Animal Crossing New Horizons Able Sisters: How To Unlock Tailor Shop

Update your clothing by unlocking the Able Sisters Shop in ACNH.

The Able Sisters is a Clothing shop in Animal Crossing New Horizons. You can unlock this shop by completing certain prerequisites. The Able Sisters tailor shop offers a unique collection of Clothing and other accessories that you can’t find anywhere else.

Mable and Sable run this shop, and you can visit it any time between 9 AM and 9 PM to buy items you like. You can change this schedule by enacting an Island Ordinance if you don’t play during this time. However, all this, as well as Kicks and Label’s visits to your Island, will only start after unlocking the permanent Able Sisters shop.

If you don’t know how to unlock the Able Sisters Shop in ACNH, don’t worry. I will provide a step-by-step guide to unlocking the shop and using its facilities.

Requirements to unlock Able Sisters tailor shop

The first thing that you need to ensure before you can start the process of unlocking the Able Sisters shop is building the Museum. Once done, you can progress to the first step of unlocking the shop.

  • Build Nook’s Cranny – You must donate 30 Iron Nuggets and 30 of each wood type so Tommy and Timmy can open the shop.
  • Visit Nook’s Cranny – When you visit the shop for the first time, you will find Nook talking to Mable. She will ask them about selling their wear to the Island Dwellers.  
  • Buy Items from Mable – Now you must visit Mable in the central plaza of your village. You can find Mable right in front of the Resident Services on random days and Weekend. For me, I had to purchase items worth about 5000 bells in two visits before she asked me about opening a permanent shop. The items bought, and bells spent can vary from player to player.
  • Place Down the Building Plot – On the next visit, after asking about a permanent shop, she will ask you to place down the building Plot of size 5 x 4. You can do it just like you do it for Nook’s Cranny.

Once you have built the plot, you can visit the Able Sisters Shop after two days, and the shop will be open. You will now be able to purchase different types of clothing and accessories from the Able Sisters shop in ACNH.


While the interior of the Able Sisters tailor shop remains the same, you can customize its exterior to represent a specific layout. Perhaps a Rustic theme or Snow-capped to represent winter would be a nice design idea for your Able Sisters shop in Animal Crossing New Horizon.

What can you get at Able Sisters in ACNH?

As mentioned earlier, the Able Sisters shop is open daily from 9 AM to 9 PM. After entering the tailor shop, you will find different items which will change on a daily basis. The two outfits on the Mannequins will change on a weekly basis. You can interact with the items to purchase them.

To get an even wider range to choose from, enter the Changing Room. Here, you will find a lot of variations that you can try before buying. There is also a Custom Designs Portal on the backside wall that you can use to create custom designs or buy designs created by other players.

To display your design, all you need to do is select the item you want to replace and choose the “Display my work here” option. After this, select your design, and now your design is live. You can even make codes for your designs so other players can use them easily.

After that, you can even start seeing some random villagers wearing the custom clothes you created using the Custom Design Portal. Once you have bought the clothes or accessories, you can either leave wearing them or send them to your home.

If home storage is full, you can find the purchased items in your Animal Crossing: New Horizons inventory.

Can you upgrade Able Sisters?

You cannot upgrade Able Sisters tailoring shop in ACNH; however, there is a custom pattern feature that you can unlock after visiting the shop for multiple days. The feature is a DIY Customization Workshop. To unlock DIY Customization, whenever you visit the Able Sisters shop, talk to Sable.

She will slowly open up to you and thank you for your support. Sable will then start giving you patterns that you can use to customize your furniture.

You can place the furniture anywhere in the house and on the Island. Every day, Sable will provide you with different pattern themes in random order. Continue to visit her daily and get all the custom print patterns.

To use Pattern, select the furniture you want to customize while using a DIY Bench. After selecting the furniture, hit the Pattern option (Second last option that looks like four squares). Now, choose the pattern you want to apply, and you are good to go.

Do remember that you can’t customize each piece of Furniture with Able Sisters patterns in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

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