of Santa Clarita is embarking on a public process to update the Housing Element of the Santa Clarita General Plan.
City to Update 2021-2029 General Plan Housing Element
In an email distributed to parents, Sulphur Springs Union School District Superintendent Catherine Kawaguchi warned parents of a man telling students that he is there to pick them up.
Sulphur Springs Warns of Suspicious Man Near Schools
1880 - Pico Oil Spring Mine Section 2 patented by R.F. Baker and Edward F. Beale [story]
E.F. Beale
1945 - Actors Harry & Olive Carey sell Saugus ranch after 29 years; now Tesoro del Valle [story]
Carey Ranch
1930 - Telephone switchboard operator Louise Gipe, heroine of the 1928 St. Francis Dam disaster, tries & fails to kill herself over an unrequited love [story]
Louise Gipe
The city of Santa Clarita’s Planning Commission will hold a regular meeting virtually Tuesday, April 20, at 6:00 p.m.
April 20: Planning Commission Virtual Regular Meeting
The owner of a shopping center at the corner of Lyons Avenue and Apple Street will seek the Santa Clarita Planning Commission’s approval Tuesday to subdivide the lot from three parcels to eight.
Planning Commission to Consider Subdivision Request
The deadline to submit entries for Santa Clarita Sister Cities’ Young Artists and Authors Showcase has been extended to Sunday, April 25, 2021.
Deadline Extended For Annual Sister Cities Young Artists And Authors Showcase
Internet marketing firm Scorpion made multiple company announcements Wednesday, including plans to open a new headquarters in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Scorpion Announces Plans to Move Headquarters
After a year of turmoil for many businesses in the Santa Clarita Valley, the SCV Economic Development Corp. released its list of the area’s largest employers.
EDC Releases SCV’s Largest Employers List
William S. Hart Union High School District officials said 18 students have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the last 14 days during the regular board meeting Wednesday.
Hart District Reports 18 Positive Cases of COVID-19 Among Students
Los Angeles County Public Health on Friday confirmed 36 new deaths, 643 new cases of COVID-19 countywide, and reported the lowest test positivity rate to date.
Friday COVID-19 Roundup: County Test Positivity Rate Hits Record Low; 27,557 Total SCV Cases
For the third year in a row, La Mesa Junior High School has been selected as a "Capturing Kids’ Hearts" National Showcase School for the 2020-2021 school year.
La Mesa Junior High School Selected as National Showcase School
California Senate Bill 545, a measure to provide additional resources to struggling students, has received unanimous support from the Senate Education Committee, announced Sen. Scott Wilk (R-Santa Clarita).
Wilk’s Bill to Address Learning Loss Passes Senate Education
As National Volunteer Appreciation Week approaches, Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital is recognizing its valued volunteers, a group that numbers over 300 and includes adults, teens, and canines.
April: 18-24: Henry Mayo Recognizes Volunteers During National Volunteer Appreciation Week
The city of Santa Clarita’s annual Earth Arbor Day celebration is set to go virtual this year with the release of an entertaining and informative video program on Thursday, April 22 at 10:00 a.m.
City to Celebrate Earth Arbor Day with Virtual Program and Free Mulch Giveaway
%d bloggers like this: