^^ Farmhouse Girl, you have a very sweet Kit! My sister received her Kit in 2007, so she is a super Mattel girl. Her face is slightly flatter than 2004 Kirsten and has American Girl stamped on the neck. Her body has the v-shaped insert and is also quite thin and loosely stuffed; you can actually bend her in half! She also has the newer, longer limbs, which I'm not to crazy about but they do make Kit look wiry! Our Kit is not grayish at all, but her skin is more golden-toned than our other Mattel girls. She has the larger, darker freckles. I love Kit's deep blue eyes, they really suit her and look nice with the black lashes, even though she has blond hair. Her hair is very shiny, and has a more yellow cast than Kirsten's wheat-colord blond. Kit's facepaint seems a bit much, it looks like she's wearing lipstick sometimes; a little less would have been nice to suit Kit's tomboyish character. She's very sweet at heart, even if she is the conman in our house. Now she just needs to go wipe that facepaint off. A
Kit and Kirsten, for comparison purposes:
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The dress - this is probably our favorite cold-weather outfit for Kirsten! The aqua color is beautiful, so pretty in person. I think it goes fine with Kirsten's eye color and her hair shines against the creamy muslin collar. There's a tiny "plum" stripe running lengthwise through the (very very soft) fabric. Kirsten wears this dress [/i]a lot[/i] in her books, but the doll-version also has added sleeve ruffles, which I really like for their fancy touch. The dress looks nice with Kirsten's two-tone boots. A+
The hair ribbons - these are very nice, thick and woven like her meet ribbons. They are a loose weave though, and can tend to fray. We actually don't use these ribbons much with this outfit as we usually pin Kirsten's braids up, but they match well with this and also the summer outfit. A
Here's a factoid I learned from terristouch: During the mid c19, green dye was not perfected, and to obtain green clothes had to be dyed twice, once yellow and once blue. This made the clothing more expensive, so if Kirsten had a green dress at all it certainly would not have been for work!
Last Edit: Mar 11, 2009 11:07:58 GMT -5 by Wickfield
This is a nice outfit and looks sweet and culturally appropriate, but I'm not sure that the Mattel version (we bought ours in 2004) is worth the current price, especially since it doesn't even come with shoes or socks; maybe you could find one on Ebay.
The blouse - I love the concept of the blouse, and it is cut really roomy with a cute button at the neckline. But I hate that it is made of that ghastly flannel! It pills so badly and it doesn't even feel that warm. It is a nice piece that could possibly match with Kirsten's dirndl skirt (and has been used for Josefina in a pinch), but the quality gets it a B-.
The skirt - The skirt is made of thinnish black felt to represent wool. I like how Scandinavian this piece looks, with its intricately embroidered waistband in red and green. The bands on the bottom of the skirt are a different pattern and add some interest. It does tend to attract lint, but I'll give it A-.
The ribbons - I like the width of these ribbons, they are thinner than Kirsten's usual ribbons, but they seem kind of cheap in comparison - they aren't thick and woven like usual. They also won't really pair with Kirsten's other outfits, they only match this one. Oh well, at least they were included. A-
WOW, nearly 3 years since a review? I'll fix that! The boots - these are really nice, I wish Josefina's riding boots were still made like this (same pattern). The 2005 two-tone boots are made of thick, sturdy faux-leather with only a slight plastic feel. The heel is sturdy and matte-finished and the laces are round and cotton with aglets. I love the way that the toe and heel are "capped" in the brown. These shoes are actually not worn by Kirsten in any of her books, but they are in her cookbook and paper doll set. They match really nicely with her work dress, summer dress, and birthday dress. A
I love this outfit so much and was determined to buy it on Ebay!
The vest - very thick, soft plaid material, made of two layers folded. It would keep Kirsten warm! The laces are not real, only black nylon cording stitched up the front; the vest velcros in the back. It fits easily over the blouse, but it's not wool like described in the book. As part of the outfit it gets an A.
The skirt - another very soft piece, but instead of plaid it is striped in coordinating colors. It looks nice with the blouse without the vest, too. Along with the vest, both pieces match Kirsten's indigo school ribbons. A
The blouse - the blouse is very similar to Kirsten's winter blouse, but instead of flannel it is made of rustic-looking ivory muslin. The specks make it seem so wonderfully old-fashioned! The collar is folded down and tends to have a scallop, very nice. This piece makes the outfit match Kirsten's cream ribbons, too. A
The kerchief - a contrasting paisley print, it brings out the blue of the rest of the outfit. We don't usually use it because it can look kind of strange on Kirsten's head, but it will also work as a shawl. A-
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The dress - we recently got this dress from a board member, and were surprised at how beautiful it looks on Kirsten! The cream stripes bring out her blond hair and the blue stripes bring out her eyes. It is a pretty combination and seems very summery. The dress fabric is really thin, and I'm not sure this is a quality problem or if the dress is just supposed to be lightweight for the season. The detail is nice with the grow stripes and oval, "carved" buttons. I was suspicious our dress was a "second", as it is sewn up the front but that's apparently correct. I am also glad this dress looks nice without the hat, and with her cream hair ribbons and red or two-tone boots. A+
The hat - the hat is, unfortunately, not the greatest piece - though it is decorated with ribbon and cherries, the material has changed recently and feels more like raffia than actual straw. It is very thin and papery-feeling and feels really fragile. Also, it is too shallow to stay on Kirsten's head and wants to tilt off backward from the weight of the cherries; an elastic strap would have been nice. B-
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The boots - they are made from the same plasticky-canvasy material as her meet boots but they pull it off well. I love how study they are! The laces have changed over the years, now they are cotton fray checked strings rather than the original laces with aglets. They have pretty much replaced Kirsten's brown boots in our house because they go so well with many different outfits! Highly recommend them, A+.
The socks - in concept, they are supposed to be identical replacements for Kirsten's meet, birthday, and winter socks, but they actually vary slightly in color so hey, there's a little variety. I was really glad for the meet pair as the ones Kirsten came in have not held up very well. A
The dress - the main flaw I find in Kirsten's school dress is the fact that it is essentially a red version of the outfit she arrives in! This is historically appropriate though, and the outfit is very nice; and Kirsten thinks she looks hot in red. The dress has an accurate calico pattern of white and black flowers and "grow stripes" to be adjusted as Kirsten grows. The only problem is that it looks kind of short most of the time. Strangely, it matches her meet apron and also goes with her cream-colored hair ribbons. I prefer the dress with her black boots, too. Nice quality but kind of redundant so it gets an A-.
The shawl - is kind of pointless. It's not very thick and also slightly small; it's the same size as the kerchief to her dirndl (and can be used as a kerchief too). It will not keep her warm at all and is hard to tie, but at least it matches the dress. B-
The hair ribbons - these are thick and woven and though they come slightly unraveled at the ends they work with both this and her dirndl. They are thinner than her meet ribbons and seem more tightly woven. A
The nightgown - Kirsten's nightgown was one of the first historical outfits we purchased way back in 2004. Fast-forward 5 years, Kirsten has many more outfits and this one is really not worn much. It's sweet enough and I'm glad for the stitching and yarn details, but the flannel has pilled very easily with gentle play and makes the gown look pretty shabby. I'm not sure it is worth full price and it looks kind of lonesome without the housecoat. B
We bought the pair of cats in 2008, and they no longer have the plastic eyes and whiskers, instead both features are stitched on. It looks fine, really, just expect that when you buy them - also there is no more wire in their tails. The cats are much more to scale than humongous JLY Licorice, and are the perfect accessory for Kirsten. A
And a close-up of the embroidered face and tiny yarn ball:
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This set is nice, but it looks too typically "American prairie", not nearly Swedish enough for a Midsummer celebration. Here we go...
The dress - The dress is a bit too frilly and fancy, but I am very glad it is based on an actual 19th century dress. The purple seems to clash with Kirsten's eyes and none of her core hair ribbons matches the outfit. I do like the cut, minus the ruffles, because the puffed sleeves and scoopneck look very nice on the doll. The dress looks nice with her brown or black boots. This is my sister's least favorite dress for Kirsten and I'm not too crazy about it either. B
The flowers - they are very cute, but the hair flowers rather awkward to actually put in her hair as there is no clip or rubberband or anything; you kind of have to bend the wire stem a certain way. They are fake, obviously, and look a bit off-scale, but hey, they are nice enough. The bouquet also looks very cute in the basket. A-
The basket - the basket is painted purple to match the outfit, with strange red and turquoise decals to simulate a painted effect. It seems to be made of wood and I really like the overall shape, but it chips and dents very easily. B-
Pictures coming soon!
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The bed - Kirsten's 2004 bed is rather plain and seems more like a "doll bed" than other AG beds. But I will not complain because it is a depiction of a historically accurate pioneer trundle! It is painted "Swedish blue" like the colors in the rest of her collection, and decorated with Swedish designs (that are actually decals now, although I think they were originally hand-painted). It is not cumbersome like the other beds and I really like that it does not have to be assembled, which is especially good for children. I never found the wood of the bed to be fragile, but a large chip of the paint came off and had to be repainted. I would also recommend buying the trunk at the same time to make sure the paint color matches as it varies in different years and batches. A
The mattress and pillow - both these pieces are very soft, made of red-striped ticking. The mattress is light and fluffy and fits well down into the bed. The pillow looks very comfortable (unlike Josefina's pillow), and appears large enough to actually accommodate Kirsten's head. Both pieces get an A. Pictures coming soon!
Last Edit: Mar 10, 2009 17:48:27 GMT -5 by Wickfield
This is a very pretty outfit and looks darling on Kirsten!
The dress - The dress is made from very lightweight cotton, printed in a tiny pink and white plaid. It is cut fancier than Kirsten's usual dresses, with elastic puffed sleeves edged in rickrack and decorated with white shoelace-like ties. Oddly enough, it does not have a grow stripe - maybe Kirsten was about to grow out of it? The great thing about this dress is that it looks nice and complete on it's own, without the pinafore. Though we usually pair it with her two-tone boots, it also looks terrific with her black boots and probably with her red boots too. A
The apron - a nice basic piece, made out of bright white cotton and edged in the same rickrack as the dress. A tiny strip of velcro fastens the waistband and there's a decorative button. It might look nice with other outfits, even her Baking Outfit, but we actually haven't tried that yet. Also I think muslin would have been more realistic than this "finer" cotton, but I still give it an A.
The daisy wreath - Kirsten's daisy wreath is her "birthday crown" and is a great finishing touch. The daisies aren't as plentiful as some of the stock pictures show, but once they are spread out and the leaves are arranged it is a very nice effect. It fits well on Kirsten's head with or without her braids. My only question is wouldn't the satin ribbon be way too fancy? I don't know but I'll give it an A.
The socks - these are more summery than her meet socks, with a lot more stretch. They're less woolly and feel like her winter socks, and they can go with other outfits too which is a plus. We got an extra set with her shoes and socks, but they aren't identical; the b-day socks are more tan, while the extra pair has a pinkish cast. They're just socks, but they are nice. A
Here's a closeup of the socks and daisy wreath - I'll upload dress pics soon:
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Since 1998, two #7's have graced our house, Ashley the Greater (who was recently restored), and Ashley the Lesser (a replacement for our first doll).
Ashley the Greater is PM from 1998. Her hair got VERY VERY dry over the years, but a Downy dunk helped slightly. Her leg was recently reattached and her lips touched up. Ashley the Greater is our chubbiest doll, with a huge and firmly stuffed torso and very broad shoulders!
Ashley the Lesser is Mattel from 2002. Her eyes are much larger and darker than the PM girl, and her hair has remained shiny; it is also darker with shades of red rather than blond (the color is slightly off in this picture). They are both very sweet girls in their own way!
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I bought this outfit for Amanda the year after it came out, in 1999. Like AGRescue, I noticed that the catalog t-shirt didn't have fruit, I was surprised mine did!
The dress - This dress seems so nice and floaty and cool. These kinds of dresses were really in back then and I had one or two dresses with fruit. The pattern has oranges, grapes, pears, and watermelons. It is very thin fabric but that's appropriate for the season; the shade is a warm shade of purple. The dress velcros up the back but has tiny button details. I think this dress seems comfortable and age-appropriate. A
The t-shirt - This is made of thick cotton and has a decal with the same fruit as those on the dress. The sleeves and neck are edged with purple cotton the same shade as the dress, but the neck seems to be a bit stretched out until it's arranged correctly. Because it has a slit in the back where the velcros stops, it would be difficult to wear on its own, but I think this would probably pair well with the purple varsity jacket. And of course it looks good with the dress! A
The jellies - I had TWO pairs of jellies at this age and they were so in style! These are made of sturdy, transparent purple plastic; they don't buckle but they go on pretty easily without even stretching the plastic. I love these so much and think they are absolutely darling, even if they don't mix-and-match too well. A+
The ponytail holder - This is probably the nicest piece of the outfit, heavy and with a good deal of stretch. I love the mix of beads! It looks terrific in the doll's hair (and even a human's hair) and works for several styles. A+
Just adding another interesting fact, this dress was available for girls, and in the catalog it was listed under two colors, "grape" and a very pretty shade of "melon".
Amanda is modeling the outfit, so you can see how it looks on a dark-haired doll:
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This was the first outfit bestowed upon Amanda, right when it came out in 1997. I really love it because it looks like the things people actually wore! The parka - I LOVE this thing. I will admit the yellow is a bit fluorescent, but everything else is terrific. The coat is made of nylon, thick and fully lined and even quilted on the inside! It actually zips (very easily, I might add). The hood is large enough to look right on the doll's head, which is very good, and the fur trim is quality and secure. A The snoveralls - These are made of shiny black nylon with cotton cuffs at the ankles and elastic straps. The straps are permanently attached and tended to confuse me when I was younger, so pay attention! The snoveralls are also lined and quilted, and very easy to get on the doll. A
The mittens - The mittens are very cute, the same pattern as those from the Dogsled Outfit but made from charcoal-colored fleece. They have the little AG logo embroidered onto them - nice detail! The only problem is that they tend to pill easily. A-
The boots - Again, just like the Dogsled boots but this time they are made from yellow, violet, and reddish-pink plastic and leather. The fur is, again, very secure, and the soft part feels like leather (don't think it is, though). The laces were originally real white shoelaces but I lost those ages ago. A
The inner tube - A very cute and fun accessory, with tons of play value! It is made from vinyl with, obviously, the stars and old AG logo. I like that they added "grips" for the doll. With some huffing and puffing you can get it blown up quickly. A+
This outfit didn't come with any socks or a t-shirt, but I paired it with the pieces from the First Day Outfit, as shown in the catalog. It looks nice!
This was the first outfit Ashley ever got, when it came out in 1997. It fit easily on both our PM and Mattel #7 dolls! The snowsuit - This is a great piece! Cut like coveralls, it is roomy enough to easily get the doll inside. No velcro here, the whole thing goes on with snaps, and there's even an attached belt with a real little clip! Even the pockets have real snaps. The fabric is slick but softer than nylon, somehow, and the wrists and ankles have thick sewn-in elastic. The quality is amazing. A++
The hat - The hat fits well on the doll's head, with a long brim to shade her face and LINED flannel flaps! I really like the checkered fabric they used for this outfit. The hat is very sturdy and the flaps velcro. A+
The mittens - Cuuuute! They are just like the mittens from Terrific Tubing, but thinner and the same flannel fabric used on the hat. They are, again, easy to put on and stay on with elastic. Over ten years later the elastic is still intact. Impressive. A+
The boots - The boots are also identical to those from Terrific Tubing, all in black. The fur is thick and quality, and the soft portion feels like real leather (I'm not sure if it actually is). These require a bit of pushing but nothing horrible, and they look cute. Originally they laced with real laces, but we have long had to substitute yarn. A
The outfit probably works very well for a dogsledding competition (have no knowledge whatsoever on dogsledding), but I know it's terrific for everyday play!
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My sister got this outfit in 1998, the year it came out, and it looked terrific on both our "Ashleys" (PM and Mattel #7).
The dress - The dress looks both 80's, 90's, and somehow modern in a weird way. The bodice is velvet, edged in stiff gold trim around the neck and sleeves. The skirt is made of a layer of taffeta and tulle - it creates a nice, floaty look although it does snag easily on the heavy velcro. The outfit fits both PM and Mattel dolls easily and looks nice on both. The dress is a rich true red - very pretty and slightly funky! A
The sash - For some reason this was made separate from the dress, a length of ribbon that is forked on the ends, with the gold trim sewn down the middle. It is a generous length and allows tying a big bow behind. It's kind of just a sash, but it gets an A for what it is.
The tights - The tights are the only piece that really date the outfit (but I still think they look cute). They are really heavy, way heavier than AG tights usually are, and they haven't even snagged. The plasticky gold fibers are woven through them and match the dress. The tights add a bit of sparkle. A
The shoes - Plastic with a ribbon bow, they finish the outfit. Though it is rare to find shoes that match the outfit so *perfectly* in real life, they are also quite cute. Plus they double as Wizard of Oz slippers, LOL. A
The barrette - A folded ribbon sewn onto a heavy barrette, it works for clipping back the doll's hair or finishing a French twist, as Ashley is modeling. It's even big enough to hold human hair. A-
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With the revival of 80's/early 90's clothes and bright colors, this might become one of the most popular AG outfits, LOL. I actually really like it, and I had several pieces just like it at the time; it may have been in style on the east coast where I live.
The jacket - the jacket really ties the outfit together. Yes, it is made of fleece, which is very soft but begins to pill over time. I've had mine for ten years though, so considering that the wear is not too horrible. The edges are cut with a funky zigzag and though the edges are raw the fleece has not frayed. The buttons are sewn on fairly well, and there are actually little notches for buttonholes so you can close the jacket. The AG girl logo is embroidered on the sleeve. A-
The t-shirt - Another piece I had in different colors! Striped shirts were really "in" at the time. This one is supposed to represent a mock turtleneck and is patterned with pink, purple, gold, teal, and black stripes. It fits the doll well without being too tight, and velcros heavily up the back. It is long enough to tuck into the slacks and can also be used with the Terrific Tubing set. A- The slacks - I'm a bit confused by the slacks. Mine are heavy black cotton (I think), but I have seen several sets where the pants are velour. Maybe this got changed later on? I got my set in 1997. Anyway, the pants could mix-and-match well, particularly with the earlier AGoT fashions. They stretch at the waist and are very soft. The only flaw I can find is that they are rather short when Amanda tries to sit down. Again, stretch pants were ALL the rage and I wore them all the time (in black) at this age. A-
The socks - These are very cute and I had an identical pair. They add another pop of color and fit under several pairs of shoes. A
The shoes - a pair of velvet flats that goes not only with this set but also could pair with several of the black holiday outfits. They were very tight on the doll but look nice with the outfit. They resemble a soft pair of Josefina's Christmas shoes. A The underwear - these I found to be a bit lacking, as 1) They are huge and 2) They are unfinished and have just a piece of white elastic as a waistband. However, they are the only pair of underpants Amanda has had for all these years, and they have really held up very well. B+ The scrunchie - this piece matches the t-shirt but didn't get much use. It doesn't twist very much, and is too bulky to hold a small amount of hair. I use the rainbow beaded barrettes from the Doll Hair book instead. C
I know I'm in the minority but overall I think the outfit is really cute, and looks fine even without the accessories, unlike some of the later outfits. (However, if anyone wants to get rid of their accessories PM me!)
The typewriter - this is one of AG's best pieces, and the best piece for Kit. We got ours in 2007. It is heavy and feels like real metal! The keys do not move individually, each row presses down and lifts a little bar that would "type" on the page. The paper...loader...thing really moves, the arm moves, the paper clamp holds, it's all terrific! The only problem is that the typewriter is hard to load and could easily damage the paper. Still, A.
The box and paper - Made of paper-covered cardboard, the box looks very "30's". The little drawer pulls out easily and holds all the little pieces of blank paper. The red ribbon is attached and long enough to tie or tuck the sprig of greenery in. It would probably look really nice on Kit's desk, and does look really nice under her bed. A
The eraser - very cute and accurate! I couldn't round it up for pictures, but it is made of rubber and also has little bristles on the end to brush away crumbs. It is very tiny so I'm not sure it's to scale but I like it. A The photo + newspapers - right from the book, the photo is an accurate picture of "Schnozz". I love how AG decided to include this! The newspapers are also exact duplicates of those shown in Kit's books - the famous "It's Not Fair" edition, the "Hard Times News" edition, and the paper announcing Stirling's arrival. A
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The snowshoes - We got our snowshoes in 2008, so they are a Mattel version. They are a nice concept - real wood with strings woven through to provide traction on snow - but they don't stay on Kirsten's feet. The straps are not tight enough. We ended up having to send a pair back because the colors of the wood did not match, and the wood itself is no longer stained like PM versions. I also noticed that the buckles are oval instead of rectangular. Though the snowshoes are nice for display, I'm not sure whether they have much play value. B
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The blanket - The concept for the blanket is good, but it is so scratchy! It feels more like a rug. I can't imagine actually sleeping under one of these things, but I'm not sure it's actually wool or if the wool is just woven so tightly. And yes, it is really woven - mine came from 2004. The pattern is very nice - stripes of bright red, blue, black, and natural fibers. The fringe is the same natural color as that in the blanket. For looks A+, for Josefina's comfort, probably nil. The sheepskin - The sheepskin's kind of fun. It's soft and fluffy, much lighter than fake fur. It feels like real wool stuffing I have, but I kind of doubt it actually is. It's cut in the pattern like a real sheep's skin might look. Underneath, it is mesh. One weird thing is that there were several little black hairs stuck in the fur when I first got it. It may just be natural but it was kind of creepy, so I just picked them out. Now it's fine. A+
The cord - just a cord. But it's really leather! From what I can tell, though, the set does not come with this piece anymore.
Last Edit: Mar 23, 2009 14:59:47 GMT -5 by Wickfield
The camisa - This is a nice camisa, more simple than the blouse she arrives in. The sleeves are cut so they lay squarely on Josefina's shoulders. When I saw this in the catalog I wasn't a big fan of the lacework around the top, but it's actually quite nice in person - it seems to be mimicking crochet. While this would make a good work camisa, it's too similar to her meet camisa to do me much good. Like the others, I would have preferred a top with long sleeves. A-
The skirt - the skirt is another practical number which is very thick and seems suitable for winter. It earns points for the woven pattern of blue and gray stripes - it's not printed, people! There are only two flaws: the waistband is very tight and the skirt is hard to velcro, and it's really a lot like her meet skirt in a different color. Still, I shall give it an A. The sash - the sash is nice and woven, not quite as dark as some of the catalog pictures show but still sturdy and well made. Each edge of the sash is finished with threads that are twisted rather than braided, and securely tied at the end. Even if it does make the outfit look sort of patriotic (red and white and blue) it ties the outfit together. No pun intended. B
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We bought our Sari in 2004, so she is obviously Mattel. Sari is very small but looks cute when Kirsten is holding her. Her outfit is sewn on and resembles Kirsten's introductory and baking outfits. I love how her hair is styled like Kirsten's! The only problem with Sari is that her white "skin" shows dirt easily and her body is firmly stuffed, making her feel rather hard. Still, Kirsten needs her doll, and she is especially a good buy on sale. A-
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We got Kirsten's quilt in 2005, and it is one of those pieces that is straight from the book. I love the "signature" from her teacher, and the fact that the blocks are made from Kirsten's clothing (although that is not quite realistic since the quilt was supposedly made by several different girls). The quilt kit is nice - it requires a knowledge of sewing and the recommended stitch is difficult to master. It's not exactly big enough for Sari but it looks darling in Kirsten's hand. This is a great set, nice for play and display. A
More pictures of the 2005 version; we lost the embroidery hoop.
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The bed - I love Josefina's bed, which I got in 2004. The color is a muted shade of sage green which is very pretty, and it's distressed around the edges. Which I'm glad of, considering my bed has been banged around in the closet and it doesn't even show. : ) The bed comes in four pieces - the headboard and footboard screw into the mattress box, and a piece of heavy cardboard goes in the bottom to place the mattress on. Obviously there are not real mortise and tenon joints, but there is a nice imitation detail. It's really easy to put together, plus all the hardware is included. The headboard and footboard appear to be "carved" in different patterns. The bed is higher than both Kirsten and Kit's beds, but it's not heavy. And even if it's off-scale, Josefina's just too comfy to mind. A+
The mattress - well it's kind of just a mattress, but it's a nice mattress. It's made from off-white muslin, which is stitched down in several areas to make it look more like a mattress. It's not stuffed very much, so it's pretty floppy, but that doesn't really matter. A
The pillow - A perfect little representation of a bolster pillow. From what I can remember, I think it's the same muslin as the mattress. It's stuffed very tightly, and has a panel of fabric stitched over the opening so the stuffing won't come out. Then it closes with a drawstring. The only problem I've had is that, since it's round, it tends to roll out of place. Oh well. Still A
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The night shift - not much here, but what's here is nice. I bought this little number in 2008. A style very similar but a little longer than Josefina's everyday camisas, the night shift is a thin cotton with "shadow stripes". The ribbon is permanently tied and is a deep red color. I always thought that the edge of the neck was just a ruffle where the ribbon gathered, but there is actually lace stitched around the neckline! The sleeves, though, really are gathered. I think that the price is rather expensive for one piece, made of sort of thin fabric. Just a hint - you can use this night shift as a long-sleeved camisa in a pinch. Another hint - it wrinkles easily. : ) A-
Here it is being worn as a camisa with Josefina's rebozo and school skirt:
Last Edit: Mar 23, 2009 14:54:32 GMT -5 by Wickfield
The doll - I got my Josefina in December 2004, after the Mattel takeover but before the revamp of late 2005. My Josefina seems to have the original/transitional face mold - it's rounder and not as broad as the current Mattel girls, and it reads Pleasant Company on the neck. Josefina's arms and legs are not as elongated as, say, our Kit from 2007, and although she has a body tag she lacks the V-shaped fabric insert at the neck. Her eyes are a deep warm brown. Her earrings are permanently attached, and as of four years they haven't even begun to tarnish. Josefina's face paint is pretty and minimal and surprisingly cool-toned, with barely rosy cheeks and slightly darkened lips. To sound conceited, she's one of the prettiest - PC or Mattel - I've seen. Josefina's hair is a blast to style - she rarely wears her trademark braid but I DO STAY HISTORICAL. : ) It's the silky texture of the Mattel dolls, but mine has a major problem - it is horribly dry at the ends. Some reviewers say they can run their fingers through her hair - mine just get tangled and snagged. I can't even brush it. Fortunately, it's just the very bottoms, so it doesn't show too much, and this is not a problem with all dolls. To sum it up, Josefina is a wonderful doll. She looks best in clothes from her own period, and she's difficult to photograph, so believe it or not she's even prettier in person. I would recommend hand-picking a Josefina to find the best hair and eyebrows, the face you like best. You will not be disappointed with one of these lovely girls! A+++
The outfit - Since I took so long on Josefina I shall try to be brief here. The camisa is my second favorite (Feast Day camisa beat it out), made of thick cotton and substantial lace around the neckline and the sleeves. The skirt is probably my favorite, because I think red looks wonderful on her and this skirt is soft and the perfect thickness. There's a panel of lace-edged fabric sewn underneath to imitate a petticoat. The drawers are a pair of white cotton shorts. The sash is just brown but coordinates well with the skirt, and it is finished on each end with a single braid. The hair ribbon doesn't really match but it wins points for being mentioned in her story, and the primroses are a good idea but they are rather cheap - they started to fray around the edges. The moccasins seem very accurate; they have synthetic laces now but the shoes were still real leather, and these are necessary because Josefina wears them with several outfits. This is a nice, practical outfit for Josefina to arrive in, and the pieces do mix and match well. A
Here's the same picture without and with flash. Look how different she appears!
Last Edit: May 10, 2011 12:20:57 GMT -5 by Wickfield