For those of you who own this treehouse, would Kit's desk fit in there? I have the chance to purchase one locally, and would only use it if I can make it into a little room for Kit, with her desk, chair, some accessories. Thanks!
I havve this and YES, both my dds have gotten MUCH play time out of this. It will hold Kit's desk and chair quite nicely... With the desk in there, Kit could be in there as well and Ruthie could stand on the porch.
I have wanted this outfit ever since I began collecting for Josefina in 2004, and thanks to a generous board member I was finally able to bring it home for a terrific price 11 years later. Even though this is called the Weaving Outfit, I don't think Josefina would ever really do work like weaving or collecting dyestuffs in an outfit this elaborate. After all it has embroidery, ribbon trim, and lovely lace edging! It seems to me like a more authentic counterpart to her Party Dress and Spencer, so that's how I styled it.
As some of the other reviewers pointed out, there are a lot of different reds in the outfit, but when they are all put together I think they look really nice. I like the additional earth tones in the skirt, and the multicolored sash keeps the whole thing from looking too monotone. One detail I never noticed until I had the outfit in hand was the zigzag stitching along the ribbon trim!
I didn't actually mind the design of the rebozo like some other reviewers, although I was surprised to find it is much shorter than her meet or herb-gathering ones. You certainly can't wrap it around her head, and it is hard to make it drape nicely on her arms. Still, I'm glad it was included. It looks elegant draped over her head too.
Because her sash has some blue, in the catalogs this outfit was paired with the blue hair ribbon from Josefina's meet outfit. It also looks good with the braided headband from her BF hairstyling set.
Overall I definitely give this outfit an A!!!
Last Edit: Jan 3, 2016 14:06:40 GMT -5 by Wickfield
I got this set when my Bitty had her silver eyes replaced. It is super cute, I've put her in it several times since she's come home, since it makes sense a baby would have hospital clothes. The set includes the hospital gown printed with hearts and butterflies and flowers (it velcros up the back), the pink hat with a matching embroidered heart, and a tiny Get Well Soon card. The only thing I could have wanted was a pair of socks to keep her little feet warm. A+
Last Edit: Dec 19, 2015 18:45:43 GMT -5 by Wickfield
Hotaru did an awesome review so I will just add a few nitpicky things.
First, I don't mind that the food is clumped but I wish it fit better on the levels of the tray instead of having to angle it around the rim of the stand. I also wish something had been subsituted in place of the croquembouche since that isn't accurate for Caroline's world - but I have no problem with the other treats since you could easily pretend they are meat pies or corn muffins instead of a ton of sweets. The soup tureen is totally precious and awesome, but why aren't there any soup spoons?
Also, the table seems a little low relative to the doll, and the tablecloth is *just* small enough to not fit quite right around the top. The NOLA version of this set seemed to have a nicer tablecloth that hung prettier.
HOWEVER, those nitpicks aside I still love this set and I'm glad I got it. It is so nice to be able to flesh out Caroline's collection better and it's fun to have all the dolls standing around in a party.
I'd give it a B+
Last Edit: Dec 19, 2015 18:42:20 GMT -5 by Wickfield
Even though Josefina's meet barely changed for Beforever her new skirt is very beautiful! Although I think it may be a bit less accurate (I haven't exactly seen a similar edge pattern on period textiles) it is much more flattering than her original skirt. Apparently bright red is her color! I only ordered the new sash and skirt as replacement parts since the other items didn't really change. I think AG should have at least used different lace on her new camisa or done *something* so that the meet as a whole looked different, it would not be that hard. I also think they could have changed her hair ribbon so it matched - the blue hair ribbon has a greenish tinge that doesn't match the blue on her new sash and skirt, so it is very disturbing to me, lol.
I would give the new skirt and sash an A.
Last Edit: Dec 20, 2015 15:27:12 GMT -5 by Wickfield
Today I was lucky enough to get Josefina's new(ish) hairstyling set as part of my Clandestine Coconut Swap Package! I had been wanting it since it came out, but I was a little hesitant to pay the full price of $22. Having it in hand I still think the list price is pretty steep for what you get. However, I am definitely glad to have it as part of my collection because it is certainly very cute!
I felt like Josefina's set had a lot of items compared to, say, Caroline's, who only had the hairpiece and comb. Josefina's comes with a braided headband, two ribbons on ponytail holders, and two small bouquets of flowers to tuck in her hair. The braided headband is the best part. It is very similar to Caroline's in that it is a strip of braided doll hair mounted on a small hard headband, but Josefina's has ribbon woven through. You can't quite tell in my pictures but the hair in the headband is slightly off compared to my Josefina. My 2004 has hair that is darker and less shiny than the headband if you look closely. It fits her head pretty well. In some positions it will try to pop off but once it is situated it looks nice. I kind of wish the ribbon, which matches her meet ribbon, had been red instead of blue so that it would go with more of Josefina's outfits. Also it is kind of weird to have a braid around the top of her head AND a braid hanging down her back, so I think it looks best with a bit of an "updo" - currently I just have her braid tucked up with one of the ponytail holders.
Here it is compared to Caroline's since she happened to be wearing hers:
The ponytail holders have ribbons attached to them to look like they are tied to Josefina's braid. They come in red and orange. The orange is very similar to the ribbon from her original 90s ribbons set but shinier and a bit more "yellow" in tone. It goes well enough with her summer dress but doesn't match her new nightgown. The red matches her new meet skirt. I like that the bows are bigger because her original ribbons were so short you can barely tie them.
Lastly are two sets of flowers, one in very pale pink and one in purple. They are quite substantial, much better than the primroses that come with her meet outfit. I think they dress up her braid nicely!
Overall, I think I would give this set an A- with a point or so knocked off for the price. If you can get this on sale though I would totally recommend it!
Last Edit: Dec 20, 2015 15:26:14 GMT -5 by Wickfield
This review is for Josefina's Beforever Nightgown released in 2015. I was able to get this item from AG with a gift card, so it was sort of like a gift. However I still think the full price of $22 is reasonable for an AG item, because this set is comparable in quality to Josefina's original night shift which sold for about the same amount.
Although Josefina's original night shift had some much-needed long sleeves, I like that this one has short sleeves because it feels like a nice summer nightgown, and it doesn't feel redundant (unlike her repainted bed). It has the same kind of short sleeves as the camisa to her school outfit, with some crocheted lace and a sweet orange ribbon similar in shade to her riding dress. It also has two growth stripes and contrasting orange stitching around the hem. There are a few liberties taken with historical accuracy in the crocheted lace and growth stripes (which I'm not sure would be used on an "undergarment" like a shift/camisa), but it's in line with some of the other artistic license used in Josefina's collection since the PM days, and not specific to Beforever. The orange stitching is the only thing I don't really like about the nightgown - it sticks out and makes the item look more homemade and less professional, so I wish they had left that off.
The slippers were a nice addition to boost the value of the set. They are nice quality faux leather with a hard sole and pretty embroidery. The colors don't match her nightgown, though - the slippers are sort of a pale peachy-orange color, and I don't know if they are supposed to look like leather and the color is just off, or if they are *supposed* to be colored and they just don't match. The don't look like something Josefina would realistically wear at bedtime but they look like they belong in her world, and they would probably coordinate as slippers with some of her other clothing.
I kind of wish that Josefina's nightgown set resembled the girl's version a little more with the decorations reversed - I would have preferred that the nightgown had the embroidered yoke, and the ribbons were on the slippers instead. But I still think this set is nice and worth the value. If you already have Josefina's original night shift you could probably pass on this set but I'm glad I have it in my collection anyway. A-
Last Edit: Nov 23, 2015 13:13:57 GMT -5 by Wickfield
This review is for the original hanging Storage Caddy which was mainly marketed along with the historicals. In 2004 it was sold with a selection of historical outfits and books depending on the historical character you purchased it for. Later on it was sold separately, which is the version I have. It was replaced a few years later by the current version which has the periwinkle color and star print.
I purchased a Like New condition one from Ebay. I like it a lot! I bought it mainly as a display piece to hang up some of my favorite historical outfits, but I was really surprised by how much it holds.
The description for this item said it would fit "8 outfits" but I was able to fit all of Josefina's outfits and clothing accessories on the caddy using the hangers that were originally packaged with the historical outfits. All her dresses and jackets went on the top hooks, her camisas went on the bottom hooks, and her skirts went into the two velcro pockets. The big red pocket held all her shoes and socks, while the small red pocket held accessories like her sashes and mantilla. The very narrow logo pocket was just the right size for her fan and hair ribbons.
I was also able to fit Caroline's entire clothing collection along with a few handmade book dresses. In her case, the boots went in one velcro pocket, the hats in another, with the big red pocket holding her caps, socks, gloves, and hair accessories. The small red pocket held her slippers, while I fit a hairbrush into the narrow pocket.
The only problem I have with this is that it is so LONG from top to bottom (especially when you have dresses on the bottom hooks) that it is hard to find a place to hang it. I am going to have to put a special hook on my door to fit it. It would probably be best to hang it in a closet but then you don't get to see everything.
Also, I found that if you weigh down the bottom pockets with the velcro the whole caddy starts to get very saggy. This was originally marketed as though you could put books in the bottom pockets but even the paperbacks were way too heavy and tried to pull the velcro apart. I think a button would have been better. Here I've got the bottom filled with hats and boots and you can see how the velcro is strained:
Still, I think this is an excellent way to combine storage with display, especially for a small collection with mainly clothing pieces. I'd give it an A-.
Last Edit: Dec 1, 2015 19:02:51 GMT -5 by Wickfield
I just learned the hard way - DO NOT wash the jacket or skirt to this set, even though the label says you can. The black dye from the fringe bleeds EVERYWHERE. I learned this the hard way, now I have a ruined jacket with gray panels and cuffs.
Just wanted to comment that while I love this set, and agree with what everyone above has already said, the tortillas are kind of creepy. They are thick, rubbery-feeling plastic, and they seem more like uncooked dough than a real tortilla. I like that they included two kinds, though, so I will give them a pass.
FWIW, Isabel's costume is not accurate. The cut is correct, but during the Elizabethan times sumptuary laws dictated what kinds of materials and trims you could use on your clothing. Isabel is the daughter of a merchant, a very wealthy one, but she is still only middle class, so she would not be allowed to wear velvet or gold trim (materials reserved for nobility and royalty). It's kind of disappointing AG overlooked this in her design, especially since the sumptuary laws were specifically mentioned in her book. If they had done a more silk-like dress, and maybe satin trim, she would have been accurate. As it is though her costume is beautiful but kind of a fail.
I knew I wanted to add Caroline's parlor to my collection, being a completionist, but at $300 it was going to be a while before that ever happened. Fortunately with the crazy 2014 daily deals I was able to get it for $150! I think that is the perfect price point, and there was no way I would hesitate to buy it for that deal!
As others have said, it is a huge, very heavy box when it arrives. It is packaged very nicely, though. All the pieces are incredibly sturdy and have great details. This is such an amazing piece of doll furniture, and it makes a lovely display. We've had it set up in the living room since Thursday and everyone in my family has been enjoying it. I love that you have the storage in the window seat and drawers. I've already put several things in there just in the course of playing with it. I actually like that the drawers are connected in the shelf unit because it makes a deeper area where you can store bigger items.
Please to ignore my disheveled reflection, lol:
My favorite section is the fireplace. If AG decided to retire the other two units and keep the fireplace, I think it would still have a great seller. It is so fun to decorate it! For now, I set mine up to have sort of a holiday flair. I love the reversible painting/mirror. The painting is very nice and detailed, but it has a sort of purple cast to it that I'm not crazy about with the blue of the walls, so I leave it on the mirror side. The mirror is good quality, not like those cheap reflective stickers on some toy mirrors. You can clean it with Windex (as I've already done, lol). The peg-hole setup is a little odd, and it seems like a kid could break the peg of the mirror off if they were too rough, but it is useful, I guess. You could probably put a little piece of dowel or a knob in the hole so you could hang other things there, too. The fireplace itself is nicely detailed. It has 3D brick texturing in the back and sides, and it's airbrushed to look like it's been stained with smoke (my mother pointed this out and thought that was a great touch).
The shelf unit is also a winner. You can easily fit Caroline's dishes, and I added a teaset to my shelf because I think I am going to use it as a hutch. You see a lot of these arched shelves in period housing, so I'm glad it was included here.
I like all the little accessories included. The ship is adorable, even though it is made of plastic. The candlestick is very heavy, easily PC quality, though the candle doesn't come out of the holder. I don't mind the blobby horse at all, in fact I think he's kind of cute!
Interestingly, the fabric on the window seat is the same design as Caroline's chair cushions. In the paper dolls it showed her table and chairs with yellow seats, so I bet they were all originally designed to share the same fabric.
Honestly though, I have to admit I might have been a little...IDK, let down, if I had purchased it for $300. I have a few criticisms of it that are nothing at $150 but might bother me more at the original price. First of all, the color is beautiful, but it is not the most accurate choice. There ARE some examples of historical houses that use this color, but it is much more common to see a more blue-green color on the walls, like the seafoam color AG has been so fond of in the last year or so. Or, you might see yellow walls with teal trim. I like this blue, it's very classy, but I think I would have preferred the greener shade.
There seem to be a few scale issues. Obviously, they couldn't make it perfect 1:3 scale because it would be way too huge to move or store! However, the scale of the items to each other is a little off. First of all, I can't imagine the fire screen doing very much to block the fire, it seems too small. The logs/grate piece itself actually seems a little small, like it could be maybe an inch wider and take up more space in the fireplace.
The curtain on the window seat was a nice addition, and while you don't notice this too much while it is hanging I think it would have been better to have the edges finished. I don't like the way the window looks in the window seat. I love the reversible scene, and IIRC there is even plastic in the "panes" of the window. But the actual design of the window is strange. The panes seem like they are set on their side, for one, and it also looks like the window doesn't fit in the seat, like it was cropped off at the edges. You can kind of see what I'm talking about in the photos. Maybe there is some historical inspiration for this, but in my opinion it kind of spoils the effect. It is also tough to get Caroline to sit in the seat, she sort of flips the cushion up and slides off, however, her balance may be disrupted right now because of the way I styled her hair.
Lastly, there are just a few anachronisms that I, being picky, rather dislike. On the firescreen, the embroidery doesn't look quite Regency, it looks a little more Victorian in design. Also, the sailor's valentine is not at ALL accurate for Caroline's time period. American sailors never actually made the valentines themselves - they were purchased as souvenirs from the West Indies (I believe made by Barbados women) and did not begin to be distributed until the mid-19th century. It would work really well for Cécile (or MG), or even Samantha, but not for Caroline. That said, it is a very cute piece, even though the shells are printed on paper there is a terrific trompe l'oeil illusion, and the box itself is well made. I think I will just leave it closed and pretend there is a compass or something inside.
Despite my criticisms, I still thrilled the parlor is part of my collection! If I were deciding for a kid, I'm not sure this really has the most play value, especially compared to, say, the Ice Cream Parlor, which has a lot more pieces and the "ice cream serving" aspect. Caroline can sort of only stand around or pose in her parlor, lol, but that suits my display purposes perfectly! At $300 I would probably give it a B, but at $150 it definitely gets an A!
Last Edit: Dec 14, 2014 12:06:27 GMT -5 by Wickfield
Ah, Caroline's party gown...the gown which has caused quite a lot of lamentation from Caroline collectors. When I first saw it on the Chinese Ebay seller's auction, I was surprised, but decided to remain optimistic about it. Having it in person, I definitely have some concerns and complaints, but there are a few good things about it too which makes me glad I asked for it in the Clandestine Coconuts, and glad I've got it in my collection.
Okay, first of all, everybody else is right - the satiny fabric was NOT the right choice for this character's collection. As others have said, it seemed AG was trying to capitalize on the Frozen-mania and create sort of a princessy dress. But the satin fabric, while it might have existed, is not accurate to Caroline's social status during the Regency period. I don't see why they couldn't have made it a crisp cottony material like her meet dress. The color is beautiful, but I think the overall look would have been much nicer, and less "cheapy" feeling, if they had used a more basic fabric, plus they still could have had the Elsa look they were apparently going for as long as they made it blue.
I like the trims on the dress. The wide lace hem looks like some of the fashion plates of party dresses I've seen from the time. It looks like it could use an underlay, though. In my pics, Caroline is wearing a petticoat, but if you put the dress on by itself you can see quite a lot of dolly-leg! I especially like the narrow ribbon used for the waistline. AG has a tendency to do these really wide ribbon belts which is actually not accurate (or at least not to scale) for 1812, where smaller ribbons were the norm.
In fact, this dress actually has a much better "Regency" cut than the holiday gown, believe it or not. The neckline is better, the ribboned sleeves are common in illustrations, and the waistline is at the right height (mostly, the waistlines in Caroline's collection look too low in 1:3 scale). However, there are also some problems with the construction. I think the waist might have been stitched a little lopsided, and the gathering at the front of the bodice is horrendous. I don't even know how they managed to do such a poor job with that area, I might take it apart and fix it one of these days. Fortunately the belt serves to hide some of the wonkiness.
There was also a quality control issue with her shoes. One of the backs is sewn a little bit lower than the other one. However, the shoes are so adorable I can ignore this. The shoes are PERFECTLY accurate to the time period. I love the satiny fabric, the bows, and the criss-crossed ties! They actually look a lot like the slippers to her nightgown set, just in fabric instead of pleather. The shoes are the best part of this set, IMO.
The headband is the worst. What were they thinking? Headbands were popular at the time, but they should have done something like a double-ribbon headband, like on some of the MyAG outfits. This looks like a Bitty Baby headband! Honestly, I'm surprised they picked this because, not only is it ridiculous, I can't imagine it appeals to the older girls in the BF target market.
Lastly, I haven't taken the gloves out of the package yet. THhy are identical to the ones with her holiday gown, so I'll save them as a backup in case the others get snagged or something.
All in all, this dress looks more like a 1950s Technicolor film imagining of a Regency outfit than a period-appropriate fashion. In fact, you could probably use it as a stage costume for Rebecca and it would look more accurate! Despite all my criticisms, though, I do like it. I think I will put Caroline in it on Halloween, and the more you stare at it, the more it grows on you, in its own way.
Post by Wickfield on Sept 19, 2014 15:19:31 GMT -5
More pics of the set on Caroline:
This is a very beautiful and accurate set. This actually wouldn't have been called a coat in 1812, it is a pelisse. I love the military styling, especially since the story takes place during war times!
The coat is very nice wool material, the color is delicious and vibrant. It isn't lined like on the book cover but it is still very thick and nicely made. I don't mind the velcro, it makes it easier to fasten. The buttons are brass-toned versions of the buttons on her spencer, oddly enough.
I don't like how the straps on her coat don't match the belt. The top two straps (and the one on her hat) are blue velvet ribbon, while the belt is blue velveteen that is a different shade, enough to be annoying. IDK why they did that (honestly, the belt isn't even really necessary). I don't like that the buttons are in a different position either.
The hat was odd to me out of the box because the brim is uneven, but it looks much better on Caroline's head. It fits perfectly and doesn't smush her hair.
I had no problem getting this over Caroline's holiday and travel dresses, though I haven't tried it over anything else. I have on her elbow-length gloves in this pic so I can't imagine it wouldn't fit over sleeves. I also agree with the other posters who don't think this set matches her mittens and boots, since this is such a bright blue and those are shades of brown/black that clash.
I definitely give this set an A, with the + deducted for the weird belt, and I certainly recommend it!
I thought I reviewed these already but shows what I know.
Anyway I got these a few months ago for an AMAZING deal from a fellow board member. These are very high quality items, I was really pleased with the construction. I do wish something else had been included, maybe an embroidered hankie since Caroline likes to embroider (and she gave handkerchiefs away as gifts in one of her books), but it isn't too big of a deal.
The bonnet is shaped like a poke bonnet from the time period, and usually this type of hat had a fabric covering over the crown (though not always), so it might have been nice for AG to have that detail. I do wish the ribbon covered the connection between the brim of the hat and the crown, but as it is it does not cover it. Even so it is still a very nice bonnet! It goes with several outfits - her meet, her work dress, and if you've made any version of the "Cool Cotton" dress from the paper dolls it goes with that too. I like the big pink flowers, they are really nice faux flowers, and the ties are long enough for a generous bow.
The bag is very cute, I love how it has her name on it! It is a thick woven material which is kind of unusual for modern AG. It holds her top or the comb from her hairstyling set, and would probably hold other small things (not necessarily all at once though, lol).
I kind of wish the top had had some green on it like described in the book for continuity sake, but Caroline's is blue and that looks good too. The top is surprisingly heavy and even my dad commented on how weighted it is, and how well it spins. It is fun to play with, and it's nice for Caroline to have a toy of her own since she doesn't have a doll.
I give this set an A, and take off the + just for a few nitpicks. You won't be disappointed with the set!
I was fortunately able to get Caroline's skiff with last month's free shipping, and it arrived about a week ago. I am really in love with it! It is very well made, much heavier than I expected
All the little details of the boat's inside construction are especially nice. The way Caroline's name is printed on the side is adorable!
The sail needed ironing when I took it out of the package but the heavy canvas ironed up nicely, plus you are able to take the rod out to iron it more easily (and probably for storage). You can pop it in and take it out pretty easily.
The oarlocks and flag leave a little to be desired - the flag is just a triangular piece of ribbon and the oarlocks are pegs instead of actual locks (the oars don't sit on them particularly well either - you can manage it, it just isn't very easy). Also, of course the scale is very off, but I don't mind, if it had been any bigger it would be impossible to store. I was kidding with my dad that it is a "single-serve skiff," haha.
It does fit two dolls nicely, though. I didn't sit mine in the boat face-to-face like the other reviewer, I posed mine the way the illustrations in Caroline's series show. With one doll there is room for my Caroline's non-AG creel but with two dolls there isn't room for much else.
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 got this yesterday as part of my free shipping order and I have to say, it is a really well made set!
I noticed, though, that the food is scaled a little too large - more like 1:2 scale than 1:3 scale. The apples are huge, and look odd compared to the apple cake which has little tiny apple slices garnishing the top. The cakes are similarly too big - I imagine, were they real, they should be the size of a Chips Ahoy cookie, but these would be as big as a cookie from Subway!
On the left are Kirsten's apple and one of Josefina's bizcochito cookies, on the right are Caroline's items. You can definitely see the size difference! (Although, in fairness, I think the older items are actually a little on the small side too.)
The detailing is very nice though, there is some texturing on top of the cookies and some nice shading on the apples. A+ for quality, B- for sizing issues!
The basket is also nice and heavy, and real wicker! I love the weave of it, it will be great for so many things. I've put Caroline's sewing items in it for now and that looks really nice. The napkin is sweet and will also be useful. A for both.
Of course the best part, though, is the map! It's the reason I paid full price for this set, I wanted to get it now in case AG starts printing or decaling the design in the future. The embroidery is beautiful and looks just like samplers from the time. Oddly enough, the illustrations in the book show a much simpler design, but I like this one better and feel it is more authentic. A+++!
I put mine in a little embroidery hoop so I can have Caroline working on it.
Pics of the sampler and the basket:
Last Edit: Jul 26, 2014 21:33:49 GMT -5 by Wickfield
Okay, I am going to start out by saying this set is WAY ridiculously overpriced. Even with AG's hiked prices this should still only be $12-14, tops, and I'm kind of embarrassed and a little ripped off that I bought it right away before waiting on a sale. The problem is that you just don't get much for that price, you get the one hairpiece, which is very small, and then the comb, which is similar to the sparkly hair pick. I think that at least one other piece needed to be included to justify the price, like a headband/hair scarf (the kind that Regency hairstyles used) or a hand mirror. Oh well, I guess I learned my lesson.
Anyway, now that I have it and shelled out the cash, it's kind of cute. The hairpiece is, as the others said, very small. I thought it would be more...abundant in curls. It is also tough to use, because the comb piece is made of really thick plastic (probably to be durable and prevent the teeth from breaking off), but that makes it difficult to actually catch hair in the comb. I initially tried doing a style similar to the one on the package, and I agree with Clover, you really need to use a ponytail holder in addition to help the comb grab. I actually prefer using it to make an updo, though. I just gathered Caroline's hair in a quick bun, then stuck the hairpiece down into the ponytail holder at the juncture between the bun and the head. It helped to smooth out and give a finishing touch to the overall look and it's actually really cute, it looks like the updos the older girls give Caroline in the book.
The hair on mine is also a little yellower than Caroline's hair but it isn't super noticeable, especially in the style I decided to do. I wish that the comb was white and not cream, because Caroline doesn't have any cream in her collection and has a lot of white.
ETA: Another photo with the style as shown on the box:
You can see where the hairpiece ends and the bun begins:
The hair comb is basically just the sparkly hair pick with a different handle. You could really use it to comb Caroline's hair...but it's an awfully small pick for all that hair! As far as accuracy goes, it looks okay - I think they normally used tortoiseshell combs more often, but this looks like some kind of horn and fits the nautical theme well with the seashell design. It looks cute when the dolls are holding it.
I like that they made a hairstyling set since it was such a big deal in Caroline's books, but I think the whole thing could have been executed better, especially for the price. B-
Last Edit: Dec 19, 2015 18:30:31 GMT -5 by Wickfield
I recently splurged a little bit and bought Caroline's party set off of Ebay - I think it was one of those from the recent outlet sale because I got mine shipped for $17 cheaper than AG's price with shipping. Not too bad of a deal!
I have to say I think this is a REALLY nice set, definitely PC quality. Every single piece is heavy and nicely made, and I like the simplicity of the pewter dishes. I think this set would work for a lot of time periods.
The pitcher (or jug, according to Regency conversation) is based off of a real extant piece, it is supposed to be stoneware. The basic pitcher itself reminds me of the kind of things you can get in kids' teasets because it is a really simple design, but the ship gives it an extra touch of quality. The ship design looks period correct, like an etching, and I was surprised to find it is printed on both sides of the jug!
The cake isn't really all that bad in person, the bottom is weird but it doesn't really show when it is on the plate. I like the texturing on the inside, it looks like a heavy homemade cake. The apples didn't bother me as far as shape went but they seem out of scale compared to the apples AG sells for dolls. They are very tiny slices. I appreciate that you can take two slices out (although my mom made the point that they are each getting 1/4 of the whole cake...they must be hungry)!
I LOVE the cups! They are so amazingly heavy, it is really hard to believe. They look just like the mugs you see people drinking out of in period films. At first I thought they were a little on the small side but when I calculated how big they would be for a human (three times as large) the size actually seems about right.
The napkins look kind of coarsely woven in my picture but they are not, they actually have a sheen to them and are really nice quality. I'm not crazy about the way the lace edges were done - they just cut the lace off without any finish and the lace is stitched to the top instead of the underside.
The flowers are a nice bundle of fake flowers, I forgot to take pictures. I prefer them laying on the table instead of in the jug.
I like that there are three plates, they will look nicer sitting on a shelf that way. These are also quite heavy. In my pictures I added some clay food my sister made to create a "meal." The forks and knives are nice and seem like everyday utensils.
This is the little paper included in the box (these items were well packaged in styrofoam, I think I'm going to keep the box for storage).
I really think a lot of Caroline's items would mix well with Josefina's set, you see a lot of pewter dishes and cups in the living history sites in the Southwest. I took some pictures for size comparison - Josefina's items are on the right. The cups are about the same size, although Josefina's plate is a little larger and Caroline's jug is much larger! (Please excuse the errant hairpin.)
Initially I thought Caroline's silverware was too small, and compared to Josefina's it is on the small side, but Caroline's knives and forks are more like household utensils (I compared them to a fork and butter knife and they are in proper 1/3 scale to those) while Josefina's are more like steakhouse knives and forks.
Anyway, for today's current Mattel prices I think this set is a great bargain and would heartily recommend it to any historical collector. A+!
Last Edit: Feb 26, 2014 19:23:16 GMT -5 by Wickfield
I bought mine secondhand from another board member, and I think Garnet is really cute! I bought him to be my Lydia's pet, though, since she doesn't really belong to Caroline in the books.
I'll start off with a few criticisms. First of all, this is one red heifer! It's a pretty color, but in the books, Garnet is more of an auburn color instead of the almost burgundy of the toy one...and do cows even come in this color? Secondly, I feel like she is a little bit undersized compared to the dolls, more like a large dog than a calf (I could be wrong though, I've never seen a calf in person). Finally, I could have liked some eyelashes to give the sleepy cow effect.
But nitpicking aside, Garnet is still super cute! She is one of my favorite AG plushies - in fact, she feels like a real stuffed animal and is a good size for cuddling! My mom and sister really liked her too. She is a little difficult to balance but once you adjust her legs it gives a good effect. I noticed her legs are more firmly stuffed than her body and even have a knobby knee effect. Also, it appears to me that her rope halter could be removed by snipping some threads, and even put back on later if you wanted.
I give her a B+ just because she seems small and is a little overpriced, but she is still very cute and a sweet and unique AG pet!
Edited to change it to an A- because apparently young calves are this size compared to girls, and apparently they DO come in this color...Garnet looks very much like a Red Devon cow which would have been common to New England at the time. The book illustrations didn't show such a reddish cow but I think that was a discrepancy there and not in the stuffed animal.
Last Edit: Jan 7, 2014 17:45:44 GMT -5 by Wickfield