I didn't even have the dress out of the box before the material snagged. The light green color is sort of "off" to me and not very pleasing. I really just don't understand the hat at all. It looked like a flying saucer on my doll's head.
The only positive thing about this ensemble is that at least I didn't pay full price.
If you tie the ribbons behind her head beneath her ponytail, you can pull it a little tighter and it will bend down on the sides, therefore eliminating the "flying saucer" as you put it.
I really like this outfit A/A- (A+ if it had pocket slits.)
The stitching on the petticoat is a little bit darker green than the green of the outfit. Although I wasn't sure if I liked the bright green color at first, it actually looks very nice on PM Felicity (daughter doesn't have Elizabeth yet). The green of her eyes is complemented nicely by the green of the dress. There are three cute little buttons on the faux stomacher which I think are darling.
Unlike some other Mattel dresses, this is roomy enough for a PM body.
It does not come with socks. I do not believe that you are expected to dress Elizabeth without socks, however. You are expected to use her meet socks. I do not know why most of Samantha and Nellie's outfits come with tights or socks and Felicity and Elizabeth's do not (except for Felicity's spring gown, of course).
The shoes are nice, plain white and can be worn with many other outfits. I like when there is mix and match potential between outfits.
The hat is the same straw hat used for Felicity's summer and tea dresses, but is covered in white satin. It is cute, but lacks mix an match potential. Nothing matches the bright green accents.
I purchased this 2 days before it went on sale, so although I missed the sale bargain, I am glad that I got it before it was retired. I did get free shipping which softens the full-price blow a bit.
It really is much nicer in person than it looked in the catalog/online.