I bought this on a whim because my store was still out of the polka dot outfit, and I needed something else for my niece to change my Molly into.
I have yet to actually use this outfit myself, so most of this review will actually be more child-based, rather than collector-based. (B is 10 by the way.)
The sweater: slightly itchy acrylic with low snag velcro. B had no problems with it.
The skirt: B got this on with no problem, although she did have it on backwards. When I adjusted things later that evening, I was surprised that there was no velcro to the skirt. It didn't have as much give as I expected, but apparently B had no problems.
The socks: standard Molly socks.
The ribbons: grosgrain rather than the double-faced satin that most of Molly's ribbons are made of. Other than that, they worked just fine.
The shoes: B had problems with these, and had to bring them to me to put them on. I didn't have my "dolly shoe horn" with me (unused popsicle stick), but I managed a lot better than the first time I put on Molly's blue saddle shoes. B ended up deciding that she liked the patent Mary Janes better with this outfit, so that ended the shoe problem.
Grade: A- (minus for kiddo not being able to operate the shoes on her own.)
Bad lazy me for not getting around to reviewing this.
I love all the little bits. With the treats all all packaged the way they are, it isn't as weird to have them clumped. I also like that this set could be a care package from her parents, if you have a boarding school storyline. Or this set can be used to expand the shave ice stand.
My only quibble: I ordered mine, rather than buying in person, and one of the tuning pegs on the ukelele was missing. It bugged me for a while, but not enough for me to return it. If that would bug you, I suggest picking the set out in person if you can.
I went back and found the catalog description for anyone who wants to know:
Doll Travel Set When it's time to travel, dress your doll in her favorite outfit, hang a couple of her other outfits on the rattan hanger in the garment bag, and fill the ditty bag with some of her accessories. Then tuck them all in this basket. Perfect for traveling with your American Girl! DC $45
I had read all the reviews, and was prepared for this to be a difficult outfit. AG must have made some improvements or something. I put the coat over the shorts from the Outdoor Play outfit and an LJ tee. The coat fit easily, and all the buttons buttoned right up. Even the top button. The boots took a bit of pulling, just like real ones.
Coat: A Boots: A Hat: A- for being a bit big on Lynn's head.
The rest of my Cyber Monday order arrived today, including this bag. I love it! It's so cute and wee. I put mini-Samantha in it, and I've been toting her around the house in it. Mine apparently came from an AGB, as it has "boutique and bistro" written under "American Girl". I love that it has the little dolly seatbelt (the strap with the snap) in it. If the big girls fit in their tote as well as the minis in the mini-tote, I'm going to have to think about getting one of the big totes. I've definitely gotten my $4 worth of fun already! Total A+
I'm starting a separate thread for these since they were sold alone in the Cyber Monday sale.
I got these so my Samantha doesn't have to wear her plastic meet shoes. They do fit PM dolls! I was slightly concerned, since I've heard that PMs have bigger feet, but they fit perfectly. They're actually easier to get on Sam than her PC party shoes. And the velcro is a lot easier to fasten than the snaps.
Just received Penny about an hour ago. I love her. She's beautiful. Nice quality, very sturdy. She is more to scale for a pony, or a colt, rather than a full size adult horse.
Her tack on the other hand, bleh. Have the designers at AG never seen a real saddle? It's a flat piece of leather, no seat at all. I was expecting the girth to fasten on the side like a real saddle. Instead, it buckles in the center of her stomach. If you tried to fasten the girth there on a real horse, you'd be in danger of getting kicked. Not to mention that it's hard to reach. I had to flip Penny on her side to get it fastened. I don't think that would work with a real horse. The "saddle blanket" is just a thick chunk of felt. It would cast about $.50 from a craft store to replicate. I've never seen a bridle, halter, etc. that looked like that. Nor a one-piece rein. It's not even reins, because there's just the one circular strip, not two separate straps.
Overall Penny herself gets an A+. Her tack gets a D. Seriously AG, go study a State Line catalog for a couple of hours.