I received this item brand-new today. I have to agree with AmericanDreams- the cape is very awkward to use and I give it a B-.
The gaiters are fine and I give them an A. They are useful if you don't have any boots for Samantha.
Essentially it is difficult to play with the doll in the cape. I had problems fitting the cape over the dress. The shoulders bunch up like a linebacker. In addition it is really difficult to get the hands out of the side-slits- not because the slits are too small but because of their placement on the cape in relation to the arm and hand. It looks better with one arm under the cape, but basically the design is meant for her to keep both her hands inside the cape. Either way I think it looks rather bulky.
The fabric is a blue and green wool plaid and the lining is a blue satin. The details on the collar and side-slits are very nice. It is historically accurate and probably a very durable piece, but as I said before difficult to pose during play.