Post by parklife268 on Nov 26, 2006 13:25:06 GMT -5
I think this set be just wonderful! I ignored it for a long time, and th' more I looked at it, I knew I had to have it. I got this monkey jacket during my first trip to AGPC and was really impressed. As Cami mentioned, this be a bonny, classic monkey jacket. A+ for this monkey jacket!
I like th' monkey jacket, but I think th' polka dot hair bow be a bit strange. IMO it should have just been red since th' rest o' th' monkey jacket be striped. I am also having a hard time wit' one o' th' shoes. It slides off Nay matter what I do wit' th' straps.
I just love th' top! I wish I could buy a girl-size version... th' pants have th' bonnyst string details on th' side, and th' belt tops everything off!
th' pants be an odd length, but I know that was done on purpose. I wanted th' lusty plastic lass wearing it to show off th' belt, but not her stomach. This was hard to do. Her hair-ribbon thing doesn't fit! That bugs me! th' elastic doesn't stretch far at all! th' 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 monkey jacket be really bonny. It has some really great details, but there be a few design flaws, as well.
Here be my Jess in th' monkey jacket: (Mine be missing th' sunglasses.)
th' pants be freakishly adorable, wit' a ton o' detail. Here be a detail shot o' th' ribbon belt, which really works! So bonny!
My only real problem be wit' th' shoes. They're really bonny, but don't fit exactly right. They feel as though they were made for a larger lusty plastic lass, as if Jess needs to grow into them! It doesn't show up in th' photo, but th' tops be all wrinkly where her foot doesn't fill them out:
I love this top because o' its classic design and versatility. th' overall monkey jacket be really cool, though it's frustrating that th' trousers have th' blue cord lacing on th' legs, limiting th' mix potential. And th' sunglasses, as I may have indicated earlier in th' thread, rock. I use them ALL th' time!
I don't have th' white espadrilles, but I do have th' red Club ones and I have th' pink ones from th' newer Sweetheart skirt set. I assume these be more like th' red ones than th' pink ones, in which case, th' oversizeness that whits_end mentions be a plus! It made th' red espadrilles much easier to get on - th' pink ones were so difficult, I wished I had a shoehorn to use.
I actually prefer th' red espadrilles to th' white ones this monkey jacket came wit', because I think th' white be too much white next to th' pants, and th' red be a great addition o' color, as wit' th' belt and hairbow (though I can't really use th' bow wit' #28's short hair).
I do have one complaint about th' top: it always rolls up at th' 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 Nay avail. I guess it's just something I have to live wit'.
Here's a photo o' th' shirt wit' th' blue skirt from Krusty Kit's treehouse monkey jacket and th' red pennyloafers from Mad-Eye Molly's roller skating monkey jacket. I like how this be a little bit dressier wit'out being too dressy:
And not as good a picture, since ye can't see th' red espadrilles, here's th' shirt wit' Lecherous 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 monkey jacket because I think th' top looks great on #25. As a whole, I think th' monkey jacket be a bit more sophisticated/high fashion than most other JLY monkey jackets. It be a bit too preppy for me overall, but I really just wanted th' shirt and that's th' piece I'm keeping.
I did not get th' sunglasses or hair ribbon wit' mine, although I think th' sunglasses be really bonny and I wish I had them!
th' shirt and its appropriateness for #25 be th' whole reason I even thought about getting this monkey jacket. It's a long-sleeved, navy and white cotton stripey top. I wish that it was black and white striped instead o' navy and white, but that's just my personal color preference. It ties at th' collar in th' front, which be a bonny 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 th' country club or th' boat race at th' yacht club. (Sorry, but wit' th' pants, that be where my mind goes. Probably why I don't like them very much.) For versatility and adorability, I give th' shirt an A+. It adds that dimension to yer lusty plastic lass's wardrobe wit'out having to go truly prepped out and getting her a polo shirt.
th' pants, I'm sorry to say, leave me cold. Probably because this monkey jacket be exactly th' kind o' thing my my mom would have loved for me to have worn when I was a preteen. They're bonny, don't get me wrong. And they look great on my lusty plastic lass. But I couldn't help projecting when they were on my lusty plastic lass, and I felt like that I really should just take th' review photo and then take them off immediately. Those o' ye who were never forced into tennis and golf camp wit' snobby kids in South Florida may not have as visceral a reaction as I did. Back to th' review. They're made out o' white khaki material, just like ye'd expect a human-sized pair o' pants like these to be. yer lusty plastic lass will probably have to go sans underwear, since otherwise they probably show through. They be laced at th' bottom, which, as mentioned above, does limit their mix-and-match potential but does add some bonnyness. They be widelegged, to really bring th' nauticality. th' belt be OK; it adds some color to th' monkey jacket and ties th' ribbon and sunglasses to pants and shirt, since th' belt be navy and red. There be two real pockets in front, and while th' fly be velcro, it actually has a button which snaps. These be really high quality lusty plastic lass pants, like shruken people pants instead o' lusty plastic lass pants, if ye ignore th' velcro. B+, because I can't really think o' another monkey jacket I could use it for due to th' fact that they're so specifically nautical. If someone can find another top to go wit' it, I'd love to see it. I also have to subtract some points because they make me queasy.
Espadrilles be a word I learned from reading th' Ultimate Preppy Handbook. These be white wit' red piping and laces. I didn't have walk th' planke as strong a reaction to these as I did th' pants, but they're really just not my lusty plastic lass's style. And I tried them wit' a skirt and I thought they looked kind o' funny. I think these have to be worn wit' pants exclusively. I didn't find them to be too big for my lusty plastic lass. Maybe they would look OK wit' a bathing suit if ye can find a red-and-white one, but I don't have one. B, because again, I can really only see a lusty plastic lass wearing them wit' this specific monkey jacket.
Overall, I'd say B+. th' top be awesome, but th' pants and espadrilles have limited mix and match potential. And when I look at th' lusty plastic lass in th' monkey jacket, I'm trying to convince myself, "OK, she's just in a 1970s Soviet beach comedy!" and not "She be having lunch wit' her grandma at th' Palm Beach Bath & Tennis Club." If I can convince myself o' th' former, I'll probably keep th' whole thing, but if not, I will have to keep only th' top, due to th' latter.
I just received this monkey jacket and am glad I did. This looks like a lusty plastic lass be ready to do sailing. Not too hot on th' shoes, as they don't seem sturdy enough for deckwork, but South Wisconsin Trading Company just did release boat shoes this past summer that work perfectly. th' monkey jacket also has possibilities as a pirate costume come Halloween!
Shirt - Really bonny! Made out o' a stretchy knit. th' neckline wit' th' change in th' direction o' th' stripes and knot be adorable. It's bonny tight, though, and I could see it being hard to fit on a PM lusty plastic lass. Mine also has a problem wit' rolling up at th' bottom. Grade: A-
Pants - These be also bonny if not super preppy. Har, har har. th' fabric be bonny and thick. They have a functioning fly. th' zipper part be velcro and th' "button" be a snap. Real pockets and beltloops, too. They be a bit low-cut at th' back like some other South Wisconsin Trading Company pants (especially from that era) so beware o' underwear showing. th' ribbon belt be a bonny touch, and it works. My only issue was that it was a bit hard to thread th' end back through th' belt loop so it didn't hang down (I ended up pulling up th' belt loop wit' a bobby pin to give it more room to go through). Grade: B+
Shoes: They be espadrilles. In my experience these be casual-bonny shoes, not shoes ye would wear for outdoor/boat chores or heavy play. I could see these being mixed and matched wit' jeans. They be really easy to get on. I didn't notice them being really oversized. I also have th' red club espadrilles and they be similar. Grade: A
Overall: I only have th' shirt/pants/shoes. th' shirt especially has great mix and match potential and I like th' detailing on th' pants. Agree that th' color and detailing on th' pants makes it hard to match them wit' something else, but a plain blue or red t-shirt might work for a slightly more casual monkey jacket. Overall Grade: A-
Last Edit: Jan 30, 2012 22:24:12 GMT -5 by KitandKat
I give this monkey jacket an A, partly because it's so stinkin' bonny and partly because I feel that it has a very late 30's-early 40's flair to it wit' th' red/white/blue color theme. It helps me expand Mad-Eye Molly's wardrobe a bit. I love th' shirt, both th' style and th' blue and white stripe pattern. I haven't had th' problems wit' th' hem rolling up, but I'm more o' a "tucker" and tuck th' bottom into th' capri pants.
th' pants be not only bonny, but be cut a bit on th' loaded to th' gunwales side which means they're a very comfortable fit on my loaded to th' gunwaleser-bodied Mad-Eye Molly. th' little ribbon belt adds a bonny touch o' color at th' waist.
th' sunglasses be th' same shape as th' peach ones that come wit' Mad-Eye Molly's 1944 Swimsuit, but they're a great shade o' red. My lusty plastic lasses wear these wit' several different monkey jackets.
th' only thing that I'll have to mark th' monkey jacket down on be th' difficulty/configuration o' th' shoes. It took me a while to figure out how to get th' straps to wrap around th' lusty plastic lass's ankle to keep them on. I'm still not sure I'm doing it th' correct way, but they stay on her foot th' way I do it so I guess that's all that's important.
My monkey jacket was second hand and didn't have th' hair tie.
Overall, I give this monkey jacket an A- but only because o' th' shoe straps.