Post by Bean Bunny on Dec 19, 2006 23:37:47 GMT -5
I get to be the first one to post a review? YAY!
I really love this coat, and I think it's the sweetest outfit to come out for the historicals in a while. See for yourself:
That blue is so perfect on Kirsten! The braid is fancy, too, I really like it.
The website says that the coat is made of wool, and wool makes me itch, so I was a little worried -- but I can pick up and hug on Kirsten fine for the most part, so if you're allergic, you'll probably be okay. (Maybe they washed it really well? Maybe I'm not allergic to that paticular sheep?)
The sleeves are 3/4 sleeves, and ... well, you can see from the picture that they sort of fold over each other on the cuff or something. It looks neat, but I have no idea how historically accurate it is.
I think the biggest drawback to this outfit is that it's hard to get on. The coat itself is okay, but it's a fight to get the bonnet on and tied while still dealing with Kirsten's braids. (They almost have to be tied in the loops, since they'll spill out of the bonnet funny if they're down.)
Speaking of the bonnet, aww. I really like the blue ribbon and the flower, which you can see better here:
(You might also be able to see how I had to finangle the bonnet and the braids. :P)
The outfit also comes with a beanbag toy set, which I'm not terribly interested in, but I'm 22 years old. I would have eaten this up if I were a kid.
Makes for cute pictures, anyway.
Besides the non-ease of getting it on and off (wow, I won English), it's a little expensive at $28. You could always buy something else cheap with it (say, a brush) and use a code, or wait for it to come around on eBay sans beanbag set. You know it will.
But, then again, buying it straight from AG is like voting with money, and maybe if this outfit sells well, we'll get lots of new Kirsten things!
Post by PleasantMemories on Jun 26, 2007 2:00:43 GMT -5
Grade: C (Harsh grader) This coat is okay, but it’s a lot cuter off Kirsten. The quality isn’t that great either. Although the catalog says that the coat is made of wool, it seems like it’s actually some sort of synthetic fleece material. The coat is not lined and feels quite “Mattelish”. The coat fits okay on the pre-Mattel Kirstens I tried it on, but not great. The metal hook is quite stressed. I thought the coat looked the best with Kirsten’s summer dress.
The hat is cute and nicely made. It looks nice with most of Kirsten’s primary colored dresses. The beanbags and target are also cute and I’m glad that Kirsten has another toy.
I’m not an historical clothing expert by any means, but believe that the style of this coat is a little early for Kirsten’s time. It may have been a little more appropriate during Addy’s time or later. So, although I dislike dressing my girls in each other’s clothes, I tried the coat on Addy. It was adorable on her.
Overall, I’d say the coat isn’t anything special, but is worth getting to complete your Kirsten collection. It is also nice for your deprived Addy doll.
I think this set is really, really cute. The coat is good quality. I don’t think it’s actually wool, but it feels close to it. It was a little tricky getting this on my relatively skinny PM Kirsten, but I was able to do it. The bonnet is very sweet and also good quality. The beanbag game I could live without. The target is just a flimsy piece of cloth and the targets are painted on. The coat goes with a couple of Kirsten’s outfits, not just her school dress, so you can get a lot of use out of it. I would never have paid $28 for it, but I think it’s worth the $18 sale price. I’d highly recommend this to any Kirsten collector. A
Post by rachelcecilia on Dec 20, 2007 11:09:38 GMT -5
I'm no sure how historically accurate this coat is but, it looks just like the ones that Nellie wore in "Little House on the prairie" which was set during the 1870s.
I live this little set altogether, the toys are really cute and good for taking pictures. The coat is adorable and soft, and the bonnet is so pretty. I'm glad Kirsten finally got something a little fancier.
I also had no trouble getting any of it on my PM-white bodied Kirsten.
Post by daughterofthedryad on Feb 21, 2008 21:03:08 GMT -5
If you're wondering about historical accuracy, I'm by no means an expert; however I believe the coat is historically accurate. The style of sleeve is called pagoda sleeve and was in vogue during the 1850s AND 1860s.
I love this little blue coat! The royal blue trim is a nice contrast against the sky blue. I do have a bit of a hard time getting this on when Kirsten is wearing thicker clothing (like her Swedish dirndl which has two layers). The bonnet is very sweet and I love the eyelet lace poking out.
This was my favorite set of the three that were released, so I broke down and got it when it was on sale. I'm so glad I did. I love the design of the coat, even though the material does feel a little cheap, it is still a beautiful color--especially with Kirsten's pretty eyes. The bonnet is even more perfect--I love the flower on the side and the lace lining the inside. The bean bag set is adorable, too--I love little toys like that.