This is one of the best outfits ever made. The coat is made from a real Hudson's Bay Blanket which is so soft and warm feeling. I wish it came in my size. The wool coat repels snow nicely and is very warm. It has a little hood with a tassel which was just the thing in 1854. The scarf is nicely knit and has a very pretty Scandinavian feel to it. The ice skates are real wood, leather and metal. The blades of the skates curve up into a little heart shape. I haven't had problems with the skates breaking. They are usually stored in her trunk and she has worn them a few times. I got this set immediately when it was released.
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Post by Main Admin Account on May 16, 2006 14:20:32 GMT -5
I actually picked this set up for $50.oo including the skates that I now have been seeing sell for $30.oo lately.
I love the think warm look of this coat. It is made nice and thick with banding of red stripes on the hem, hood, and sleves.
The details are it's little hand knit scarf with a heart deatil and the button closures. The buttons are made for be a faux bit of horn pulled through a small loop of leather.
The ices skates are made of brass, wood, and leather. In each runner of the skate are two small heart cutouts. The skates strap over her shoes with leather straps and a buckle. All of this is mounted onto a thin wood platform then adhered to tthe brass.
Post by Main Admin Account on Jun 26, 2006 3:35:46 GMT -5
This is actually the second set of skates we have. The first set had issues. Right wear the weld for the blade attaching to the under foot portion of metal on the skate, it broke loose. Boy.....did that make sense? these did seem rather fragile. I have one broken skate that I have been meaning to fix. I was debaing on using some JB Weld or some such product. Brass can be a terrible thing to try and repair.
This is another of AG's all-time great makes, I think. The wool is very very thick and the scarf is well-made and beautiful. I do not have the skates so I cannot review them but I am thrilled with the rest of this outfit. If you have the chance to get it on ebay or somewhere else, you will not be disappointed.
Could someone who has Kirsten's winter coat post a picture of the hood laid flat and measure how tall the front of the hood is? I'm drafting a pattern for it using Addy's coat as a base and would like to see pictures of the shape for reference.
I found a grey wool skirt with a striped border at our local salvation army that I'm hoping will yield enough fabric for a coat like Kirsten's and a Josefina's school skirt.
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I am assuming you are talking about the skating coat (that's the only one I can think of with a hood). The hood on the coat is 5 1/2 inches wide and 6 1/2 inches high with a 1 1/2 inch cuff where the red/cream trim is. I'm not exactly sure how to post the photo I took, but the hood starts out as a perfect square (11X13) and the top edge just gets sewn down the middle and finishes with a tassel.
I hope this helps you. If I can figure out the URL photo thing, I will post that picture too.
Post by Ms. Notorious on Jun 8, 2009 17:08:38 GMT -5
I wanted all of my girl's to have their LE outfits, so Kirsten's skating coat was a must. I got the complete set from another collector and quite frankly, I don't see why she chose to give it up.
The coat is beautifully made. You can tell it's made from a real blanket because it's so warm and thick, and the red trim on the bottom, sleeves, and hood are extremely flattering. The buttons look like they're made of tiny horns and the hooks are genuine leather. The scarf is very well knit - even more so than Kirsten's PM knit woolens. I like the fact that it's stretchy but still quite sturdy, and the signature heart and squiggles keep the Nordic feel that I love.
The skates are bigger and more sturdy than they look in pictures, but they are still on the delicate side. Kirsten will probably hold hers whilst on display, not wear them. I saw just the skates go for almost what I paid for the entire outfit on ebay last week, so I'm not sure I can afford replacements!
This outfit is now in my personal top 5. The detail, quality, and general look on Kirsten is amazing. A+
I love this outfit and actually have 2 of the coats, 2 scarves, one set of skates that are perfect and one set of skates where one skate's blade came off. With the current cost of the skates on ebay, I certainly can't afford another set and am wondering how to fix it. I'm planning to take it the the "Mr. Fix It" in the mall to see if it can be welded. I've tried different glues to no avail. While I give the quality of the coat and scarf an "A+", I have to give the skates a "C" for not being sturdy enough for play. As was mentioned by other members, the beautiful fabric/quality of the coat and the tight stitching in the scarf make these pieces worth every penny. I was able to get both sets within ebay "lots" so I got them very inexpensively but the skates themselves fetch a very high price on ebay.
This outfit is so period perfect. The coat, skarf and skates are very 1850's. I love this with either her red school dress or the black wool skirt and white blouse. Buy it even if you can only get a reproduction set.
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Am I supposed to put this on over her winter woolens sweater?? It fits nicely, but a little bulky around the neck...
I love this outfit more than I thought I would! The coat is so warm and snuggly- can't help but wrap Kirsten in my arms and sit by the fire. The scarf is a wonderful element in this outfit, great quality and the hearts tie in nicely with the rest of her collection, for example- the skates- I find them easy to put on over any of her shoes, the weld on mine seems really strong and the leather too. A++ Great quality. I also love the box it came in with the the ag collection band around it. It's so much more exciting and special feeling than those mattel ag boxes, there was a feeling of class and exclusivity to the old pc wrapping and boxes. Made my day to finally receive the original box with ribbon band thing, skates, coat and scarf! I'll post pics when I can.