I just got this dress on ebay (the tag was cut out so it was super cheap!), so sans other outfit parts. But I really do like this dress, and I am pretty picky about AG-offical clothing.
I have a PM Samantha, and there are some pictures below showing how it fits her (it looks shorter on her, and the top kind of bunches up a bit maybe). The sleeves were a tight fit like said before, but they seem okay to me (no worse than other Mattel clothes fit imho).
While the embroidery is nice, I'm still undecided about whether or not I think it fits with the dress, but the colors (blue on top, not grey) are really gorgeous. I can see this dress being usable not just at holidays (I have Sammie in summer shoes!).
My mini Sam looks just like PrincessEmily's mini Sam closer to the right in her picture. She is sooo adorable. My best friend Kirsten (blonde hair blue eyes to boot) couldn't afford a full size American Girl, so she got mini Kirsten and we played for hours on end. What was really great was that Barbie things were just the right size - from hair things to food to dresses (the shorter mini dresses)! A++++
I have a late PM doll, and I do not believe she is fragile. I managed to destroy the pram, yet the doll still has shiny hair. I think I must have been smart enough to leave her hair tied in her ribbon (looking at my mini Sam, her hair is also tied in the original style with meet ribbon). The only thing I would note is that my nutcracker is attached with a flimsy string I believe will break any day now. It does not stay in place well. In addition, the nutcracker has stained poor Clara's hand red/pink.
So, I would disagree that a child should not play with this. The idea of a doll (Sam) with a doll (Clara) with a doll (nutcracker) is just too adorable and picturesque. She is possibly my favorite Sam accessory, though I did play with mini Sam way more than Clara.
I give Clara an A+, and the nutcracker a B-, since at least its arms didn't fall off like a previous member posted.
This gets an A+ as it saw a lot of play since I got it mid 90s and it never had any problems and is still very white. The pink ribbons and lace make it adorable without being over the top. The only thing I notice is that the lace is kind of bunching up.
This thing is very fragile. It did not survive my childhood. The spokes of the wheel detached (they seem plastic to me, my version was PM though) and then the wheel itself broke off I believe. But before that, it was a lot of fun to play with. I remember I had trouble keeping Clara posed in the pram while it was rolling around, though.
The inside of my music box is also not sanded. I never noticed as a little girl. I got mine some time in the 90s. It says "Made in Taiwan especially for PC" on the gold sticker. This thing is absolutely adorable though. It is a working music box with actual sheet music in a form that doesn't break (solid "book"), what more could you ask for? The only thing that has happened to it is the box containing the music box has come unglued from the spine of the "book" but it hasn't affected page turning or music playing, so I don't care, and I'd never sell it anyways (it's way too great a piece). A+