My cardinal cloak was bought in October 2009 for the original price.
I would like to start off by saying that this piece is worth the $24 price tag. Not only does it seem to be a huge part of her stories (in the first two books she wears it), it is durable, thick and looks great with every outfit i have paired it with so far.
The cloak is made of a thick felt. it is very bright red and simple. when laid out it forms about a 3/4 circle. End to end the cloak is about 24 inches or 60 and 1/2 centimeters. Down the center of the "back" from hood to end is about 11 and 1/4 inches or 28 and 1/2 centimeters. Also straight across the middle at the widest point (when laid out) is 27 inches or 68 centimeter. The ribbon to tie the cloak are 11 and 3/4 inches or 29 and 1/2 centimeters. The hood folded and pressed flat measures: 7 inches or 17 and 1/2 centimeters long and about 6 inches or 14 centimeters across at the widest point. i hope the measurements help anyone trying to make there own version, but i would really say that the AG version is quite nice. The felt is not itchy and the cloak is not lined as i said before it is a very basic and simple piece.
I thought it might be nice for anyone wanting to buy the cloak to have a reference for how it looks paired with Lissie's different gowns and outfits. So for your viewing pleasure here is a reference. As i buy more of her outfits i will add them here. in my opinion the cloak really looks nice with all the one i have so far.
I give this piece an A+. it is hard not to like as there is not to much to it, but i think that is really where the charm is for me. it is simple and does its function while not taking away from the gown it is covering. not sure if that makes a lot of sense either way. nice piece and worth the money.
edited to fix pics and unstretch the thread. sorry.
I bought a used Mattel (i think) Rose Garden Gown off of ebay in early 2009
so this oufit is suppossed to come with the meet shoes, socks, shift and ribbon. since i bought mine used though all i got was the dress and the ribbon (which i have somehow lost already. It was right and identical to the current meet ribbon with the Traveling gown).
As you can see, Lissis looks so wonderful in this dress. The colors compliment her perfectly. It is simple enough to use for everyday and has such meaning in her story, which even says that it was her favorite dress.
The dress itself is very nice. The sleeves are 3/4 and have very large ruffles on the ends as well as the collar. the fabric is thick and feels as if it would be rather warm but not too thick as to be too warm for summer. This dress also has the pocket slits on both sides.
A close up of the detail of the dress. the pattern and ruffle of the collar. I have to admit i did not know that there were tiny blue pinstripes on the dress. i must admit that these seemed very odd to me when i first saw the dress in person, but now i am used to it and i think looks very nice now.
Overall: I give this dress an A+++++. i love this dress. it is a perfect piece and i really think that no Lissie collection is complete without it. Not only is the dress so very pretty and well made it is a huge part of at least the first book in Lissie's story collection (i have only read the first two stories sorry guys)
My version of the Traveling Gown is the new meet Gown and was purchased in early 2008. Overall this dress is pretty and looks quite nice on Lissie. Now for the nitty gritty break down:
This outfit includes a purple and white striped dress, a white shift, white socks, white mob cap with purple and white ribbon and black shoes.
The dress is very beautiful. The purple is a nice light lilac color. The white sections have small lilac pin stripes going down them as well. The neckline and sleeves have a sort of fake lace lining them. There are what appear to be three growth stripes at the bottom of the dress (not sure if they did this in Lissie's time) and one on the sleeve. The fabric is a nylon/windbreaker type material, but it is not bad enough to destroy the pretty look of the dress though.
Here is a close up of the fake lace, color scheme and one of the embroidered flowers that dot the dress. The really add a sense of spring to the whole outfit.
Lissie's basic white shift comes with the Meet dress. It is rather nice. It fits well under her clothes (at least the pieces i have). I also use it as nightgown for now as i don't have hers yet. It works well. It is not too see through, but not so think that you would really notice it under her clothes.
The mob cap is really darling. Not really sheer, but not thick, about the same material as her shift. The only complant i have is that though the purple and right ribbon is really cute, it makes the cap not able to match her other clothes very well.
a close up of the ribbon and little bow at the top of the mob cap.
The socks that come with the meet outfit. They are actually really nice and thick. The go all the way up to Lissie's knees. They are hard to fit on with the pink tea lesson slippers, but it is possible. they fit well with the christmas dress shoes. Overall they are nice socks.
The shoes are really nice. The soles are thick and the shoes slide on really easy. The buckle in the front is so cute. I really have to look though to make sure they are on the right feet, which would be a nod to the fact that in Lissie's time they did not have right and left shoes.
Full body of Lissie's in her Meet outfit.
Close up of Lissie
Overall i think this outfit is really nice. I do think that the Rose Garden dress was the better Meet dress, but as an outfit the Traveling Gown is quite nice. I give it an A.
I received Felicity's Tea Lesson Gown and Straw Hat in February 2009.
This set includes a one piece dress, a large straw hat and shoes that resemble slippers.
My overall first impression of this dress (not having seen the movie before i received it nor having read most of Felicity's stories) is that it is very cute. It has a lovely bright spring feeling to it.
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The dress is one piece. The scarf is sewn onto the gown with the rosettes in the front
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The scarf is attached to either side of the of the Velcro in the back. (it is soft Velcro)
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The scarf is not attached all the way around the neck of dress. it has pre-indented folds that do stay in place. i have not had any trouble keeping the scarf in place while Felicity is wearing the dress. I have, however, accidentally stuck Lissie's arm through the hole several times and think that a small child yanking on it would present potential to tear.
This is a close up of the rosettes that hold the "scarf" in place and also the ribbon that ties the fake bodice together, it is sewn down.
This is a closeup of the flower stitching, ribbon and lace that lines the divide in the dress. The stitching in very well done. lovely in fact. the lace is very thing and probably not real lace. i do not know though i am definitely not a fabric expert.
This is the straw hat. As one can see it is quite large, but fits Lissie very well. It sits on top of her head (one could fit a mob cap very nicely underneath it). The ribbon that ties the hat on is pale yellow and is 18 1/4 inches or about 46 centimeters. It quite long and looks rather funny going down to Lissie's feet. I also think the ribbon is a bit big and out of scale for her width wise (1 1/2 inches or 4 centimeters).
There are 6 bows around the crown of the straw hat. 3 of them have rosettes stitched in the middle of them.
There ribbon stitched around the outside rim of the straw hat as well.
The shoes are slippers. They are the same color salmon pink as the rosettes and ribbon on the rest of the outfit. I really like the slippers. I have tried them on both with and without socks and find either works well. They also fit on PM feet quite well.
Overall Lissie look lovely in the gown and i give it an A-, the grade would be better, but i do not like that the pocket slits are missing, the gown is a bit short and the ribbon on the hat has odd proportions. Otherwise this gown is lovely and perfect for spring.
Looks: I think Lissie looks very pretty in this dress. It works oddly well with her red hair and green eyes. I have never seen the movie nor read "Changes for Felicity" so i cannot compare how the doll dress looks with either of those, but it photographs very well with only a little shine when using the flash.
Here are a few examples:
I also think that it looks so wonderful with the cloak. I really think the pinkish/purple stomacher ties the red and blue together.
Now for a bit of nitty-gritty breakdown:
The outfit includes the skirt, the outer dress, two stomachers (white lace and pink ribbon), shoes with sewn on blue bows, a blue hair ribbon, a necklace and a white pinner cap.
First off let me say that this dress should most defiantly be worn with the white meet shift underneath. The underskirt will be much too big if it is not. I did do a comparison of a Mattel felicity and a PM molly and really feel that the size of the skirt/dress was never adjusted to the slimmer mattels, but it really is not that big of a difference:
As you can see the skirt simply comes down a little further on the Mattel dolls hips. The skirt has two small Velcro pieces on each side to fasten it around the doll.
The outer dress is similar to a jacket. One side of the stomacher has to be undone to slide it on and off. The stomacher has three snaps that attach it to the outer dress.
I find the dress very easy to get on the doll. i do worry that the snaps will come loose with wear and tear, but i think i wold worry about that with snaps on anything The outer dress does need to pulled down in the back (on my doll at least) to keep the shift underneath from showing.
close up of the detail on the dress and on the lace stomacher. this is where the dress and stomacher snap together. rather seamless in my opinion.
close up of the pink stomacher. you can see how the snaps are sewn on. they are also hidden on the dress.
The shoes are as cute as can be. they cannot really be seen under the dress, but still very cute and fit my Mattel Lissie very well. They also fit my PM molly perfectly.
The hair ribbon matches the dress perfectly and looks wonderful in Lissies hair.
The necklace is nicely detailed and matches the dress and ribbon. This would be the only real point where i have complaint. The necklace is too long. it does not fit snuggly around lissie's neck and the clasp is horrible. the way it should be clasped is impossible for it to stay on. I have clasped it in the other hole and found it will hold for a bit longer. The length is really the problem here, the necklace is 6 and 1/2 inches / 17 centimeters clasp to clasp
The pinner cap is very cute. it matches the rest of the dress nicely. Mine came with out pins, but i just use regular bobby pins to hold it on. I really do not understand how to put it on so it looks nice and hides the pins, but i am sure you just have to mess with for a bit and figure it out.
Also included is an inset about the stomacher with illustrations and a set info trading cards.
Overall i think this dress is very nice and for the price comes with a lot of pieces. I hate the necklace and think it could be done better, but the outfit loses nothing if you leave off the necklace.
I give it an A- beautiful, but a bit big and that darn necklace.
ETA: fixed grammar (i hope all of it lol). added necklace and info pics
Last Edit: Jan 27, 2010 8:03:45 GMT -5 by sussemaus