I agree with Catlin. This set is cute, but there should be more in it for the price you pay. The headband, at the very least, is versatile. It matches not only her meet outfit, but her Special Day Dress and a couple of her older outfits, too. Unfortunately, it has the same problem as the one that comes with the Special Day Dress. There just isn't enough give for it to get over her head easily. I struggled with it as an adult - I can only imagine how kids will feel.
The necklace is much easier to get on. I was hoping they'd make her a pendant this time, instead of a broach. It has two triangle-shaped pieces on each end that connect by clipping them together. I do wish the chain was a little longer. The pendant doesn't open, but it's still very charming, with its little pink and white flower in the center.
I also don't have the original version of her handbag, so I can't compare them. This one is small but is made of good-quality burgundy velvet that matches the sash on her meet outfit. It does open. The gold trim is plastic, but at the very least, heavy plastic that looks real.
If you already have Samantha's accessories from her previous versions, you probably don't need these. If you're getting BeForever Samantha or didn't have the original ones (like me), you'll want this for the necklace and purse alone.
I'm so glad I bought this when it was part of AG's big spring sale! This is the nicest outfit they've made for BeForever Samantha yet. I believe it's also the first green outfit Samantha's ever had. The colors are soft and pretty, wonderful for spring. I'm with Jamirae on the shoes. They're too cute. They also fit my 1993 Samantha perfectly over the basic but thick white stockings. The dress fits her perfectly as well. There's even room for the petticoat from her Lacy Whites under the skirt.
My only big complaint is that headband. While the ruffled ribbon is unique, it's a pain in the rear to get on Samantha's head. I agree that the ribbon should have been on a clip, or they should have sacrificed historical accuracy and made the whole headband stretchy.
Other than the headband, this is a really gorgeous outfit, and one of the few in the current Samantha collection that fits and looks good on all dolls. Highly recommended.
Last Edit: Mar 17, 2015 19:28:49 GMT -5 by starwenn
I bought this one in the spring when I heard it was going to retire. It's one of the most versatile historical outfits AG ever made. Just about every character from Sam and Nellie on through the 20th Century not only look good in it, but could make some part of it work for their time period. My #58 Whitney (who mainly time-travels in the 30s and 50s) is wearing it now. It's simple, the colors are vibrant and work with almost every doll out there, and the skirt, tights, and sweater are soft a good weight. The boots are awesome too - they fit my PM Samantha with a little tugging and look terrific with many of her outfits, including her gray School Dress and original Meet Outfit. I do wish the ribbon were a little longer, but that could be because I'm not very good at tying bows, and yes, I wish the shell and the skirt came in two pieces. I also had a hard time with those buttons - they could have made the button loops a bit larger.
If you can find this one around, grab it. It's one of the best things in Rebecca's collection and can work with many different dolls and collections.
As someone who normally isn't fond of Julie's wardrobe, I was surprised at how much I loved this coat when it came out. My best friend picked it up for me for Christmas. I don't have Julie, so my #58 got to try it on. It's a very, very soft, almost suede-feeling fabric, with a thick fur collar and cuffs. I love how soft this is! Julie could sleep on it, it's so soft. The purple color is deep and vibrant - it looks gorgeous on my #58. My only complaint is I agree that the fabric on the coat, cozy as it is, could be thicker. The hat is a cute knitted beret, a lighter version of the felt berets that came with Ivy and Molly's accessories.
Despite the thin fabric, I still recommend this for Julie, Ivy, and late 20th century and modern dolls looking for light winter and early spring coats and hats.
Last Edit: Dec 28, 2014 20:01:17 GMT -5 by starwenn
My best friend saw this on sale and picked it up for me for Christmas. I almost bought it in February when I ordered my #58 - I'm glad I waited! This is a lovely late winter-early spring outfit. The dress is a soft beige knit. I thought there would be some scratchiness in it, due to the glitter thread, but there isn't at all. Not only does the sparkly thread not bother me, it gives some flair to this otherwise fairly simple dress. The silky flower is cute, too, and not too obtrusive. I'm less fond of the shoes. They're sturdy and soft, but it took me a few minutes how to get the straps on the foot. The plastic hair clip is small and cheap and seems kind of flimsy to me. I wouldn't be surprised if it was lost or broken quickly.
Highly recommended for people looking for an elegant, fairly simple spring or Easter outfit for their modern dolls.
I wasn't sure about this dress when it came out in August. Sam already has at least three pink or white frilly warm-weather dresses in her collection. Did she need this? I finally caved in when I saw some rave reviews online and decided that, if nothing else, the shoes were different. My best friend got this for me for Christmas.
First of all, this dress is VERY tight on my PM Samantha! I did get it on her with a little squeezing. The boots, nifty as they are, are tight too. It's worth it when you get it on her, though. This outfit is so cute! I love the soft, silky fabric and the very sweet skirt, with its tiers of lace and pink ruffles. The boots are both beautifully elegant and historically accurate. The pearl buttons aren't functional, but they're a nice touch. (I also appreciate the lavender bow scrunchie - I'm not good with bows, either.) The tights are simple white tights, but they're nice and thick.
This is a very sweet spring-summer outfit for Rebecca, Nellie, BeForever or Mattel Samantha, or other slimmer early 20th century girls.
I bought this for my PM #4 Jessa, who was adopted from China and raised in the US, shortly after AG announced Ivy's retirement. I was worried that she wouldn't fit in it. She did get into the dress with a little squeezing. The shoes were a bigger problem. They're very tight, and it took me a while to get them on. They do look nice once they're on, though. (I can't find the flower clip, so that will have to go without a review.)
I have the same concern as BeauCoeur about snagging. The brocade is lovely and silky but snags very easily - mine is already snagged in at least two places. Other than that, I also highly recommend this for Asian doll owners looking for a beautiful costume or outfit for their doll for special occasions.
Last Edit: Oct 20, 2014 19:48:18 GMT -5 by starwenn
My #58 Whitney, who loves 20s history, is delighted to wear this costume for Halloween this year! I picked this one up on eBay with everything but the bag. The shoes and the headband are both trimmed with matching flower sequins. My headband was fine, with all its feathers. The elastic is really heavy duty, enough to be able to fit around Whitney's considerable curls.
The shoes are cute and fit Whitney very well. They have a definite kitten heel. Whitney seemed to stand in them all right, but I only had her up for a few minutes.
The necklace is adorable and really adds to the outfit, but it's also really tight. It took me a while to get it to stay, and Whitney is a brand-new Mattel doll. It may be even more difficult with thicker PM girls. The gloves slid on pretty easily once you got around her thumbs.
The dress is sequin-trimmed silver fabric with braided fringe. My fringe is in good shape, with no fraying. I'm more concerned about the dress being pulled on the Velcro. It's the non-snagging kind, but it still caught on the dress when I was putting it on the doll.
Despite the above issue with the dress, I still highly recommend this outfit if you ever run into it on the secondary market for dolls who like their costumes cute and oh-so-glamorous.
Last Edit: Oct 19, 2014 23:35:52 GMT -5 by starwenn
I just found the whole set minus the ribbon (but plus a pair of Josefina's meet moccasins and a hanger) on eBay. This was the last hard-to-find set I wanted for Josefina, mainly because it's one of her few long-sleeved outfits. I'm glad I finally got it. The skirt is a little thin, but I like the yellow-green print and the sweet lace trim. The embroidery on the camisa's yoke is a lovely touch. The elastic on the sleeves of mine are pretty gone. Otherwise, my outfit is in perfect shape. Though it can be pricey on the secondary market, as mentioned, it's not usually as expensive as some other limited-edition outfits for historical dolls. Highly recommended, especially as Josefina doesn't have much for cooler weather.
This outfit was a surprise find at a yard sale for a dollar! It didn't come with the hat, but considering this is retired, I was happy to pick up the dress itself. My favorite part is the oval buttons - they're a truly unique touch. It's a nice, simple summer dress that looks lovely on a wide variety of dolls and in many different time periods. You can't go wrong picking this one up as a summer outfit for Kirsten, Addy, or even modern dolls.
Unlike Green Chile Supergirl, I'm not a dancer, but I've always loved all kinds of dance, including ballet. Two of my dolls, Molly and Whitney, are dancers, and I thought this outfit would work for them. The leotard is cute...maybe a little too cute. I thought it seemed more like something a younger girl would wear. At any rate, it fits Whitney well and should work for most dolls. The tutu went over her torso easily, but I also don't like that the skirt can be seen under it. The tights are standard AG tights, but at least they included them. I like those full soles on the ballet shoes - it's easier for a doll to stand in them. The leg warmers seem a little thin, but they do go over the tights with some pulling. The set also includes two pink scrunchies.
While I also wish they hadn't felt the need to add that silly skirt to the leotard, I otherwise really like this. You get a lot of pieces for a decent price. Those who are bothered by the leotard may want to look up the more accurate version from the previous 3-In-1 Ballet Set on the secondary market.
I also picked this up with the Project Runway Free Shipping Code, mainly for the hat. For a rich girl, I never thought AG gave Samantha enough hats! I'm definitely not disappointed. It's a straw boater with a pink striped grosgrain ribbon and a large pink flower. The hat's held on by elastic - no worrying that it'll fall off during play or won't fit over elaborate hairstyles. Sam looks so darn cute in it. It's versatile, too. It matches a lot of her dresses, including both meet outfits, her current Bicycling Outfit, her Frilly Frock, and her Tea Dress.
The ribbon is a bow version of the striped ribbon on the hat, mounted on a scrunchie. Little hands aren't the only ones that appreciate the change. As cute as her original big ribbons were, I'm not especially good at tying bows. This is a lot easier and faster. As with the hat, the ribbon can be used for many different outfits, and probably by modern girls in pink as well.
I get the feeling the brush was tossed in to justify the $22 cost. I would have preferred a second ribbon, maybe in white or burgundy, or some trim for the hat. As it is, the brush is heavier than I thought it would be, but it's still plastic, and it won't really brush much of Sam's hair. It looks cute, but not much else.
I only recommend this if you really wanted the hat like I did. Otherwise, it's cute and well-made but not really necessary.
Last Edit: Sept 28, 2014 0:27:11 GMT -5 by starwenn
Josefina's Outfit Josefina greets each beautiful morning and dresses for a day of baking, gardening, and learning to make medicines. This authentic 1824 New Mexican outfit features: A white camisa edged in lace A bright-red skirt printed with a sprinkling of tiny blue wildflowers A beautiful blue woven sash Soft white drawers Faux-leather moccasins with laces
My Josefina needed more clothes, so I was happy to pick up her only major release in BeForever's Phase I. This is more-or-less the same thing as her original meet outfit, except with a different, brighter skirt and sash. The camisa, moccasins, and plain white boxers are unchanged. The new skirt is really pretty though, a bright red with brilliant blue flowers (not polka-dots, as was originally believed) and two orange-y stripes trimmed with more flowers along the bottom. The sash is bright blue and has a woven look to it. The skirt and camisa seem to fit her pretty well.
Part of the reason I bought this was for the moccasins. The PM meet outfit I bought Josefina on eBay came with real leather moccasins that were falling apart. These are a soft suede-esque material, very fake, but probably longer-lasting. However, I had a really hard time getting it on Josefina's feet over the socks from her Shoes and Socks set, and my Josefina is a Mattel doll with small feet. I'll have to try her sans socks as in the picture online next time.
If you have a Josefina who didn't come with a meet outfit, I think the skirt on this one is really pretty - the colors are gorgeous - and it comes with quite a bit for your buck. However, if you already have Josefina's original meet outfit, you might want to see if the skirt comes as a replacement part or hope it'll show up alone on the secondary market or eBay.
Last Edit: Sept 5, 2014 20:52:49 GMT -5 by starwenn
I've been looking for the original bike bloomers for my PM Samantha for ages. I was thrilled when I saw these! On one hand, they are very cute, as noted above. I love the real embroidery on the blouse and how nice and soft the checked bloomers are. However, it's also been noted that the gaiters are cheap felt that probably won't last for very long in play and are difficult to put on. Actually, the entire outfit is tight as heck. I had to struggle to get the bloomers over Sam's legs and the blouse over her arms. It looked cute when it was on, but keep that in mind if you're buying it for a PM doll.
I never thought Sam had enough hats, so I was happy to get this one! It's hard and well-constructed and should stand up to a lot of play. And as someone who can't tie bows to save her life, I'm glad they've started putting the girls' ribbons on scrunchies. (This one looks cute with her meet outfit as well if you didn't get the bow for that.)
Even with the aside, this is still a darling outfit and is recommended for people with Mattel or BeForever Samanthas who missed out on her bike bloomers the first time.
Samantha's Outfit It may not be “proper“ for Samantha to climb trees in her favorite pink dress, but that never stopped her! This authentic 1904 outfit includes: A petal-pink dress with a layer of sheer dotted mesh on top, a lace hem and collar, short puff sleeves, and a burgundy velvet sash Soft white tights Ruffled white bloomers Shiny black Mary Jane shoes
I am in love with this outfit! I bought it for my original PM Samantha, and it is just beyond cute on her. It's a fairly simple cotton-candy pink dress with a Swiss-dotted overskirt. The skirt is trimmed with lace. The huge collar is lace, too. The burgundy sash is velvet and is non-removable. (I wish it was. It would be pretty with both her current and original Christmas outfits.) The tights are standard white tights, but they're fairly thick and well-made. The bloomers are also fairly standard, the same kind of bloomers she came with originally. The Mary-Janes are shiny soft vinyl, a huge improvement over her original hard plastic monstrosities.
My concern was it wouldn't fit my plump Sam. Much to my delight, it fits her beautifully, with some room leftover for the skirt from her Lacy Whites under the dress. Even the stockings and shoes fit well. As mentioned, it didn't come with the hair scrunchie, but I have a hundred pink ribbons (and as I discovered, the pink ribbon scrunchie from Samantha's new Bicycling Outfit looks great with this dress).
It's so cute on Sam, it's well worth the $36 if you have an older doll who didn't come in this outfit.
Last Edit: Sept 5, 2014 20:52:02 GMT -5 by starwenn
I bought this back in the spring when it was on clearance. I grabbed it just under the wire - the day after I bought it, it was sold out! I've always thought this was a really cute outfit, and I'm not disappointed. The shirt and skirt are a little thinner than I thought they would be. Otherwise, everything is well-made and fits my plump PM Molly nicely. I was actually surprised the belt buckled at all - I figured it would be Velcro. My socks seem to be ok, with no pilling or ripping. (As Goo mentioned, they do snag easily - I got my fingernails caught on one, too.) I especially love the oxfords - they'll be nice replacements for Molly's hard-to-find Brown Oxfords. I also love that they're easy to tie (unlike the slippery laces on Molly's Saddle Shoes).
This is a really cute warm-weather school outfit for modern girls and girls from Kit's time onwards. Recommended.
Last Edit: Aug 24, 2014 19:30:15 GMT -5 by starwenn
I bought this for a surprisingly good price on eBay. It came with all the pieces, even the little flower clip. I wanted a nice bathing suit for my #4 Jessa and a decent hula skirt and leis for Molly. I got both for the price of one, along with one of the cutest accessories AG ever made, that pineapple ukulele. The bathing suit fits beautifully on plump PM Jessa. The snaps are a big plus - no snagging hair or fabric. Even the skirt fits decently and looks good. The leis are a lovely color that matches the suit nicely, and the necklace looks cute and hangs well.
Overall, highly recommended for Kanani and for any doll who needs a nice bathing suit and wants to go tropical.
I can't believe it took me this long to review my lovely PM #4. She's one of three dolls I got from my stepsister in the summer of 2009 when she cleared out her bedroom before going to college. My stepsister was adopted from China as a toddler - #4 was the closest doll to her mini-me in the late 90s. I named Jessa after her. Her limbs are loose and she has a mild case of silver eye in her right eye, but she's too sweet to send away. Her hair is slightly dry, but not as bad as my Samantha or Molly. It's thick and straight and fairly easy to style (a good thing for me, as I'm all thumbs with hair styling on humans and dolls).
If you're looking for an Asian doll and can find either version of #4 for a good price on eBay, grab her. She's a beautiful and sweet doll with a truly unique mold. Highly recommended.
I love this dress! I'm glad I finally got everything but the socks for a decent price on eBay. As mentioned, the shoes are especially cute and go with quite a few AG dresses, including modern ones. The pattern is really pretty, too. The colors are gorgeous and unique, and the ruffles on the skirt really give it some flair. The hat was slightly dented, but otherwise fine. It feels like straw and has a really nice, big grosgrain ribbon bow that matches the piping on the dress and the belt. It didn't really work on my #58 Whitney's curls, but would probably do fine with Kit or other dolls with straight hair.
Overall, not a bad choice if you can find it for a decent price for Kit, Ruthie, or other mid-20th-century dolls.
I bought this sans sash and rebozo on eBay. Given it's one of Josefina's harder-to-find outfits, I was happy to get any of it. (I'm using the sash from her Indigo Skirt set and her meet accessories rebozo.) It's really lovely. I especially like the detailed embroidery on the camisa. The colors are beautiful on her, too. The skirt has a nice, delicate lace edging that makes the skirt look quite dainty. Not a bad find if you can dig it up for a decent price on the secondary market.
I bought this for my #4 Jessa, who is a crafty type - I thought the bag would be perfect for her. It's by far the best thing about this set. It's colorful and creative, and looks like something listed in craft books from the 70s and 80s. I wouldn't mind doing something like this for myself, maybe without so many patches. The coin is one of the nicest of all AG "meet" coins - it's heavy and looks like the real thing. The beret is pretty much a pink version of Molly's. If you can handle hers, you'll probably be able to use this one. Since Jessa doesn't have pierced ears, the earrings aren't of much use to me, either, but they seem nice enough.
Unless your doll has earrings, you may just want to pick up pieces of this from AG or on the secondary market. The individual pieces are cute, but the earrings are of no use to dolls without pierced ears. For Ivy owners, grab this while you can - it's one of the better recent "meet" accessories sets.
I'm going to agree with everyone else. If you've been putting off buying this outfit because it looks like the Feast Day Finery or it's one piece, don't. It may not be the most necessary clothing in her collection, but it looks so amazing on her, it doesn't really matter. The pattern is gorgeous, and I adore the color and trim. It's well-made, even the soft little vest. The shoes are basically black faux-leather versions of the satin slippers from her Feast Day Finery. At the very least, they're not as slippery and probably won't be as prone to falling off. It fits my Mattel Josefina well, but not too tightly.
As Xmascat mentioned, the Heirloom Accessories look especially pretty with this outfit. The gold and red in the shawl brings out the colors in the skirt.
This is highly recommended, even if you already have the Feast Day Finery outfit. As mentioned, the vest and shoes are versatile and can be used with other outfits, and the dress is so pretty on Josefina, it's worth having for that alone.
I also thought the original $30 price tag on this one was too high, but my #4 Jessa loves colorful t-shirts. When it was a part of that massive sale, I grabbed it. I was right about the shirt - it does look cute on Jessa, and fits her just fine. However, Jessa is a very plump PM, and it took a lot of squeezing to get her into those short-shorts! The socks are cute, but they really do feel a little cheap compared to some thicker AG socks I have. I haven't tried the boots on yet - they're pretty well-made, other than the odd colors.
Ultimately, I am glad I bought this, if only for the t-shirt. Not a bad choice if you have a Mattel doll who needs a hiking or shorts outfit, but try to get it while it's on sale.
Last Edit: Apr 24, 2014 20:36:13 GMT -5 by starwenn
Wow, I thought I reviewed this. I picked this one up on eBay about two years ago. I can't tell when it was made; the jacket is a little tight on my PM/transitional Felicity. I didn't get the mob cap or the lace used for the jacket. I've substituted a white ribbon, which is a little wide to fit in the holes, but a lot less slippery. At any rate, the outfit looks so nice on Lissie, it's worth the trouble of lacing up that jacket.
This was my birthday splurge for myself with my free shipping/sale order. I wanted an Easter dress for my #58 Whitney, and I wasn't disappointed. This outfit is absolutely gorgeous. Yes, it's frilly, but it's more elegant than little-girl. The material drapes so nicely and is soft and not cheap-feeling at all. I also paired the shoes with socks and had a hard time getting them on.
The accessories will be used as Easter decorations in my apartment. My favorite thing is that cute basket. Much to my delight, all three bunnies fit perfectly. The double boiler is great, too, very heavy and realistic-looking plastic. My only concern is that the tiny spoon may end up getting lost.
If you can only afford one of the Limited-Edition sets that came out last month, get this one. The dress is a little ruffly for Kit, but cute for Ruthie, Molly, or the girlier moderns, and the pieces are just darling.
I've been trying to get Lissie at least one version of her accessories for ages. I finally picked up an older, maroon box version of her lavender accessories mint on eBay. Everything looks like it's never been touched. I kind of wish the drawstring bag had been - it's very stiff and hard to close. I'm not a fan of the choker, either. It's kind of blahh. The cap is nice, though (especially since my Lissie only had one cap). My bit seems really plastic-y as well, a disappointment considering some of the more realistic historical coins I've seen.
The version of the accessories you get probably depends on which "meet" outfit your Lissie came in and your own personal preferences. While I'm glad I got this one, if just for the cap, I may see if I can find the original PM coral necklace and red-bow cap around as well.
I just picked up what seems to be a Mattel version of this on eBay - the choker is elastic and the fringe on the shawl is shorter. Still, it's lovely for what it is. Versatile, too. Josefina could probably wear the shawl with other outfits, and the necklace and fan could be used by many different dolls, including moderns. I especially like the fan, but then, I always liked those lace or feathered fans that ladies carried in the movies. Highly recommended, for Josefina owners or those looking for accessories that can work across many collections.
I just picked up what appears to be an early PC version of this on eBay, complete with maroon box, hanger, and the pamphlet advertising Josefina's birthday items and explaining their significance. I can't believe how gorgeous Josefina is in it. I was impressed with this when it first came out, and I like it even more in person. I love the beautiful, rich colors, cute ruffled camisa, and wide skirt. My Mattel doll fit in everything just fine, even the shoes over the socks from her Christmas Dress.
Two minor complaints - the orange sash has apparently always been too short to tie in a bow in the back, and yes, those shoes are apt to come off. Otherwise, this is probably Josefina's loveliest outfit and an absolute must-have in her collection.
I bought this one mainly because it comes with so many pieces. That and I'm a sucker for poofy skirts. The skirt is dark pinkish lace with an underskirt of satiny material trimmed with stiff net. It stands out quite adorably on the doll, almost like a tutu. The waist is made of the same satin.
The sequin collar on the otherwise simple blouse is light felt sewn with tiny circular sequins that catch the light. It seems a little flimsy, but those sequins do sparkle quite prettily. The blouse was a tight fit on Whitney - it probably won't work with PM dolls.
I didn't try the barrette on Whitney until after I took that photo. It's three chunky plastic "stones" with a metal closure. I was impressed not only with how substantial and heavy the barrette is, but how much of Whitney's curly mop it held. It looks really cute on her, very sophisticated.
I didn't try the shoes on her because it's definitely not sandals weather here at the moment. They're pink faux-leather sandals and seem to be well-made.
Overall, this is a good bargain for the current price ($30) because of all the pieces if you have a Mattel doll in need of a fancy winter/spring outfit.
Last Edit: Feb 18, 2014 22:44:30 GMT -5 by starwenn
My #58 Whitney came in this outfit. The boots are probably my favorite part. Ok, they're a little flimsy, but they're cute, and I like the green embroidery. The shirt is a nice shade of pink - it's not quite as babyish in person and could probably mix and match with many outfits. I'm not as fond of the skirt. The cut is nice, but the fabric is some kind of cheap jersey and feels a little strange.
Overall, not the worst meet outfit out there. The colors work on many dolls, and the pieces work well with other clothes.