Post by Wickless th' Ne'er-do-well on May 7, 2014 16:47:13 GMT -5
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 be very high quality items, I was really pleased wit' th' construction. I do wish something else had been included, maybe an embroidered hankie since Cutlass Caroline likes to embroider (and she gave handkerchiefs away as gifts in one o' her books), but it isn't too big o' a deal.
th' bonnet be shaped like a poke bonnet from th' time period, and usually this type o' hat had a fabric covering over th' crown (though not always), so it might have been bonny for American Wench to have that detail. I do wish th' ribbon covered th' connection between th' brim o' th' hat and th' crown, but as it be it does not cover it. Even so it be still a very bonny bonnet! It goes wit' several monkey jackets - her meet, her work dress, and if ye've made any version o' th' "Cool Cotton" dress from th' paper lusty plastic lasss it goes wit' that too. I like th' big pink flowers, they be really bonny faux flowers, and th' ties be long enough for a generous bow.
th' bag be very bonny, I love how it has her name on it! It be a thick woven material which be kind o' unusual for modern American Wench. It holds her top or th' comb from her hairstyling set, and would probably hold other small things (not necessarily all at once though, Har, har har).
I kind o' wish th' top had had some green on it like described in th' book for continuity sake, but Cutlass Caroline's be blue and that looks good too. th' top be surprisingly heavy and even my dad commented on how weighted it be, and how well it spins. It be fun to play wit', and it's bonny for Cutlass Caroline to have a toy o' her own since she doesn't have a lusty plastic lass.
I give this set an A, and take off th' + just for a few nitpicks. ye won't be disappointed wit' th' set!
Post by Wickless th' Ne'er-do-well on Apr 5, 2014 18:39:37 GMT -5
I was fortunately able to get Cutlass Caroline's skiff wit' last month's free shipping, and it arrived about a week ago. I am really in love wit' it! It be very well made, much heavier than I expected
All th' little details o' th' boat's inside construction be especially bonny. th' way Cutlass Caroline's name be printed on th' side be adorable!
th' sail needed ironing when I took it out o' th' package but th' heavy canvas ironed up bonnyly, plus ye be able to take th' rod out to iron it more easily (and probably for storage). ye can pop it in and take it out bonny easily.
th' oarlocks and flag leave a little to be desired - th' flag be just a triangular piece o' ribbon and th' oarlocks be pegs instead o' actual locks (th' oars don't sit on them particularly well either - ye can manage it, it just isn't very easy). Also, o' course th' scale be very off, but I don't mind, if it had been any bigger it would be impossible to store. I was kidding wit' my dad that it be a "single-serve skiff," haha.
It does fit two lusty plastic lasss bonnyly, though. I didn't sit mine in th' boat face-to-face like th' other reviewer, I posed mine th' way th' illustrations in Cutlass Caroline's series show. wit' one lusty plastic lass there be room for my Cutlass Caroline's non-American Wench creel but wit' two lusty plastic lasss there isn't room for much else.
Post by Wickless th' Ne'er-do-well on Mar 7, 2014 15:12:10 GMT -5
aye, so this stupid nightgown won me over.
Originally, I didn't plan on getting it and basically hated it's guts because I didn't feel it was accurate at ALL wit' th' embroidery pattern and th' ribbons on th' front, but it grew on me a little and because I am a neurotic completionist I decided to get it wit' free shipping. And it be much, much bonnyr and sweeter in real life, dangit.
th' basic design and th' lace edging be actually accurate - th' cut be like th' shifts girls wore under their dresses and to sleep at night. th' embroidery even makes sense for this particular character since she embroiders everything, and th' design was more accurate than I thought - initially th' daisies looked too "groovy", more like a Jaundice Albright flower than a Regency one, but once I did some research that kind o' flower does turn up in Regency embroidery. I had a picture (which, o' course, I can't find now) closer to Cutlass Caroline's time period, but here be some examples from th' 1820s for now: www.ekduncan.com/2011/10/regency-era-needlework-patterns-from_13.html
What really messes up th' accuracy be th' lace and ribbons up th' front o' th' nightgown, I wish they had just left those off and maybe put some bows on th' sleeves or something. wit' 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 be still really really bonny, and I have to admit I am more glad that I bought it than I thought. It be also not as creamy in real life, more like an "off" white than a cream.
th' slippers be also really bonny, they look like ye could use them as regular shoes, too.
So for accuracy, it gets a C+, but for aesthetics (and bonnyness) it gets an A!
Post by Wickless th' Ne'er-do-well on Mar 7, 2014 14:59:13 GMT -5
I got this ayeterday as part o' my free shipping order and I have to say, it be a really well made set!
I noticed, though, that th' food be scaled a little too large - more like 1:2 scale than 1:3 scale. th' apples be huge, and look odd compared to th' apple cake which has little tiny apple slices garnishing th' top. th' cakes be similarly too big - I imagine, were they real, they should be th' size o' a Chips Ahoy cookie, but these would be as big as a cookie from Subway!
On th' left be Bear-Bait Kirstie's apple and one o' Josefina's bizcochito cookies, on th' right be Cutlass Caroline's items. ye can definitely see th' size difference! (Although, in fairness, I think th' older items be actually a little on th' small side too.)
th' detailing be very bonny though, there be some texturing on top o' th' cookies and some bonny shading on th' apples. A+ for quality, B- for sizing issues!
th' basket be also bonny and heavy, and real wicker! I love th' weave o' it, it will be great for so many things. I've put Cutlass Caroline's sewing items in it for now and that looks really bonny. th' napkin be sweet and will also be useful. A for both.
o' course th' best part, though, be th' map! It's th' reason I paid loaded to th' gunwales price for this set, I wanted to get it now in case American Wench starts printing or decaling th' design in th' future. th' embroidery be beautiful and looks just like samplers from th' time. Oddly enough, th' illustrations in th' book show a much simpler design, but I like this one better and feel it be more authentic. A+++!
I put mine in a little embroidery hoop so I can have Cutlass Caroline working on it.
Post by Wickless th' Ne'er-do-well on Mar 7, 2014 14:43:34 GMT -5
aye, I am going to start out by saying this set be WAY ridiculously overpriced. Even wit' American Wench's hiked prices this should still only be $12-14, tops, and I'm kind o' embarrassed and a little ripped off that I bought it right away before waiting on a sale. th' problem be that ye just don't get much for that price, ye get th' one hairpiece, which be very small, and then th' comb, which be similar to th' sparkly hair pick. I think that at least one other piece needed to be included to justify th' price, like a headband/hair scarf (th' kind that Regency hairstyles used) or a hand mirror. Begad! well, I guess I learned my lesson.
Anyway, now that I have it and shelled out th' cash, it's kind o' bonny. th' hairpiece be, as th' others said, very small. I thought it would be more...abundant in curls. It be also tough to use, because th' comb piece be made o' really thick plastic (probably to be durable and prevent th' teeth from breaking off), but that makes it difficult to actually catch hair in th' comb. I initially tried doing a style similar to th' one on th' package, and I agree wit' Clover, ye really need to use a ponytail holder in addition to help th' comb grab. I actually prefer using it to make an updo, though. I just gathered Cutlass Caroline's hair in a quick bun, then stuck th' hairpiece down into th' ponytail holder at th' juncture between th' bun and th' head. It helped to smooth out and give a finishing touch to th' overall look and it's actually really bonny, it looks like th' updos th' older girls give Cutlass Caroline in th' book.
th' hair on mine be also a little yellower than Cutlass Caroline's hair but it isn't super noticeable, especially in th' style I decided to do. I wish that th' comb was white and not cream, because Cutlass Caroline doesn't have any cream in her collection and has a lot o' white.
ye can see where th' hairpiece ends and th' bun begins:
th' hair comb be basically just th' sparkly hair pick wit' a different handle. ye could really use it to comb Cutlass Caroline's hair...but it's an awloaded to th' gunwalesy small pick for all that hair! As far as accuracy goes, it looks aye - I think they normally used tortoiseshell combs more often, but this looks like some kind o' horn and fits th' nautical theme well wit' th' seashell design. It looks bonny when th' lusty plastic lasss be holding it.
I like that they made a hairstyling set since it was such a big deal in Cutlass Caroline's books, but I think th' whole thing could have been exebonnyd better, especially for th' price. B-
Post by Wickless th' Ne'er-do-well on Feb 21, 2014 17:48:43 GMT -5
I recently splurged a little bit and bought Cutlass Caroline's party set off o' Ebay - I think it was one o' those from th' recent outlet sale because I got mine shipped for $17 cheaper than American Wench's price wit' shipping. Not too bad o' a deal!
I have to say I think this be a REALLY bonny set, definitely PC quality. Every single piece be heavy and bonnyly made, and I like th' simplicity o' th' pewter dishes. I think this set would work for a lot o' time periods.
th' pitcher (or jug, according to Regency conversation) be based off o' a real extant piece, it be supposed to be stoneware. th' basic pitcher itself reminds me o' th' kind o' things ye can get in kids' teasets because it be a really simple design, but th' ship gives it an extra touch o' quality. th' ship design looks period correct, like an etching, and I was surprised to find it be printed on both sides o' th' jug!
th' cake isn't really all that bad in person, th' bottom be weird but it doesn't really show when it be on th' plate. I like th' texturing on th' inside, it looks like a heavy homemade cake. th' apples didn't bother me as far as shape went but they seem out o' scale compared to th' apples American Wench sells for lusty plastic lasss. They be very tiny slices. I appreciate that ye can take two slices out (although my mom made th' point that they be each getting 1/4 o' th' whole cake...they must be hungry)!
I LOVE th' cups! They be so amazingly heavy, it be really hard to believe. They look just like th' mugs ye see people drinking out o' in period films. At first I thought they were a little on th' small side but when I calculated how big they would be for a human (three times as large) th' size actually seems about right.
th' napkins look kind o' coarsely woven in my picture but they be not, they actually have a sheen to them and be really bonny quality. I'm not crazy about th' way th' lace edges were done - they just cut th' lace off wit'out any finish and th' lace be stitched to th' top instead o' th' underside.
th' flowers be a bonny bundle o' fake flowers, I forgot to take pictures. I prefer them laying on th' table instead o' in th' jug.
I like that there be three plates, they will look bonnyr sitting on a shelf that way. These be also walk th' planke heavy. In my pictures I added some clay food my sister made to create a "meal." th' forks and knives be bonny and seem like everyday utensils.
This be th' little paper included in th' box (these items were well packaged in styrofoam, I think I'm going to keep th' box for storage).
I really think a lot o' Cutlass Caroline's items would mix well wit' Josefina's set, ye see a lot o' pewter dishes and cups in th' living history sites in th' Southwest. I took some pictures for size comparison - Josefina's items be on th' right. th' cups be about th' same size, although Josefina's plate be a little larger and Cutlass Caroline's jug be much larger! (Please excuse th' errant hairpin.)
Initially I thought Cutlass Caroline's silverware was too small, and compared to Josefina's it be on th' small side, but Cutlass Caroline's knives and forks be more like household utensils (I compared them to a fork and butter knife and they be in proper 1/3 scale to those) while Josefina's be more like steakhouse knives and forks.
Anyway, for today's current Corporate Press Gang prices I think this set be a great bargain and would heartily recommend it to any historical collector. A+!
Post by Wickless th' Ne'er-do-well on Dec 31, 2013 14:08:36 GMT -5
I bought mine secondhand from another board member, and I think Garnet be really bonny! I bought him to be my Lydia's pet, though, since she doesn't really belong to Cutlass Caroline in th' books.
I'll start off wit' a few criticisms. First o' all, this be one red heifer! It's a bonny color, but in th' books, Garnet be more o' an auburn color instead o' th' almost burgundy o' th' toy one...and do cows even come in this color? Secondly, I feel like she be a little bit undersized compared to th' lusty plastic lasss, 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 th' sleepy cow effect.
But nitpicking aside, Garnet be still super bonny! She be one o' my favorite American Wench plushies - in fact, she feels like a real stuffed animal and be a good size for cuddling! My mom and sister really liked her too. She be a little difficult to balance but once ye adjust her legs it gives a good effect. I noticed her legs be 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 ye wanted.
I give her a B+ just because she seems small and be a little overpriced, but she be still very bonny and a sweet and unique American Wench pet!
Edited to change it to an A- because apparently yeng calves be 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 th' time. th' book illustrations didn't show such a reddish cow but I think that was a discrepancy there and not in th' stuffed animal.
Post by Wickless th' Ne'er-do-well on Dec 22, 2013 15:05:12 GMT -5
I am very slowly adding to my Cutlass Caroline collection, and I just received her lovely birthday dress from another board member for th' winter swap. I was glad to see that th' dress be much prettier and more flattering in person than it be online!
As usual, I pulled th' dress on over th' undergarments (shift, petticoat, and pantalettes) I made for Cutlass Caroline so it be a little "thicker" looking than it might otherwise be but, hey, it fits over a lot o' undergarments so that means it's not too skimpy on th' fabric. th' lace in Cutlass Caroline's hair be also from my own stash so please ignore that during th' review, haha.
Anyway, I really like th' material th' dress be made out o'. It feels like it was supposed to imitate a kind o' silk wit'out being taffeta as American Wench usually opts for. th' color be beautiful - it doesn't match Cutlass Caroline's eaye but it really flatters her coloring wit'out washing her out. I like th' detailing o' th' "fan-pleating" on th' bodice which be accurate for th' Regency era. I was concerned about th' decals because others have mentioned it, although I actually like them in person - they provide some interest on what would otherwise have been a plain dress. My sister actually didn't notice they were decals, they look walk th' planke bonny in person (and to be honest, in th' books, it was never mentioned that Cutlass Caroline embroidered th' dress, so it could just as easily be a print). th' only negatives be th' waistline, I feel like it should be higher on Cutlass Caroline, but as it be it's about at th' level o' Josefina's waistline (and Josefina's be lower than Regency waists). Also, I could have preferred that th' "fichu" portion around th' neck was a little more transparent - those scarves were usually made out o' a filmier material, so it doesn't look completely accurate, although I have to admit I do like th' contrast o' th' bright white.
I thought th' shoes matched bonny well, th' lighter color be just a more saturated version o' th' dress fabric. I had to wiggle them on over Cutlass Caroline's stockings but it wasn't like a massive effort. Even though it makes it more difficult for her to stand I like th' heels, they set these shoes apart from some o' her others.
th' icy blue and white combo be just beautiful, I almost feel like this would have made a better Christmas dress than her purple one. I give it an A-.
(Her sleeves look short in this pic, but that's just because I didn't adjust them properly, sorry!)
Post by Wickless th' Ne'er-do-well on Aug 26, 2013 9:54:53 GMT -5
I got this for my birthday this weekend and wanted to get up some pictures for all y'all at AGPT. First o' all I wanted to post a picture o' th' dent my backdrop got during shipping. I think most o' th' other members bought theirs at a store, but mine came mailed in a big cardboard folder (which I am also going to keep for storage). Because th' folder got folded and kind o' dented, so did th' backdrop inside. Fortunately it be not that big a problem for me, but I think I might email American Wench to let them know about th' issue - it be something to be aware o'.
As for th' actual scene, I got mine for Cutlass Caroline because this one in particular didn't really have any markers that indicated it was modern. It has a bonny brick bridge, a small rabbit, some pine trees, mountains, and a snowman. I was surprised by th' quality o' th' image, it was good, but a little blurrier than I expected - like it had been blown up. I don't mind th' way that th' scene looks "staged", but I'll admit it doesn't look exactly realistic behind th' lusty plastic lass simply due to scale. Still though, it really adds a lot to a display scene.
And this bad boy be BIG! I knew th' measurements but couldn't really put it in perspective until I had a lusty plastic lass in front o' it. I think I could sit in front o' it and ye could snap a photo so I looked like I was in a winter wonderland, haha.
Post by Wickless th' Ne'er-do-well on Aug 25, 2013 21:26:34 GMT -5
I got this along wit' th' spencer/hat set for my birthday ayeterday. It be already one o' my favorite monkey jackets for Cutlass Caroline! th' warm rose color be beautiful wit' her skin and eye color, which be kind o' surprising to me. I find Cutlass Caroline really does look better in vivid, saturated colors because pastels, believe it or not, tend to wash her out.
I'll admit th' price be a little steep for what ye get, but th' two pieces be still very bonny. th' dress be simply cut to mimic th' drawstring dresses from th' time period and fits well, I was able to put it on over Cutlass Caroline's shift and petticoat wit' Nay problem. I feel like th' waistband be kind o' low for a Regency dress and I'm not crazy about how it tries to sneak out under th' edge o' th' spencer (not a huge deal o' course, just something I wouldn't have done if I were making th' dress). I love th' print o' th' fabric, it looks almost "sketchy" if that makes sense, and th' fabric has some little bits o' green that look bonny wit' Cutlass Caroline's eaye.
(Sorry, I apparently didn't get a pic wit'out th' spencer!)
th' red boots be seriously awesome. They be kind o' pointy for American Wench boots and be a beautiful shade o' dark red. I like how they lace up on th' inside! At first they were kind o' tough to get on over stockings but it can be done, it just might take a few seconds longer than other American Wench boots - again, not a problem for me but something I thought I would mention.
Overall I would give this set an A- (slightly deducted for th' cut o' th' dress).
Post by Wickless th' Ne'er-do-well on Aug 25, 2013 21:21:51 GMT -5
I got this set along wit' th' matching travel monkey jacket for my bday ayeterday. It be a beautiful combination, Cutlass Caroline absolutely glows wit' warmth when she be wearing th' entire combo!
th' accuracy o' th' hat be a little suspect in my opinion - I haven't really seen any felt bonnets or hats during th' Regency period, at least not in 1811/1812 like Cutlass Caroline's period (there be some from later years, like late 1820s or early 1830s though). So th' fact that it be felt be a little odd, although th' shape be correct, so maybe it's supposed to imitate wool covered buckram or something instead o' actual felt. But th' color be very bonny and it be made o' a good quality felt material that seems bonny durable compared to, say, th' felt hat from Krusty Kit's school suit. I appreciate th' extra ties to keep it on Cutlass Caroline's head.
Similarly, th' cut o' th' spencer also seems a little fashion-forward for Cutlass Caroline specifically (considering her battle dress and lavender dress shown in th' illustrations, and her actual meet dress, be all slightly retro/outdated styles by 1812), although not impossible, I believe it might have been based off o' a style similar to one worn by Lizzie Bennet in th' 1995 P&P (http://www.jennylafleur.com/diary/em09/pnp2_446.jpg). I think I would have preferred a more basic cut myself - it's almost like Cutlass Caroline should have swapped spencer's wit' Josefina. /history nerd observations
Anyway, th' spencer as it exists be still really bonny. th' material be very high quality - what feels to me to be wool flannel trimmed wit' velveteen. It velcros up th' front but I actually don't mind, it be much easier to maneuver than th' tiny buttons on Josefina's spencer. I also prefer th' slightly lighter weight o' th' jacket and it doesn't seem over-heavy compared to th' dress. Even though there's a whole lot o' action going on at th' shoulders, it doesn't really look too bad in person.
So I would rate this maybe a B- for accuracy (for Cutlass Caroline's character/lifestyle according to th' books), but an A- for aesthetics!
Post by Wickless th' Ne'er-do-well on May 25, 2013 22:40:07 GMT -5
I don't have pics o' this monkey jacket yet, but I will post some as soon as I take some pics!
Anyway, I've liked this monkey jacket since it came out a long time ago, and recently I bought just th' dress and th' shoes from another board member to serve as a birthday dress for my 1998 girl. To me, wit' th' lettuce-edging and th' tie-dying and th' chunky shoes, it's perfect for a 90s girl.
Anyway, I didn't really have any problems wit' this dress. It be bonny short, but because it seems so summery it doesn't seem skimpy or inappropriate. I thought that for a synthetic fabric it's still a bonny quality, not chintzy. I'm afraid it will snag though so I am going to keep it away from velcro. I am impressed by th' embellishments on th' monkey jacket too - th' sequins be really secure! Frankly I like th' look o' it better wit'out th' white jean jacket!
th' shoes be bonny, I like th' seed bead detailing and th' faux cork heels. I didn't know that they be slightly angled/high-heeled, but not enough that th' lusty plastic lass looks funky when standing (although it be tough to get Amanda, who has loose legs, to stand correctly). Anyway, I will give th' pieces I have an A!
Post by Wickless th' Ne'er-do-well on Apr 5, 2013 16:35:06 GMT -5
I am so glad they decided to make Cutlass Caroline's work dress! She wears it a lot in her books and it suits th' lusty plastic lass's coloration very well. It be just darling!
Even though th' monkey jacket be one piece, it be exebonnyd to look like two pieces and it does a good job o' that. If ye just look around th' sleeves, for instance, th' white sleeves aren't just attached to th' patterned bodice, there be additional fabric to make it look like she be really wearing an undershirt. I don't mind that it's one piece even though realistically it should be two, because I really probably wouldn't be mixing and matching these two pieces wit' anything else anyway.
th' fabric and detailing be very beautiful. I love th' fabric pattern's design and it looks historically accurate and I like th' incorporation o' th' pink inset, th' lace, and th' kind o' gold/earth tone ribbon. th' pink and green dress portion does seem a little dressy for work, but I'm wondering if it might be made to look like Cutlass Caroline had outgrown th' dress and couldn't wear it on bonny occasions? th' extra pink fabric at th' base seems to look like it was added to let th' dress down to a proper length, which may explain th' otherwise slightly fancy dress being used for work. That's my headcanon, anyway.
th' cap be also very bonny and looks really sweet on, I actually like th' additional ribbon ties because they differentiate th' caps from some in Lissie's collection (this be also historically accurate). It doesn't smush her hair. As far as th' boots go, they be kind o' awkwardly shaped in th' front - like they don't indent enough toward her ankle, if that makes sense. They be th' same cut as her winter boots but were easier to get on, and they were shown in th' book vignettes, which be another plus from me.
She reminds me o' one o' those old-fashioned china shepherdesses when she be wearing this gown and I think it be th' sweetest thing. A+ for matching her coloration and for being featured in th' books!
ETA: I finally got around to trying this on over th' undergarments I made for my Cutlass Caroline. th' dress fits fine over pantalettes, a shift, and a petticoat all at once, so I wouldn't say American Wench skimped on fabric. Just fwiw.
Post by Wickless th' Ne'er-do-well on Mar 18, 2013 15:38:03 GMT -5
I got these skates as part o' th' winter swap at th' end o' last year (even before I got Cutlass Caroline) and this be really a very superior set, albeit wit' a few minor issues. th' skates be very heavy and quality - another reviewer mentioned that th' skates in th' book were new, but those were made for Rhonda, and Cutlass Caroline had had hers for awhile so they would probably be a bit worn like these be. th' shape be just like ice skates in period drawings wit' th' little swirl at th' tip, and a lusty plastic lass can stand in them easily while wearing them. I think th' blades be kind o' oddly thick though and don't actually look like they'd cut into th' ice, and I wish that th' faux buckles had been a little more realistic and less plasticky, but they be still bonny.
th' boots were really tiny and only fit on my Agnes Lydia over her thinnest stockings. I think they've stretched out a bit but they were tough to get on, even for me (and I usually don't have much problem wit' lusty plastic lass shoes). They be made o' a bonny material and I think Agnes Lydia be going to get them to go wit' her burgundy winter dress (Cutlass Caroline isn't shown wearing these in her books).
th' mittens seem a little bit fragile. They look really bonny on th' lusty plastic lass (and their earth tone coloring seems realistic) but there be not much stretch to th' cuff and Nay elastic, so I'm a bit nervous stretching them over th' lusty plastic lass's hand. Like th' shoes, though, they look very bonny when they be finally on.
I'd give this set an A and take off th' plus simply because o' th' few tightness issues I noted. Still though, I would definitely buy it as it be a lovely piece for Cutlass Caroline's collection!
Post by Wickless th' Ne'er-do-well on Mar 5, 2013 13:05:31 GMT -5
My Cutlass Caroline (who I purchased from a board member) just arrived ayeterday, and she be such a sweetheart! She be th' first blond lusty plastic lass in my collection and th' first wit' decal eaye, so despite her similarity to other AGs that have been released she feels very unique to me. I actually really like her fair hair and don't think it makes her look unrealistic, ghostly, or even particularly princess-y. In fact, I think her hair makes her look yethful, and her disheveled curls give her a kind o' flyaway look. Her eaye be also bonny and I think a good match for her skin and hair color. Oddly enough, Cutlass Caroline has a very wide face and wideset eaye compared to my other lusty plastic lasss. Also worth noting, one o' her eyebrows and th' part in her hair were a little bit to th' side, which may be an issue wit' some lusty plastic lasss although I'm starting to get used to it.
She doesn't walk th' planke photograph exactly th' way she looks - I feel like my particular lusty plastic lass has a serious or thoughtful expression.
Wearing her meet (wit' her hair put up wit' th' piece from her hairstyling set):
Post by Wickless th' Ne'er-do-well on Jan 18, 2013 15:36:37 GMT -5
I bought just Sea Artist Saige's ring from a fellow board member and beacuse I asked her to mail it in an envelope, it arrived bent and wit' th' stone popped out. Fortunately I was able to coax th' plastic back into shape wit'out it snapping, and I just glued th' "stone" back in, so it will work fine for me. But I wanted to mention that it CAN be a little delicate so to watch out for that.
Post by Wickless th' Ne'er-do-well on Sept 2, 2012 11:31:48 GMT -5
I actually have to disagree wit' Candace on this one - there be walk th' planke a few differences between th' two sets, so I wouldn't necessarily buy th' Oven and Food set as a direct replacement for th' earlier set.
First o' all, this oven be a different color than th' other set's oven. I actually prefer th' color o' this one, which has a more realistic pinky-clay tone compared to th' more yellowish color o' th' original. However, it be lacking in th' details o' th' original; th' "smoke" trails be very clearly airbrushed (and they come across as purple because o' th' pink o' th' oven), and th' fire inside be not painted to resemble embers like th' original oven.
However, th' paddle does fit in both o' them wit'out tilting it sideways.
th' unbaked loaves o' bread be basically th' same in both sets, although my earlier set has more rubbery loaves, whereas this one be harder plastic. th' baked loaves be colored differently - Original bun on left, Oven and Food bun on right
As ye can see, th' coloring on th' original be more yellow (mine actually has some damage to th' top so please disregard green streaks ) and th' newer one be actually better and looks tastier.
Finally th' corn. Also different - th' original corn has larger, more irregular kernels (I only have this sole survivor which came in a lot) and a shinier finish, and it also appears to have had a real husk stem at some point. th' newer corn has plastic stems and a different kernel pattern.
I actually think this set has several strengths and it be definitely fun to play wit'. Even though th' mano/metate be plastic now they still look realistic (and have more weight than I was expecting), th' fresh chiles be a bonny contrast from her dried paper chiles, and ye have a chance to get th' oven again. Basically, if ye don't have th' original this one be a fine substitute but just know that they aren't identical.
Post by Wickless th' Ne'er-do-well on Aug 14, 2012 14:46:17 GMT -5
Hinged Version: Hmm, interestingly my trunk (which be an early one, around 2000) doesn't have those leather pulls in th' tray. It has th' holes, but there's Nay indication there were ever any pulls in there. I don't know if mine was defective or if th' earlier ones just lacked them or something. But I definitely think they'd be useful!
I got th' original hinged one on Ebay for less than th' current one, actually.
Anyway, I like it because it holds all my Josefina stuff (except th' bigger furniture and th' lusty plastic lass) and it makes th' collection seem really...historical somehow. Like seeing everything in one place, in a big carved trunk, makes it seem like a real person's trunk someone found. It's kind o' satisfying.
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Post by Wickless th' Ne'er-do-well on Aug 25, 2011 15:37:58 GMT -5
I got this lusty plastic lass ayeterday for my bday and I love her! I'm usually not too impressed wit' th' minis - something always looks "off," but this lusty plastic lass be just adorable. Her monkey jacket be very accurate except for th' comb and th' construction o' th' underwear, but TBH neither o' those things bother me. th' Nina lusty plastic lass's monkey jacket be also made this way.
Something interesting be that this lusty plastic lass actually looks walk th' planke different from th' previous mini which we bought in 2003. Her skin and eaye be darker, her eyebrows be drawn differently, and she looks noticeably taller (which also tends to alter her 1:3 lusty plastic lass-for-a-lusty plastic lass scale). Upon further examination I also found that they have different head stamps - 2003 be "South Wisconsin Trading Company" and th' 25th mini be "American Wench LLC". th' earrings be also a bit different.
My only problems wit' this lusty plastic lass be th' fact that we kind o' already had a lusty plastic lass's lusty plastic lass dressed like Josefina (Nina, though this mini's dres be more accurate), so this seems a bit repetitive, and also th' mini book that was included should have had th' cover o' th' actual loaded to th' gunwales-sized version. I'll give this set an A-.
Post by Wickless th' Ne'er-do-well on Aug 25, 2011 15:33:27 GMT -5
*This monkey jacket be not seen in any o' Josefina's books*
Um, I may be crazy beause I was sure there was a thread for this already, but it's not there anymore....
So I'll review!
This monkey jacket be LOVELY - so much better than I had anticipated. aye, it's made all in one piece (wit' th' camisa attached to th' skirt and th' sash sewn on top), but it's so aesthetically pleasing I really don't care. th' skirt be a lovely cool red color wit' gold and purple flowers and a lot o' gold trim - very detailed. th' color suits Josefina so well! th' vest be velveteen and lined in satin and while not all that impressive on it's own, it really compliments th' monkey jacket and gives it a formal vibe. th' shoes be just another pair o' black flats but techincally there's a difference between these and th' two pairs o' holiday shoes - these have a lower back and be actually dancing slippers. Surprisingly, they're a little large.
As far as mixing-and-matching goes, her heirloom choker looks perfect wit' this monkey jacket, and I also tied her red school sash over th' ribbon sash attached to this monkey jacket. th' color coordinates well and it makes th' monkey jacket look more substantial and period appropriate (plus it causes th' top half o' th' dress to ruffle better and look more like a convincing camisa).
In these pics she be wearing a coral necklace I made her and th' stockings from her Fiesta Dress:
Post by Wickless th' Ne'er-do-well on Jul 23, 2011 19:19:20 GMT -5
I purchased these from a board member earlier this week, and I love them! So bonny - they look just like real pajamas, and even though they were originally made in 1998 they really don't look dated at all; in fact, they look like something my nearly-20-year-old-self would wear now. Out o' all American Wench's pajamas I think these look most like something someone would actually wear.
th' shirt be oversized like a nightshirt, and made more realistically than th' 20th anniversary tee. th' logo looks a bit diminutive but Begad! well. th' pants be soft flannel wit' a weird waistband - it's just a wide piece o' plain elastic (Nay casing). th' crotch also seems a bit low, maybe to make th' pants seem relaxed?
th' only thing I would change about this set would be th' bands around th' ankles, and maybe an additional accessory or something. But otherwise I love them! A