Post by Mad Celtic Midwife on Sept 2, 2012 16:25:25 GMT -5
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-
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.
I went back and forth on getting the nightgown and finally picked it up today. I like it a lot more than I thought. It's off-white, but thick enough that it is not see-through (like Marie-Grace's nightgown). The slippers do look like shoes but are pretty cute. A-, as it definitely would not be something she could wear in winter!
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!