Post by A Guy Named Goo on Jan 28, 2007 9:02:25 GMT -5
I have this outfit for Mary, my #28. It makes such a lovely spring/summer outfit. I noticed the shoes are a little difficult to get on, but that may just be my pair and I got them eventually.
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Post by friendofsamantha on Feb 10, 2007 4:38:27 GMT -5
I had a hard time getting the shoes on, too. It was really frustrating. The rest of the outfit is super cute, and I like someone's suggestion of pairing the blouse with a pair of jeans--that should look stellar. I am glad I am not the only one with the shoe problem, though. The shoes are cute, but they're really tight.
Maybe it looks good on dolls with lighter hair and eyes. Maybe I bought it with another character (who has light brown/dark blonde hair and gray eyes) in mind. But I am not as happy with it as I thought I would be.
The skirt is fine- though I wish the "dress like your doll" version were longer The shirt is way too tight. I do not think the fact that Elise still had her camisole on would account for all the tightness. The purse is amazingly good. I did not even bother trying the espadrilles since I never wear shoes like that. The barrettes are good- but I do wish they had closed in opposite directions so that I could style her hair easier.
Overall a B.
Then, I tried the Sweetheart Set on Inga (FKA Nicki). I do think this outfit was made with Nicki and dolls of similar coloring in mind. It looks absolutely beautiful on Inga. Plus the shirt is not as tight- even though Inga is also wearing the camisole underneath. This outfit looks awesome with the white sandals from the Periwinkle Dress outfit- but I still was not able to put on the espadrilles.
On the right doll, it will get a grade higher than B.
I haven't unboxed the entire outfit yet, but I pulled the little book out last night when I couldn't sleep and read through it. I was really impressed! The quality of the books have greatly improved since they started including them, or else this one's way better than the others I've received in the past.
I didn't expect it to be, but the Mini Mini Mystery was a complete short story with the twist at the end for you to discover. It was actually kind of difficult! If I were reading with the intention of figuring it out, I might have, but since I wasn't, I totally missed the clues, which were quite clever.
I don't know if this makes the outfit worth $26 instead of $24, but it's a nice addition.
Post by sondrasmom on Dec 16, 2007 12:46:58 GMT -5
I agree that the shoes are VERY difficult to get on. They should have come with a mini shoehorn! Finally got them on my daughter's Kit (she insisted) but since I got so frustrated and worried that I would rip them I will wait to see how they look on my Julie. And perhaps use a popsicle stick for a shoehorn.
I think the problem with the shoes is that they're the typical espadrille style. AG seems to have a few different shoe styles they re-use in different colors and patterns. Because these are espadrille, the back isn't connected to the front. That means you have to watch that the front of the foot stays in while you get the back over the heel - and with the elastic going around the ankle and through the sides, so that it slips around and gets in the way, it's even harder. I noticed that although the shoe upper is basically canvas, like the other espadrilles, it's covered in crochet, which makes it very stiff. So Beatrice's feet couldn't get far enough into the front of the shoe to let the back slip over her heel, or if it did, part got folded over and wedged down, and then it didn't fit right.
I did eventually get them on (spent too long fighting with them, really), and now that they're on, they're staying on extremely well. They're also not wobbly or anything, so she stands up without any problems. I find that some of the other shoes I've received recently have bubbles or other imperfections in the bottom of the sole that mess up the balance.
As for the rest of the outfit, I really like it. It isn't very much Beatrice's style - a bit too froofy girly - but it's much LESS froofy girly than other spring outfits, like the two Flower Garden dresses or the new flower-print sundress. I think it's because it's two pieces with crisp colors and a simple but bold design. It's definitely something that I can picture Beatrice wearing to a somewhat dressy event like brunch at a nice restaurant for mother's day or a matinée at the symphony. It's very sporty, that's the word I've been searching for.
The little scarflet is much shorter and narrower than I had been expecting, so there really aren't many options for using it. It can be tied around a ponytail, though, if you doll dislikes neckerchiefs.
The barrettes are decent, plastic. As usual, both clasp on the same side, so it's more awkward to get one in than the other. What a pain! But still, they're nice accents for hairstyles.
The blouse fits quite nicely, I think. It's a relatively thick white cotton, but if I pay attention and look, it's thin enough that I can distinctly see the top of the pink skirt underneath, contrasting with Beatrice's 'skin.' This might not be an issue on lighter skin dolls. I like that even though there aren't any sleeves, the armholes go right up to where the fabric body ends, to help disguise the shoulder joints.
The velcro goes all the way from top to bottom in the back (well, nearly), and it's the lovely newer kind that's more flexible and thinner and not as likely to snag hair. There isn't a lot of stretch at all in the blouse, and no elastic anything, so if it doesn't fit your doll, then it won't, but it's also a fairly simple style to recreate, I imagine, barring the eyelet along the hem (only in the front) and neck.
The skirt is yoke-style, but that doesn't really affect the fit much. It's an A-line. The lining is the same white cotton as the blouse and its hem is about 1cm higher than the overskirt's hem. The embroidery (only on the front) seems to be done with a running stitch of some kind, and it doesn't have the backing you might expect from appliqué.
The front waistband is flat, but there is a smidge of elastic at the back. I don't know why - it doesn't seem to make any kind of difference, but I've noticed this a few times recently. The velcro is a matching pink and stiff, and it's about half as long as the skirt.
The little purse is nothing to write home about. It's fairly stiff, which surprised me - I thought it'd be soft and collapsable. It is faux-straw and the inside is lined with matching pink fabric. There is a cluster of three same-colored flowers on one side, but they don't match the flowers in the skirt any, which is disappointing for me. (Then again, why are the barrettes hearts? There are no hearts anywhere else on the outfit!)
Overall, I love this set. Even though the shoes are a PITA to get on and the purse and barrettes are mostly useless (but pretty!). I especially like that even though it is pink and floral, it is still sporty and crisp-looking.
The only thing that I would want to change about this is to make it in different colors, because it's still pink and as much as I love pink, it's not a great match for my doll's personality. Well, and I'd like the shoes to be easier to get on, but you can't have everything.
Oh, by the way, Beatrice doesn't wear underpants, but I imagine that if you're dressing your doll in this, you'll want to be careful with the underpants or they might show through - especially light colored ones on darker-skinned dolls.
With the reviews in this thread, I was going to pass up this outfit, but when I saw it in person, I just had to get it. It did take me a few minutes to figure out how the espadrille shoes worked, but once it did, they were fairly easy to get on. I just love the scarf - it looks cute with pretty much everything, and goes really well over a ponytail! It does look like it could easily be misplaced by a little kid, though.
I'm not too fond of the sheerness of the shirt, but like Keri said, it looks decent on light-skinned dolls. The skirt is also a decent length, and the fact that it's layered (there's a layer of white fabric under the pink skirt also helps. I didn't get the barrettes for the outfit, but I did get the purse, and I have to say I love it. Mine doesn't really seem that stiff, and it could easily hold a stuffed animal or a water bottle. It also slips over the doll's wrist and stays there pretty well (at least when it's empty; I'm not sure of how it will fare under weight).
I love this outfit. Really it's gorgeous. However, I absolutely detest these shoes! I loathe the shoes because they are so difficutl to get on correctly. And I'm an adult. I cannot imagine a young child trying to get these shoes on a doll. It's ridiculous!
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I love this outfit. Perfect for spring or Valentine's Day, but the shoes are extremely difficult to get on and one of the straps on mine broke. But nothing a little hot glue can't fix. The top is very easy and has lovely eyelet lace details. The skirt is fully lined on the inside and is simple to slip on. Not too tight and may (snugly) fit a PM. I love the lollipop on it. The purse is the perfect touch, but I don't remember getting hair clips with mine and I think I lost the scarf...Overall, A.
Last Edit: Aug 14, 2011 12:40:04 GMT -5 by Aja Lee
I've liked this outfit for a long time, but hadn't been able to find it at a good price. I finally found an ebay deal right after Christmas. Ava-Grace (my modern Marie-Grace) has claimed it because the ribbon on the dress perfectly matches her hair ribbons. The skirt wrinkles easily and I need to iron it, but I still think it's cute!
I agree that the shoes are a nightmare to get on the doll's feet, but once you wrestle them on they are really cute!