*This outfit was worn by Molly (and Emily) in the book Happy Birthday, Molly!* (The name of this outfit changed to Party Dress in January, 2009) (price change from $24 to $28 January, 2012)
The dress seems kind of simple, but it's classic 1940s. It's a crisp white sleeveless dress with cute ruffles trimmed with rick rack on the sleeves and the always cute sash. It's sure to keep Molly cool during the warmer months, not even just for her birthday. The socks that come with the dress are trimmed in red, and my Molly usually wears them with other outfits, too. And the crown, though some people find it tacky, is very cute. It reminds me of party crowns I wore. A.
Here's Molly in her birthday pinafore while jumping with her brand new jumprope from the party games set.
Very nice, very cute dress. As has already been said, the dress is quite simple but very authentic. I had some trouble getting the dress on my doll, because Kit is rather chubby, but once on it is VERY cute. I give it an A. Here is Kit wearing it and playing the piano.
My one issue with this dress is ever since I got it (as part of my very first order!) I could neeever get the ruffles to ruffle correctly. They always flip under! However, I've also been nervous about ironing it. Does anyone have any tips about that?
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Post by monimarine on Mar 20, 2007 17:33:54 GMT -5
I just got this in an exchange today and yes the dress is very simple. I might consider trying iron down the ruffle sleeves on low setting because they don't look like they are going to sit down on her shoulder properly.
The crown, to my first impression, was just flimsy paper or cardboard. It looks to actually have been reinforced in the back. It's hard, shiny plastic.
Very cute and simple. Fun to wear. Some may deem it plain- but I think it works well given how simple things had to be kept during the war. Molly can have fun while wearing it. Color combo works well on her. A+
Post by PleasantMemories on Dec 21, 2009 15:34:30 GMT -5
A- (for thin material)
I’ve always liked the simplicity and cheeriness of Molly’s Pinafore Dress. Plus, I like how Ms. McIntire made the matching dresses for Molly and Emily as part of their birthday surprise.
I‘ve received/purchased three Molly pinafore dresses over the years. I received the first with my Molly in summer of 1989 (tagged 1986, though the dress wasn’t released until 1987), the second in the summer of 1996 (tagged Pleasant Company), and the third was purchased in the summer of 2006 (tagged American Girl). While the original PC one differs a bit from the later versions, the other two look almost exactly alike. I strongly doubt that most people could identify the later PC from the AG pinafore dresses without looking at the tags.
The fabric is a light white cotton. Although the fabric has changed slightly over the years, they are all fairly soft and a little bit see-through. However, the thinness of the fabric isn’t that noticeable and doesn’t really deter from the dress. Molly’s slip also fits nicely underneath.
All three dresses are fairly similar in size. They all fit well on my PC and Mattel Molly dolls. Actually, I would say that the later PC and American Girl version are a little longer and larger than the original Pleasant Company version. Yes, strange, but true.
All three dresses have wide sashes that tie in the back. They don't appear to differ. The dresses also all have Velcro closures. The original PC version has two or three smaller Velcro closures, whereas the other ones have one longer Velcro closure.
Each dress has three layers of rickrack on the pockets and sleeves. While the variations are fairly minor, the color and order of the rickrack have changed over the years. The original birthday dress has light green rickrack, whereas the later Pleasant Company and American Girl ones have bolder green rickrack. In addition, the order of the rickrack on the original dresses is Blue, Red, Green. The order on the later dresses is Green, Blue, Red.
Overall, this dress is one of my favorite Molly dresses. Although the dress is a little bit see-through, I would recommend it without hesitation.
Post by AGmom2AlliTori on Jan 23, 2010 22:36:17 GMT -5
I really like this dress a lot. When we first received it, it was laying a little strange in the box - so I misted the ruffles and laid them properly - when they dried, they were fine. I am always careful about making sure that dd hangs this dress so the ruffles don't get weird again. I would still like to get a second dress for our Emily.
I love the little crown, it is made of cardboard, so you have to be quite careful not to rip it.
Post by Buckingham Alice on Apr 30, 2010 17:58:51 GMT -5
I like this outfit more than I expected. It is simple, but it's authentic and sweet, and it looks better in person IMO. My brand new Mattel dress fits well on my PM Molly, even over her slip. And after getting the most recent BB birthday dress with the straight up paper crown, this more durable crown was a sorta pleasant surprise. My main complaint, however, is that the material is pretty thin. At certain angles you can practically see through it. It makes it a sort of catch 22 because you can see the red bow and bottom ruffles on her slip easily through the thin material, but it's too sheer, IMO, with nothing under there.
One of Molly's nicest dresses, this is one of four outfits my sister had when she gave me to her, and the only one for warmer weather. She wore this all last summer. I thought the ruffles were a bit much, but they are authentic to the time period and VERY Molly! Because my sister had the dress for years, it's yellowed a bit and the crown is likely long-gone, but it's otherwise intact.
This dress is very pretty in person. The size of the ruffles varies by dress, as does the shade of the rick rack trim. The dress looks cute on Molly. Do not wash this dress! The green rick rack bleeds and stains. The socks are cute but yellow with age and it's not easy to get them bright again. The crown is thin cardboard and mushes easily. The dress doesn't look as cute on Emily.
This is probably one of my favorite AG Molly outfits. It's so simple, classic, and sweet. I absolutely adore this on Molly. I think this is a must have Molly outfit from her collection. I was hesitant to buy it at first. It's not as striking as some of her other outfits (visually). Once I saw it in person though, I had to have it and I'm so glad that I did buy it. It's one of those outfits that when I think of Molly, I see her wearing this. It's just so Molly.
My daughter's dolls (in storage): Kanani, Natalie (#55), and Rebecca
My dolls: Kit, Felicity (PM), Kaya, and Addy (PM)
Post by MollyEmily4Ever on Oct 7, 2011 12:01:11 GMT -5
One of my favorite Molly outfits! Perfect for summer and spring special occasions. Love the story behind it in the book too
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)
Bitty Twins: Cory (brunette boy) and Lea (brunette girl)