- This article is about the Able Sisters store. For information on the individual characters, please look at 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 Animal Crossing: 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.
The locations are different in every Animal Crossing game.
In New Leaf
In Animal Crossing: 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 are 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.
The main products bought from Able Sisters are:
Clothes and accessories can be tried on before they are bought, by clicking the item with which Mabel will reply with a list of options - trying on being one of them.
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 Animal Crossing: City Folk and New Leaf, which costs 350 Bells and 500 Bells 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.
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 App. 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 have to be scanned in sequence to reproduce the pattern. Players can share QR codes by uploading them to a website like the Nintendo ImageShare Service 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 cross hairs 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.