Post by Main Admin Account on May 10, 2006 21:28:29 GMT -5
Kirsten's Midsummer Dress Grade: B
It's cute and my daughter loves it. I guess that is what counts really. I am not all that in love with the dot fabric or the purple colour. To each her own I guess. I really like the basket and the flowers.
I think Kirsten looks really cute in this outfit! I use the purple ribbons from her Plaid outfit with it, and they match perfectly. The little basket and flowers are really adorable too. I seem to see this outfit on a lot of peoples' Kirstens, so it must be pretty popular! :-)
Post by PleasantMemories on Sept 4, 2006 14:09:17 GMT -5
This is my least favorite of Kirsten's dresses. It doesn't look appropriate for Kirsten’s era and the material is quite see-through. The basket and the flowers also look cheap. In my opinion there are only three reasons to get the dress: 1.) You're a completest and want the entire Kirsten collection 2.) It's on sale 3.) You have so many Kirsten dolls that someone needs to wear it as a summer/Birthday dress
I really, really, like this dress. I think it’s absolutely adorable, and love how it looks on my Kirsten. My favorite part of the dress has to be the boatneck neckline. I also love the little flowers for her hair. The basket does have that cheap plastic feeling, which is a bummer, but for little girls plastic probably holds up better for play, so it’s forgivable. This was Kirsten’s first new dress in 10 years, so she really likes it : ) Overall, I’d give it an A- .
The outfit I like. I like the flowers, too. I just put this on my Kirsten for the first time, and the biggest problem I had was figuring out how to tie the ribbons with the flowers on them in her hair. My mom gave up, too, so we just stuck the stem of the flowers in her braid. I'd give this an A- since the outfit is nice and the basket and flowers are pretty, minus the difficult ribbon-tying.
I love this dress to pieces! I love the colors, purple and white, so cute! The basket is nice to, with the little bouquet of flowers. The small bouquet for her hair is adorable, even though the stem is peeling.
This set is nice, but it looks too typically "American prairie", not nearly Swedish enough for a Midsummer celebration. Here we go...
The dress - The dress is a bit too frilly and fancy, but I am very glad it is based on an actual 19th century dress. The purple seems to clash with Kirsten's eyes and none of her core hair ribbons matches the outfit. I do like the cut, minus the ruffles, because the puffed sleeves and scoopneck look very nice on the doll. The dress looks nice with her brown or black boots. This is my sister's least favorite dress for Kirsten and I'm not too crazy about it either. B
The flowers - they are very cute, but the hair flowers rather awkward to actually put in her hair as there is no clip or rubberband or anything; you kind of have to bend the wire stem a certain way. They are fake, obviously, and look a bit off-scale, but hey, they are nice enough. The bouquet also looks very cute in the basket. A-
The basket - the basket is painted purple to match the outfit, with strange red and turquoise decals to simulate a painted effect. It seems to be made of wood and I really like the overall shape, but it chips and dents very easily. B-
Pictures coming soon!
Last Edit: Mar 24, 2009 6:23:19 GMT -5 by Wickfield
For Kirsten - F For other AG - B- because of quality
This and the baking outfit is all that stands between me and a complete Kirsten wardrobe. I actually bought it from eBay but the basket was broken and the seller let me return it. She offered to replace it but once I actually saw it I knew I didn't want it.
Although I am no expert, I found the styling to not be congruent with Kirsten's time, regardless of the story they put behind it. The purple felt forced - almost like the AG designers sat in a room and said "Kirsten doesn't have a purple dress, better make her one, purple is popular with little girls."
From a non-Kirsten perspective, I agree that it is a cute dress and looks good on other AG. The "accessories" quality is seriously lacking though.
Post by 5hensandacockatiel on Apr 17, 2011 12:13:18 GMT -5
My best friend got this outfit a few years ago when she was 7, and as soon as I saw it, I fell in love! I just had to get it. This dress is more beautiful than any picture could say. It is PERFECTLY perfect! Everything about it, the ruffles, the basket, the dotted fabric, the flowers, everything is absolutely beautiful! A++++
Like other reviewers, I've never been able to wrap myself around this dress as one that suits Kirsten. I think it's a darling dress with very pretty details, though definitely made of a thin cotton. Kirsten wears her flannel underskirt beneath it for modesty's sake!.
I was happy to learn that it was probably inspired by a child's dress from the period that's in the online Children's Clothing Collection of the Wisconsin Historical Museum:
But it simply doesn't fit Kirsten's character, so I've rarely used it.
Then, AG made the NOLA characters from 1853, with this illustration of Marie-Grace from Makes a Difference. Note the dress.
The dress was rendered this way in the paper doll set:
Now AG hasn't actually made this dress for Marie-Grace but hey, AG doesn't have to because we have Kirsten's Midsummer Dress. What's old is new again only in multi-colored clown polka dots instead of purple (really, it's just as well AG never made the dress pictured above).
So now we know: this dress was meant for Marie-Grace!
The dress needs an underskirt because it's of such a thin fabric, and doubly so if you want to try to squash the NOLA cage crinoline under it. That stupid pink contraption doesn't fit well under the more narrowly cut skirt of this dress, and the color shows through as you can see in the bottom tier on this photo.
Still, the cage gives a nice shape to the dress. My antebellum characters always wear white underslips over their cages and that does help with the sheerness of this fabric, but it's tough shoving all that fabric under this dress. Be that as it may, I like the dress SO much more for Marie-Grace than for Kirsten.
Because it was retired in 2006, this outfit tends to be high priced on the secondary market especially if it is complete with the flowers, basket, bouquet and hair clip. I don't have the latter so can't include them in this review, but my dress is definitely an authentic AG one. I mention that because there are many knock-off non-AG copies of this dress available (which we don't review here) so FYI and beware of them if you covet the real dress made by AG.
Dress Grades: A- in general (pretty but too sheer), D for Kirsten, B for Marie-Grace!