Post by MangoTikiWiki on Jan 12, 2008 13:15:38 GMT -5
I got a NIB Isabel from my sister for my birthday. She's a beautiful doll. Even the box is beautiful! Isabel has brown hair which is covered by a gold hair net, a crimson velvet gown with a white stiff petticoat underneath, beige socks and black shoes. Her gown is trimmed with lave on the collar, sleeves and bodice. She also comes with earrings, a necklace and a waist girdle which holds her keys, mirror and pomander. These dolls are very nicely made and the stand well in the doll stand that comes with them. Reading Isabel's story gave my Isabel even more personality, and the book contains a "looking back" section which describes the historical significance of her outfit and accessories. I give Isabel an A+. *Mod edit to remove dead image links*
I hate to admit it, but I just bought Isabel SIMPLY to get her doll stand! The most expensive doll stand in history! However, she is a beautiful doll and I'm reading her book now. I like her time period, too. Based on a half-read book, I agree with the A rating.
Post by American Girl Rescue on Feb 27, 2008 14:45:26 GMT -5
Isabel™-England, 1592 (released Holiday 2002; retired Spring 2005) HDP1 $54
"For 12 year old Isabel Campion, Christmas Eve is a day of bright, shivery happiness. At last she will see here beloved brother, Robert, and hear of his exciting life as an apprentice to a spice merchant. How she longs for adventures and excitement of her own!
Isabel dresses quickly in the chilly air, starting with a real farthingale, a petticoat that stand out stiffly from her waist. The bigger the farthingale, the more yards of expensive fabric needed to cover it - as so the wealthier the family. Isabel's bodice and overskirt are made from rich, soft velvet lined with gold satin, and her underskirt is silk jaquard. Her girdle, or belt, holds a mirror, keys, and a gem-studded pomander, filled with lavender to cover up the smells of the city and to protect her from disease.
With her hair tucked into a snood, or hairnet, Isabel's starched lace ruffle frames her face, and calls attention to the gold and pearl jewelry that shows off her father's social standing. But Isabel has adventure, not social status in mind, and her determination leads her to the most rewarding - and dangerous - adventure of her life.
Isabel™ stands 9" tall, and comes with the book, Isabel: Taking Wing, by Annie Dalton, Mark Elliott (Illustrator)"
After reading the above post about buying Isabel just for her stand, I contacted Sakurako about buying her Isabel. She arrived today! I think she's just lovely and it's too bad that AG didn't continue to sell these quality dolls.
Her body is hard plastic with movable arms and legs and a head that can tilt and pivot. She has an auburn wig. She can barely stand on her own.
All her clothing items are removable and her necklace, but her earrings seem to be permanent. They have already made a green mark on her ears and her necklace has already made a green spot on her neck and she's only less than 6 years old at the most. I wonder how well she'll hold up in years to come.
Her make up is exquisite and she looks so proper and rich in her elegant clothing.
Her book is wonderful as are all the GoML stories. Each one takes you to that era and culture very well.
Isabel was my first GOML dolls. I got her in 2005! She is so very pretty! She has so much detail! From her burgandy velvet dress to her jewelry and accessories! She looks very much like me, and acts a bit like me. I give Miss Isabel Campion an A+.
Historicals: Elizabeth, Sam and Samantha (PMs), Kaya, Felicity, Molly, Julie, Kit, Nellie, Kirsten.
GOTY: Kanini and Nikki
JLY: Medium skin brown hair, light skin light brown hair with green eyes, and Asian.
GOML: Isabel and Cécile
A cheerful smile and a happy face can make the world a brighter place.
Post by laurelfaerie on Sept 5, 2010 14:40:25 GMT -5
I love my Isabel, she was my second GoML. However, shortly after I received her the hair net popped off, and I have not been able to get it back on, all these years later. Also, the chain around her waist is very delicate, and when I at one point dropped Isabel some of the items fell off the chain.
Post by sarahgregarious on Mar 27, 2011 10:44:40 GMT -5
Isabel was my first GOML and I adore her! She's so delicate looking and entricately done, she earns an A A A A all the way home!! I've never had any problems or issues with her hair net or charms, she's just perfect!
Post by daughterofthedryad on Jun 1, 2011 19:58:49 GMT -5
Isabel is gorgeous, and (it seems) quite popular, sort of like Samantha. I remember reading her book when I was about 12 and liking it a lot. She's a spunky girl!
From the ground up: Isabel has on black leather Elizabethan shoes that slip off quite neatly (I used to like switching her and Cécile's shoes). I was impressed with the detail and accuracy of the shape. With the shoes she has tea-dyed stockings which go up to the knees. She has no underwear (accurate) but is wearing an enormous hoopskirt. It's white poly cotton with what seem like two flimsy wires in it, and a cardboard waist piece to make the dress really stand out. The cardboard has a slit in it, so you can easily take off the hoopskirt.
Over the hoop is the opulent velvet dress. I was impressed with the quality of the velvet, but not with the "brocade" underskirt! It IS woven, but only covers the front (it's a false underskirt, like Elizabeth's). However, the velvet skirt is lined in gold satiny cloth, so I guess that makes up for it. The skirt bustles out in back with a bit of a train, and fastens with a snap. The waistband (hidden) is the brocade fabric. The skirt is trimmed all the way around (yay!) with shiny gold braid.
The bodice is separate. The stomacher actually has boning (impressive!) to make it stand stiffly down the front and give Isabel that fashionable inverted-triangle shape. The stomacher is sewn into the dress (pity) and the bodice fastens up the back with black hooks & eyes. I haven't tried to undo them; they look like they'd be hard to fasten back!
Attached to the bodice is the lovely pleated ruff (quite soft, not stiff at all) which matches the lace on her sleeve cuffs.
Isabel wears a gold lace snood over her elaborate hairdo. The front of the snood is a tight headband that doesn't come off. The back has elastic in the bottom. Her earrings are stud pearls with gold ornaments. She has a tiny pearl necklace with gold-embedded ruby pendant. Her only other ornamentation is the chatelaine, which actually looks like tiny rhinestones strung together flexibly. It seems quite fragile and I try not to mess with it. I don't think it can come undone.
ON the chatelaine is strung a lovely, embossed real mirror (quite impressive!), a couple of tiny gold keys with a thread tassel, and a ruby-studded pomander ball, which looks like it has a fastener but won't open. I haven't been able to get the chatelaine chain to stay in Isabel's hand, which is a bit disappointing.
Overall, an A for the book and an A for Isabel. No A+ because of the cheap underskirt. Otherwise, an extremely detailed and impressive doll. Worth every penny.
FWIW, Isabel's costume is not accurate. The cut is correct, but during the Elizabethan times sumptuary laws dictated what kinds of materials and trims you could use on your clothing. Isabel is the daughter of a merchant, a very wealthy one, but she is still only middle class, so she would not be allowed to wear velvet or gold trim (materials reserved for nobility and royalty). It's kind of disappointing AG overlooked this in her design, especially since the sumptuary laws were specifically mentioned in her book. If they had done a more silk-like dress, and maybe satin trim, she would have been accurate. As it is though her costume is beautiful but kind of a fail.