Post by QNPoohBear on May 23, 2006 12:23:47 GMT -5
I'm not a huge fan of this dress. The version I have is from 1988 or so and it's a brighter red than the current version. It looks weird and I prefer the newer color. There are three different lace patterns- flowers with stems, flowers without stems and heart shaped. My Sam is dying for the one with the heart shaped lace pattern.
Post by C.I.Fairfield on Dec 11, 2006 23:53:28 GMT -5
I have the hear-shaped lace. (No idea how to post a picture.) It is, in my opinion, the best one. The lace on the others looks a little cheap. The thick white tights that come with it are very nice and look surprisingly good; better than the thin white tights that came with Nellie's.
Aside from the lace, I am not too fond of the dress. I feel it should have had a dropped waist (like in the books) and the skirt always seems too short. But it is a lovely dress and essential to Sam's Christmas story, so I reccommend it highly!
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I bought mine in Spring of 1997. It is a very beautiful shade and fabric texture. It has lasted me this long. I do not use the tights. I remember wanting to get the "dress like your doll" version- yeppers, I can fit into the larger sizes- but never got around to doing so. A.
Warning! That ribbon can get really messed up by velcro!
That is my main woe about this outfit. I got it at age 8 and the ribbon became torn up because its loop trim caught on the back velcro. Still, the fabric is good quality and the lace is nice, although I prefer the heart design. The ribbon is a fraystopped white satin ribbon, thick and good quality. The tights are her meet ones in white, but very nice and versatile.
Post by ♥ Bridget ♥ on Dec 13, 2008 15:51:46 GMT -5
This is one of my favorite dresses. I love the deep burgendy color and the material is so shiny and nice. The bow and the lace trims are beautiful. Each year before Christmas usually mmy newest doll gets to wear it to christmas eve dinner.
The one downside of this dress, in my opinion, is the Velcro. The Velcro on the dress is VERY strong, and will snag both the taffeta and the tights. The stockings are actually much thinner than I expected; they're delicate and dressy, not like Samantha's practical meet tights.
Aside from that, I LOVE this outfit. My favorite part is actually the hairbow - it looks great on Samantha with this dress and lots of others. I have the current version, and the color is gorgeous. It's not really cranberry colored, though, more like red wine-colored. I think I'm also one of the only people who prefer the floral pattern over the heart pattern. It's very delicate-looking.
I'll give this an A- for the flimsy tights and the Velcro issue.
Post by Felicityfan85 on May 7, 2009 21:05:01 GMT -5
I posted photos of my mom's Samantha's outfit a couple years ago. I got this outfit for my Samantha, for Christmas in 2008. My mom's is from 2006 and they've changed in those two years. The material on mine is thinner-so much so that the skirt is now lined. The fabric is also a little different in color. The ribbon and lace seem to be pretty much the same. Both versions are very nice and at least my mom and I can tell our Sam's Christmas dresses apart, lol. I give this outfit an A.
The skirts-see how the skirt lining is?
Notice the fabric difference? Mine on the left; my mom's on the right.
Both Samanthas look lovely in their Cranberry Party dresses!
I like this dress a lot. It is simple-ish but very striking when put on Samantha - the bright color makes her dark hair and eyes pop! I have a 2005 version and the color is a toned-down cranberry red. The only problem I have with the dress is that the edges on the sash around her waist can fray a little. Also, I don't love the material, but all in all, very nice.
This is my favorite Samantha dress and my favorite of all the American Girls' Christmas outfits (along with Addy's gorgeous plaid Christmas dress). Of course, I'm a little biased, since cranberry red is my favorite color. This was one of two outfits my parents gave me when I received Samantha for Christmas 1993, and I've had it ever since. It's in perfect shape, no fraying anywhere. The lace is the flowers with stems.
I found this dress at a thrift store and realized when I looked at this site that there wasn't a photo of this version of the lace. I think this is the flowers with stems? It is dated 1994. The dress is a dark wine, I think a little duller shade than the more recent versions and the lace and ribbon are white. Very pretty, except the fabric feels sort-of like a nylon tent!
Post by PleasantMemories on Jul 28, 2011 15:58:41 GMT -5
I’m aware of eleven variations of the dress. However, there could be more.
Bright Red: With Heart Lace (made of Silk Taffeta) (circa 1986-1987) Bright Red: With one large flower in center, smaller flowers around the border, and two vines (circa 1986-1988) Bright Red: With a cluster of flowers in the middle and smaller ones along the border (circa 1987-1989?)
Cranberry: with Heart Lace: (circa 1989-1992) Cranberry: with 9 prominent flowers (4 bottom, 3 middle 2 top), more flowers on side ruffles, and two vines (circa 1989-2000). This dress has 2 full scallops and 2 partial ones. Cranberry: same lace as previous dress but with one full scallop and two nearly complete ones (circa 1989-2000) Cranberry: Similar to previous lace pattern, but with scallops that connect the flowers (circa 1992-early 2000s) Cranberry: Three center flowers (one larger, 2 smaller), more flowers along ruffle border, and scallops that connect the flowers (late PC early Mattel) Cranberry: Three larger flowers near scallops, more flowers on side ruffles, and three vines (can have lining or no lining) (early 2000s-2008) Cranberry: One large flower and many smaller flowers in center, more flowers on side ruffles (mid 2000s-2008) Cranberry: Most of the flowers of the left side of the dress, more flowers on side ruffles (mid 2000s-2008)
Post by agdollfan1992 on Oct 15, 2011 20:02:58 GMT -5
I have this dress for the doll. I agree with the comment on the velcro. The velcro snags the ribbon and tights. That is the only negative thing about this outfit. It's a cute outfit. My grandma thinks it looks nice even though part of the ribbon is snagged. I asked her if she noticed. Honestly, she said she didn't notice.
Post by WildPigeonChase on Nov 6, 2012 19:25:05 GMT -5
Beautiful! I'm not sure what year mine is from, as I bought it secondhand, but is definitely one of the later cranberry colored ones, not bright red.
As you can see from the last image its a little snug on my 99-01 Samantha, but not bad. I'm not a huge fan of the material, it feels a little polyster-y to me, but again its not too bad. Overall I'd definitely recommend it for someone interested in her collection.
Nice dress. Simple and elegant. Mine was purchased 2004-2005. I hate that it has heavy velcro. It snags the tights and the ribbon around the back. The fabric holds its shape in a full, poofy skirt way. Tights are basic. Ribbon makes a nice big bow.