I picked this one up along with the Pink Striped Birthday Pinafore outfit on eBay earlier this summer. While yes, it is quite thin, that's my only real complaint. Even more than her Birthday Pinafore dress, this is pretty and elegant without being too fussy, and the removable collar gives it a bit more versatility than many of her outfits. It pairs rather nicely with the white heels from Rebecca's Lace Dress.
Although my stepsister's Molly came with a beret, she was missing all of her other accessories, and the beret was stretched out. I just ordered a new set direct from AG. While not the flashiest accessories set, this is one of the cutest and most versatile. I love how big and red Molly's bag is. It's roomy and sturdy and could probably hold several of her smaller items, like the newspaper from her camp set. (It also has a normal vinyl strap - no velvet on plastic as Goo described, thank goodness.)
I'm not a coin expert, but the penny seems to be a pretty good reproduction. The handkerchief is just adorable. I love that it looks like Molly embroidered it herself. The locket has a fairly long chain, and I had no trouble with the simple clasp. Like all recent versions of the locket, it didn't come with a picture of her dad.
The beret hasn't changed much over the years. It's exactly the same as my stepsister's PM beret, right down to the wool fabric used. Both berets do fit on Molly's head with some pulling.
So yes, I highly recommend this for Molly owners, if only for the beret, bag, and locket. These pieces are simple enough to work with many modern dolls as well.
Like Skulka, I bought this as a summer outfit for Felicity. It really is a pretty dress - I especially love the cute bow. However, besides the historical inaccuracy with the lace and color, this dress has one big problem - that darn cheap fabric snags like crazy. My dress came from eBay, and it's snagged all over the place.
There's the shoes, too. As EofA pointed out, they're really rather silly for a "walk in the countryside." At the very least, they're nice and stiff and made from a decent fabric, and they fit very well, even over the historically accurate stockings (and on my Lissie's big PM feet).
By far the best reason to get this outfit is the hat. It's silky and smooth, and though it may not go with other outfits, it looks gorgeous on its own and with the dress.
The delicate fabric makes this iffy for very young girls, but for collectors who have Elizabeth or Felicity and aren't bothered by historical inaccuracy, this is a lovely summer dress that looks good on both dolls.
I wasn't going to get this one after I saw all the negative reviews, but I found a good price for it on eBay and finally decided to finish out my Samantha's collection. Maybe it's the girlie-girl in me who loves frills, or maybe it's I got a nice PM/transitional version from about 1997 (from the tag on the dress), but I have to admit, I love it. I love the cute puffed sleeves and the soft, cotton candy-colored pink and white stripes. I love the big, stiff skirt. I love that ruffly pinafore that is so little-girl. I didn't get the rosebud circlet, and given how delicate many people here said it is, I think I'm better off without it or making my own version.
Yes, I know the dress is fairly plain without the pinafore. Yes, I know the taffeta feels kind of cheap. For me, it doesn't detract from how darn sweet this is. Your mileage may vary on this one, especially since Samantha and Rebecca have other pink-and-white summer outfits that could perform the same function as a formal hot-weather outfit.
I picked up this outfit for Josefina on eBay, the first "camisa" outfit I got for her. I got Josefina from a yard sale with no Meet outfit, so I can't compare the camisas. I can say that I like how nice and simple this is. I think the lace edging is so sweet and dainty! I think it's a PM/transitional - the stripes look more like the one on the right in PleasantMemories' picture. It still fits my Mattel-era Josefina pretty well. This is an absolute must for Josefina, especially if you don't have her Meet outfit like me.
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I just picked up what I believe to be a Pre-Mattel version on eBay. Mine too is very white and in perfect shape - it doesn't look like it was ever used. I'm disappointed that it isn't flannel, or something a bit softer. My mom made me a version of this nightgown out of flannel instead of cotton when I was a teenager, but I lost it when I washed it at a laundromat and accidentally left it there years ago. Still, this one is very pretty too, with it's crocheted lace and dainty bows. A sweet pair of pajamas for Samantha, Nellie, Rebecca, or even some girlier modern dolls.
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I just picked up what I believe to be a fairly recent Mattel version on eBay. Much to my surprise, the fit was rather loose on my skinny Mattel Josefina. I did end up with the cheap "pleather" vest; it doesn't fit that badly, but it doesn't look all that "real," either. I love reds, oranges, and yellows, so the colors here are right up my alley, and they look sensational on Josefina. The ruffles on the bottom add a sweet touch.
I probably should have waited for an earlier version of this to come along, but my Josefina came from a yard sale with only what was on her back and needed clothes. If you can find it online, you may be better off getting an earlier variation with a more real-looking vest. Still, it's very pretty for what it is now, especially the dress alone.
The Josefina I found at a yard sale yesterday came wearing this dress, without the black jacket. She has splendid taste. I've long thought this was Josefina's prettiest Regency-style outfit. I love the sweet, dainty print and lace trim. This is also one of Josefina's more versatile dresses. The neutral colors looks good on almost every doll AG makes and can pass as a modern dress as well. Worth picking up for Josefina, Caroline, or even modern girls.
I found a lovely near-mint Josefina at a yard sale today for $25. Her hair is a mess and her limbs are a little loose, but otherwise, she seems to be fine. What a beauty she is! She's my first doll with the Josefina mold and my first doll with earrings. AG's description of her is on the nose - those brown eyes really do glimmer! Her face is just so sweet. If you're on the fence about her, she's recommended - especially if you like to play with hair, as she has plenty to play with.
Found this one on eBay in its entirety except for the scarf. I love it, and so does Molly. The twill pants fit my plump PM Molly very well (better than her tight After-School corduroys), even with the long white shirt from the 1995 meet outfit tucked in. The jacket and cap look absolutely real, from the realistic leather to the Fifinella patch.
Yes, it does lack a shirt and shoes. My Molly is wearing the penny loafers that came with the Girl Scout Uniform right now. This might work with her white School Jumper or the shirt that comes under her Camp Uniform, too.
Recommended for the jacket and pants alone for air-crazy Kit, military Molly, and modern dolls with military backgrounds.
This is one of two costumes I got from my stepsister when she gave me her dolls and their collections in 2009. (The other was the Sugar Plum Fairy outfit.) It was missing the mask, wrap, and bag. The remaining items seem to be in perfect shape, with no cracking on the tiara.
Personally, I think that while the dress itself isn't that bad, the tiara and wrap are kind of ugly and a bit awkward-looking. AG would do a much better mermaid costume a few years later.
This was the only pajamas that came with the dolls my stepsister gave me in 2009, which could be why there was two of them. It came intact, with the book and the AG Bear Slippers. The book was a little messy after all this time, but it was still readable - it's an abridged "Games and Giggles."
The pajamas themselves are simple, but have a really cute mailbox print and are made from cozy flannel that seems to have held up really well. My dolls don't wear pajamas that often, but the last time I tried this on my PM #4 Jessa, it fit just fine. It might be a little big on thinner recent Mattel dolls.
The real reason to get this is the AG Bear Slippers. They are so cute. Like the sleep shirt, they're cozy, soft, and have held up well over the years. I wouldn't mind having a pair myself.
Recommended for 90s kids or for folks looking for simple yet cozy pajamas with unique footwear.
I got these from my stepsister when she gave me her dolls and their things in the summer of 2009. Because of their size, I stored them in the back room (my apartment equivalent of an attic) and kept forgetting about them until I put them up to do a classroom-themed doll story today.
On one hand, the details are so much fun to look at. The classroom is so realistic and versatile, I used it for a kindergarten and elementary school class, and neither looked out of place. I even got away with using it without furniture. The cheery yellow kitchen is really cute, too.
On the other hand, as Rabluv pointed out, these things are BIG. There's a reason I mostly keep it in storage. Unless you have lots of room to display them, you're probably best off doing the same until you need them.
I was delighted to find the entire set, including the original thick towel, beach ball, and cards, for a good price on eBay. What a gorgeous bathing suit! It doesn't seem too immodest to me at all. It's a well-made, soft piece that looks both contemporary and right for the mid-40s.
As I mentioned, I have an earlier version with a thicker, longer towel that Molly can actually sit on. Heck, I wish I could find a beach towel for me that was as nice as Molly's. The ball is too cute - you can really blow it up and toss it around. Yes, the necklace is a bit too big, but that's probably for safety reasons.
If you have Molly or a doll like Kanani who might look pretty in peach and needs a bathing suit, this one is worth the relatively high price tag because of the quality and all the pieces.
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I just got the second version of Sam's Bathing Costume on eBay. The lot just came with the suit, skirt, cap, shoes, hanger, and collectable cards. I've been wanting either this or Samantha's Bicycle Outfit for my Sam as a summer play outfit for a long time, and I'm definately not disappointed. The romper and skirt are high-quality, heavy-weight cotton. The ruffled cap is a cute touch. The shoes are a tad hard to get on my PM Sam's feet with black Springfield Collection stockings on, but not too bad.
Along with the Middy Dress, this is a must-have summer outfit for Samantha, Nellie, Rebecca, and other late Victorian/Edwardian era dolls.
For some reason, my stepsister had the mid-90s version of this in her collection, despite not owning Kirsten. I'm glad. As mentioned, it's a very nice piece, very well-made. I do love the use of fabric from her real clothing (mine includes her summer and spring outfits) in the quilt design! My girls use it as an extra blanket for chilly evenings.
I also have the doll quilt, which is also cute and has held up well, but as it's so small, I seldom use it.
I got this outfit in an eBay lot that included the Jitterbug outfit and the red tap shoes, no crown or socks. I absolutely love it, and so does my Molly. It's one of my favorite dance costumes that AG has made for the dolls. The dress is gorgeous. I love the sequin trim and layer under the skirt for extra flair. The deal clincher was the red tap shoes. They're so cute and shiny, and they have the real metal taps on them. The dress fitted my PM Molly just fine, with no shoving. The shoes were tougher over her Miss Victory Costume socks, but I did get them on. Highly recommended if you can find it for dancers, Molly and Emily, or for those looking for something fancy and patriotic.
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I was delighted to finally pick up this in an eBay lot last Christmas for my dance-obsessed Molly. I only got the dress, but that was enough to make Molly a very happy little jitterbugger! It's soft and silky and feels like a real dance costume. I too wish it was in two separate pieces - the blouse would go great with other fancy skirts and pants - but other than that, this is utterly adorable for dancers or Molly and Emily if you can find it.
Considering how sought-after this outfit is, I was thrilled to win everything but the shoes and plaid shirt on eBay. No wonder it's popular. It may be the single most realistic modern outfit AG ever did, and certainly the best for mix-and-match. The sweater's a little big and the hat's bigger, but that kind of goes with the grunge vibe. Fits just fine on my PM #4.
I remember my sister and her best friend coming home in clothes like this in the mid-late 90s, much to the despair of my mother who wanted them to grow out of their tomboy phases! They did...but the outfit remains timeless. Highly recommended for boy customs, less overtly girlie-girls, and those in need of the perfect separates for layering.
Very cute outfit. I picked it up on eBay, and while it did come with the hair accessory, it only came with one shoe. Shirt and overalls fit my plump PM #4 Jessa just fine. Jess loves the shirt so much, she says she may live in it from now on. Great for Julie and both male and female modern dolls.
I bought this for my Samantha as a more stylish alternative to her Pink Striped Birthday Pinafore dress. Along with Molly's Polka-Dot Outfit, it's the prettiest of last year's spring historical dresses. I was delighted at how well it fit my PM Samantha. The shoes fit perfectly too, even with Sam wearing tights (though I haven't tried standing her in them yet).
The ribbon is my only complaint. I wish it was longer. I had such a hard time getting it into a bow, I finally gave up and used a longer pink ribbon I had for the Talent Show Dress. Highly recommended for Nellie, Samantha, Rebecca, and other early 20th century girls.
I bought this for my Molly the week after Christmas, but I didn't get around to putting her in it until now because it's really a spring outfit, and I wanted it for Easter. I absolutely love it. The color suits both Molly and Emily, the design is versatile and allows for mix-and-match, and it looks historically accurate as well. Yes, the shoes were a mild problem with my PM Molly and her big feet, and yes, I do wish they'd included ribbons, but otherwise, this is really cute and one of my favorites of last year's new spring historical outfits.
I finally found this much-sought-after dress for a decent price on eBay. No wonder everyone says it's one of Samantha's best. It looks absolutely gorgeous on her, and is historically accurate to boot. Interestingly, I had no problems getting it on my PM Samantha. The lot didn't come with the ribbon, but I have plenty of ribbons that would work with it anyway. If you have Samantha, Nellie, or an Edwardian-era character and can find this dress for an affordable price, grab it. It's very worth it.
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I found what I believe to be a PM set on eBay - it came with a hanger and a plastic burgundy garment bag with a dress picture on it along with the pants, shirt, and navy ribbons. I probably overpaid for it, since the top and bottom buttons are missing, but I've wanted this for Molly for a couple of years now. I could probably fix the buttons.
Buttons aside, I love it. The flannel shirt and corduroy pants have worn well over the years. If anything, the outfit's vintage makes it feel even more like something a real ten year old would wear to play, even now. I didn't have problems with the sleeves, but the waist of the pants were a little snug on Molly. My Molly's a plump PM doll, though - it may not even be an issue with Mattel dolls.
If you can find this used for even a remotely decent price, grab it. It's a great mix-and-match outfit - would probably be wonderful for boy customs, too.
I picked up what I believe to be a Mattel version of these from eBay last fall. The slippery laces are hard to tie, and it took me forever to get them on Molly's feet. It was worth it in the end. She looks so cute (and she knows it - she's wearing them now with her Skating Outfit).
Overall, I'd say these are perfect play shoes for any Molly collection.
I was also on the fence about this one, for the same reason as everyone else - the cost didn't seem to justify three pieces. I finally caved in and grabbed it when I saw an early version mint in the box on eBay, complete with the original perforated cards advertising Molly and Emily's winter outfits and accessories and a hanger.
I like it and will keep it, but my feelings are mixed. The skirt fits my PM Molly just fine, but the sweater is too tight over her School Outfit blouse. She can't put her arms down all the way! I had no problems with the buttons, and the fabric seemed like a nice, soft flannel to me.
Anyway, the skirt might be a nice mix-and-match piece, and the sweater's cute for the thinner Mattel girls.
I just got the PM version of the cloak on eBay. It always seemed so simple, I figured I could make something similar or have it made...but then Felicity was the last of my AG dolls to lack a coat or some kind of winter weather protection. Red is my favorite color, so I was delighted to see how bright and warm this is! It's a nice, thick piece of felt, with long ties. I wish the ties were a little thicker, but they do tie well. The felt is so thick, it doesn't really need lining. My only very minor complaint is that, yes, the edges are unfinished and may ravel with time. Otherwise, I'm glad I finally caved in and grabbed this. No wonder Lissie wears it in most of her books!
I picked this up in mint condition on eBay for my PM #4 Jessa for Christmas. I really didn't have any interest in the modern dolls when they debuted in 1995, and I barely looked twice at this outfit. I mainly bought it for the pieces, rather than the outfit as a whole. While yes, it looks extremely early 90s when put together, it remains one of the best for mix-and-match. Jessa's wearing the vest turned to the magenta part now. It came with Grin Pins still on the cardboard, but not the velvet flats (not a huge loss, since Jess still has the velvet flats from her First Day Meet Outfit). My white shirt came with Velcro.
I found Mini Cécile at Barnes and Noble, and since a friend gave me Mini Marie-Grace for Christmas, I decided, why not pick Cécile up, too? Cécile is so sweet. I love how wonderfully soft her hair is. I wish my curls were that soft! Her curls are a little unruly, but so's mine, so I can't complain there. Her dress is a little stiff, and I wished it billowed out as nicely as Mini Marie-Grace's, but other than that, I think she's a real little beauty.
I got my Mini Marie-Grace for Christmas from a friend who collects historical books for children but not dolls. I think she's just darling. Her dress is so pretty, and her hair is soft and a really beautiful color. Her teeth don't bother me that much, as I have an overbite myself.