This is a beautiful dress! I liked it from the moment I first saw it online, but it is even prettier in person! The cream-colored sheer fabric of the sleeves and neck bodice alone is just fabulous in person - it's no wonder Rebecca loved to wear this dress!
Although it doesn't photograph perfectly, I'd describe the dress' color as "plum" - maybe "dark plum" but certainly more purple than Samantha's velvet holiday dress.
The tights I had no problem putting on - although I've had plenty of practice with Samantha's numerous pairs.
The shoes, although almost identical in appearance to Samantha's Lawn Party shoes, have better heels (more like Ruthie's meet shoes?), so Rebecca can stand quite well in them.
The ribbon, as green chile supergirl put, is gorgeous! It takes patience to tie it correctly around her head, but it really completes the outfit and makes tying it perfect well worth the effort, IMO.
My picture does not show the true color of the dress - it is purple, not blue!
[Necklace and menorah from the retired JLY Hanukkah accessories]