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.
I just got what I believe to be the Mattel version of this doll for Samantha for Christmas from eBay. She must not have ever been played with, because she's absolutely gorgeous, with perfectly smooth and shiny hair and no runs or stains on her dress. She's missing the Nutcracker, but otherwise, she's perfect. No wonder Samantha wanted her so badly in "Samantha's Surprise!"
I found Miss Abigail Griddle Bear (she insisted that was her name) a few months ago on eBay. She didn't come with clothes, but otherwise, she's a beauty. I collect teddy bears, so she's right up my alley. She's soft and comfortable, yet of a good weight and well-made. She's become good friends with my slightly larger Steiff bear Brownie.
I got this on eBay for Molly and my modern doll Jessa to share. This sweet outfit is one of the most versatile AG makes, bar none. Because I got it second-hand, it didn't come with the shoes or the clip - Molly's wearing the shoes from Kit's yellow floral dress. While the sweater set does still snap and button, alas, my skirt comes with Velcro instead of a hook closure, which I would have preferred.
Everything else is great, though. The sweater and skirt are otherwise well-made and very soft, with no pulls or pills. The sweaters are a little tight on Molly, but she's a PM and this appears to be a Mattel version, probably fairly recent. The skirt is a comfortable linen and a very pretty pattern.
I picked this up for a good price on eBay for Molly and my PM #4 Jessa to share. Yes, the pants are much too tight. I had to struggle to get Jessa in them. On the other hand, the shirt is cute, and I absolutely adore the realistic high-top sneakers. They remind me of the Converse high-tops that were popular in the late 80s and early 90s. They even have nifty rubber tread with the original AG of Today logo on them. The yellow socks are nice and thick, too.
Highly recommended if you can find it; great for boys and girls, as well as historicals Molly and Julie.
I bought this on eBay for my birthday (and Molly's). I wanted to get it for her last year - she still needs summer clothes and pants - but it was back-ordered. It's such a cute outfit. Surprisingly, the NIB set I got seems to be from 2007 - it still had the perforated cards with Molly and Emily's summer outfits (all of which but Molly's Bathing Suit are discontinued now).
This is a great, classic outfit, and it's a shame they retired it. It fits fine on my PM Molly, and I love how the shirt really buttons, instead of using velcro. The quality on everything is great, and the hat's adorable! One of the all-time best AG outfits for mixing and matching.
I just picked up what I believe to be a PM version of this outfit from eBay. It's fully-lined and has nice, thick, soft woolen fabric. Problems getting it to lay right aside, I really love it. It seems so warm and snuggly, and the gaters are a nice addition. Sam looks so elegant in this cloak!
(My ribbon ties have also snagged, the only other problem I have with this outfit.)
I just got the dress and regular lace stomacher on eBay, no extras. First of all, I'm disappointed that they used velcro for the last of these dresses instead of more sensible snaps. I also agree that the fabric is awful. It feels more like a bright blue parachute than a ball gown!
On the other hand, the color looks gorgeous on my PM/transitional Felicity, and it's still such a pretty dress, it was worth getting. (Especially since I doubt I could learn to sew well enough to make this pattern anytime soon!) I could probably figure out how to make her a lace cap, and if her mother can improvise a necklace in the book...well, so can I.
I bought this for my Molly, who really needs a winter coat. While I agree with the general consensus that it needs socks and a blouse or shirt, it's otherwise very cute and well-done. I love the pretty embroidered flowers on the jacket, and the fleecy bib snowsuit feels so warm, I almost wish I had a pair! The boots are very realistic and fit nicely over the pair of socks that came with Molly's Miss Victory Tap Outfit. The yarn that keeps the mittens from getting lost is a nice (and practical!) touch.
I got this today from AG. I absolutely adore it! It's so cute. I've seen older versions on eBay that didn't come with the tap shoes. I really wanted the tap shoes, so I decided to get this directly from the source...and I wasn't disappointed. My Molly looks so cute! Unlike earlier versions of this outfit, the fabric is nice and soft, and not stiff at all. It also gets big points for using the non-snagging Velcro. This kind of fabric is notorious for snagging easily.
The crown is still cardboard attached to elastic. This isn't a problem for me, but for people who buy this for kids, be warned that the crown probably won't last long. Also, as much as I love the shoes, I had a hard time getting them on over Molly's socks. Maybe she'd be better off wearing tights of some kind with this outfit.
I received the Mattel Riding Habit from my mother for Christmas. (Good thing she got it early, well before it sold out on AG's website!) My Felicity desperately needed winter clothes.
While the fabric is a little thin, it still looks nice and warm, and is a lovely emerald color. Yes, the edges are unfinished, but my dolls don't see a lot of rough play, so that shouldn't be a problem. The jacket is very tight; it took a little struggling to get it on Felicity over her shift. The hat is nice, with pretty braiding and a good-sized feather.
Overall, I really love it. It's very true to the period and to Felicity's stories and her tomboyish personality.
This really is a gorgeous outfit. My stepsister told me she bought this for her #4 doll when she used her for a project on Chinese New Year. The ribbons and flower clips are long gone, but she gave me everything else, including the velvet shoes. Jessa wears this as her Christmas outfit, and she looks lovely in it. It's held up surprisingly well over the years, considering it spent a lot of that time in my stepsister's closet. The frogs are still attached; nothing is frayed or ripped.
The velvet shoes get a lot of use around here. Samantha and Molly have both worn them with their dresses. They're a bit different than the shoes my stepsister's #4 came with in her First Day Meet Outfit. Those shoes, at least the ones I have, were more silky than velvety.
I have this! My aunt gave it to me for Christmas one year. I use the tin for a Christmas decoration with my porcelain doll display and keep the recipes and the cookie cutters out year-round. I use the cookie cutters to make Molasses Roll-Out Cookies for friends during the holidays. And the tin and cookie cutters are still in perfect shape, no denting or rusting. Well-worth looking for.
I just got the pantsuit and slippers (no ribbon) off of eBay for my Molly. I like these a lot better than either Molly's or Kit's current pajamas! In fact, I think these might be the cutest pajamas American Girl makes.
Though I didn't really have much trouble with the pantsuit, even on my PM Molly's plump rear, I could not get the slippers on! They kept getting pushed down in the back. I did finally get them on, but I'm going to have to remember to pull them out at the sides when she wears them. Her feet are pretty large.
Otherwise, these are highly recommended for patriotic Molly, tomboyish Kit, and any modern American Girls looking for sailor and patriotic show costumes, or just for really comfy, unique PJs.
Like SailorMolly, I got this dress for my Molly off eBay as a hand-me-down. (Not to mention all of Molly's summer outfits were backordered at AG's site at the time, and she badly needed summer clothing.) I think this is one of Kit's most adorable dresses. The fabric is a little thin, but that goes with it being a warm-weather outfit. It's the most cheerful, cute print, though.
My favorite part hasn't been mentioned yet. I love that embroidered collar! It really adds a nice feminine touch to the dress.
I've been wanting to get this dress for years, so when I finally saw a good price for it on eBay, I went ahead and said "what the heck?"
I definitely wasn't disappointed. I got the whole outfit in mint condition, and it was worth every penny. The pinafore is slightly stiff, but that's ok. That was probably just being in the box for a few days. Sam looks so cute in this dress, it makes up for anything. It's also one of the few genuinely versatile outfits in her wardrobe.
My one and only complaint is I agree with Rosieangel that the hair ribbon is a lovely touch but really hard to tie! I have to admire all of you who seem to have gotten it right. I'll leave it for now, but next time I may end up doing what Ag2elizabeths did with her Elizabeth and use the thinner white ribbon I have for the Middy Dress.
When I got my stepsister's dolls last year, I also got the tutu, wings, headband, and one slipper. I've since gotten rid of the one slipper. I could probably find better ones at AG or on eBay.
I've kept this because my Molly loves to dance, but I agree that AG has since done much better outfits. It looks more like one of the Halloween costumes AG did in the late 90s and early 2000s. The tutu is a bit flat from being in a box for several years. The tiara is cute but hard on dolls' heads - don't expect to be able to take it off without even a little pulling of hair. The wings do stay on, but they flap around and would probably be a bit of a distraction in a real dance production.
I have Molly's bike. It isn't in the best of shape, but it runs. The handlebars are so loose, they can be pulled right off. I don't know if that's from lots of play, or how my stepsister had it set up in her closet for five years. It's also missing a pedal.
My poor Samantha needed winter clothes, so I got this for her off eBay. It didn't come with the ribbons, but she has plenty of white and black ones that look just fine. My version is PM. It feels nice and soft, not cheap at all. It looks good on her, and it's one of the few outfits in her collection that feels elegant without being too frou-frou.
My stepsister was in Girl Scouts, and this was one of the first outfits she got for her modern doll. I got it when she gave me her dolls and their outfits. I like it. I was never in Girl Scouts and can't vouch for the authenticity, but the shorts, shoes, and shirt are all great mix-and-match pieces. The vest still has all the little patches. The socks are the only things missing. Otherwise, the outfit is in great shape.
My Molly originally belonged to my stepsister. She came with her "meet outfit" skirt, sweater, dickey, and one shoe. (The other shoe, socks, underwear, and ribbons are probably lost in my stepsister's room somewhere.)
I haven't had any problems with the sweater. Yes, it's a little hard to get over her head, but it's cute and a perfect mix-and-match piece. Molly wore it last fall. I haven't tried the dickey with the sweater yet. I might put it on when she wears the sweater again, just to see if it does lay flat.
The skirt...oh, where do I begin? I keep it in the back room, where lint isn't a problem...but the Velcro's so gone, it won't fit her or my modern doll Jessa. Plus, I washed it, and I think it may have shrunk somehow. I had to give her a ribbon belt when she wore it last fall.
This is my Sam's fall/school dress, worn when it's too hot for her wool school dress, but a tad cool out for lighter clothes. While it's not my favorite of her outfits, either, I do love the details. The ribbon belt is a great touch! The colors really look nice on Sam. My Sam is from 1993, and my dress has the thicker taffeta. I've never had any trouble with wrinkles, on the dress or hair ribbon, but I tend to store them hanging or laying flat.
The rest of this outfit isn't in as good of shape. Her stockings and underwear are so stretched out, they fall off of her if she wears them. I still have them, but she now wears new Springfield Collection black stockings, and I may try to make her similar underwear or ask my mother if she can.
And few people like her annoying shoes, including me! Mine aren't even in very good shape. Years of Samantha just barely fitting into the whitewashed baby bassinet I used for her bed has left the shoes with long white scrapes on the back. I gladly retired them to the dolls' shoe basket when my mother bought vinyl slip-on black shoes for all of my dolls to share last Christmas.
This seems to be what my stepsister's modern doll came in. Honestly, I think it's cute. She's missing the socks, scrunchie, and accessories, and the corduroy pants are stretched. However, everything else seems to be in good shape, including the jacket, underwear, and shoes. She wears the jacket in the winter, and the shirt and pants are great mix and match pieces. Maybe it's a bit colorful and dated for everyone's taste, but it has its uses.
Felicity is one of three dolls my stepsister gave me when she went to college, and I believe she's the newest of the bunch. I'm guessing she's pre-Mattel. She has the plump body, soft vinyl, gorgeous auburn hair, and pretty muted green eyes. She also has the most face paint of my four dolls, which makes me wonder if she's from the transitional late 90s. She came with the Rose Garden Dress, heavy black buckled shoes, and the thick, woolen stockings...which alas, have rather big holes in the tops. She's wearing them now because I don't really have anything else for her, and her long dresses hide the holes anyway.
She was also in the best shape of the three dolls I got from my sister. Her hair is slightly dry on the ends, but otherwise thick and manageable. Her limbs are less floppy than the others and she can stand on her own just fine. Her face paint is all there and hasn't faded one bit.
My tan-bodied PM Molly is probably about '96-97ish - I got her from my stepsister. She told me Molly was her first and favorite AG doll. Molly was her baby much like Samantha was (and is) mine, and it shows. She apparently got fed up with dealing with her hair and gave her a bob haircut not unlike Kit's. She also dyed her hair with red Kool-Aid.
While she probably got into trouble for it, my stepsister actually did a very nice job on Molly's hair. It looks like it came in a bob. I washed out as much of the Kool-Aid as I could. It's not red-red anymore, but it still has slight reddish highlights. I like it. It makes her unique, and it's surprisingly cute with her gray eyes. Her hair is dry, even after a Downy-dunk, but it's not as obvious thanks to the bob.
Also surprising, given she's the most played-with of all of my dolls and her limbs are quite loose, Molly can stand on her own if you set her feet up right. Even my Sam can't manage that anymore.
Molly has more face color than Sam does, though not as much as some of the Mattel Mollys I've seen. She has the softer vinyl body and a slight tilt to her head that gives her an adorable, quizzical look. She's just such a sweetheart. No wonder my stepsister adored her.
(And she doesn't have her glasses. I really need to find some for her. My sister said she sat on them and broke them!)
Ahh, my sweet Sam. Sam looks very much like Bananabelle's Sam, only with some face paint on her lips and a scratch on the paint of her left eyelid. I was about 13 when I received her as my big present for Christmas 1993, so she's not quite as played with as some of the Sams mentioned here. Her hair has been very dry for years. Until I came to this site, I dealt with it by keeping it in a permanent pony tail. After I read the suggestions here, I washed it and Downy-dunked it. The ends are still pretty dry, but it is otherwise better. She has loose limbs and isn't great at standing, probably due to spending most of my college years on my bed.
And yet, with all that...she's my baby. She's been one of my closest friends since I was 13. She's always been there to hug and kiss.
And I'm glad to hear that I'm not the only one who doesn't like her meet shoes. They're impossible to put on! I finally retired them after my mother bought strapless vinyl shoes from the Springfield Collection that I can actually get on her feet. They're in the basket in the back, but she rarely wears them now.
I bought this dress on eBay as a warm-weather replacement for the hard-to-find retired Summer Dress for my PM Felicity. While it's not my favorite of her outfits and, like many of you, I prefer the Rose Garden Gown as a "meet" outfit, it's still very nice. The fabric doesn't bother me, either. Seems like it would be fine for a hot day in Virginia! I love the little flowers, too. They're a cute touch. Can't comment on the accessories or socks, since the eBay package only came with the dress.
This is the only extra outfit that came with my sister's PM Felicity that she gave me last year besides her original "Rose Garden" meet dress. She picked a good one. The pins, socks, and ribbon are probably lost somewhere in my sister's messy room, but I love the dress and the pinner. Felicity's wearing it now, and wore it all last summer. As mentioned, it's a surprisingly cute look, despite pink not usually going well with red. I love the pretty coordinating floral fabric of the pinner and the little roses on the sleeves.
One of Molly's nicest dresses, this is one of four outfits my sister had when she gave me to her, and the only one for warmer weather. She wore this all last summer. I thought the ruffles were a bit much, but they are authentic to the time period and VERY Molly! Because my sister had the dress for years, it's yellowed a bit and the crown is likely long-gone, but it's otherwise intact.