Post by parklife268 on Nov 26, 2006 13:25:06 GMT -5
I think this set is just wonderful! I ignored it for a long time, and the more I looked at it, I knew I had to have it. I got this outfit during my first trip to AGPC and was really impressed. As Cami mentioned, this is a nice, classic outfit. A+ for this outfit!
I like the outfit, but I think the polka dot hair bow is a bit strange. IMO it should have just been red since the rest of the outfit is striped. I am also having a hard time with one of the shoes. It slides off no matter what I do with the straps.
I just love the top! I wish I could buy a girl-size version... The pants have the cutest string details on the side, and the belt tops everything off!
The pants are an odd length, but I know that was done on purpose. I wanted the doll wearing it to show off the belt, but not her stomach. This was hard to do. Her hair-ribbon thing doesn't fit! That bugs me! The elastic doesn't stretch far at all! The shoes look strange, I don't think I would have worn shoes like that when I was 8.
Post by World's_End on Mar 8, 2008 23:01:18 GMT -5
This outfit is really cute. It has some really great details, but there are a few design flaws, as well.
Here is my Jess in the outfit: (Mine is missing the sunglasses.)
The pants are freakishly adorable, with a ton of detail. Here is a detail shot of the ribbon belt, which really works! So cute!
My only real problem is with the shoes. They're really cute, but don't fit exactly right. They feel as though they were made for a larger doll, as if Jess needs to grow into them! It doesn't show up in the photo, but the tops are all wrinkly where her foot doesn't fill them out:
I love this top because of its classic design and versatility. The overall outfit is really cool, though it's frustrating that the trousers have the blue cord lacing on the legs, limiting the mix potential. And the sunglasses, as I may have indicated earlier in the thread, rock. I use them ALL the time!
I don't have the white espadrilles, but I do have the red Club ones and I have the pink ones from the newer Sweetheart skirt set. I assume these are more like the red ones than the pink ones, in which case, the oversizeness that whits_end mentions is a plus! It made the red espadrilles much easier to get on - the pink ones were so difficult, I wished I had a shoehorn to use.
I actually prefer the red espadrilles to the white ones this outfit came with, because I think the white is too much white next to the pants, and the red is a great addition of color, as with the belt and hairbow (though I can't really use the bow with #28's short hair).
I do have one complaint about the top: it always rolls up at the hem! I seem to have to be always fixing it so that Beatrice's midriff isn't showing, especially since this shirt wasn't designed to be a midriff-baring style. I've tried steaming and ironing it to no avail. I guess it's just something I have to live with.
Here's a photo of the shirt with the blue skirt from Kit's treehouse outfit and the red pennyloafers from Molly's roller skating outfit. I like how this is a little bit dressier without being too dressy:
And not as good a picture, since you can't see the red espadrilles, here's the shirt with Lindsey's meet skirt. I like this as a less beachy but still classic style. I'll have to remember to take another photo for a better view:
I got this outfit because I think the top looks great on #25. As a whole, I think the outfit is a bit more sophisticated/high fashion than most other JLY outfits. It is a bit too preppy for me overall, but I really just wanted the shirt and that's the piece I'm keeping.
I did not get the sunglasses or hair ribbon with mine, although I think the sunglasses are really cute and I wish I had them!
The shirt and its appropriateness for #25 is the whole reason I even thought about getting this outfit. It's a long-sleeved, navy and white cotton stripey top. I wish that it was black and white striped instead of navy and white, but that's just my personal color preference. It ties at the collar in the front, which is a cute touch. As shown in Keri's photos above, it's a great mix-and-match piece which can be worn as a casual piece, or dressed up a little bit for a slightly more formal event, like dinner at the country club or the boat race at the yacht club. (Sorry, but with the pants, that is where my mind goes. Probably why I don't like them very much.) For versatility and adorability, I give the shirt an A+. It adds that dimension to your doll's wardrobe without having to go truly prepped out and getting her a polo shirt.
The pants, I'm sorry to say, leave me cold. Probably because this outfit is exactly the kind of thing my my mom would have loved for me to have worn when I was a preteen. They're cute, don't get me wrong. And they look great on my doll. But I couldn't help projecting when they were on my doll, and I felt like that I really should just take the review photo and then take them off immediately. Those of you who were never forced into tennis and golf camp with snobby kids in South Florida may not have as visceral a reaction as I did. Back to the review. They're made out of white khaki material, just like you'd expect a human-sized pair of pants like these to be. Your doll will probably have to go sans underwear, since otherwise they probably show through. They are laced at the bottom, which, as mentioned above, does limit their mix-and-match potential but does add some cuteness. They are widelegged, to really bring the nauticality. The belt is OK; it adds some color to the outfit and ties the ribbon and sunglasses to pants and shirt, since the belt is navy and red. There are two real pockets in front, and while the fly is velcro, it actually has a button which snaps. These are really high quality doll pants, like shruken people pants instead of doll pants, if you ignore the velcro. B+, because I can't really think of another outfit I could use it for due to the fact that they're so specifically nautical. If someone can find another top to go with it, I'd love to see it. I also have to subtract some points because they make me queasy.
Espadrilles is a word I learned from reading The Ultimate Preppy Handbook. These are white with red piping and laces. I didn't have quite as strong a reaction to these as I did the pants, but they're really just not my doll's style. And I tried them with a skirt and I thought they looked kind of funny. I think these have to be worn with pants exclusively. I didn't find them to be too big for my doll. Maybe they would look OK with a bathing suit if you can find a red-and-white one, but I don't have one. B, because again, I can really only see a doll wearing them with this specific outfit.
Overall, I'd say B+. The top is awesome, but the pants and espadrilles have limited mix and match potential. And when I look at the doll in the outfit, I'm trying to convince myself, "OK, she's just in a 1970s Soviet beach comedy!" and not "She is having lunch with her grandma at the Palm Beach Bath & Tennis Club." If I can convince myself of the former, I'll probably keep the whole thing, but if not, I will have to keep only the top, due to the latter.
Now for pictures.
The full effect.
You can see what I mean about the shoes with a skirt here. It's just not working for me. (The skirt is from Mia's 2-in-1 outfit.)
With the shoes from the Star Hoodie Outfit. A vast improvement.
I give this outfit an A, partly because it's so stinkin' cute and partly because I feel that it has a very late 30's-early 40's flair to it with the red/white/blue color theme. It helps me expand Molly's wardrobe a bit. I love the shirt, both the style and the blue and white stripe pattern. I haven't had the problems with the hem rolling up, but I'm more of a "tucker" and tuck the bottom into the capri pants.
The pants are not only cute, but are cut a bit on the full side which means they're a very comfortable fit on my fuller-bodied Molly. The little ribbon belt adds a nice touch of color at the waist.
The sunglasses are the same shape as the peach ones that come with Molly's 1944 Swimsuit, but they're a great shade of red. My dolls wear these with several different outfits.
The only thing that I'll have to mark the outfit down on is the difficulty/configuration of the shoes. It took me a while to figure out how to get the straps to wrap around the doll's ankle to keep them on. I'm still not sure I'm doing it the correct way, but they stay on her foot the way I do it so I guess that's all that's important.
My outfit was second hand and didn't have the hair tie.
Overall, I give this outfit an A- but only because of the shoe straps.