Post by American Girl Rescue on Dec 10, 2013 16:54:47 GMT -5
Merry & Bright Gown Set $72
I love this set! This is so elegant and soft. I think the outfit is very well made (I didn't find any loose threads on my outfit.) The built in underskirt with tulle is a plus to this outfit. It helps the gown to stand out around the doll. The cape being fully lined makes it seem so realistic. Just beautiful!
The two things I find a bit irritating are: The belt is too tight to line up with the seem of the bodice and skirt. It fits best like the above photos show -- right at the doll's mid section. Also I'm not too fond of showing off the doll's torso in 'barely there' bodices, so we just keep the cape on.
Kanani had no trouble standing up by herself in the kitten heals.
This crown is made from soft and shiny material. It adjusts in the back with velcro to fit different head sizes. It's well made and looks like it will hold up for a few years if we only bring it out on birthdays. It was a big hit with my nieces (5 and 3 1/2). Grade: A
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Post by Jami's Lusty Plastic Lasses on Dec 8, 2013 9:35:27 GMT -5
It took CyberMonday for me to get this outfit and the first thing I did was compare it to Saige's tunic set that was released this year. Both tunics are made of the same fabric, or close to it. The cut of this older outfit is much, much more generous, all around. The Embroidery is far superior and the cuffs and neckline have some fringe/serging to give it more detail. Kind of sad as one can clearly see the corners (and material) cut from when this outfit was made to 2014, when Saige comes out with a tunic. Tunics were worn a lot in the 70s and still are around these days, still worn by many of us who wore them in the 70s. Still, the Sparkley tunic that AG made for MyAG line is superior in my opinion because of the fabric used in that as opposed to plain old cotton. I think tunics need the flow of that gauzy fabric to give it that comfy look. I know I would not have bought one made of this stiffer material
But it looks great. For Julie, it's a must piece, IMO, as she wears it quite a bit in her stories. It looks terrific with jeans, no reason not to have this versatile top. A lot of other dolls can wear it and look terrific too. I don't have a Julie and I have a number of candidates for this.
The gaucho pants, well,..I don't like them personally, never wore them in the 70s or ever, nor did anyone I personally know wear them that I remember. But they were around and worn then, and part of the Julie story. I guess I'll give them to my 60s girl. Don't see these often these days, though anything goes today. The pants are well made and a lovely, deep plum color, so would go well with most anything, colorwise.
The boots are terrific. They can be worn fashionably today as well as in the 70s. Love those boots and at the prices AG charge for boots, these are a steal getting full outfit for just a bit more.
I give the outfit a C as it just isn't all that attractive all together and there are surely better looking pieces for AG to have found from the 70s, but the qulaity is there in the embroidery and cut Could have done better with a gauzy fabric. The gaucho pants, though nice, are not something 10 year olds wore very often back then. I know, I was there. The boots are an A+.
Post by Jami's Lusty Plastic Lasses on Dec 8, 2013 9:21:47 GMT -5
I finally bit the bullet and completed Ivy's massive collection by buying the romper,now that it's on sale at $14. My Ivy is a modern girl and refuses to wear it, though I can tell it would look cute on her. This outfit really looks nice on many dolls, but it's really, really 60s or 70s in style. I had one very similar to it that was so comfortable, when I was young teen or so. Enen with a multicolor built in "belt". But it's just not a piece one would see on young girls today, except at a beach or pool. So this is an outfit that, yes, can be worn today and not be out of place, but generally isn't seen. Not so cool and stylish.
So my Skipper AG, #17 will get this outfit and she will be happily fashionable in it. Looks terrific on her. The red bandana is, of course, classic and the orange flip flops as well. That's what we all wore those days.
I give this outfit an "A" in authenticity as an outfit worn often in the 70s. It also looks great on the dolls. But it hasn't done well at all, because it doesn't fit well with today's outfits. This is something that happens with a number of Julie outfits, I've noticed.
This is one of three outfits (including her meet dress) that my Felicity owns. Poor dear doesn't have a lot! My least favorite outfit of hers is the final version of her meet dress, and unfortunately, this outfit is my second least favorite. Kind of odd that I own it I guess, but my Felicity was purchased in the last couple days of 2010 and all of her outfits were sold out already! I purchased this outfit at the original price from a very kind board member, even though I've never really liked it. Even when I was a little kid, the color never appealed to me, which is odd since blue was my favorite color. Something about the intensity of the blue always seemed mismatched with the style, like the shade of blue belongs on a mail box or something instead.
After receiving it, I liked it even less. The fabric of the dress isn't my favorite and it fits too loosely, but what really gets me is the incredibly icky, plasticky lace! I really do not like that lace. Some nice lace would have drastically improved the look of the outfit. The style itself is very nice. If they'd used a slightly different color fabric and different lace, my opinion would be much higher. As is, I think this is a pretty cheap looking and feeling AG outfit. However, I originally purchased it and have kept it because it's important to me though that she have her Christmas dress, both because all of my other dolls have special Christmas outfits and because this outfit is important to her stories.
My overall grade for this outfit is a C based on the reasons I gave above.
My dolls: Kirsten, Addy, Felicity, Nellie, Molly, Samantha, Rose Adele, Tess, Julianna, Callie, Miri, Ever, and Pru.
I love the authenticity of this lingerie dress from 1914 but it has a few problems. It's very loose in the shoulders and has a very wide neckline. Rebecca (or in my case Ruth) needs a strapless slip to wear underneath to hold the dress up and make it look better. I wish the ribbons are any color but pink. I tacked some blue ribbons on over the pink ones because the pink ribbons were too hard to get off. The shoes are very sweet. I love the heels. The shoes just barely fit and don't fit bigger PM feet. Again I wish the ribbons snapped on like Felicity's Christmas shoes. Like others have said, it also needs some stockings to go with the shoes. I give it a B+
Post by Ms. Notorious on Dec 4, 2013 20:57:39 GMT -5
Normally, I keep my reviews to my YouTube channel, but I wanted to do a very light view of Picasso before he sells out. I won’t post pictures because he’s literally a horse of a different color now and I didn’t take any pics of him in his factory state.
This is my first AG horse, and I was impressed with how well he’s made. He’s incredibly sturdy. So much so that I took pictures of him on the beach and the ankle deep moving water (his ankle, not mine) did not knock him over despite the fact that he was only lightly pressed into the stand. As someone who is getting back into photography, the poseable leg and neck make it possible for you to get some more realistic set ups. His coat is soft and stretchy and his mane is silky and fun to brush.
For anyone who wants to make him a darker color, his coat takes diluted acrylic paint extremely well. I wish I could afford another one to keep in his factory state, but he’s almost as much as a new doll! That’s OK. I do think the horse is worth the money and has great play and photography value.
Let me first say that I LOVE this outfit! It has zoomed straight to the top of my list of favorite AG doll outfits. This is probably in part because I simply love Christmas, but the outfit itself is very well made and so cute.
I won't re-hash everything that's been said before, but would like to mention a couple of things:
Fit: The dress, boots, hat, and scarf all fit perfectly. Everything is easy to get on. I was afraid the hat may be too tight, but it's actually just right. It fits fairly snugly on Pru's head, but in a good way, and I'm not afraid about it falling off.
Quality: It all seems top notch to me. I purchased this outfit used on eBay, and presumably a child played with it before. It looks great, though. The fabric and construction all seem to be quite nice.
Look: As mentioned, I think this is incredibly, excruciatingly adorable. I seriously love everything about it, from the plaid flannel scarf to the embroidery on the skirt. The boots are pretty awesome, too. Below you can see the lovely Pru modeling the outfit in its entirety:
Some people think this outfit looks too mature for a little girl. I am pretty conservative when it comes to clothing, and I think the only thing that makes it a little iffy are the boots. they're so tall! I wanted to experiment with making the outfit look a little younger, and figured thick white tights were a good place to start. Here's the outfit with the tights and the black flats from the 2011 Spooky Fun Outfit. The shoes are not the best match for the outfit since they're rubbery, but they were the first black shoes I grabbed and it was just for this photo. Fancier black shoes would be better.
Here's the outfit with the white tights and Addy's meet boots. I chose these boots because I liked the idea of black boots with the outfit, but wanted some that look less grown up. Although I like the outfit with the black flats, I think these boots are the winner!
And just for fun, Prue and the resident Christmas Moose wish you a very happy holiday season!
Post by fionabrigade on Dec 3, 2013 22:40:05 GMT -5
Channeling Cinderella: The Clock Strikes Midnight
The gown has an additional layer with tulle on the bottom to add volume:
Tiara detail. It feels like metal:
Detail of the back and removable belt:
Snowflake embroidered cape with velvet texture (satin on underside):
"The cold never bothered me anyway!"
So in a nutshell, I did not plan on purchasing this outfit after seeing the early AGSF pictures...it looked nice but my dolls avoid princess-y things (Poor Grayson!). Yet I'm a sucker for limited edition items (a store exclusive no less!) and I changed my mind when I saw it in person. Despite the initial $72 sticker shock, the price is comparable to purchasing a holiday dress ($36) and holiday accessories ($28) plus the $2 upcharge for gift boxed items.
Pros: It sparkles and is shiny Pleasantly surprised at the gown's additional layer Drapes nicely Sparkle design continues on the back / looks good from all angles Tiara is metal, not plastic (which I believed it to be made of from the early photos) Cape is super soft
Cons: Poor finishing - gown came with some loose threads hanging on the back Bodice fits loose (or it could be that my Marie Grace is super skinny) Tight gloves are a pain to get on Should have come with an additional accessory - A sceptre would have been perfect to complete that regal look Cheap velcro closure on cape Belt seems like an afterthought
Grade: B; Recommended if it is within your budget.
Post by americangirlluverjes on Dec 2, 2013 20:15:02 GMT -5
I love this doll. Many say she is a Nicki with Felicity's wig but I choose not to believe this. Her curly,long hair can sometimes be a pain in the neck.Her outfit is a nice shade of blue.Her ring can be easily lost.I give this doll a B+.
Hi!I'm Jessica aka Jess or Jessie.I was recently on the AGFMB run by the wonderful Liz until she got rid of it and so now I'm here!I have Saige and Molly my mini doll.Soon to come is Rebecca if you can see I have been bitten by the Rebecca bug!
I'm going to make this quick for the moment. I got Saige earlier this week. I wasn't sure what I would think of her honestly, since I already have a PM Felicity and Nicki. I figured I'd give her a shot and sell her later next year if she wasn't for me. My Saige has more brown in her hair then red, but her eyes are a lovely shade which I feel her meet outfit doesn't do them any justice. I like that she comes with earrings at no extra charge. Since she's been here I thinks she's going to stick around. She's my funky fresh artist (just need more clothes for the girl).
I finally got the nerve to take her hair down tonight. I'm not the biggest fan of curly hair, which is why I waited so long to get her. My Kanani has lovely loose waves, but my Nicki has thin, dry curls that are a bit fly away no matter what I do. Saige's hair is much thicker than Nicki's and longer which I like. While it's curlier than Kanani's but not so much as Nicki's, it's a nice curl which I'm hoping relaxes out even more. She looks lovely with her hair down. She looks more mature than my other dolls, aside from my #25. I'll get pictures later.
Love the ring, fits nice and snug on her. Doubt that is coming off without me tugging on it.
I just bought this dress from AG and so obviously it is a recent Mattel one I have, and the leather on the vest does not look like the "pleather" shown above. It is a warmer brown color, more like the older style shown in the picture link above, and the design seems etched into it, not just printed on. So perhaps they went back to a better quality material? The hat is lovely, and the dress is really gorgeous on Josefina, who tends to look best in warmer tones. I don't have a picture with Josefina right now, but here is one of my custom doll, Jane, with the outfit. It does look best on Josefina, though.
My DD picked this dress at AGDC last weekend for her Caroline doll. She particularly loves the gloves, and I think the overall prettiness of the dress is a great draw for the target audience. This morning she wanted to dress Caroline in a new outfit I had made, so I got the chance to dress my Elizabeth in it. Elizabeth is wearing it with Caroline's meet pantaloons and socks, and of course without the hair band, since their hair colors don't match. I think it is a lovely outfit. The only thing I am not crazy about is the hair that is part of the hair band - it looks weird and it limits the usefulness of the hair band. A nice simple gold band would have been a better choice.
Post by 300saders93 on Nov 27, 2013 19:18:44 GMT -5
Just bought this set because it was on sale, and I can't say it was worth even the $24 it ended up being (plus shipping/handling). I'm a completist so I wanted to make sure I got all Kaya's official stuff in case it ever retired, so I was happy to get it on sale.
The tops of the furs look nice, but I really dislike the texture of the fabric underneath. I know furs aren't double sided, but they should have used some sort of suede underneath rather than a scratchy burlap feeling cloth. The shield is pretty, but is very small and cheap feeling. The whole thing is lightweight plastic and is not very stable at all. I'm tempted to recreate it out of real sticks and suede. I was also disappointed to see that they changed the pillow to one big white chunk of fur rather than a wrap. Again, might try to recreate that myself.
Post by siriusisdead on Nov 26, 2013 21:48:55 GMT -5
This is a cute outfit, but it is somewhat lacking. The top: it's very cute, but Violet would only ever wear it with the matching shorts. It just does not match any of my other pants (and I have several other pairs of athletic pants). The mesh is nice – a realistic aspect – but will get caught on the Velcro in my experience. B. The shorts: they do look like something someone would wear in real life; they look like real running shorts. Like the top, though, they don't match much. I have paired them only with bright pink T-shirts so far. Also, while their design is realistic, it is the same from the 2010 running outfit, just with different colors. A-. The jacket: this is one of my favorite aspects of the outfit. It is versatile; it does seem to match my dolls' various athletic ensembles just due to the lack of green. I love its appearance and use it frequently. The zipper is also very nice. I like how this jacket (as opposed to the 2010 version) seems to fit the dolls' arms better – the 2010 one always seemed a bit short in the arms to me. A+. The socks: well, what can I say? They're socks. Nothing really special about them, just socks. As my dolls don't have a habit of wearing socks (yes, I'm sure their shoes must reek by now!) so they've only been used once. There is nothing memorable about them. B+. The race number: same design as the 2010 outfit, which annoys me because when my dolls race, they have the same number! I feel like AG really should have come up with a different number for this one just because no two runners would have the same number in a race; that's the whole point of having numbers! I don't use it much anyway, but that only makes me use it less. B. Hairbands: standard AG hairbands, nothing great about them. B+. Shoes: These are one of my favorite pairs of AG shoes. My current tennis shoes look pretty much just like them (except considerably larger) so Alex, my lookalike, wears these on a daily basis. They match many outfits and are easy to use. A+. Worth 34 dollars? It depends on how frequently you dress your dolls in athletic outfits. If that's not much, this is far from worth it. I do think that overall, the 2010 version was much better, especially because it had those great pants, which made the price seem fairly reasonable. But without long pants, this set seems overpriced. If you can find the old version at a decent price, I definitely recommend it over this one, but I would still recommend this outfit if you dress dolls in workout clothes much. I give this set a B+.
My dolls: Marie Grace, Cécile, Rebecca, Kit, Molly, Emily, Julie, Ivy, Marisol, Jess, Mia, Chrissa, Sonali, Gwen, Lanie, Kanani, McKenna, Saige, Lily (#35), Caitlyn (#31), Violet (#25), Alex (#55), and Lydia (#4)!
Post by Danibananni on Nov 26, 2013 9:16:15 GMT -5
I just recieved my bed from AG due to the reduced price of $55. I have lots of beds, most of them PC and I was very impressed with AGs quailty. This bed seems extra sturdy and sucha nice cheerful color! Grade: A+
I got this on eBay this past summer with everything included, though I can't seem to find the undergarments at the moment. I always found Josefina's Christmas dress to be a little odd until I saw it in person. Now I love it. The pattern is pretty, the design is elegant, and the colors are lovely on Josefina and unique for the Historical line (where most of the holiday dresses are red, green, or purple). The simple shoes and delicate mantilla and comb add the perfect finishing touch. A must for any Josefina collection, and very much worth the price tag.
Post by siriusisdead on Nov 23, 2013 16:02:41 GMT -5
I've gone through six in the past five years. All have been replaced at the store, where I've been told that this doesn't happen often. I do not brush through bad doll hair – all my dolls' wigs are in pristine or near to pristine condition. I am careful when brushing the thicker hair and yet this happens often. The brushes usually fail within a few months due to the rubber piece falling out, at which point I will simply use the rubber/wire piece, ditching the handle altogether. I intend to exchange for a seventh brush soon.
ETA: Also, if you happen to step on one by accident, let's just say that your foot will hurt for hours on end and perhaps bleed.
Post by mom2princesspeas on Nov 22, 2013 13:12:08 GMT -5
We went to the SF (Palo Alto) Opening weekend, and my DD, 13 fell in love with this outfit. She asked me to make it one of her Christmas presents, so we purchased it! I think it is a pretty set, and comes with so many pieces. The past holiday outfits have come close to this price, as we had to purchase the accessory sets separately, and combined put the outfit up over $60, so I did not think the price was a deterrent. Funny, when I opened the box, I did not remember the belt, and honestly, don't think it adds or detracts from the dress. We could take it or leave it!
Since this is a gift, I did not take the shoes, gloves or tiara out of the wrap, but you can see some of the detailing by the pictures.
I would rate the outfit an A- (only since I think the gown itself could have been make out of a better fabric. I am curious what the cape will look like over the Gown set from a couple years ago... I am drawing a blank on the name, think it is the Snow Flake Princess Gown, but in any case, I think the cape might look pretty with this gown as well!
I agree with some of the other comments, that the gown looks good on the darker skinned dolls, and pictured is the doll from the store display in the gown! My DD can hardly wait to dress her new Saige in the gown!
Here are some of my pictures:
Cape Front: Velcro Tab closure
Shoes, gloves and Tiara:
Here is a picture from the store of a darker skinned doll in the gown:
I had to have one of these girls of my own after purchasing one for donation purposes-and here she is!
I haven't named her, but have decided she is to be Jess' cousin, a brave little girl battling cancer. The eye options were dark brown or light brown, and according to the CS rep both colors were pinwheel so I went ahead with light brown in an attempt to match Jess.
She arrived in the standard MYAG meet, along with a little note offering a free head replacement from American Girl. I opted to have her ears pierced as well in order to add some femininity to her. I think she looks sweet in Ivy's hat, the only time I've managed to slip a beret on an AG doll.
Post by gizmosprout on Nov 18, 2013 0:09:00 GMT -5
I have quite a few AG dogs, but I think this one is my favorite. He's sturdy and cuddly and very soft. This is probably the first AG pet that I bought directly, for full price, and felt like he was worth it. I'd give him an A!