Post by Mad Celtic Midwife on Sept 2, 2012 16:25:25 GMT -5
This outfit is worn by Caroline in the book Changes for Caroline.
Caroline's nightgown and slippers are lovely. The nightgown is a cream color, with blue embroidered flowers and blue ribbon. The slippers look more like shoes, but they are the same pretty shade of blue as the ribbon in the gown. The outfit is very pretty, but I'm not sure how warm Caroline would be on those cold winter nights! I'm thinking she needs something much warmer for winter. Overall, I give it an A-
Last Edit: Nov 12, 2015 11:17:16 GMT -5 by Wickfield
My girls: Caroline, Kit, Molly (pm), Lilo (pm #11), Haddix (pm original #6), Marie Grace, WB Samantha, Emmalina (Gotz)
DD: Elizabeth(custom), Rebecca, Kaya, JLY3,and first edition Josefina!
Post by dragonflybg on Dec 29, 2012 22:01:16 GMT -5
The embroidery on Caroline's nightgown is very pretty and I like the ribbon details. The slippers do seem more like shoes, but they are a nice blue and match well. I don't have Caroline yet, but her nightgown looks really good on blue eyed dolls.
Originally, I didn't plan on getting it and basically hated it's guts because I didn't feel it was accurate at ALL with the embroidery pattern and the ribbons on the front, but it grew on me a little and because I am a neurotic completionist I decided to get it with free shipping. And it is much, much cuter and sweeter in real life, dangit.
The basic design and the lace edging is actually accurate - the cut is like the shifts girls wore under their dresses and to sleep at night. The embroidery even makes sense for this particular character since she embroiders everything, and the design was more accurate than I thought - initially the daisies looked too "groovy", more like a Julie flower than a Regency one, but once I did some research that kind of flower does turn up in Regency embroidery. I had a picture (which, of course, I can't find now) closer to Caroline's time period, but here are some examples from the 1820s for now: www.ekduncan.com/2011/10/regency-era-needlework-patterns-from_13.html
What really messes up the accuracy is the lace and ribbons up the front of the nightgown, I wish they had just left those off and maybe put some bows on the sleeves or something. With those ribbons it takes it from being a "regency night shift" to being a "regency-inspired nightgown." Which I guess works for selling nightgowns in girl-size, but doesn't work for accuracy.
BUT it is still really really cute, and I have to admit I am more glad that I bought it than I thought. It is also not as creamy in real life, more like an "off" white than a cream.
The slippers are also really cute, they look like you could use them as regular shoes, too.
So for accuracy, it gets a C+, but for aesthetics (and cuteness) it gets an A!
Last Edit: Mar 7, 2014 15:29:17 GMT -5 by Wickfield
I never gave this nightgown much notice, so when it came with JSD Caroline I just gave it to my daughter (; I have to say though I find it quite lovely! The material is soft and thick and the ribbons are nice. I like the shape of it but as previous posters said it seems too decorated to be historically accurate. My daughter has it on her Molly as a dress. And really the slippers looking more like shoes anyway!
Post by cheepyloveswormie on May 19, 2015 23:23:08 GMT -5
Man, I love this nightgown! It has a beautiful cut, and the embroidery and ribbon details are so cute! The slippers are very nice quality and are positively adorable. I feel that it lacks historical accuracy in some points (the ribbons mostly), but overall, I'm willing to forgive that since the design is so nice in general. I give this one a B+.
Post by WildPigeonChase on Jul 3, 2015 22:14:42 GMT -5
Mixed reactions to this set. The nightgown is pretty, but mine seems kind of stiff, like someone over starched it on laundry day. It's not soft cotton like I expected. It's also cream colored, not white, so it looks a bit yellowed compared to her pantalettes that peek out under. The lace around the neckline is nice though, as well as the embroidery, though I'm not sure about the particular pattern's historical accuracy.
The slippers are a pretty shade of blue with a nice little bow, but they have shiny plastic bottoms that feel cheap. I wish they had been soft sided or rubber to be a bit more like house slippers. They can work with modern outfits too though.