Her hosuecoat is made from a very simple lightweight homespun fabric. The collar has a sweet calico print lining the underside and the coat closes with real buttons. The coat is not lined on the inside, it's a housecoat for indoor use only. My only complaint is that the buttons fall off easily and I managed to lose one even though I carefully put it somewhere where I would be able to find it.
The sockar are very thick wool boots and are rather difficult to get on Kirsten's feet.
My favorite thing about the housecoat has to be the buttons on it. It’s nice to have a piece of clothing without Velcro. I like the fabric and think it looks really nice with Kirsten’s nightgown. The sockar are very nicely made. And let me tell you, they hold their shape. Mine had been stuffed away in a drawer for years, and when I took them out they were still the same shape they came as. I was impressed. However, I also found the sockar a pain to get on and off. I had problems with them when I was a kid, and I still have problems with them now as an adult. All in all I’d give this set a B+, because although it looks cute, I don’t think the sockar are very child friendly (or uncoordinated adult friendly for that matter).
I LOVE this set!!! I got it at AGPC right after it was deleted from the ag site. I love the lining on the collar. I personally havn't had problems with the slippers, however my mom has........ A++++++ -Megan
The housecoat - Our housecoat - which is a Mattel star-box version - is made of a medium weight cotton in a cranberry and cream tiny plaid print. As qnpoohbear mentioned, it is not lined except for the collar, which features a tiny floral calico print (you can see it in my second picture). Like most of Kirsten's pieces this one velcros at the wrists but it really buttons up the front; the buttons are just like those on Josefina's spencer jacket, but are harder to button here because of some very small button holes! This piece looks absolutely darling over the nightgown, and might look nice as outerwear over some other dresses. A
The sockor - the sockor are made of real felted wool and even though we have a very recent set, the box said they were still made in Sweden. Bonus! Unlike the other reviewers, we had absolutely no trouble getting these on Kirsten's feet, and these are Mattel for a Mattel doll. In fact, they seem like they could slip off; because these are handmade though they likely vary. They fit nicely and complete her whole bedtime ensemble. A
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I am happy now with this outfit, but when it first came I was a little disappointed because to me, the housecoat doesn't feel cosy enough - and given that Minnesota winters are much like ours, you definitely need cosy! The sockor are great - no problem getting them on my Kirsten's feet. B+
Post by rosieangel on Nov 28, 2009 14:14:01 GMT -5
My housecoat, which I got with Kirsten's nightie either in 1993 or 1995, when I bought 90% of my AG items, is one of the few AG items that actually buttons instead of having pretend buttons and velcroing in the back. I really appreciate that. The coat itself is rather light, thinner than her nightie, which is kind of odd, because shouldn't a coat be heavier than the clothes you wear underneath it? But the print is very cute and the contrasting floral calico under the collar is probably my favorite detail in the whole piece. It's roomy enough to just fit over her nightgown.
Her sockor are my favorite part of the set, though! They're some sort of wool fabric, and they have a great, organic shape. When I was younger, I really liked that, unlike 99.9999% of AG footwear, these were easy to get on and off.
As far as playtime goes, this set was very important! Kirsten slept next to me in my bed wearing this set for many, many nights - it kept her nightgown from riding up, and it made her look extra cute to me!