* This outfit is worn by Addy in the books Addy Learns a Lesson and Changes for Addy as well as the short stories "High Hopes for Addy" and "Addy Studies Freedom." *
Oh wow! Wow! This is a really fantastic outfit for Addy (or for any of your girls) It is made of thick blue material (felt-ish) and the black trim is just so sweet and really adds a nice contrast. I LOOOOVE how the white blouse underneath pokes out from the bell sleeved of the suit jacket. The lining on the skirt and jacket are different swatches of fabric so you really get the feel for how Addy's Momma made this from scraps of fabric from the fabric shop.
The little medal is just SO darling too! This is one of my absolutely favorite outfits!!! The craftsmanship is just wonderful!!!
Post by QNPoohBear on Oct 10, 2006 14:38:37 GMT -5
Definately an A+ outfit. The wool is thick and the jacket is fully lined as is the waistband of the skirt. The blouse is nice and can be worn with the skirt and no jacket. I wish the sleeves were Bishop sleeves though, which are more commonly seen with this type of jacket. The little medal is adorable and looks nice with the jacket.
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Post by Colonial Rose on Dec 28, 2006 17:40:07 GMT -5
Addy's School Suit & Blouse (ASO, Mattel): A+ This set came with a blouse, jacket, skirt and medal. The blouse is on the sheer side, but pretty with pleats down the front and a bow at the collar. The sleeves, poof out nicely from the sleeves of the jacket and velcro at the cuffs. The jacket and skirt are made of royal blue wool, the Mattel version is a bit on the felty side, but is similar to the fabric of my PM Felicity's riding habit jacket. The jacket is gorgeous and goes to a point in the back, it has black trim and is lined in two kinds of cotton/calico. The skirt is also lovely and I love how it goes up into a point at the front of the waist, the inside of the waistband is lined in the same fabric as the sleeves of the jacket. The medal is gold and comes on a little card telling you it's importance in the story. I haven't used mine because I don't want to put holes in the jacket.
I love all of the details on this outfit, but my favorite is the different fabrics used to line the jacket, just like in the story. Ours was purchased secondhand after it retired, and unfortunately did not come with the medal.
There are other outfits of Addy's I prefer, but DD has had her Addy doll dressed in this since I gave it to her several weeks ago. It's a very nice outfit though, and I would rate it an A. I think it is a shame it was discontinued.
The combination of a Zouave jacket (bolero-style, military-inspired-trim jackets named for the clothing worn by Algerian Zouave troops in the Italian wars c. 1859), matching high waisted skirt, and Garibaldi blouse (a front-buttoned placket blouse with high banded collar and drop-shoulder sleeves) was a popular one for women and girls during Addy's time. This outfit is a gorgeous replica of that fashion in doll size.
The School Suit and Blouse is another of AG's amazing pieces for Addy's collection. Everything about it is perfect and I'm always pleased to pull it out for Addy to wear each fall. The only frustration I have is that the pleats defy my storage capabilities and I've yet to find a way to keep it packed or even hung that doesn't result in wrinkles or a lack of crispness in the skirt.
Some more photos for this thread:
The dress does have a history of getting moth-eaten, so store it carefully. I've not had that problem since I keep my Addy collection in a trunk, but the outfit is a bit of a fuzz magnet when it's been worn for a while.
Addy's cage crinoline *could* slip under the skirt but that would not have been very practical for school wear, plus it would just barely fit and distort the skirt pleats. A nice petticoat would do the trick of fluffing out the skirt just fine, if you felt it needed it. Addy would always have worn a petticoat as it was, but I think it might be hard to close the skirt with one under it.
The pin (shown on Addy in my last photo above) is a darling replica of a real medal that carried the slogan for Abraham Lincoln's Republican party of the day: "Millions for Freedom, not one cent for slavery." It is dated 1863.
Historical accuracy and quality craftsmanship....it doesn't get any better than this. A+
Post by Buckingham Alice on Jul 5, 2011 20:37:31 GMT -5
This is one of my favorite AG outfits of all time. I wanted this set so bad when I was young! I thought Addy looked so smart, stylish, and sweet in this... and she does! This suit is absolutely adorable... the different fabrics the line the jacket make me smile. The braid trim is so elegant. The medal is a period perfect detail. The suit fabric is a wonderful wool, and the shirt is a crisp cotton. This is PC at it's finest. A++
I love this color and Addy, and her straw bonnet from the meet set looks really nice with this! I had her dressed in that last time I took her to AGPLA, and she got a lot of compliments from sales associates!