Post by PleasantMemories on Jun 16, 2010 16:43:25 GMT -5
While my daughter was drawn to this outfit, I question how much use it’ll get. Wedding doesn’t seem to be a common American Girl play theme at our house and the set isn’t particularly versatile. However, with all its pieces, the outfit could be a good gift for an American Girl loving Junior Bridesmaid or Flower Girl. The set contains a dress, sandals, wreath, bouquet, gift, card, and book for girls.
Dress: The dress is made of a soft, relatively light weight satin, has a lined skirt and fastens with “snag-free” Velcro. While it’s quite pretty and fairly well made, I wish that the crossover straps were designed a bit differently. The neckline reveals a fair amount of unsightly body cloth and there is a noticeable triangle where the straps overlap. The dress fits fairly well, but may be small on the chubbiest of AG dolls.
Sandals: The very light baby pink sandals are fairly typical AG dress shoes. They slip on fairly easily and have a clear strap in back to help secure them to the foot. The kitten heals are cute, but dolls don’t stand very well in them. One of the shoes has an extra little tag with some numbers on it (0829 01). It’s a little strange, but is easy to hide under the shoe straps.
Wreath: The hair wreath is fairly substantial, fits well, and has artificial flowers all the way around the band. The artificial flowers are definitely fake looking, but look alright with the rest of the outfit.
Calla Lily Bouquet: The lilies are really artificial looking and have limited play potential. However, the doll may look cute holding them in a spring/summer display.
Card and Envelope: The card is sort of a neat addition and could probably double as a birthday card. However, it is a little bit on the small side.
Gift: The bride and groom must have not had a gift registry. The box with a squished bow comes with nothing but air.
Book: The book contains hair and pampering tips. It’s not wonderful, but is worth scanning.
Overall, the set is pretty, but not particularly versatile. I doubt that it’ll see much playtime.
My daughter is having another go at being a flower girl this fall, and this dress was at the top of her list. She likes it, but she doesn't play with it a great deal. I'm not sure if she's keeping it nice for the wedding itself (which could be) by leaving it to the side for now. Time will tell.
She really enjoys the book - I've seen her poring over it a few times.
The dress and headpiece are the best parts of the set. The shoes definitely make it hard for the doll to balance. I also dislike those clear elastic bands - they don't seem like they'll last long.
Dress/headband: A Versatility: C (can really only be used for one theme) Shoes: C+
My mom bought this set and the matching one for me back in 2008. I got to wear it to a wedding and brought along my doll in it too.
The dress is a silky feeling white dress with a faint pink sash and underskirt. The Flower circlet is very cute, although it doesn't photograph well- it matches the white/faint pink theme and has a multiply doubled up bow in the back. The flowers on it do have sort of a shimmer to them. The shoes are my favorite part! They are the most adorable heels and are the best for balance. They have the clear strap which helps them stay on. The accessories are cute- a small boquet of flowers, a gift box and a card. The box is great for storing the flowers and card so they don't get lost. Mine is well made and has no flaws.
I would rate it an A+. It is super cute and fits the flower girl theme nicely, as well as being well-made and fitting great, even though it isn't really usable for 'mix and match'