*Kit wore this outfit in the books Happy Birthday Kit and Changes for Kit as well as the short story "Kit's Home Run" and the DVD Kit Kittredge: An American Girl.*
Kit’s Birthday Dress & Headband $20 QBO
This set includes Kit's Birthday dress and a coordinating headband.
I love this outfit. It is my very favorite outfit from AG. It looks just right on Kit. The color is great, the print is pretty and the fit is perfect. I could not be happier. I love the dark green piping, the belted waist and the teeny tiny little buttons. The headband matches the piping on the dress.It looks very pretty tied on Kit's sweet little head.
A+ for perfection.
The photo below was taken with the outfit on paper with a 1" grid printed on it for size reference. Each square = 1". I will be adding a photo of Kit wearing the outfit soon.
Post by Main Admin Account on Jun 26, 2006 4:12:38 GMT -5
I'm glad it wasn't just me who has a hard time with them. Don't get me wrong.....much better then it being made of velcro but those snaps are just really hard ot fasten. I can't think of what it might be like for other girls. My daughter has a hard enough time with them and she is 9 years old. So I'm not sure it makes much difference if your fingers are 40 or 4. Theya re just tough to use.
This dress is horribly loose on my Beatrice, but it's not any looser than the other dresses from Kit's collection. That drives me crazy! I like things to fit well, not hang off... I want to get a slip, or the bloomer-style underpants, for Beatrice to wear with it.
That said, it is so pretty, and the color looks amazing with her complexion, different from how it looks on Kit.
I just recieved this dress as a gift and I love it! The fabric is even prettier in person and the piping is so sweet. I also really enjoy that there is no velcro whatsoever. I give this one an A+! I don't have problems with it being to loose on my Jess, maybe they have fixed the problem.
I got this dress with a doll that I bought from another board member -- no headband and the snaps needed to be re-sewn on. I don't have Kit, but I do have Molly, and I feel that anything in Kit's collection is fair game for Molly. Plus I like Kit's stuff better than Molly's.
This dress is way sweet -- the colors, print, and piping are wonderful. The dress fits great on a PM doll, it even hangs a bit loosely. I think that the dress is supposed to fit that way -- with the idea of a child being able to wear the clothing item for a few years by making it wide, and having a 'belt' to cinch the extra fabric in. I really like this dress on my PM Molly, and prefer it over that horrid 'Victory Garden' dress that was in Molly's collection at one point.
I usually prefer snaps over Velcro -- but only snaps that are set in. The snaps on this dress are difficult and I feel like I have to be delicate with them. Well, actually I do have to be careful with sewn-on snaps of this size. They just aren't super sturdy. And sewing them back on can be difficult; because the snaps are so small and they're the 'clear' variety, so they're hard to see against the fabric. Believe me, I was cursing AG while I was re-sewing snaps back on the dress -- even in the best light it was difficult.
While it is a cute dress, I don't think it would hold up well to play, given how it fastens. The snaps are difficult and delicate, I can see them popping off easily and lost. But at least those would be sort-of-but-not-really easy to replace if one can sew. If I can get my hands on some of the snaps that require a setting tool and a hammer in a small enough size, I will probably commit sacrilege and alter the dress to have sturdier snaps.
As mentioned before, I don't have the headband. I don't see it as a significant loss, as I could make one easily if I found fabric to match the color of the piping.
Post by margaretmildred on Jun 1, 2009 16:03:27 GMT -5
I got this dress for my 21, who is going to be from the 1930s. It is one of my all-time favorite dresses. It was pretty loose on her, so I took off the snap that fastens the belt and sewed it back on about a fourth of an inch over, and that made it look much better. It only took a few minutes, and it was a big improvement.
Kit’s Birthday Outfit Item# D7251 Aunt Millie made Kit’s green calico wrap dress from a chicken-feed sack. And the dark green piping on the dress matches Kit’s tie-back headband.
From B&B Dallas:
Kit's dress is simple, summery and cute. It is made out of thin printed green cotton, white cotton and green piping. The headband is made out of the same fabric as the pipping. The dress fits my first edition, semi-cubby, green skin Kit very well.
The dress is wrap-style. I was surprised how much fabric American Girl allocated for the overlap. There is no risk of the dress opening at Kit's party.
Detail of the pipping. The collar's pattern goes all around the back.
The snaps. You need a good nail to slip under the snap to open. As of right now the snaps seem pretty study will and not easily open or fall off. The buttons are very tiny so it is a good thing that it is snaps. I'm pretty sure that neither buttons or snaps will hold up to tough play. The belt took me a minute to figure out, and so far I've forgotten about it while taking off the dress
The headband is not really a headband, it is a strip of green fabric tied under the doll's head. It was fairly easily to figure out, and looks better than Ruthie's hair ribbon. The main problem is that the knot easily shows under the Kits with shorter hair.
I really like this dress. It is perfect for the hot summer and fits the non-fussy Kit's personality a lot. The snaps and belt are enough to frustrate a younger kid but older children should appreciate the dresses appearance in the books. This dress is a lovely birthday present for girl and doll. A
Edited because one should not do reviews half asleep.
Last Edit: Jul 11, 2009 11:34:16 GMT -5 by maggiedoll
And Cécile makes eight...and maybe room for one more.
Post by Jacksonvol on Jul 10, 2010 11:03:22 GMT -5
As much as I like the look of this outfit, i cannot recommend it for "play." The aforementioned snaps continually tear off the dress. E is very careful with her dolls, especially when dressing them. This dress has had a history of tearing the snaps and I have re-sewn them. When a girl is afraid of tearing the dress and won't use it, it isn't much fun to play with. I'll be returning ours to AG.
Again, I love the look of the dress, but I can't recommend it for anyone other than very, very careful collectors.
My grade - F Fails for being useful and fun for the target age consumer.
Post by MollyEmily4Ever on Jan 16, 2011 22:30:02 GMT -5
I give the dress a B. It's a pretty outfit, but the snaps are very difficult and annoying. One of them broke almost right away. The belt is also tricky. It's a nice looking dress, but I'm not the only person who has this story. It would be better if they improved the snaps. My Kit in the dress:
Historical: Molly, Kit, Emily and Ruthie
MyAG: Kylie (#23), Hannah (#37), Emma (#39), Allie (#53) and Rachel (#57)
GOTY: Kailey and Abby (Saige)
Bitty Babies: Helina (blond), Sarah (brunette with brown eyes), Grace (brunette with blue eyes) and Sasha (redhead)
This dress is very cute and I like that the color is green. I agree with everyone else that the plastic snaps are difficult and annoying. I really have to get my fingernail in between to snap it apart. I haven't broken off a snap, but I am always afraid I will.
Post by modermonster on Aug 8, 2013 21:14:29 GMT -5
I absolutely love this dress! I have the newer version of the dress that has the Velcro in the back. I have absolutely no problems getting this dress on or off and I am sure younger kids would find it easy to put on also. The colors are very pretty on this dress and I think this looks spectacular on Kit or Molly. If you don't have this dress, get it! A+
Post by WildPigeonChase on Nov 1, 2013 21:09:27 GMT -5
I have one of the newer ones with velcro. However, mine seems very large on my Mattel Kit. It seems a few sizes too big, with a very wide skirt. But besides that, it is a classic outfit that I consider a cornerstone of Kit's wardrobe. The feedsack dress is such a staple of the 1930s, especially paired with a cardigan.