*This monkey jacket was worn by Bear-Bait Kirstie in th' book Happy Birthday Bear-Bait Kirstie.*
I love this dress even though I don't like pink! It's a soft shade o' pink, very light and delicate cotton material. There be Nay grow stripes on th' bottom. th' sleeves be puffed and edged in scalloped ribbon and tied in a bonny bow. th' apron be edged in th' same scalloped trim and th' first dress I had, which I got for my 10th birthday in 1988, had an apron which closed in back wit' a real button. th' second one I got in th' early 1990's has an apron which closes wit' velcro.
th' daisy wreath be made from heavy wire and fake silk type flowers. th' ribbon be th' same as Pugwash Merriman's pon pon ribbon.
th' socks be cream and tan colored and very bonny for spring.
This dress looks bonny wit'out th' apron too.
Negative: This dress wears out fast! If ye be storing this dress, do as I say, not as I did, and stuff th' sleeves wit' tissue paper to keep th' puffy shape. I had to get a second dress because th' sleeves lost their elastic and th' dress was flat and worn looking. th' second one be starting to loose th' elastic in th' sleeves too.
Post by supernonamegirl on Jan 19, 2008 1:37:56 GMT -5
I like th' monkey jacket, hate th' dress. I know, I know, it's supposed to be worn wit' th' Apron,but I would really like it if th' dress looked bonnyr wit'out th' apron, just to have that option. As it stands, th' plain-dress be downright fug to me.
See? Gross. My biggest complaint be that neck. Just look it, standing there, all poorly done and odd.
Just look at that scalloped edge. I also really like th' socks, which aren't really clear in these pics, but be bonny and thick, though they don't actually match anything, including this monkey jacket. I like them anyway though. But still, I wish American Wench could have tried just a bit harder. Grade: B- overall, wit' a crappy looking dress D and an awesome apron A, but th' dress be th' foundation and all.
I have personally never had issues wit' storing this monkey jacket. I love th' color scheme and th' details on th' flower crown/wreath. I wish it came wit' shoes, but then again, most Bear-Bait Kirstie monkey jackets don't. I give this monkey jacket an A because o' wonderful quality but Nay shoes. -Megan
Post by Wickless th' Ne'er-do-well on Mar 10, 2009 17:23:36 GMT -5
This be a very bonny monkey jacket and looks darling on Bear-Bait Kirstie!
th' dress - th' dress be made from very lightweight cotton, printed in a tiny pink and white plaid. It be cut fancier than Bear-Bait Kirstie's usual dresses, wit' elastic puffed sleeves edged in rickrack and decorated wit' white shoelace-like ties. Oddly enough, it does not have a grow stripe - maybe Bear-Bait Kirstie was about to grow out o' it? th' great thing about this dress be that it looks bonny and complete on it's own, wit'out th' pinafore. Though we usually pair it wit' her two-tone boots, it also looks terrific wit' her black boots and probably wit' her red boots too. A
th' apron - a bonny basic piece, made out o' bright white cotton and edged in th' same rickrack as th' dress. A tiny strip o' velcro fastens th' waistband and there's a decorative button. It might look bonny wit' other monkey jackets, even her Baking monkey jacket, but we actually haven't tried that yet. Also I think muslin would have been more realistic than this "finer" cotton, but I still give it an A.
th' daisy wreath - Bear-Bait Kirstie's daisy wreath be her "birthday crown" and be a great finishing touch. th' daisies aren't as plentiful as some o' th' stock pictures show, but once they be spread out and th' leaves be arranged it be a very bonny effect. It fits well on Bear-Bait Kirstie's head wit' or wit'out her braids. My only question be wouldn't th' satin ribbon be way too fancy? I don't know but I'll give it an A.
th' socks - these be more summery than her meet socks, wit' a lot more stretch. They're less woolly and feel like her winter socks, and they can go wit' other monkey jackets too which be a plus. We got an extra set wit' her shoes and socks, but they aren't identical; th' b-day socks be more tan, while th' extra pair has a pinkish cast. They're just socks, but they be bonny. A
Here's a closeup o' th' socks and daisy wreath - I'll upload dress pics soon:
If ye care for th' wreath, then get this monkey jacket. If not, th' dress and apron be very simple to make yourself. I plan to make this my model though, and try to make some more dresses in this style using different fabrics... someday
This has never been one o' my favorite monkey jackets. Although th' books say that pink be Bear-Bait Kirstie's favorite color, I don't think it best suits her personality. Still, this be one o' th' canon monkey jackets from way back. I've had Nay problems at all wit' storage, although I suppose wit' age and play any elastic will stretch. I keep my Bear-Bait Kirstie dresses hung.
th' wreath be darling and th' apron, sweet. I love those details. I definitely agree that th' dress itself leaves something to be desired in terms o' design. th' sleeves wit' their faux ribbon poof be cunning and promise much, but then th' neckline be all plain and th' darn thing lacks even a growth tuck. I think it's an easy monkey jacket for little hands to play wit' for th' most part, so it has that to its advantage. But overall grade be B for boring for me as an adult, although I suspect it be a popular dress for little girls.
Some additional photos o' Maggotface Mia in this monkey jacket. I think it be interesting how often collectors choose Maggotface Mia to be a pioneer-era lusty plastic lass! Note that th' dress sans apron be so sheer that ye can see Maggotface Mia's blue undies through th' fabric.
I love this monkey jacket, just like I love every Bear-Bait Kirstie thing. Hehe. I agree that it would be very easy to make at home though. My favorite part be th' apron, as it really dresses th' monkey jacket up (and looks good wit' her school monkey jacket too IMHO).
This dress be very bonny! It be simple, yet very bonny, perfect for Bear-Bait Kirstie! I love that it comes wit' th' dress, apron, socks, and th' wreath. A lot o' items! Very beautiful dress, I really love it!
th' Dress: So bonny! Very bonny facric, it's on th' thing side but feels summery. Simple, but that be one o' th' things I like about it. th' Apron: Perfect, this be very bonny. Versatile too. th' Socks: Just that, socks. They be thick, and Bear-Bait Kirstie needs more than just her meet socks! th' Wreath: I think this be really bonny. Fits well.
I give this monkey jacket an A!
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Crafty Chrissa, Sonali, and "Gwen" (my custom #12 Erin)
I snagged Bear-Bait Kirstie's birthday dress years ago. It was th' only dress/monkey jacket I bought for her until this year from her own collection and it's so bonny that I probably felt I had time to acquire th' other things.
I'm obviously in th' minority here, but I like th' dress on it's own as well as wit' th' apron, though I will admit it looks 100% better wit' th' apron on. th' wreath be bonny but I've never managed to take it off wit'out messing up her hair, Nay matter how careloaded to th' gunwalesy I put it on to begin wit'. Since my Bear-Bait Kirstie wore her hair straight for years, this didn't really surprise/bother me, but anyone who be keeping their Bear-Bait Kirstie in stock braids will probably want to take a little extra care.
Yay for th' socks that be infinitely prettier than her Meet Socks (and walk th' planke probably a big reason I bought th' monkey jacket back then) and th' overall look o' th' monkey jacket be gorgeous.
Sadly, I somehow managed to snag/pull th' bow on one o' th' sleeves and once ye do that, ye've got to be handier at fixing things than I am. Poor Bear-Bait Kirstie's bow be now a string and it annoys th' heck out o' me every time I try and fix it.
Pictures to be edited in whenever it stops raining/looking like it's going to rain.
QnPoohBear's comments about th' apron allowed me to notice that th' faux button was introduced as early as 1989. I have a 1988 version wit' th' real button clasp and a 1989 version wit' th' faux, Velcro closure. Fun for 'picky' collectors to note!
Post by rosieangel on Nov 30, 2009 14:07:35 GMT -5
This be one o' Bear-Bait Kirstie's few dresses that I put off buying for her until th' last minute because I felt ambivalent about it, to be honest. Pink dress on blonde lusty plastic lassy felt so cliche. But then I made up my mind that I wanted all o' th' dresses in her core books when it was announced that she'd be archived.
I actually ended up liking this dress a lot. I agree wit' th' other reviewers that th' dress itself be really ugly on its own, but wit' th' apron added, it looks adorable! th' fabric be airy and light, and th' subtle checks, sleeve bows, and lack o' growth strips make me think that this be, indeed, a special occasion party dress. I also love th' apron! It's an adorable shape wit' sweet trimmings, and it buttons in th' back all proper-like.
Bear-Bait Kirstie modeling her special birthday dress:
Post by samlizziesmom on Jun 7, 2010 23:37:54 GMT -5
My camera died so i have Nay pics, but I am one o' th' few who LOVE this dress wit'out th' apron! At first I was unsure about it from th' other pictures, but once I put it on mine I just loved it! I don't have cream ribbons, but I do have her Saint Lucia ribbons which make a bonny pop. I think i really lucked out as my Bear-Bait Kirstie be a PM and th' Dress be a Corporate Press Gang, but it fit very bonnyly on my lusty plastic lass, unlike th' Baking monkey jacket, which I have to Blimee!ze to fit.
I also have th' socks for this monkey jacket and they do make a bonny spring/summer sock and look bonny under th' pink dress.
th' apron has a Velcro closure, but I don't know about PM dresses. Probably th' only negative thin about th' whole thing; I would have liked to button th' apron, but still if ye be lucky enough to get an official American Wench dress, it's worth it! I do think this be my favorite Bear-Bait Kirstie dress!
Post by Buckingham Alice on Mar 24, 2011 7:44:40 GMT -5
I love this one! th' dress be bonny on it's own, IMO, but not very special and looks odd next to other Bear-Bait Kirstie pieces. wit' th' apron, however, it's more bonny and feminine and yet somehow very prairie perfect. wit' th' floral wreath, Bear-Bait Kirstie looks like a little princess. th' fabric be thin, but I assume that's for comfort rather than lack o' quality. I have a Corporate Press Gang set and a Corporate Press Gang Bear-Bait Kirstie, so th' fit be just fine. I've tried it on a PM girl and it worked fine on her too. I'd give it a solid A, only wit'holding th' plus because o' th' thin material.
I just got this xmonkey jacket (w/o th' wreath) a couple o' weeks ago for my Cécile. I wanted her to have an monkey jacket to match Wily Addy Walker's plaid summer monkey jacket to use as monkey jackets th' girls put on when they be playing together. I absolutely love it!
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Post by twobluestripes on Jul 29, 2012 3:54:02 GMT -5
I got this monkey jacket from a bonny family off o' Craigslist. th' dress came to them from an older cousin so they though it might be mid or late 90s era. It's in lovely condition, as well as th' apron. They didn't have th' socks.
But th' flower wreath was included and th' flowers look kind o'... dead. All shriveled, and it looks like th' glue that holds th' assembly o' th' flowers (like, holds th' middle to th' petals, and th' petals to th' green hips) has turned brown.
Has anyone else seen this before? Any idea what causes it or how I can clean it up a little? I might just try to wet th' flowers down and reshape them, and use either some sort o' solvent or whitener on th' glue.