- This article is about the Able Sisters store. For information on the individual characters, please see their individual pages: Mabel, Sable, and Labelle.
Able Sisters is a clothing shop/tailor shop, one of the main stores in the Animal Crossing series. It is owned and run by Sable and Mabel, the Able sisters. The store was owned and run by their parents, until a fatal sewing accident led to the business being handed over to Sable, who also had to take care of her younger sister, Mabel.
In all of the games, except for New Leaf, the store resembles a small cottage, with an attic space which may be the sisters' living area. It has an emerald green roof, with blue featured windows with white shutters. The store also has a large white door for the entrance, with the Able Sisters sign directly above it.
In New Leaf, the store is much larger with an external stairway leading up to the top floor which eventually becomes Shampoodle, where the player can change their hairstyle. It retains the blue sign above the door, but no longer resembles a cottage.
Able Sisters was also revealed in the New Horizons direct as one of the additional facilities.
In Animal Crossing
In Wild World
In Wild World, it is always placed directly east of Nook's shop. On the game cover they are in separate places though.
In City Folk
In New Leaf
In New Leaf, the store can be found in the Main Street. Upon starting the game it is next to Nookling Junction to the left of it, and the Museum or the bench to the right. However, once the player has met certain requirements, the Gardening Store will be built between the Nookling store and the Able Sisters store.
Initially, the only items Mabel and Sable offer in their store is shirts and designs, as well as skirts and pants which are new to the series. These take the place of accessories, which used to be on show in the top right of the store.
Labelle runs the accessories store which is accessed via the door on the right of the building. It can also be accessed through Mabel and Sable's section by going through from the right of their room.
In New Horizons
In New Horizons, the store, for the first time in the series, is an unlockable store. After obtaining Resident Services as a building, Mable will sometimes ask you to decide a location for them, you get to place the store anywhere you wish.
Label appears to no longer work at the store, so only Mable and Sable work there. They sell tops, bottoms, dresses, headwear, accessories, socks, and shoes, all with a much larger selection then in the past.
A notable addition in the dressing room, which allows you to both try on and buy multiple articles of clothing at once. With this new addition, they can sell more clothing then what is on display, and the clothing has multiple color variations.
In Animal Forest+, Animal Crossing, and Animal Forest e+, the Able Sisters do not sell clothing and accessories directly, as Tom Nook sells them in his stores instead. Starting from Wild World, the Able Sisters sell products along with offering designs. The products they offer include the following:
Designs are created by talking to Mabel. Designs are player-created patterns that allow the player to create customizable objects that best suit their needs. They can be used as clothing, headgear, umbrellas, paintings, wallpaper, flooring or used as tiles to place outside on the ground.
A PRO design is a more advanced design the player can make in City Folk, New Leaf, and New Horizons which costs 350 Bells, 500 Bells, and 800 Miles respectively. Unlike regular designs, which have the pattern on the reverse and obverse on clothing, the player can customize the front, back, and each sleeve individually. PRO designs take up one pattern slot, and, like normal patterns, can be displayed and used through the Able Sisters store.
QR Codes (New Leaf)
Once the player has spoken to Sable on ten separate days (at least once per day), a new sewing machine will appear in the shop. This machine will allow the player to scan and create QR codes.
Creating a QR code will generate an image that contains the pattern's name, a preview image, and the QR code. The image will then be exported to the SD card and will be accessible via the Camera Software. Exported Pro Designs may require more data than a single QR code can contain, and up to four QR codes will be generated for one design that has to be scanned in sequence to reproduce the pattern. Players can share QR codes by uploading them to a website via the 3DS's Web Browser, or by inserting the SD card into a PC and extracting the QR code from there.
Scanning a QR code is straightforward and requires a current pattern to be overwritten in order to save it. Once a pattern is chosen for overwriting, simply point the 3DS's camera at the QR code and align the crosshairs to match up with the code. If a multi-code Pro Design is scanned, the game will detect it and prompt the player to scan the subsequent codes. Regular and Pro Designs scanned via QR code cannot be edited or shared in-game (e.g., with villagers via the pattern displays, or other players). If a QR code is difficult to scan, adjusting the brightness around the code may increase chances of success.
Able Sisters Shop (New Horizons)
After you build Nook’s Cranny, Mabel will come visit your town. After visiting a couple of times, she’ll ask you to place a plot to open her store on your island. In the back of the Able Sisters shop will be a Custom Designs Kiosk. When you first use this kiosk, you will be assigned a creator code. Share this code and people will be able to find all of your designs at any point. It's as simple as navigating the menus, and each designs will also be assigned a code that you can share online. You will need an Nintendo Online Subscription to use this feature.
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