I really like this set and I think it's necessary for Josefina's Birthday outfit - plus the pieces mix-and match fairly well.
The shawl - the shawl gets kind of a mixed review here. The fabric is very bright and colorful, but it's a thin, slippery nylon-esque fabric that feels like a kite. It's probably supposed to represent silk. The embroidery is really appliques - they are very nice but they are obvious from the other side. The shawl is fairly slippery on Josefina but the fringe helps to hold it on when you arrange it over her arms. B+
The necklace - well see, I like the necklace because the colors are nice, the gold matches her earrings, and it looks nice with her birthday, Christmas, and party dresses. But I was kind of disappointed that the 2008 version is made of a piece of thick elastic instead of the original silk cord. Also I think the charm is more rigid. But for looks and use, it gets an A.
The fan - the fan could be considered cheap by some, because it is all plastic except for the lace, which is raw around the bottom edges. But I somehow really like it - I think it is my favorite piece. It looks great with her birthday outfit, also her Christmas and Regency party dress. I'll probably use it for the fiesta outfit too. It can be attached to her hand with a rubber band, but it WILL leave marks on her hand! Overall though, I still give it an A-.
Here's a nice close-up of the necklace. I thought it was originally a silk cord, but AGR said her's was from early 2000's and was elastic like this one. You can see the semi-flat elastic cord with three ribs, covered in "silk" threads:
Last Edit: Mar 23, 2009 14:49:18 GMT -5 by Wickfield