So the comments on the photos were a lot of "wow, 28 looks just like Marisol!" Now, I don't have Marisol, but I do have 28, and I absolutely love her.
Her hair is a blend of dark and light brown strands that falls just below her shoulders, with the same part as Marisol's. The hair on the left side of the part near her face is longer than on her right, which is rather cute and probably adds to the styling capabilities.
Her eyes are a nice dark brown - not so dark to be black, but very rich nonetheless.
I've noticed that in halogen lighting, as on the website photos, the lighter bits of her hair stand out, which makes her hair seem much lighter and very close to the skintone. But in daylight, her hair looked much darker.
Also, with her arrival in pigtails, her hair is rather stiff and clumpy along the part in the back, but I'm told that should get fixed with brushing.
#28 in Josefina's outfits as requested! Well, I only have the Weaving one, but still, here ya go!
(I love that outfit so much! I had to play with the rebozo as many ways as I could )
Also, I managed to get the short hair into a ponytail. TA DA!
I've been able to do loads of hairstyles, but I've lost the blog post with photos.
I like best to do two pigtails, a single ponytail, or to pull bits of hair back from the front and secure with barrettes or bobby pins or the like.
I've also done two french braids, two regular braids, a half ponytail, which all took patience. And then I've done lots of styles that weren't really planned but made up as I went along, using twists and small braids and stuff. Last night I did a variation on the pony-veil that was really cute - one tiny braid from the hair next to the part at her forehead, a tiny braid further back along the part, and a tiny braid from the hair above her ear, then I pulled each of the three braids back and braided them together a short amount, then put in a barrette. I did that on each side and it was really cute.
Headbands - either the regular kind or tied ribbons - generally look really nice, too.
This is a very pretty doll. Her hair is a nice length for styling, and I really like the combination of hair and eye color. Yeah, it's brown and blue, but the highlights in the hair just look really good.
The curl is kinda weird, though. It's like this enormous flip, right at the ends of her hair, reminiscent of the 60s - only minus the beehive. It looks super cute when done in pigtails, but I've had a heckuva time styling it so that there isn't an enormous flip. When I put it up in a ponytail, all the hair curled under, and from the side it looked the same as if I were looking through one of those curling waves that surfers ride through.
All in all, very cute and pretty, but not something I'm very good at working with. Most of my attempts have come out pretty extreme looking, so I gave her a bun, and the curl is a plus for doing that.
I should probably note that I have stick-straight hair and always have, so I'm not used to working with waves or curls or anything.
I was not planning to buy any of the colonial girls' things, but I decided that Beatrice needed a nightgown, and I wanted to get a sleep-hat for her, so she could sleep in the bed sometimes without getting her hair messed up. Since the colonial night shifts have mob caps, we decided to get Elizabeth's.
The shift itself is very pretty. It has a rectangular neckline with some pretty pink and green flower embroidery right below. There is no waistline, since by definition, shifts don't have one. It is fairly close-fitting right under her arms (it doesn't fit smoothly on Beatrice or on the site photo), but flares dramatically into a very wide skirt, ended around her calves. The back has the soft velcro, which is about six inches long.
The sleeves were awkward to get on at first, because of the closeness at the shoulder and the elastic at the cuff, but I figured out how to get it around her hand, it all fit nicely. Well, except that I couldn't get it to fit smoothly around her shoulders, probably because extra fabric was added to make it roomier, and thus not as constricting during sleep.
The cap is a lappet cap, I think, except they don't call it that on the website, the way they call Felicity's cap a lappet cap. I don't have Felicity's shift, but I believe the fabric strip that frames the face is wider on Elizabeth's cap than Felicity's, to allow for the ribbon. The ribbon is about 1" thick and is a baby pink satin. The bow on top is one of those flat chocolate-box bows with four 'petals.' It is attached with two stitches at the center. The edges of the ribbon are stitched with the fabric strip to the main part of the cap. Skinny pink ribbons (also satiny on one side) are attached to the end of the lappets so you can tie the cap on.
The slippers are pink and satiny, soft on the bottom and top, with a bit of elastic to go around the heel to keep them on. They were easy to put on and are very soft - I wouldn't mind having a pair of my own! There is also a small flower embroidered on the top of each that matches the embroidery on the shift.
My other main problem with this, besides the fit of the shift, is the way the cap goes on. I learned since then that its main purpose was to keep the head warm, but since I wanted it to protect Beatrice's hair, I had trouble getting it on so that all her hair went underneath and it was secure. What I ended up doing was pulling the lappets behind her head and then tying the small ribbons around her ponytail, criss-crossing them so they were snug. The cap ended up staying on all night. When I had tied it so that the lappets were under her chin, as in the site photo, the edge/ruffle part was very loose and it kept falling backwards. This may also be because Beatrice has short hair.
You can see how I tied the lappets in that first photo. Like I said, that works really well for keeping it on securely. I believe it's because it pulls the crown tight around her head, which means it can't slide backwards.
The colors might be off in these photos. When I took them, my camera decided that all the purple would be BLUE, so I had to adjust it with photoshop's selective colors. I tried my best, so hopefully it looks right.
This is the purple and berry-red set that matches the "mystery" sweatsuit for girls. The girls one has pictures of the historical characters on a sleeve to match the mystery covers, I believe.
The jacket and pants of this outfit are royal purple with berry red accents. There are little red flaps on the jacket that mimic the look of pockets (they aren't), and the stitching is all done in contrast red.
There is an AG star logo on the pants at the front of the left hip and on the jacket on the left breast. It's an iron-on type deal, so it's not very clear or bright, but it's there.
The shirt is white with red raglan style short sleeves. The ends of the sleeves and the hem of the shirt are all lettuce edges bordered in red, which means they have that curly look to them.
The shirt has a purple, red, and pink circle design across the chest.
What I think is the best part of this outfit? The socks and shoes! The socks are white sport socks with two purple stripes near the top. So cool! And the shoes are a shiny red with purple details, and the bottoms are made to look just like real sneakers, with a purple and red design. Oh, and the sneakers are slip-on, with no laces to tie. Very nice!
Now, as cute as the outfit is, I'm not crazy about the pants. They're sweatpants, so they cling to the doll and I don't like the way they look around her hip joints. The jacket and shirt are great, though, and do well as mix-and-match pieces. I really like the red raglan sleeves of the t-shirt - it makes a nice detail when worn without a jacket, so that it isn't all plain looking.
Overall, I give this outfit a B+. It's incredibly cute and I adore the shoes, but it's not so stunning that I'm going to rush to the website to order one right away. Luckily, I get to see it in person as Traveling Nora brought it with her.
Oh, and the jacket and pants feel like they might bleed purple onto the dolls if you leave them in it for too long in the heat, or if they get wet. I'm not sure, though. It's just a feeling I've got.
I forgot that the pants have a stripe down the side! It's white and purple, but it's there!
I did a search for this one and couldn't find it, so I'm going to review it, too!
It's such a beautiful fancy dress. It's not as regal or formal as the Gala Dress, but it's still very lovely. The skirt is made of several layers of chiffon, grouped into two ruffles which are stitched to an underskirt - one ruffle is at the waist, one is halfway down. This helps give it the fluffy quality. There is velcro in the back, that really nice kind that's soft and doesn't tear at things too badly. (Which is good, because chiffon can get nasty snags!)
The shirt is a soft black velvet, also with that nice velcro in the back. It is long sleeves and has silver stitching on the front. It looks abstract to me, but organic, and has a few green sequins attached to the curlicues. I just realized, after posting this review, that the design is of a flower and branches/stems. Silly me. At any rate, the little green sparkles in the photo below are sequins on the flowers.
The tights are ribbed and thick, and I liked how long they are. This is my first experience with AG tights and I was pleased that they allow the doll to sit and move easily, unlike the OG tights I got the other day which make the legs stiff! The tights are a soft cream color, matching the skirt and collar.
The collar also velcros in the back with that nice velcro. It's fluffy, but not overly so, and is filled enough to keep its shape. I found that it was a bit awkward to get it on under the doll's hair, but once set, it makes the outfit so much fancier.
The shoes are basically patent leather looking mules that have an elastic hoop attached to the bag. You put the foot through the elastic, then into the shoe itself. It was a bit of a tight fit, I thought, but ended up being quite sturdy!
The box includes a picture frame as well, which is cool if it's a present, because you can snap a photo of girl and doll to put in.
Nicki's Gala Outfit is $26 new, but I'd only pay $16 for it. I just don't like the color enough to pay full price, and the hair clasps bug me. Plus, the skirt's a little too small for my Beatrice.
Overall, I think it's about a B, breaking down into the following grades: Color: C Hair clasps: B+ Shoes: B- Jacket: A (disregarding the color) Skirt: B
Before I start going into details and slapping up photos, I'd like to note that I have 27 of them to share. I took the challenge of intensive reviews quite seriously, you see, and somehow when I took all the photo-examples I thought would be useful, I ended up with 27. They're all the default "small" size from my camera, edited only to adjust the contrast/color (ie: whites are actually white), but I'm going to try to get them resized shortly. I realized that 27 of these guys would be a lot lot more than just a couple. -.-
This thing is a really super bright orangey pink. The catalogue photos (print and digital) make it appear to be a warm, rosey, hot-pink, but in real life, it's got such a strong orangey peachy tint to it. It looks completely different. When I lifted the lid of the box, I was surprised by how incredibly BRIGHT PINK it was, and I happen to love pink. It was really strong, even through two layers of tissue paper, which I tried to show with a photo.
I also put Beatrice (wearing the jacket) against backgrounds of other pinks to try and show the difference. In the first photo, I have a hot pink gift bag, which is imo a neutrally hot pink, a bright pink pack of tissue paper which is on the purpley side, and my magenta pillowcase. The second is the same but with a white wall instead of the pillow. And I've included one of the jacket against the AG box pink, for comparison.
I was surprised by how much these can grip. They're small, so I expected them to be somewhat useless. But, no! They're in two colors - the bright pink of the jacket, and a softer baby pink to match some of the embroidery in the skirt. There are only three of each color, though, which bugs me. I would really have liked to have four of each color, or only two of each. As it is, three is difficult to place symmertrically, and I'm weird like that. On the bright side, they have molded star shapes, which is really awesome! Only, why stars? The outfit's theme is floral...
I have to say, I think this looks just <i>awesome</i> with jeans. That's why I took photos of Beatrice wearing it with her jeans, of course! :3 I think the dark color of denim helps balance the bright pink a bit, and the styles work together to look very metropolitan chic.
The jacket is made to work like a blouse. The front inside is lined with a satin-type material, so I can imagine a real girl wearing it without anything underneath - or just a camisole or something.
The sleeves are a good fit, just loose enough to go on and off with ease but not so much that they look all saggy. The cuffs aren't real cuffs, by the way: the turned-up part of the sleeve is stitched down and a bit of the darker edging was added to make it look more folded-up cuff-like. That same edging runs all the way around the jacket in a big circle - from the collar, down the middle front, and around the bottom. It's more of a purply pink than the rest of the fabric, but not much. Still, it works well. I couldn't see it being lighter or white or black or anything. As it is, the color of the jacket is so bright you have to be careful that it doesn't get overwhelming and anything that really contrasts with it would be.
The collar is very short, so it's unlikely to get folded down or wrinkled funny, if you don't wad the jacket up in a ball.
The middle part of the jacket is the most interesting feature to me. It's reminiscent of a cummerbund, almost, or one of those wide belts that're fashionable right now. It also ages the outfit up a bit, by defining a waistline and a bustline. If you look at it, the top line is angled, just like the embellishments on shirts and bodices for ladies with boobs - because angling down under the boobs helps bring attention to them. If it weren't angled, it might not look as nice, but it might also be more acceptable (in my mind) for girls in the target AG range. I think it's okay for my eleven year old Beatrice, but only barely, and I like it way better with the jeans.
The little metal dots are really confusing for me. I can't figure out what they are, because they don't seem to go through the fabric. It's like they're just pasted on top. I worry that they'd fall off with a lot of play, or just a lot of picking at them. They are dual-colored, though, which I couldn't tell from most photos. The ones down the front are silver, the ones on the waist are silver and copper. By the way, it's a trick to get the silver ones to line up properly when velcroing the shirt shut. I had to do it very slowly and carefully, lining up each side of velcro exactly. So frustrating! But at least the velcro is the anti-snag kind, so it's easier to deal with.
The skirt is ivory, somewhat yellow-tinted, probably to match the orangey peach color of the pinks. It has two main parts: a satin underlayer and a mesh/woven overlayer. They're sewn together in the center, forming something like a tube, and then folded at that seam to make the skirt (I've included a picture of what I mean if that's confusing!)
Both parts have a yoke, which is a simple, straight skirt shape, in my opinion. The rest of the skirt is a circle shape and gathered at the seam with the yoke, which gives it the nice, full look. For the underlayer, both parts are ivory satin. For the overlayer, the yoke is woven cotton and the circle part is three layers of mesh. Each layer is graduated, making the satin one the shortest and the outermost mesh one the longest. The difference is only about 1 or 2 cm, though.
The embroidery is on the outermost layer of mesh. It's an all-pink five-petal flower design with pink vines. It uses three shades of pink, which are found in the jacket and hairclips. Nice matchy-matchy, huh? I was impressed by the embroidery, myself, when I inspected it. It's fairly thick to feel and kind of heavy, too. It doesn't feel like a simple applique that was stitched/glued to the mesh; it's more like it was embroidered on the mesh itself, which is really nice. By the way, the embroidery cannot go anywhere but in the front, due to the way the waist/closure was done.
There is a smidge of thin elastic at the waistband in the back of the skirt, but not a whole lot. It really doesn't do much for fitting Beatrice, and is stretched out completely. The velcro is difficult to fit together evenly, and even though it's the anti-snag kind, it still pulls at the mesh a lot.
A lot of complaints are about how weird the ankle ribbons are on these. It is a bit confusing at first. It's basically a long loop doubled back on itself and stitched down at the crossing point to keep it doubled. That stitch goes in the front of the ankle, while the two free circles are in back - one runs through a loop attached to the back of the shoe. That bit of elastic is an orangey shade compared to the rest of the shoe, but it is awfully cute, even if it's difficult to put on. Part of it keeps getting stuck under Beatrice's foot whenever I have her wear them.
The upper is a pink faux-suede, a shade darker than the jacket. It's the basic ballet flat style with pink and gold sequin dots on the vamp, to match the design on the jacket. I'd be afraid that they'd fall off with heavy play or that the uppers would be ruined with a bit of damp.
The sole is tan plastic, textured on the bottom but still awfully shiny and slick. You have to be careful standing the doll so that she has enough friction to keep her legs from sliding out from under her. There aren't any heels or anything, though, so that's a major help with standing.
WHEW. That took a good two days of working on the descriptions and taking the photos, off and on. I know a lot of y'all have the outfit, but not everyone does and if we're trying to get a good set of reviews, well, this is as in depth as I could figure. -.-
Her hair is a very light brownish-blonde. It's a sandy color, but without red-tones. Most of the red-tones in the photographs in this thread are probably due to reflection from red things, or how the picture was taken. But nearly all the photos I've seen have the brownish-blonde.
According to measurements in the catalogue, it is about 17-17.5 inches tall.
Does that mean that dolls are not fully able to stand up in the tent?
Nope, the tent is too small for them to stand up in. They have to lie in it, or "crawl" into it. It's really out of scale and tiny. I mean, just look at how wide the steps are - not nearly big enough for a doll to sit on, like is described in Molly's book.
I bought this for the blouse and shoes, I'll admit it. I'm crazy about shoes and blouses that aren't overly girly, and this one isn't, even though it has the eyelet lace and puffy sleeves. I'm so glad I did buy it, too, because it's really nice!
My thoughts on...
The sleeves were easy to get over Beatrice's hands, but they're awfully tight around her upper arms and the cuffs tend to stick just above her elbows, so I can't get them very puffy. I also have to be careful to turn them so they don't lie funny.
I love the four buttons on the front, and how there isn't a fifth. I thought I'd hate that, but the fifth button would be in the same spot as the waistband of her shorts, so that's crazy helpful! It stinks that they aren't working buttons, though, and the velcro is in the back. It is yellow velcro, but it's also the older kind that will snag hair.
The length is really nice - it comes down a good length towards the doll's hips. But it's kind of tight around the waist. This is good because it looks better tucked in, but I prefer it untucked, and that gives it a weird look over other waistbands, especially things that velcro in the front.
These are not in any way a 'skort' in my mind. They're just shorts. A skort would have the appearance of a skirt, and these definitely don't! They're the same pattern cut as the shorts from Kit's Reds Fan outfit, but they're made of a softer material and they have pleats in the front, so they lie differently.
Despite the elastic in the back of the waist, they're kind of tight on Beatrice and it was difficult for me to get them on properly. Also, once I had them pulled up to the right spot, the legs looked weird - they probably need pressing or steaming real bad. I do like the belt in the front, with the oval, silver buckle. It looks like it's a miniature ribbon in the same color as the one that came for Molly's hair.
Here are photos with the shirt tucked in and untucked - I prefer it untucked because the shorts look odd otherwise (in my opinion):
This looks like a standard ribbon. It's a very pretty shade of cerulean and the same width as my doll's foot! I thought it was odd that they sent one ribbon, when this is technically a Molly outfit, and she usually gets two ribbons for her braids.
I am awful with socks. I can't get them on the feet right, and then I can't get shoes on over them, so I'm not a socks fan, in general - not even on my own feet, unless I'm wearing my boots! These are awfully thick, and the seam is longer than usual. It goes all the way around the foot from one heel stitch to the other.
At first I thought they were supposed to be knee-highs, and they stay up really nicely as such, but the picture on the little card has them folded over. I think they're too thick to do that, but maybe not. I'm not a fan of socks anyway. They're definitely too thick to get the loafers on easily, though.
I LOVE these shoes! I'm sad I missed out on Molly's brown oxfords, but I think these are a good consolation prize, so to speak. They're a classic style and they look really nice. They're a reddish brown, more red than the Horselover boots, which I thought were awfully red looking, if you're curious about the color.
The faux-leather is very soft, so you might need to be careful putting them on. I had trouble at a few points with getting Beatrice's heel in without smushing the back of the shoe down. Also, the sole is that soft faux-leather stuff, not the sturdier plastic or anything.
Now, if you're like me, you probably wonder how these pieces can mix-and-match. The blouse would likely look awesome with jeans, but I had Kit's overalls and the Coconut Best Friend cargo crops at hand, so that's what I put with the shirt for photos. As you can see with the crops, the velcro closure looks odd under the shirt when untucked, but I think it looks nicer than when it's tucked in. Also, I love the look with the overalls! It's very cute and comfortable without being overly girly, and it's a nice alternative to the striped shirt the overalls come with.
I think the shorts would probably look good with a white long-sleeved t-shirt layered underneath a blue or yellow camisole tank, much like the AGT skateboarding outfit or picnic time outfit were.
I don't have the small rug, so I can't comment on it, though I'm ordering it a a replacement part soon.
Grade: C Why? I don't like the colors of the spread. It's very bland and could be so much more cheerful and cute to match the bed frame. Also, it is stiff and catches on the mattress if I try to adjust it. Instead of shifting the way it lies (say to get it more centered), the spread and mattress move. That's kind of frustrating. Also also, I don't like that the spread isn't lined, so that you can see the stitching that keeps the tufts attached. Since it's the only sheet/blanket for the bed, and by the way, why don't they offer more for historical beds???, it doesn't look very comfortable for my doll. Also, I don't care much for the throw pillow. I think they should have included another full-sized pillow, for when the trundle is extended, or a pillowcase or something.
I dunno, I just wasn't overly thrilled with it. Besides, Kirsten's and Addy's quilts have so much awesome story to them, and Kit's...not so much.
I have been told since I originally posted this review elsewhere that the bedspread is very authentic for the time period. My main problem is that it doesn't seem very comfortable to sleep under without another sheet, but we don't get a sheet set for Kit, much less any historical doll. It is a personal preference, though.
The throw pillow is about half the size of the bed pillow. It is offwhite and had a tufted decoration that matches the bedspread, also in offwhite. It's a cute addition to the set, but nothing really awesome.
The bedspread itself is a medium-thick piece of green cloth with blue chenille stitched to it in a diamond and dots pattern. The fabric isn't very soft, but I like running my hands over the tufts. I like the texture and how it feels. The green is the same shade as the pillow that comes with the bed, a minty green, and the blue is robin's egg, or thereabouts. Inky says it looks like someone attached Cookie Monster to the blanket.
When on the bed in single-mode, the spread easily falls to the floor on either side. It is a square shape, or mostly a square shape, with a fringe on all but one edge (presumable, that's the one near the head of the bed).It only overhangs on the ends a very little bit, and because of the way the bed is put together, it can't hang down at the foot too much or else it will get crumpled. It doesn't overhang the sides at all when the trundle is open, except for a bit of fringe, which makes it seem kind of small to me. But I can see how it'd be silly to use a bedspread that big on the smaller version of the bed...
(also, despite the C grade, I really do love this set. It's just not as awesome as it could have been, really)
So, as you can see, SO CRAZY CUTE. The fabric is, like Anna said, not a thin silk or satin at all. It has decent weight to it. And the top portion of the jumpsuit is completely solid. No see through fabric here! It does bunch funny when she sits, but any pants designed to go all the way to the waist will do that.
The little tie at the neck is attached to the flaps, but it's loose otherwise. The loop on it is stitched securely - it won't move.
As you can see, it's a nice, flat front, with flaring legs that were so popular back in Kit's day - and this photo shows how stiff the fabric is. The one leg, which I tried to get as open as possible, made the other crinkle up!
The pockets aren't real pockets - the buttons are decoration only.
Since it's easily visible in this photo, I'll comment on the ribbon, too: it's a simple satin ribbon, about 1/4-1/2 inch wide, and about two feet long. It is longer than the green birthday ribbon and the ivory ribbon that comes with Felicity's rose garden gown. It's the same length as the 1inch red ribbon I used in her hair back in December, actually...
The sailor collar is attached to the velcro bit, but it's nice, because it helps keep it flat. The one corner curls up crazy on mine, from the weight of the fabric and the silver trim, or something. I mean, it must have been bent in the box, and then the trim or fabric "remembers" that bend now, and they're stiff enough to keep it, like when you have a poster rolled up for a long time.
Most of the elastic at the waist is in the back, which provides the gathers you see, between the blue and white. You can't really see in this photo, but the back is rather puffy, much more than the front.
It's that nice, minivelcro! It shouldn't snag dolls' hair. It only opens to the waist, not any further. It's a bit of a tug to get the jumpsuit on because of that, but it's not really difficult, because of the elastic.
And, finally, the slippers!
They're a soft red vinyl on top with a camel colored bottom, which is more of a faux suede for traction. The insides of the slippers are just the back side of the vinyl. You can't really see, but Beatrice has a wonky right foot, and it stretches the vinyl out funny. Her small toe makes it MUCH lighter! It does the same thing to the workboots.
Anyway, if your doll has wide feet, too, you'll want to remember that. I had a very difficult time getting the slipper onto her right foot, but her left foot is simple. The shoes are soft, so if you have a doll-sized shoehorn, it will be a lot easier getting them on. Well, if your doll has a big foot.
The pompom is fastened tightly. It didn't do a whole lot of moving when I poked and prodded at it, and it is so cute! I love these sooo much more than Molly's fuzzy wuzzy slippers.
Also, unrelated, but you can see in my top photo, I got Beatrice a bedtime book: Irish Legends and Myths! It was $3 at JoAnn's, I think.
I could have sworn that there was a thread already started for these, but I didn't see one. How odd, when americanmommy did something for all the other Kit items!
I will have a picture posted tomorow, probably. I want to do it in daylight, but I didn't get home from my dad's house (where I was recuperating from anasthaesia) until after dark. On the bright side, my package with the pyjamas and photography set was waiting for me. Yay!
Okay, now to business:
Kit's Beach Pajamas, KDO $26
The pajamas are a silky fabric and one piece. They veclro up the back, and the sailor's collar is split and attached to the pjs at the back, and the velcro. I'm not sure if I'm explaining this well (my pain meds feel like they're struggling to kick in), but I was curious about whether it would be a flap or not, and it isn't a "true" flap.
Anyway, the blue is a beautiful Crayola-crayon blue, very rich and bright. The trouser part of the pyjamas has wide, flared legs. Very comfortable and chic, just like you would have seen movie stars wearing.
My hair ribbon came wrapped around a small card, like you cna do with embroidery threads or yarns, and it's the first of the hair ribbons I've received that is like that. Very, very nice!
The slippers are just darling. They're a faux-leather and bright red, and just like a pair of slide-on shoes, or stiff ballet shoes where the top part comes up higher over the foot. On that part is a big red pompom on each - again, SO cute. If I could get another pair of these I might take off the pompom and add small red beads or sequins to make them dress shoes.
As of right now, I don't have a single complaint about the set, but I haven't put it on my doll yet. She's still chillaxing with her new Pepperminsticks clothes, and I can't bear to undress her yet.
These would make a really fun slumber party outfit - something that a modern girl could wear out and about without looking like she's in her pajamas, but still very comfotable slumber party-ish. (I'm not the only one who had slumber parties and walked up the road to the 7-11 for slushies at sunset, am I? )
I saw the Nellie Mini Doll thread and went to look for the Kit one...and didn't find it! So, here we go.
As cute as this mini doll is, she has so many tiny parts! Well, I guess that's the whole point of a mini doll... But her short hair slips through the barrette easily, which in turn breaks easily when trying to get it back in. The shoes are also tiny and easily-lost. Sometime after taking the photo of Mini Kit on the cannon, her shoe must have fallen off when I pulled her out of my bag, and it's gone now.
The outfit is adorable - the sweater is one part instead of two, which makes it a lot easier to deal with, but if you want to remove it, it goes over her head! That will stretch out the neckline, but I haven't found that problematic. We usually keep the top buttoned done up anyway, because it looks nice, and it hides the stretch.
The skirt velcroes on the side, and she has undies just like the big Kit.
Of course, as a mini doll, her hair is rooted and her eyes are painted.
Over all, I think she is one of the best minidolls, but I wish the shoes and barette didn't get lost so easily!
You can fit some things in with the doll on top, too. There's plenty of room around her legs, though I'm not sure about her head. Beatrice doesn't go in her trunk, though, so I use it to store things I don't want to display - mostly, my Hallmark collectibles.
I got the Treehouse Outfit in the mail today, and the skirt was a LOT thinner than I expected. The weight of the jumper had me thinking the skirt would also be thick and warm, which was surprising. However, I think it'll match well with Kit's school blouse for an alternate outfit.
Also, the jumper and hat are very sleek! I expected a coarser yarn. Still, it's wool, so this outfit will be mostly staying stored or display-only, since the side of my hand still has that vague burning feeling from where I accidently brushed against the wool. (Luckily, my palms and fingertips aren't as sensitive.)
I love this set so much! I mean, I knew that I would like it when I ordered it, because I love the 'doing' sets and this one is so cool, plus I like tiny things, but it exceeded my expectations, believe it or not!
I took lots and lots of photos so that if you want to attempt to replicate any part of the set, or to see exactly what something looks like if you're getting another version, you'll have better luck.
My favorite part? Hm... I love the way it comes with the smaller bits wrapped up in the bag, and I like that the lamp actually works! So does the harmonica and the binoculars, though they aren't calibrated for human size.
I don't like: you can't replace the lightbulb in the lamp, so be very careful not to break it. Also, the strap on the binoculars is leather-like on only one side. The other side looks felted or something.
When you open the box...
The lamp - the handle rotates, by the way:
With the directions for the batteries, so you can see how they go in and stuff.
The binoculars come wrapped up in tissue paper and plastic - the plastic is NOT resealable:
(When you take off the plastic and paper, this is how it looks.)
Check out how you can bend them to change the 'size'!
The binoculars fit in your doll's hand, but they're a little heavy for her, and she can't hold them up to her face at all, unless you stretch her arms with elastics or something.
The flour bag:
A close-up so you can read the directions
With the flap open, the bag is exactly as long as a square accessories box is wide.
It's just a smidge more narrow, though.
It fits easily over your doll's head to hang diagonally, even filled!
The tin cans are pretty cool, but simple. They have a nice weight to them, but all the other neat things are in the pictures:
The bottom and top of each can is a lot like a coke-can, with a softly rounded edge.
The cans are as tall as the height of the flap on the bag, and a little thinner than they are tall.
Harmonica - it actually works! There are four tones, but most mouths will probably be too big to really get it to play. I love how it fits in the little pocket on the front of Kit's overalls.
It fits well in your doll's hand, but she won't be able to hold it without an elastic or tape or something - it's a bit too narrow to wedge between her thumb and finger.
See, if I hadn't seen so many examples of albums that tied like that, I'd think the same thing, puglove. But it's so accurate to the examples I've seen, that I just loved it. Honestly, Emily's scrapbook is the bit I liked best about her accessories set, but it seemed kind of small - but it's about the right size for a photograph album. I have such odd biases.
One of the nice things about the camera case is that there is a small, weak magnet that keeps the flap closed. I say weak because it's really not strong at all, but I could tell that it was there when I closed it.
I didn't know that the pictures had sticky backs! I'll have to look at them later... And I really need to find my camera and upload the photos of it. I love this set much more than Molly's Rte 66 accessories - the camera is more fun, to me.
I got this today as part of my "cheer-me-up"/"get well fast" gifts (got my wisdom teefs out this morning...ow!, and started a new semester this week), and it's SO TINY AND CUTE.
I had a little trouble getting the front flap to fold down to let the aperture bits stretch out, but once I put my fingernail to the little tab, it worked well. I LOVE the little case for it! I got Beatrice a digital camera for Christmas that will fit into the case, too, if I decide to remove the Brownie for a photo session.
Also, the photogaph book is EXACTLY like all the ones my Nanny and Pa had for their scrapbooks and photoalbums. I wish there were little photocorners for the pictures, but I'll make some myself. Oh, wait, the cover is different from theirs, but still very similar! Pa was born in 1925 and Nanny was born in 1932, so I just love how obviously accurate it is for that time period. It made me squee in glee, even though I had expected AG to be accurate.
One of the small details I saw is that the back of the camera has a little number wheel. It is tiny, but has a "6" or "9" listed - I think it's a "6" indicating that the next photo taken will be the sixth one - afterall, she has five photographs in her album already. Too cute!
The only other thing I'd wish is that the camera itself had a strap to go around the neck, instead of the small handle, but I think getting one jury-rigged would be easy as pie. (mmm, pie!)
I was taking pictures of these shoes for my db, and I realized that the soles are weird.
Look at how see-through they are, compared to Kit's meet sandals, or the ones that go with her scooter outfit. They feel mushy, too, like foam or jellies rather than the sturdier soles of the other ones. Any idea why they're like this, or what this material is supposed to be?
Also, how disappointing that these sandals have VELCRO closures, instead of real buckles. The left one was really difficult to get one Beatrice's foot, but that foot appears to be an odd size.
I lovelovelove the colors of this swimsuit on my Beatrice! Only, it was awfully difficult to get it ON. Is it supposed to be really tight? I love that the cap is made out of swimsuit-material, though. Very nice detail, that was.
This dress is horribly loose on my Beatrice, but it's not any looser than the other dresses from Kit's collection. That drives me crazy! I like things to fit well, not hang off... I want to get a slip, or the bloomer-style underpants, for Beatrice to wear with it.
That said, it is so pretty, and the color looks amazing with her complexion, different from how it looks on Kit.
Figure I'll add that I didn't have any trouble with the collar or pleats and I lay the outfit flat in the trunk so that they aren't bent funny. You can probably fix them easily with a press of the iron.
Also, thinking on it, I wish the shirt had little buttons. It's a bit awkward without them for me, and I think I'd use it a lot more if it had them. I might end up making some with clay and clear varnish, someday.
Further, I found that the jumper bunched all funny on my doll, like it was a couple sizes too large. I'm sure if I had a slip or something underneath, it would fit much more nicely. Is it is, I cinched the belt to the smallest size and then had the jumper bunched around in the back, and I liked the way it looked in the front much better.
Has anyone else had trouble with these socks? No sooner than I put them on, then they started to get weird fuzzies along the top, like they were unraveling, and you could see a strip of elastic or something.
I was careful with them, so I don't know if it was just a bad pair or what. CS was nice enough to send me a new pair, but I am curious if I'm the only one with the problem.
Also, I pair these shoes with EVERYTHING. They are the perfect pair for autumn!
Pidgetgirl - I think the patched are from the same screenprinted fabric, but cut from different places. On mine, you can see some of the words, but nothing about NOLA. It's more like the one on Anna's set, but a lot more faded.
As for other thoughts: I love how realistic the overalls are, with the pockets and shoulder straps and everything. I was afraid I wouldn't like the patch on the knee, but in person, it didn't bother me at all.
I do have a few concerns about this set, though: -- The snaps for the shoulder straps were difficult to do/undo, though one was harder than the other. I always had problems with these things as a kid anyway, but that might be a concern.
-- You can adjust the length of the shoulder straps, but they aren't sewn onto the sliding bars or anything, so you have to be careful or the strap might slide out all together!
-- The velcro on the side, at the waist, doesn't work quite right on the left of my pair. The rough side is sewn down on only one side of it, and the free side got jammed under the fake button, or something. At any rate, it doesn't secure very well. I took a photo of it - it's not something to exchange the set for, but it might happen on someone else's and not be as minor a problem.
-- I didn't realize it, but the cap is sewn to the brim in one spot, to maintain the floppy look. I thought that was weird.
-- All the pockets on the overalls are real except for the one on the top with the flap. Also a bit weird, but understandable.
-- I like that the shirt has velcro on the cuffs AND a pearlized button! Very cool.
-- I don't like that the velcro on the front of the shirt only goes down partway, but the fact that it's on the front at all is awesome. I can see why the velcro would be short, though - any longer and it might be too bulky to wear with other jeans or shorts.
- You can see how it was stitched down.
- The underside - the edge was made to be contiguous under the brim, to help maintain the floppy look that way, too.
- The patch, for comparison purposes.
- You can see how my velcro doesn't secure all the way...
- ... because it was jammed under the button/rivet thing.