Post by Bean Bunny on May 20, 2008 23:12:47 GMT -5
Don't buy it unless you've got some sewing knowledge. I didn't have to sew anything, but knowing how to fix stuff that is sewn wrong is going to be an advantage.
Whyzat? Look, it comes out of the box looking like this:
Why yes, those sleeves ARE over her hands. I think AG decided to make the sleeves 'bigger' to make a mutton leg sleeve, which is way hardcore historical accurate. But, instead of "longer", you're supposed to go "wider". Longer gives you less floof and more ... well, more fail.
For some reason, AG uses a screwball skirt making method where they make the skirt in three pieces instead of one and put two huge seams at the sides. They do it in every historical dress I've seen, and I don't know why, because it would almost have to be cheaper and easier to use one long piece of cloth. On this dress, someone forgot to press the seams flat, so when put on Nellie, they stick STRAIGHT OUT AT AN ANGLE. Never mind that the skirt behaves like someone put way too much cloth at the back and then again in the middle of the front.
Also, the bottom seam of the waist band wasn't sewn right or something, so the skirt tried to stick straight out. I had to put the dress on Nellie, reach up under her, tuck the seam where it needed to go, then pull her bloomers down a little bit to make the ensemble look half okay. Poor baby.
Nellie got taken into my sewing room and I ironed the two offending seams of the dress. I could have done more, I guess, but I didn't want to screw with it too much.
Maybe ten minutes of effort got me this:
I velcro'd the sleeves as tight as they would go. They still look hokey, but the skirt is not the most offensive thing on the planet any more. It still ranks in the top ten. This dress might fit a Karito Kid pretty well, actually.
Close up of the failure sleeves, and the bodice. Bodice looks weird and I don't know why. Also note the necklace, which comes with a weird, lo-res picture of some flowers. No idea how historically accurate jpeg artifacts are, but there you go.
At least the lace detail is nice. The shoes are heels, and I have no clue how Nellie is standing in them. It's really easy to stand her up in them, too.
Also, the bow is hideous. This upsets Nellie: it's a bow, so it's supposed to be good, right? But how can THIS:
be considered a pretty bow? I'm not sure I appreciate the fact that it's a clip, either.
Probably what I'll do is leave the dress on the doll for a week, just to see if I like it any better. (Sometimes that happens. It's almost like the clothes and the doll get used to each other.) But, I do wonder if maybe I got a bum dress and there's another out there that would at least fit okay.
Post by Bean Bunny on May 20, 2008 23:09:45 GMT -5
JULIE GO HOME IT LOOKS BETTER ON IVY
I could have sworn that I took a full length picture of this dress, but I can't find it. I'm sure I'll take another one some day, so whichever. It looks the same from the waist down on Julie or Ivy anyway.
Overall very very nice dress. Ivy's absolutely breathtaking in it; when I put her in it for the first time, I had to just sit and stare at her for a bit. Looks great with those dark eyes. My only possible complaint is that it fits too big around the middle of my Ivy, but my Ivy is a very skinny doll so YMMV.
The bodice, with pattern. Notice the real cord and real velvet sewn around the middle. Much has been made about the pattern ending at the middle of the dress, but I don't think that's that huge a deal. It's probably even historically accurate.
The wood bead necklace doesn't hang like I want -- it's too long to be a choker and too short to look like a necklace -- but that's the tiniest nitpick ever with this outfit.
The hem, with the gather and real cord. I wanted to show the end of the screen printing, because I feel like it's a very natural stop instead of an abrupt one. Someone thought this out.
Post by Bean Bunny on May 20, 2008 23:07:10 GMT -5
Please ignore Sara's hilarious hairstyle. I have it up like this because it amuses me.
Overall, the set's pretty cool, especially if you're looking for a bunch of separates, but it can be pretty annoying to put on. We'll start with the sweater stuff I got for Sara:
I forgot and cut her head out of the picture, because I am that awesome. This review isn't about her, though, so she'll get over it.
It bunches up in the sleeves funny. I think AG tried to do a gathered sleeve, which works wonders on a geodesic tunic (which they haven't made yet for dolls AG WHAT THE HELL GET WITH THE DECADE) and comes out funky on a sweater. Really, I appreciate the extra points, but a plain sleeve would have fit better on the doll.
PS: check out Sara's hair with the teal of this sweater. It's so awesome. They must've made this thing with AG #17 in mind and then gave it to Mia when they needed something else for her collection.
The mittens require some engineering to get on, but it's not the hardest thing you'll do all day. They button onto the sweater like so. I've never seen a real life outfit like that, so part of me loves the mittens because they're so goofy and part of me is sorely confused about the mittens.
A close up of the kitting pattern, in case anyone was wondering. You can also see how it fits Sara -- it's a little snug in the chest, but otherwise not terrible. Keep in mind that Sara is an extra-hammy PM doll. And yes, it velcros in the back.
Sweater without the mittens. Actually pretty nice for this weather.
The rest of the outfit? I started to put it on Jess, but look:
One leg warmer fits SUPAR ULTRA TIGHT on her leg, the other one won't go on at all. I can only get it this far up the foot. I can't untie the little bow, either, because it's stitched on. This is a call to CS, methinks.
EDIT: I just re-read Goo's review, and his leg warmers aren't sewn. Whut? So I got mine back out and gave the pom poms some solid hard tugs, but mine are definitely sewn in and aren't budging one bit. Go figure. Maybe they started sewing them in?
So, uh, rest of the outfit minus the leg warmers.
Tada! The first thing I noticed:
It fits funny in the sleeve again when the doll's arms are up. Jess is Mattel, too, obviously. It fixes itself quite a bit when her arms are down, though:
This angle also shows us that the jersey is fitting a little snug on Jess. Which, srsly, she's Mattel, that shouldn't be happening. Also, it's a jersey. Isn't it supposed to be a little baggy?
The hat is delightful, hilarious, and it's gonna pill like no one's buisness in a few months. Do not expose to moisture ever.
I srsly did not think I would enjoy the denim skirt, but it might be my favorite part. I actually pulled it out and thought about Ivy instantly. It's a pretty neat neutral piece that would go great with a doll's t-shirt.
I don't know squat about hockey, so I'll just offer puck and stick photos. I didn't care about these items at first, but now I think they'll be great props for my doll bedroom or future albums.
-- so you can slip other earrings over the post --
-- and put new earrings in!
Here's the bag everyone's been ooing over.
The patches are ironed on. I hope we don't see these on eBay in a few years with the patches pulled off! I'm not worried about MY bag, because I'm an adult, but if you've got a really rough kid it might be a problem.
There's a big patch on the back. I'm not sure what you could put back there, but you could figure out something. For example:
The Chinese coin! Fairly big for a doll coin, and it feels like real metal. I have no idea what coin it's supposed to be.
Only thing I don't like THAT much about the bag is that it's hard to get it to sit on her shoulder!
I was too dumb to take a picture of the beret. It seems a little pilled already, I hope it's not nasty in a few years. Also, I have no idea how AG got Ivy's beret on her head like they did, because mine doesn't stretch like that.
Here she is, in her wholeness, Ivy! I even like her meet outfit, but I'm odd. It's got a groovy watermelon type thing going on.
I think the neatest thing about Ivy is her hair. It's very soft. I've played with it and played with it and petted it and so on until I probably seem creepy to the poor thing.
Ivy from the side. Her eye carving is more obvious in real life than on film.
A close up of the pants. Those pockets aren't real! Emo. Meanwhile, the biggest thing I don't like about her meet outfit is that the pants are too tight for her to sit down in! They're the sort of pants with a fly. I hate doll pants with flies.
The boots. I don't know why everyone's sputtering over these, they're just brown boots. If they bug you that bad, tuck them under the pants and pretend they're plain tan shoes.
I played with her a bit (okay, Jess did), and her hair is sticking up under the headband. I wish I could fix it. I bet I could with some water and some tweezers, but it makes me feel like she's too delicate to play with.
This is EASILY my favorite Mini Doll. She's just like Big Nellie in every way.
For those of you having problems with her hair, try a little water and a fine toothed comb, or, even better, just a tiny bit of braid spray or other spray-in conditioner. Nellie's hair (big and little Nellie's hair) needs lots of weight to stay down and look cute.
Post by Bean Bunny on Dec 19, 2006 23:37:47 GMT -5
I get to be the first one to post a review? YAY!
I really love this coat, and I think it's the sweetest outfit to come out for the historicals in a while. See for yourself:
That blue is so perfect on Kirsten! The braid is fancy, too, I really like it.
The website says that the coat is made of wool, and wool makes me itch, so I was a little worried -- but I can pick up and hug on Kirsten fine for the most part, so if you're allergic, you'll probably be okay. (Maybe they washed it really well? Maybe I'm not allergic to that paticular sheep?)
The sleeves are 3/4 sleeves, and ... well, you can see from the picture that they sort of fold over each other on the cuff or something. It looks neat, but I have no idea how historically accurate it is.
I think the biggest drawback to this outfit is that it's hard to get on. The coat itself is okay, but it's a fight to get the bonnet on and tied while still dealing with Kirsten's braids. (They almost have to be tied in the loops, since they'll spill out of the bonnet funny if they're down.)
Speaking of the bonnet, aww. I really like the blue ribbon and the flower, which you can see better here:
(You might also be able to see how I had to finangle the bonnet and the braids. :P)
The outfit also comes with a beanbag toy set, which I'm not terribly interested in, but I'm 22 years old. I would have eaten this up if I were a kid.
Makes for cute pictures, anyway.
Besides the non-ease of getting it on and off (wow, I won English), it's a little expensive at $28. You could always buy something else cheap with it (say, a brush) and use a code, or wait for it to come around on eBay sans beanbag set. You know it will.
But, then again, buying it straight from AG is like voting with money, and maybe if this outfit sells well, we'll get lots of new Kirsten things!
I'm thrilled to have a miniature Kirsten in my home. I feel like mine's a good one too, but be careful when you're buying her! It's easy to get a Kirsten with very bad hair. You want to make sure the braids curl right.
I'm so happy that her little outfit matches Big Kirsten's nearly exactly. But, like Big Kirsten's, her shoes leave something to be desired, namely:
Post by Bean Bunny on Sept 23, 2007 17:56:15 GMT -5
I have a Mattel wash stand too. I was shocked at how big it is:
And HEAVY. I think I could chuck this at people and, with some great aim, kill them.
If I threw it at someone, it wouldn't break either, because it's built like a mack truck. Very sturdy. Another shot, so you can see:
I don't think it has nails.
My one complaint is that it doesn't match my PM bed as well. (The contrast is worse than in this picture.) I like the night stand on its own a lot, though, and it's probably not something that would have worried Kirsten. She was too busy trying not to get eaten by bears.
I got Mini Addy for Easter, which was a surprise to me. A pleasant one! I'm really impressed!
My mini Addy has her hair just a little mussed on one side, but other then that, it's perfectly fine. I enjoyed that they even used the textured hair on the mini doll. And they put mini earrings!
The only possible complaint I could see anyone making is that the dress doesn't really button up, but personally, I think that's a silly complaint to make. Mini Addy is one of the cutest mini dolls I own.
Here's my 90s Felicity. (I got the PM version because to me, Felicity's Rose Garden Gown will always be her meet outfit.)
She's perfectly cute and all, but mine has an odd curl to her pony tail. It's hard to see in the photo, but it's just one big curl to the right. I'm afraid to take it down and fix it, because I may never get that pony tail up right again.
Also, her dress looks too big!
I'm glad to have her, but I think she's one of the weaker ones in the Mini Doll collection.