Wow, I got to be first reviewer for this! Guess I'll have to post pictures, too. In all honesty, I'm not quite sure why I actually got this outfit, as I had always liked the Flower Power Outfit better and this one does not really suit Amanda's personality or looks and doesn't really match the school accessories. Oh well. It looked okay on Josefina, and maybe I was just destined to be the first reviewer.
The top - the top reminds me of a lot of Josefina's camisas, with the scoop neck and puffed sleeves. It's not nearly as long though, just the right length to tuck into the pants. The top seems to be made of stiff, berry-colored velveteen, darker and less reddish than the stock photo shows. There are little berries that are actually embroidered in different colors across the outfit! It's a very heavy piece and I imagine it looks best on medium-skinned girls. A
The pants - I'm not really that great with fabrics, maybe these are twill? Either way they are very soft in a neutral olive-khaki color. They pull on with elastic and go down to the doll's mid-calf. They really tie at the waist and at the cuffs, but ties at the cuffs are shorter and tend to come undone. These seem fairly mix-and-matchable, especially with the other pieces of this school line, and could work for a tomboy too. A
The sandals - these are really great and seem to look like actual sandals. They are made from a soft, almost suede-like pleather, woven and with real buckles! The soles are textured and cobbled. A-
The binder - the binder looks fairly realistic, rather girly like most of the items of this period, covered in dusty pink fabric with a hibiscus decoration in the lower right corner. No plastic here, the rings and internal parts are all metal - and they really pop open, too! It also looks to scale. A
The folders - three heavy folders made from blue, pink, and olive-colored cardstock. These are very durable and also realistic in construction - real pockets on the inside! - although I've never seen them in this color before. The stickers are a sheet of orange and red, square decals that don't really match but are cute enough. A
The textbook - both my sister and I used this EXACT same book in the 4th grade. All the pages inside are real, and both the paper and bookcover feel exactly like the full-size version. I love how they used to include a real textbook, most of the school supplies sets don't have that nymore, maybe for copyright reasons. A+
The thermos & spork - both of these pieces are made of very heavy, silver plastic. The thermos also has a purple lid with a hibiscus decal and a pink nylon strap. I like the weight and reality of these pieces, but I don't get the point of having a spork slide into the side of the thermos. I also don't understand why the food was supposed to go INSIDE the thermos...? So as a thermos and not a lunchbox, it gets a A, and the spork gets a B because the doll should have just had a fork.
The food - Um....yeah. So aside from the fact that spaghetti and salad is not exactly the most practical school lunch, and aside from the fact that your mom only made you a handful of spaghetti and a handful of salad, and the fact that she made you STUFF IT IN YOUR THERMOS, these parts are really great. Seriously, the salad and spaghetti are far too small, the portions are the size of the entire cookie, and they are painted much too brightly. The plastic containers didn't seem thin to me, and they are supposed to have purple lids to match the thermos. I wish AG had made a lunch set or something, these things just don't do it for me if you are trying to be realistic. C+
Good lord, no pictures? Well, I'll have to post some soon. Let it be known that I know absolutely nothing about accuracy in soccer uniforms, I'm just going by quality and the whether or not I just like the look.
The jersey - the jersey is made from thin, shiny material printed in a diamond pattern of two shades, and edged in black and white trim. We have the blue set, and it looks nice with our Mattel Ashley's eyes. The "9" is a decal which peels off after too much use so we had to touch ours up with a marker. I think the jersey should have a team logo, shouldn't it? This one doesn't. It velcros in the back and is long enough to tuck into the shorts. Overall I like it well enough but that decal takes it to B.
The shorts - these look pretty authentic, especially for the years this set was available. The shorts pull up with elastic and are made from nylon. They're really embroidered in white at the edge and have "American Girl" stitched on one cuff. They are kind of big and reach to the doll's knees. A-
The socks - these are just your average AG knee socks in blue, but I'm glad they were included as you need them to play soccer. A
The shin guards - I'm assuming shin guards actually have to be HARD to protect your shins, rather than a few layers of stiff black fabric. These have a strip of elastic sewn to the back and stay on the doll pretty well, but they aren't long enough to peek out of the socks like the catalog shows. B-
The cleats - I think these are very cute, I've seen ones just like them at the mall. They are made of sturdy black pleather with little pegs on the bottom so your doll won't slide around on the field. There's two white ribbon stitched to each side, and the laces are real ones with aglets. They fit both PM and Mattel dolls, A+.
The bag - the bag is a nice duffel bag although you really have to cram the ball inside. It has a mesh pocket outside and the rest is made from nylon, with a satin cord to draw it shut. There's also a zipper on the side, for some reason. A-
The towel - boy, there's a lot of pieces to this set! I'm not sure a towel was absolutely necessary, but it's a nice little one about the size of a washcloth, made from thick terrycloth with an "American Girl" patch stitched to the front. B
The ball - the soccer ball is the only thing I found really lacking, it is soft and squishy, stuffed with cotton and an outer layer made from pieces of pleather. I think it should have been harder and bigger, and I like the newer AG soccer balls better, C.
I love these PJs, they look good on Mattel girls but look even cozier on PM Amanda! I got these in 2002, right before they retired. I'm glad I did!
The PJs - these are made from stiff, thin cotton. I never had a problem with wrinkling, but they do look rumpled which I just think makes them look more comfy. Both the bottoms and shirt are cut very roomily. The pants pull up with elastic and reach a good length down the doll's feet. The pajama top is wide and really buttons up the front! I haven't had too much difficulty with the buttons, I think the thread started coming out of one, maybe. The eyelet pattern on the fabric is simple but adds nice detail, although I do occasionally worry about threads coming unraveled. A+
The pouch - it's a nice inclusion, but kind of pointless. I stuff it with Amanda's next-day clothing and sling it over her arm. B
Ashley came in this outfit in 2002, we got it as soon as it was being made because when we ordered the doll, catalog pictures still showed the Urban Outfit. It's a cute set, but it's too girly for a tomboy like Ashley. I would like a less fancy outfit that could go either girly or tomboyish, and I think the Ready for Fun outfit later accomplished this. I also don't think it's too adult for a young girl, this just seems like an outfit for a fancier occasion - which is why we bought the girl-sized pieces for me when I was 12!
The sweater - this was made during the Purple Reign of AG, when even my mother said, "They sure like to use a lot of purple, don't they?". It is a dusty lavender color, very thick and high quality. I love the raised embroidery at the wrists, a detail even the girl's sweater didn't have. The ribbon is a pinker shade, it threads through and ties to the front, and can come out if you aren't too careful. A+
The shirt - I really like the shirt! I think it's supposed to resemble a mock-turtleneck. It's made from cream-colored, thick cotton. The detail on front is supposed to look like hydrangeas and is really made from stitched-on sequins and embroidered leaves! Very beautiful and looks great with blond hair, A+.
The skirt - wow, this is really nice, an olive green herringbone-textured fabric that is also quite thick. It velcros with the "snag-free" velcro at the side, and falls to about the doll's knees. There is all manner of decoration at the bottom, beautiful different ruffles and ribbons, a lot of detail that's really nice. A+
The tights - *runs away screaming*. These things look really cute with the outfit but they SNAG! I don't even know HOW they snagged, there's hardly any velcro in this set! Either way, the back of our pair is completely shredded. This is a very delicate piece but looks nice. B-
The boots - I actually wasn't too crazy about these, they were just kind of funny looking and I never saw anything like this for actual girls. They are a much darker purple than any of the outfit's pieces and seem to "ground" it. With a thick rubber sole and a suede-like upper, they zip up the front. B
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This is a nice, basic shirt, although I wish it came in more colors than black because it looks a little hardcore, which won't suit all dolls ;). It is stretchy, spandexy material that velcros in the back, and fortunately it doesn't snag! It fit's both PM and Mattel and looks nice on a wide variety of coloration. I wish AG had been selling jeans at the same time, because most sets don't come with jeans and Amanda didn't have much to wear it with. A-
The sweater - the sweater is a soft fleecy little number, very thick and with a fuzzy texture. It tends to pill slightly. Inside the sweater closes with a hook and eye closure which you'll have to look for as it's quite small, and then ties on the outside with a real ribbon. I love the beaded edging! When I saw this in the catalog I thought it was that silver wrapped thread used on some things. This may be delicate if you really yank on it but I haven't had any problems. The sweater looks most beautiful on blue-eyed dolls! A
The skirt - why did you not use SNAPS, AG? *mourns* The silver overskirt snags really easily on the velcro closure behind, even though it's the newer, thinner velcro. The back of my skirt is really really picked up. At least it still looks nice from the front. The skirt is made from a thicker, shiny white material overlaid with the thin, sparkly silver material. I got my set in 2002, and I think the skirt is a bit different than earlier versions: it is shorter and doesn't fold as much, and the overlay doesn't hang down as far as other sets I've seen. Weird. The skirt is really pretty, so if you can keep it away from velcro like the plague, A-.
The tights - these are super thin and snag way too easily, but I was able to substitute Nellie's Christmas tights which work perfectly. The thin-ness is actually good, they impart a kind of sheen you wouldn't have with thicker tights. Again, very fragile, but they make the outfit look nice.
The shoes - love these! They are sturdy, really snap, and have the most beautiful color ever. I think they really make the outfit, I only wish they could be used with more outfits! A++
The hair clips - these are also quite breakable! They are made from clear plastic that appears to have been dipped in glue and rolled in glitter. From catalog pics, I thought they would be transparent plastic with glitter inside - were they ever like that?. B-
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Got this outfit in 2002, methinks, and I think it's very cute and is one of the pastel sets Amanda can actually look good in!
The hoodie - as you can tell from the pictures, the hoodie is a pale yellow, waffle-knit top that pulls on over the doll's head. Now I have a chubby PM doll and I haven't found the shirt to have stretched too much. Sure the neckline is v-necked, but you aren't supposed to pull it down to the doll's tummy, you just have to position it. The hood is edged in ribbed fabric and doesn't really fit the doll's head, and you can see the inner seam, which is the only thing I don't like about this piece. The sailboat button is so cute! A
The skort - is love. It is a real skort, not a scooter, so you can see the shorts behind. It velcros at the fly and then another panel of fabric covers it and snaps to the side. I love the sunny yellow, pink, blue and green fabric they chose! It looks so nautical, somehow, and very comfortable to wear. A+
The sneakers - these are the only real sneakers Amanda has, and so they go with jeans, too. They are real canvas high-tops, with a thick heavy-duty rubber sole and the AGoT logo on the bottom. I love the real shoelaces with aglets! I'm so glad these were included, although I doubt it would be easy to find shoes that match your outfit so perfectly. A
The hat - this is so cute! Not only does it look darling with this set, but we've also paired it with Kit's beach PJs. It is also made of thick...maybe canvas? You can fold the brim up all the way around or leave it down in the back. It fits the doll's head well and doesn't look too odd with bangs, either. A
This is a great, versatile outfit with real mix-and-match capabilities. Ashley has claimed it, and it fits both her PM and Mattel versions!
The jacket - I'm glad AG has finally included a basic denim jacket in it's set! This one is made of good quality dark blue denim, thin enough to seem scale on the doll. The pockets are contrast-stitched in white, and the buttons can actually work! And I'm so glad there's no embroidery or anything so this can go with other pieces. A
The shirt - my sister had the matching girl's shirt, both are just adorable! Made of thickish soft cotton, Coconut in screenprinted and doused with glitter. Unlike the girl version, there's no rear-view of Coconut on the back, just velcro. The shirt has a bit of stretch and fit on PM Ashley easily. While I think AG overdid it with Coconut during these years I really like this piece. A+
The khakis - Ashley is always fairly hesitant to wear the khakis as they seem slightly feminine with their fitted shape and flared, slitted bottoms. They have real pockets and belt loops and velcro at the fly. They were even big enough to fit PM Ashley, our fattest doll! A
The sandals - didn't really care too much for the sandals, they're denim with a big platform, foam heel. I don't know why AG makes slides for doll feet, they just fall off! Also, the embroidered flowers make them seem a bit girly. We usually pair the set with the gray sneakers instead. B-
The ponytail holder - heh, I really liked this ponytail holder but it's gone AWOL at present. It had a lot of stretch and I loved the sparkles woven into the texture. Some of the pink strands started to pull out so it's slightly delicate, but great for ponytails. (If your set doesn't have it, though, it's no great loss. ;)) A
I got this dress for Amanda after going on a Victorian/Edwardian kick from watching Sherlock Holmes. I love it!
The dress - this is so high-quality! The dress is made from thick, crisp, shiny taffeta, with a wonderfully large bold plaid pattern. The colors are terrific and work well together, and IMO it would look better on a dark-haired doll like Samantha, rather than Nellie (and it also looks very nice on Josefina when she plans to masquerade as Italian immigrant). I really love the pleating detail, they are deep enough to stay in place and the skirt uses enough fabric to seem swingy. There's also a lot of detail on the yoke, which is made from a thinner cotton and decorated with tiny white buttons. The sleeves look correct, helped a little with elastic sewn in at various sections. My only quibble is that the dress is supposed to be "drop-waisted", but it is sewn to the belt so you can't really make the top blouse over, and also the pleats are only stitched halfway down so you can see the thread. Still, though, A+
The hairbow - I never had many problems with this, but I usually use it for a different style than Nellie or Sam. It's not really a bow, just a piece of folded velvet tied in a knot and sewn to a ponytail holder. I don't mind the ponytail holder but it's just so thick, if it had been a piece of elastic it would have looked better. Also, I'm not sure if a velvet hairbow is historically accurate. A-
The tights - super-thin AG tights of the flimsiest variety. They seem really oddly long, too! I use these for the Ice Blue outfit, not this dress, for which I substitute Samantha's Christmas tights which look much better. C-
The shoes - I LOVE THESE! I think they are just like Felicity's shoes, only made from patent leather. They also sport a round gold buckle on the top. They are just so shiny and absolutely adorable, and they complete the outfit. They also fit PM dolls! A+
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The shoes - I really like these shoes! I found them easy to put on my PM #14 when she plays Edwardian. They are very nice, thick and soft pleather. The heel is low and may make the doll wobble but I use a stand usually anyway. The bows are also pleather, but the backing has begun to separate - this, of course could easily be repaired. A
The socks - not much, a fishnet pair of socks with a scalloped edge, they are creamy and yellowish and reach over her knees. They are also fairly thin and could snag easily. B-
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I can't believe this outfit sells so high on Ebay, I just saw one sell for $185! I got this outfit the year it came out, December 2004.
The dress - this dress is made from a very thin cotton in a pretty creamy shade. I would say the fabric is too thin, although this is a summer dress; it also wrinkles fairly easily. I love the lace details on the yoke, skirt and sleeves! The waistband is also accented by a thin, ribbon-y flower. I think this dress would look very nicely under Sam's duster, and I like it better than her birthday outfit but it's still not my favorite. Maybe it looks better on Mattel Samanthas than my PM #14. B
The hat - the hat was kind of a bummer, I haven't used it very much. It is made from a mesh-like material and the same cotton as the dress, but with an eyelet texture. It doesn't puff the way catalog pictures show, it lays flat and oddly on the doll's head. There are also a few ribbon flowers on the hat. I like how it was based off a real historical piece, but I think the doll version could have been done much better. C
The croquet accessories - I'm glad these were included, they were the best parts of the set! Both the ball and mallet seem to be real wood partially painted green, very similar to the AGoT set that came out in the 90's. The wicket is made of bent wire stuck into plastic bases made to resemble grass and flowers. These pieces look really nice in displays, too. A
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Okay, I love this set 10 times better than the new quilt. This set seems a bit fancier but it's just leftover from the Kittredges' wealthy days. And it looks so authentic! I don't find the colors bland at all.
The bedspread - this seems more like a summer coverlet as it's not exactly thick. I love the raised "chenille" work, and the diamond pattern is terrific. The fringe is a nice touch but doesn't go all the way around, one side is left plain so you can tuck it under Kit's pillow. The fringe is periwinkle and the background is sea green. I think it coordinates very nicely with Kit's bed. A
The throw pillow - this piece seems too small, but it's very cute. Both the background and tufting are cream-colored. B
The rug - this was a nice item to include! I do agree with other posters, the edges tend to curl up but that might be fixed with a light ironing. I like the woven look although it does seem rather thin. It looks really nice next to Kit's bed or at the foot, with her slippers on it. A-
This has to be the best new AG historical outfit, one of our absolute favorites for Kit. She looks so nice in pink, no wonder her mother's all over her about it! This outfit is really great for a fall outfit, and is historically accurate as you can see in these pictures.
The blouse - made of crisp, stiff fabric like Kirsten's school dress, the coloring is wonderful on Kit. The material is warm brown with large, bold flowers in pink and white. The collar is so Art Deco, I love it, and the button detail is excellent if not functional. I hadn't thought about the shirt under her overalls, I bet that's cute. It certainly looks nice with this set. A+
The skirt - The skirt seems to be made of real wool, it is so thick and soft and quality! The color is a very warm salmon tone that matches the pink in the rest of the outfit. Unlike most pieces, it doesn't velcro but pulls up easily with elastic in the back. The belt is fake but the buckle is so nice, it seems like metal. A+
The cardigan - the cardigan is a little iffy, because it stretches out of shape and seems slightly thinner than the other pieces. But it looks nice, knit from a tweedy taupe yarn and edged in pink. A-
The hat - come on people, the hat is darling! I love Kit in hats and this one seems so classic 30's. It is made from sturdy off-white felt, but I would avoid stepping on it, of course. The ribbon is grosgrain, permanently stitched around the hat with pink thread that can be seen on the underside. The only problem with the hat is that the edges are squared, as if it's been cut with scissors. Otherwise, A+.
The socks - these are different than Kit's school socks, ribbed with a little scalloped top in pink. They are sturdy and stretchy, reaching past Kit's knees. As they are off-white, they won't match other outfits too well. B
The shoes - now honestly, I doubt Kit would have as many pairs of shoes and slippers as her collection boasts now, and if she did I think she'd give them to the hoboes. But I am glad AG is giving you a little more for your money. These are reddish-brown pleather t-straps, with "metal" buckles that velcro. Very cute with the outfit, A.
Here are some photos of the outfit on...Kit, actually.
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We got our set in 2008 and I noticed some unpleasant changes.
The dress - I love the fabric on this dress! So nice and crisp and the colors are just beautiful, they look terrific on Kit. As another reviewer mentioned, the pattern is cornflower blue. The little yellow flowers are a nice touch, too. Unlike other reviewers we didn't have any problems with the fit of the dress, it is well tailored and if it is too loose you can pull the belt tighter. The belt is a separate piece and herein lies the problem - THE BUCKLE IS PLASTIC! Ick. I think it used to be metal or at least was thinner with a prong, now it looks like a seatbelt and very cheap. So the dress would have gotten A+ but for the ghastly belt-buckle A-.
The blouse - I can't imagine the blouse going with anything other than the dress, but together the two pieces create a nice effect. Again, the blouse fit our Kit well, and I love the contrast of the bright white front. I'm actually glad it doesn't have buttons, I prefer the smooth look it has. Of course it velcros up the back. A
The hair comb - here's the other new change, the hair comb has gotten smaller and it's no longer tortoiseshell! Instead it is opaque brown plastic. I don't like it much and it's hard to put in Kit's hair, but Kit usually wears her green barrette anyway, like in the books. C-
The socks - a nice, thick, functional pair of socks Kit could probably wear with other outfits. They don't seem as if they'd snag so easily as other historical socks, and they are knit in a nice pattern with little squares. A
The oxfords - these shoes are just the cutest thing! I suspect they are a bit different now (the soles are very shiny and slightly squishy), but they are easy to put on Kit and easy to tie. I just love the "classic-ness" of these shoes and they could go with custom outfits and would probably look nice with her Treehouse outfit (although they don't look cute with her new school skirt set, we tried). Even my mother thought these we great. A+
Okay, so mini Kit is kind of freaky. She's a supervillain in our house (Kit the Kitster, of course). The doll has nice construction with a body just like her big sister. The skirt closes with velcro and the sweater set is, unfortunately, just one piece that slips over her head. I like the tiny replica barrette, but the doll's hair looks nothing like real Kit. It is white-blond unlike Kit's light yellow hair, and very crazy sticking out all over the place. Here eyes are wrong too, they are more sky-blue like Kirsten's, not the correct dark color. Her shoes won't stay on her feet and I was surprised to find they are pleather, not fabric. She's good for a supervillain but for a doll's doll she gets a C.
I'm not really crazy about Kit's accessories; they don't really serve a purpose in any of her books, not even her meet book.
The cloche - while I think this is a cute piece, as another reviewer said, it seems very springtime-oriented, kind of Easter-ish with the big spring green bow. I wish they had made a more practical hat that could go with extra outfits. Anyway, the cloche is securely crocheted in white nylon yarn. The bow is permanently attached and tied. The edge of the hat is not perfectly round, there is a depression in the back so it will hug Kit's neck. Cute, but not versatile. B
The purse - when we got our 2007 purse it was made of real straw and fully lined with fabric. It actually buttons instead of velcroing, although the string buttonloop isn't always easy to use. There's a weird strap on the back, I'm assuming so Kit can hold it, but it's like it's sewn on sideways and is kind of unnecessary. B
The necklace - usually our dolls wear their necklaces all the time but Kit doesn't, the gold and green in the compass doesn't always match her outfits. The clasp pinces open and works well. The necklace is plastic with a metal chain. Like others have mentioned, I wish it was a real compass like one of the AGoT watches. This just has a green sticker stuck on the front. B-
The hankie - ...looks more like a napkin. Kit never ever uses it, it is always stuck in her purse. It's cute enough - thin slick cotton with a printed design - but just doesn't have much play value. C
The coin - I love AG coins, I'm so glad Kit got one. It's very bright and shiny! Not sure if Kit could actually afford to carry a nickel around, but maybe she's going to the movies. A-
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This is a nicely made, historically-accurate set, but ironically, it doesn't seem to suit Kit very well. It seems too girly and also very season specific, unlike the other girls' outfits. Oh well, here's the review:
The sweater set - made of a lavender-pink, this set is very soft and comfortable feeling! I like how the pieces look nice separately, too. It is made of a very fine weave, slick nylon yarn. The short-sleeve sweater snaps up the back with square metal snaps and won't snag the cardigan. The cardigan is a very mix-and-matchable piece that really buttons. A
The skirt - I like the 30's pattern on the skirt, and it feels like linen. I also am glad that it zips, it seems so much more finished that way. The fabric is thin but summery and matches well with the sweater. My only problem is that the pleats are only pressed, not sewn, and the skirt tends to want to "unfold". It seems like they didn't use enough fabric and that it's not swingy enough, either. B
The undies - These are bloomer-like underpants that are made of thin white cotton with elastic in the waist and leg openings. They can go with several outfits but will occasionally cause her skirts to blouse out. B
The shoes - The shoes are very cute but are made of real fabric, so I could see them easily staining. Also, the edges have begun to fray which does not look too hot, but it is also probably realistic for a Depression-Era girl. We got this set in 2007 and the shoes do velcro under a faux-buckle, which I don't mind because it still looks fine. A-
The barrette - I'm so glad they included this, Kit wears this all the time in her books. I wish the plastic weren't transparent and that it wasn't so yellow! I would have preferred a kelly green, opaque plastic the way it looks in the books. It actually seems pretty sturdy to me, though (unless you stepped on it or something), and it holds a lot of hair. A-
The bed - Oh, this is a very nice piece. Any time you see a movie set in the '30s (or an actual '30s movie) there's always a metal bed like this in the bedroom! Kit's version is bright, perky green, and very heavy! It goes together pretty easily by sliding a few bars into place, but there's no way to permanently attach the pieces so it is kind of hard to move around. It's technically not a day bed because it doesn't look like a couch. It looks really 30's though, with the green color and the decals. A+
The mattress and pillow - the matress is white muslin-like fabric and can also unfold to fit the expanded bed or fold for two layers in one bed. The pillow is green and too small for Kit's head, but looks nice folded under the bedspread. A-
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The dress - I don't mind the evidently polyester fabric at all. It seems really vintage, and is nice and heavy with a good texture. It is sewn to fit and drape really well, the skirt is swirly and pretty without being too feminine. The belt is attached and the buckle is "Bakelite", lol. I also like the contrast of the bright white, angular collar. I'm sure it's better for children but I wish the Scottie pin were still actually a PIN, so it could go with other outfits. A very nice dress, A
The stockings - yes, these are stocking not tights, and go all the way up Kit's legs. They seem to be knit in a fishnet-type pattern, the same kind as Sam's lawn party socks. They also have a seam running up the back. They are awfully thin though, and seem like they could snag. A-
The shoes - shiny patent little numbers, very cute and I believe identical to Emily's meet shoes. As of 2007, they velcro, but I don't mind because that doesn't look bad. They won't really go with Kit's other dresses but they look nice with this outfit. A
The hairbow - The hairbow is permanently tied and attached to a barrette, which is a good idea but it is still hard to position it so it looks right in Kit's hair. It is really big, and make Kit's big head+hair look even bigger! A-
The pajamas - both Kit and I like the look of this PJ set much more than her striped nightgown, and it better suits Kit's tomboyish personality. The pajamas are one piece, thick, soft satin in shades of crisp white and blue that brings out Kit's eyes. There is nice detail here, with the nautical flags on the pocket and the buttons up the side. The collar is edged with silver ribbon, too. Apparently people have problem with the sleeves ripping but we haven't noticed, our 2007 set seems very high-quality. Plus Kit can wear it as a costume, too! A+
The slippers - these are very nice faux-leather with a soft heel for scuffling around. The pompoms seem attached well, although if we had gotten this set younger they would have been ripped off pretty soon. They also go on easily. A
The ribbon - uh...just a ribbon. But it matches!
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^^ 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:
Last Edit: Mar 24, 2009 6:27:36 GMT -5 by Wickfield
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-
Last Edit: Aug 23, 2009 10:13:17 GMT -5 by Wickfield
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-
Last Edit: Mar 24, 2009 6:26:00 GMT -5 by Wickfield
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