Post by QNPoohBear on Apr 28, 2006 14:41:45 GMT -5
This outfit is worn by Addy in the short story "Addy Studies Freedom" and is also found in some editions of the book Happy Birthday, Addy!.
This is one of my favorite AG outfits. I love the indigo color, the contrasting trim and the bloomers that go underneath the dress. It looks comfortable and fun to wear. The stilts are made from heavy wood/plastic type material with elastic holders for her hands and feet. It is difficult to stand Addy with her stilts on, even using a stand. Even so, I give this set ***** A+!
Last Edit: Nov 12, 2015 7:01:31 GMT -5 by Wickfield
Post by glasshalffull on Jun 17, 2008 3:05:39 GMT -5
This outfit looks stunning on my #25 when I want to dress her as a historical. Sorry I don't have a picture, but if you have a #25, try it on her and see if you have the same reaction. It looked nice but unremarkable on my Kirsten, so I was at first un-impressed. But I just love it on #25 and don't want to take it off her. Just goes to show how different dolls look good in different outfits.
Post by Ms. Notorious on Jun 4, 2009 16:14:35 GMT -5
I was ambivalent about Addy's Stilting, but I wanted to get my girls their LE outfits, so I got this from a board member. Luckily, I like it much better in person. The color looks good on Addy, and the contrasting trim (which I found unattractive in photographs) really works nicely. I know all of her dresses are period pieces, but this dress really screams "Civil War/Victorian Era". I can totally see Addy wearing this on the streets of 1854 Philadelphia. The fabric is medium weight and the pants are really adorable. Addy is going to be wearing this one for a while.
Somehow, I always forget about this dress. It's really a cute play dress, but for some reason it took me a long time to warm up to it. I love the colors, but I'm not sure they are the most flattering for Addy. Still, the set is incredibly well made and unique...I mean, come on, doll stilts? Another set representing the best of AG, I think, and rates an A. Please to excuse the smooshed-up bodice in these photos; stilt walking distorts the lay of one's dress!
When the circus came to Philadelphia, everyone gathered to see the parade. Addy’s favorite part was the performer who walked on tall, slender stilts. Poppa used scraps of wood to make stilts that were just Addy’s size and painted them deep red. When Sam saw her practicing he named her Addy “stilt” Walker! Put on Addy’s Purple plaid dress with long puffed sleeves and green plaid trim. It’s perfect for her new pastime because it has a pair of matching bloomers for modesty!
$28 ALO (Limited Editionthis outfit introduced in 1997 ) Discontinued
Historical background: Addy's stilting outfit is a reform dress, more commonly remembered as a bloomer outfit. Reform dresses were a simple, semi-lose dress with bloomers that may or may not be seen peaking under the garment. This outfit represents the Virtorian Dress Reform from 1851-1901.
Back to my dress, NIB in package:
Things don't stay NIB long around here.
The outfit is a dress, stilts, pamphlet and a special hanger. I forgot to take a picture of the box but it has a special "Special Edition!" banner with all (then) six girls. If you are nerd like me and need the pamphlet it basically rephrases what I have just copy and paste from the Playthings guide. Nice if you are pamphlet collector but not needed otherwise. It would had been nice if the dress had a matching ribbon, my Addy uses Ruthie's meet ribbon which is almost the perfect shade.
The dress and bloomers are made out of plaid, thin purple cotton with a green plaid trim. Even though it may not look like it, the dress is a good spring/fall outfit. Like most other outfits, the buttons on the front are just for show, it Velcro in the back. I believe my Addy is around 2002-2007 and the outfit is a little loose on her. That's okay because it is meant to be a play outfit.
Detail of the trim. Copycats, the plaid is only sewed into the yoke and waist, not on the bodice. The trim along the waist is actually the waistband. The trim is also along the hand and the cuffs. The bodice and sleeves are gathered but the skirt is pleated.
The bloomers are loosely gathered on the waist and the legs. The bloomers go all the way to the top of Addy's boots. The boots that match best are the boots from her boots and shocks set. Since there is no Velcro on the bloomers they are a bit hard to get on.
The stills are made of light but study wood painted a dark red. They are a bit of pain to store, I keep mine in the tray of Addy's trunk. Even though there is elastic on the stilts and footrests it is a bit of pain to get Addy to hold her stilts.
My Addy has very loose legs, so its a bit of a pain to get her to hold her steady on her stilts. She's leaning against the trunk.
The stilts are a good size for a child playing. She does not tower over other dolls, but there is enough of a difference to know that she's stilting.
I really like this outfit, and really wish that I could had gotten it for $28 in 1997. The prices go pretty high on the market, but sellers have a tendency to overprice their used outfits. If you wait a while, you can spend only a little bit on a new outfit. However, the dress seems like it holds up well to play so a well used condition should still be in decent condition. In all, it is a very nice, neat play dress for Addy with an unusual accessory that makes a good display. A
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Nine dolls...and a couch. Kirsten is so ashamed of the said couch she can not be seen.
This is the second to last dress I needed to complete Addy's outfits (still missing that expensive and elusive Cape Isle outfit). I really wished I had asked for this outfit in addition to Kirsten's back when it was first released, as it would have been darn cheaper, but I was able to get a new in box version for an alright price. Putting this on Addy and taking her out of the current BF meet outfit, it was a stark reminder of how much AG has cut down in material on Addy's outfits. As you can see, the dress length covers her pantalettes and the skirt is nice and wide. The sleeves are also nice and poofy.
I have not removed the stilts, but I imaging as would have a hard time trying to get a photo of Addy on stilts, as my doll has loose legs from sitting on a shelf for many years and not thinking how that would stretch the leg elastics.
I think it is a nice dress that could be used for all seasons, though I do agree with EofA that perhaps the color purple is not the best for Addy in particular. I give it an A.