"Help her doll feel her best in this plush aqua robe! It has a shimmery contrasting collar, cuffs, and belt tie. The pockets are snug and toasty, and the back has a pretty embroidered graphic. Includes two pink hairbands to hold her hair back while she’s having spa treatments."
I'm just guessing that this was first offered last year. I ordered it when it went on sale this year to bring an order up to the requisite $100 point. I am so glad I did so.
It's a light, soft, cuddly robe. Exactly what I like. The color is a pale aqua that matches Grace, GOTY15's PJs exactly. Love the detailing. Wish there had been something to keep the belt tie in place as it can get separated. Matching shoes are very cute. I give it an A-, with the minus due to no loops for the belt tie.
"Her Truly Me™ doll can show her unique style with this fun outfit. It features a pink honeycomb-knit sweater with raglan sleeves, a turquoise French terry skirt with topstitching and silvery studs, and funky blue boots with coral laces."
I knew I wanted this the instant I saw it in the Pinterest previews. Don't usually like sparkly things but ice pink with silver works, and sparkle is the them for TM this season.
Nice sweater with a pretty knit pattern and a tiny faux metal plate at the bottom of it with "American Girl" etched on it looks very nice. Much classier than the usual trademarks. The neck scooped a bit lower than I like but that means a lot of tee shirts will show a bit if worn under the sweater. This pale pink works well with a lot of the TM fashions Both the rasperry and gray full skirts as well as the TM meet outfit will work well with this sweater. It's a new color introduced in there but it blends beautifully. GOTY Grace could incorporate this well in her wardrobe too. The quality is excellent and the fit is too. I give it the highest marks.
The skirt is a teal, IMO, more than a turquoise and, again a new color is being brought into the picture that can work well with the season's offerings. Nothing that special, but a good basic piece for mix and match with some nice details rather than a plain old skirt.
The boots are a darkish periwinkle blue with what they say are coral laces, but they are close to a bright pink. I'm more into matchy-match, but this works with the outfit and the shoes are a great addition to the dolls' wardrobe. Something quite different. I'm not crazy about the style but am glad to have them.
An A for the set, nearly an A+ with the sweater garnering that A+ with no problem Highly recommend it, especially if you are buying some TM pieces this season.
Last Edit: Jun 25, 2015 21:20:20 GMT -5 by Jamirae
I bought this outfit when it went on half price sale. But I just can't reconcile Samantha wearing it. Nellie, maybe, but I don't have here or want her.
I was a teenager in the early 70s and there was a short period of time that knickers came in (and I guess back out). Sears or Penney's or some other catalogue giant offered these pretty goldish peach knickers with a striped turtleneck sweater in the same color. with socks and some neat two toned shoes, they were like the big thing among the cool girls at the school, which I was not, so I did not get. These knickers remind me of that, and I'm going to do something with them with either a 70s dolls or even a modern one. The blouse is all 70s and when I first saw it in an Ebay lot, I was sure it was Julie's I'm still flabbergastered that this is Samantha's outfit. I'm beginning to reconcile the fact that her new things mostly do not mesh well with the archived Samantha's wardrobe, at least in my opinion. But this piece is a true outlier in my mind.
I personally did not like the set, from the shoes to the hat, and though it was nice to include the ribbon, it didn't work well for me with the set for some reason. I give this set a C- and would not have purchased it full price or even for a discount less than the 50% one I got. The only piece I liked was the blouse which I give an A-, the minus because i think that neckline could have been done better. It doesn't hit the dolls in the most flattering way, though the blouse itself is very pretty. ISO of other bottoms to work with the skirt.
"Her Truly Me™ doll can sparkle with style in this outfit:
A long–sleeved tee printed with colorful stars and accented with sequins and glitterA crinkle–fabric gray skirt that has a comfy knit waistband with a bit of glitter, too! Her favorite pair of purple slouchy ankle boots, with studs just for kicks"
I got this outfit with the generous WS code--wasn't really crazy about it. But it along with the new Love to Layer accessories, the old meet outfit and some store specials (skirts and tees) on sale, one can put together a "rocking" outfit for the dolls.
The skirt is a light gray skirt with lavender waist rope trim. Sounds familiar, like the old meet skirt, but this has a crepe like double layer with those crinkles on it and the little tie at the waist, which is really untied is subtle, not like the mass of pink rope-age that the gray meet skirt had. I like it, can be worn with ever so much, dressier and with more pizzaz than the old meet skirt that I rather liked as a basic wardrobe piece.
The tee is long sleeved with a turquoise print, some clear sequins and a bit of pin sparkle stars. The lilac is really more orchid in shade. Cute enough and again versatile. Will work with the upcoming (at this time) Sparkle Sweater set skirt
I'm not into purple shoes and I don't much see those purple fabric like slouch boots, but if they are the style, here they are. At least not another pair of ballet flats, and I have enough of those in every color to switch these out.
For mix and match, these are great. $28, a bit high, but at 10% off if you can get or with free shipping, worth adding as a wardrobe piece for most any modern doll or in the common wardrobe trunk for all to share.
I give this set an A.
Last Edit: Jun 22, 2015 15:22:07 GMT -5 by Jamirae
"School spirit can shine through with this accessories set! This cropped white jacket and cable-knit hat are perfect for wearing on the way to class. An embroidered purse is perfect for carrying essentials like an Innerstar University™ library card and three faux dollars for buying snacks.'
Never bothered to buy this set despite how long it has been around and how many True Spirit Outfits I've collected. I am so glad to get this at the 11th hour. That it was on sale made it sweeter.
The jacket is white jean jacket that I did not feel went well with the TS Meet outfit, and I already had Lanie's white jacket, was the main reason for not getting this. But with as many dolls as I have, i think there are plenty of dolls and outfits that look terrific in it, including GOTY15 Grace, who snapped it right up.
The lilac purse is pretty full already with a too big AG tag, and I don't like the color, nor does it match anything of Grace's or of the TS Meet, so off it goes for the new 2015 TM meet outfit where lilac is the color scheme. Cute purse. The library card and the $3 are nice touches to any purse.
The knit hat is a 10 out of 10 for Grace and goes well with the TM Layer Up Accessory Tutu. The color is vibrant, love it.
I'm glad I got this outfit. I think $28 is a bit much for it, however. around $25 makes it a go. Give it B, because a larger differently colored purse, and larger would have brought it up in the ratings and the price is a bit high for what one gets, but a better deal than Grace's Welocme and Parisian accessories IMO which are priced even higher.
"Your girl can mix and match styles for her Truly Me™ doll! Includes:
A moto–style vest that’s made for layering, with an asymmetrical zipper front, a cool stand–up collar, and screen–print “badges” A flouncy mesh skirt with an elastic waistband and an attached bow—add it to any outfit for a whole new look! A sparkle–bow headband to add flair to her hairThree colorful hair clipsSix bright ponytail holders"
I admittedly only ordered these accessories because I got them so inexpensively. $5 off the $28 price tag for buying with a doll and then 20% off of that came to about $18 and then paying with 20% gift cards brought the price down to under $15. However, after seeing the pieces, I have to say that they are worth the $23 cost with the doll. Not sure about the full $28.
The tutu is a rich raspberry color and complements a number of outfits. Terrific for mix and match. Love the color, love the silver trim. It's particularly a win with Grace's Tee shirt. It really makes Grace sparkle. The jacket vest is not at all a style I like, but it works well, surprisingly to me. Also great for Grace. Should have been her meet accessory.
Even without the TM new meet outfit, there are plenty of things to go with this outfit. The store special tees are a great match, the gray and lilac ones and they are on sale right now. I see a lot of possibilities for this ensemble, and they do not include the meet outfit to which they are supposed to be accessories.
Also included is a little goodie bag with a gold hair band and other hair things for the doll. But but I don't think it goes with the outfit. Silver would have been a better choice, but I'm very matchy match, something that AG does try to move away from, mixing it up with some color combos startling to me. So for those who like that, great. But even if not, it's a nice extra to use for any number of outfits.
I give this a 10 despite my personal preferences. It's the best TM, MyAG meet accessory that has come out while I was collecting AG.
Last Edit: Jun 11, 2015 20:44:35 GMT -5 by Jamirae
I bought this outfit right now because it is LE and last year's counterpart, the Sunny Isle Outfit did sell out rather than going on sale. I am so glad that I did so. I love this outfit though I do not like the $30 price tag it has. However, if that's the price that has to be set for such adorable clothes for the AG dolls, I'll pay it. I had a $10 of $100 coupon code to sweeten the deal just a tad.
I'd originally hesitated buying this because the hoodie seemed so much like the BrightStipes jacket and the Mix and Match Hoodie (the one with the orange skinny jeans), both of which I have, but the mango, peach, apricot, soft orange color of this sweet hoodie is truly one of a kind and works well with a lot of AG pants and is flattering to just about any doll. I 'd love one for myself. Easy to put on the doll, it is flat out lovely. I give it a 10 out of 10, A+, one of my favorite AG pieces. It does have a small flamingo applique, that is subtle enough that someone like me who does not like flamingo prints and such, can like it. Just a sweet touch, that does enhance the perceived quality of the hoodie.
The shorts could have been better if they had been embroidered in the back as well as the front, and I would have preferred them to have been hemmed rather than lightly fringed, but they still are adorable. It works. And with a number of tops. Love the shorts despite the shortcoming and my prefernce.
The sandals are superb, one of the best of the kind that I've seen AG do. I would have had something white or orange and less fancy, but they are a great piece to have in the dolls' shoe wardrobe so I am not complaining in the least. I have plenty of plainer sandals and shoes, and in fact, the OG Tweed'll Do shoes will go well with the hood. perfect color match. The sandals are an A+.
It is fitting that my sweet Gwen, long neglected, ended up with this outfit though anyone would have looked ever so sweet in it.
I ended up buying the current PWP with this to get over the $100 mark and am delighted to say that the two pieces of that wet suit outfit mix and match well with this outfit. Very pretty.
An A--taking away for the embroidery not continued to the back of the shorts. The other things are personal preferences, so I won't detract. I highly recommend this outfit.
I did not like the dress, even though all indications were that I would other than my feeling that the plaid was scaled too big for the doll. The colors are vibrant and Addy looks wonderful in them. I just wish the dress were a little bit fuller and the cut of the neck just a bit higher. I think the ribbon around the waist does make it look better; good idea onemoredoll.
The apron is a welcome addition to my Addy's wardrobe. Looks nice with her lilac dress and blue dress as well as the blue plaid stilting dress. Love the purple trim.
I got this outfit for $38 which I felt was a fair price with the accessories. Not crazy about the boots, but appreciate the socks being included. Very tight fit for my older PM Addys.
The pincushion; I wish AG had made it more real, as well as the scissors and the tape measure (I wish it were scaled to the doll not us). But they are cute additions to the outfit. I like this outfit a lot more than the last pinafored outfit, the light pink plaid several years ago, except for the boots. I think that this is my favorite of the SE outfits released. I give it a B overall, because I think AG could have made this a bit better for their full ask price.
Oh, yes, I'd been waiting for this dress, since it was released. Too pricey for me at $30, but I do love the look and the color. So at 20% off, I decided to go for it, even though $24 was my target price for it.
Got it at the same timea as the Pretty Pink Outfit that was released with the dress. The two dresses have been paired in AG displays for a year now. My bias has alway been for this dress despite its one major flaw, IMO. The straps and neckline of this dress are not as well positioned as they could be to hide vinyl cloth transitions on the dolls, and, to me, that is the most unattractive part of the AG dolls. I think better planning and workmanship could have done a lot to fit the dolls in a more flattering way around the top, but...we have what AG put together.
The tucks and gathers are well done on this dress and teh double bow highlight is very nice. Love the shade of blue. THough with a more fitted bodice than the high waisted Sapphire Party Dress from 2008, this dress is reminiscent of that dress in its shoulder straps and general look, and I suspect the silver turtleneck would look better under this dress. Simplicity always looks classy when well executed, and AG did its job on the dress. If it weren't for the danged cut of the straps and the arm area, I'd give this dress an A+, but too much cloth showing for my likings drops it to an A and the neckline that could be a smidgeon better to an A-. Given that I am biased towards the dress, it's probably a fair score.
Sandals a bit darker blue than the dress, but close and are simple and sweet. Give them an A. The satin covered hairband with it's "gem" and just a bit off tulle, another A, for match, scale and looks. A bit off the score for the pricing of a sleeveless sundress, in essence, with simple sandals for the pricepoint of $30, but that is where the full prices are.
This dress is not to my liking, and it took a sale for me to go for it. Thought of it more as an everyday dress rather than something fancy or dressy, mainly because of the tee shirt fabriced top and the screen printed graphic on it. BUt the dress, once in hand, and carefully examined, is truly a very intricately made piece, with a lot of detailing and extras.
Too bad the drop waist bodice is what grabs one's attntion because despite the inset tiny rhinestones and multi colored screen print ths is a definite cut above the usual fare, the casual glance sees a casual look. It is, after all, made out of tee shirt fabric. But the skirt is layered with satin and a sweet floral print (that AG really should have highlighted more). The other surprise is that the dress has a bow in the back made of the same fabric print. I wish AG had somehow faniced up the bodice, the front of the dress more and tied it in with that sweet floral print. But this is the style, and the dress has not done too badly at all, from all indications. The price break was less than 20% on this.
The sandals are a cute, double strpped across the top of the foot with douple bows, and are a pepto bismol pink that is not obnoxious as foot wear. I 'd have preferred an eggshell pale pink or ice pink, but this does dress down the frock so that it is more versatile, IMO. It also comes with a beaded bracelet to fancy things up.
Finding a necklace (equally out of scale--a person's bracelet) and headband to go with the outfit was quite easy and gives it a big lift. For fancy wear, I think it needs that.
So I give the dress a B+ with the + for the surprising details, and also to compensate for the fact that it is not to my personal taste.
I can see why this outfit has not gone on sale, and it deserves all of the rave reviews it has gotten in this section. I wanted it the instant I saw it, but held off because I wanted to collect Isabelle's Mix and match collection as that was LE (turns out I had plenty of time to have gotten Isabelle's things and saved money too.) This set came out during the June (?) release and has been going strong without getting discounted yet. I picked it up at the $10 off $50 in store deal, pairing it with another item.
It would look teriffic on any of my modern dolls, and I'm in a quandry as to who gets it. The skirt and shoes are the standout of the ensemble. I can come up with a number of tops that showcase that deep peach skirt beautifully. And the shoes are already a favorite and will add pizzazz to any number of outfits. Give them both A+s. The tee shirt--nothing special. Just your usual AG tee shirt with a Coconut graphic and I could substitute a slew of other shirts without taking anything away from the look and even improving it. Throw it in with my AG tee shirts and in a couple of years I won't remember what set this one came with. So a solid B for it. nothing wrong with it, but nothing special and To have made this an A+ outfit, AG needed, IMO to come up with something a little more creative in this piece.
I love it when AG throws in a barette or hairband with a wardrobe set, so I give this ensemble points for the two little plastic bow shaped barrettes included. To avoid being too matched, the bows are differntly colored, one raspberry and one lilac in color. Again, does little to enhance the outfi. Gold or mango or lime or turquoise would have been better choices, IMO, but oh well. AG doesn't do badly when it mixes it up with the accent color (unlike OG that crosses the line badly, IMO, in this regard,ugh)
I give the set an A. nearly gave it an A- but the whole look is very pretty, and AG did hit a homerun with the target crowd with this outfit that has made its sales objectives well. The skirt and shoes get A+s,
Can't beat MsNotorious's review. I do love this dress. Bought it as soon as I could. As shown by the above reviews, Samantha isn't the only contender for it. It one of those special AG outfits that looks great on everyone. It also makes for a lovely modern dress, much like the Laura Ashley dresses.
The green/pink combo is luscious. The shade of pink for the ribbons is just right. Head band a bit tight. Comes a bit wrinkled as does the dress, but a bit of steam always fixes that. Maybe a bit short for Samantha, but really it works, I think. Love the big bows. The stockings are a pretty soft white and nice texture. The shoes are an A+++. They are just right for Samantha's new Meet outfit as shown on the book cover. I was disappointed that the actual shoes were black MaryJanes when I bought that meet outfit and am delighted to now have shoes to go with that dress too.
I give this outfit an A+. It already is an all time AG favorite, and I'm delighted that the BF fare has such an outfit.
One of my few full priced purchases from AG. Had to get this dress. All three pieces are wonderful. Agree that it's a little tight--I'd have liked it looser fitting. The heftier dolls will have trouble getting the back to close, and I also wish that AG had used the gentler velcro. The shoes are the lovelies dress shoes that I've seen for the dolls in a long time, maybe ever.
I think the dress looks better on the dols medium or dark vinyl. My Stefanie (26) gets this and it looks like it was made for her. With cream tights and a little OG cream colored Jacket, this will be the main part of her spring dressy outfit. I, too, give this a solid A.
I, too, bought this set at half price. I'd always puzzled over it being a camp outfit, given the knit and sparkles, hardly anything that would be recommended for camping. So I basically took the outfit apart since there are a lot of pieces.
The top would make a nice sweater top with the winter PWP black skirt and other dressy skirts and pants even. I'm covering the orange strap with silver or lavender ribbon. The orange belt makes a nice piece to use with other outfits as well. Could always use another belt Same with the shorts,can alway use another of those. Plenty of tee shirts to wear with it.
A bit annoyed at self for buying similar pink fringe boots from OG, so that I now have two sets of similar boots that I don't care much for. I'll find some use for them.
I would never have bought this full price, and hesitated even at half, as that shade of lavender is just not a color I like. Not sure who will end up with the top as a result I think a gray eyed doll would look best in that color, like a modernized Ruthie which I don't have.
Last Edit: Feb 23, 2015 17:11:28 GMT -5 by Jamirae
I felt this was an excellent deal for the holiday season. My sweater fit snugly but well on my 25, Cara. May be too snug for the chubbier dolls. I removed the bow from the sweater very carefully and use a small safety pin to add it if I so choose. The black skirt is versatile as can be and the color of berry is wonderfully versatile for mix and match as well. With a little tuck and folding, it can display as a cardigan as well. At this price, it makes for a nice group outfit for those who want multiple dolls dressing alike. The hairband is easier to use than many AG bands on pricier outfits. I give the outfit a solid A in terms of value.
I wasn't going to get this outfit but at half price, I could not resist. It's not going to my mother's Samantha, however. As others have noted, this dress looks like it's made for Rebecca, fancy shoes and all. I was pleasantly surprised to find it a lovely, though tight fitting outfit.
I am not a fan of the color lavender at all, and the lilac ribbons (and shoes) give the dress that color effect. My one wish about this dress is that I wish the ribbon around it were not sewn on so that other colors, such as white, pinks, burgundies, black, gray could be substituted. I may pick out the ribbon and resew the seams so that the dress is more so versatile. Had that been doable, the dress would have gotten an A+ from me. It's not as pretty a dress, IMO as Sam's meet dress, and is redundant in her new scant collection, but it is definitely a very nice wardrobe piece and the shoes make it unusual.
I love this dress. Broke down and bought it new, instead of waiting for it to go on sale. It think it's so dress and sparkly that it makes a lot of the holiday and party dresses look drab. I think the angled over skirt that allows the tulle to show more is a very nice touch.
It's really a very generic sleeveless dress. The pattern has been used so many times with so many dresses. It's the color, the fabric, the layers, the sparkles, the tulle that make this dress.
I like the blue eyed dolls and the lighter complexioned doll the best in this dress as is, but if one adds a necklace to it, the dark complexioned dolls are equally stunning if not more so. I put 47 in it with such a necklace and she may end up keeping the dress when I'd intended it for my dark blue eyed custom. Hair in a bun with some sparkle pins , and she's gorgeous.
Great shoes too. I think the hair band could have been more versatile with some diamonds studding it, but some sticker "gems" takes care of that nicely as would wrapping some silver twine or very thin ribbon. The dark blue gets lost in very dark hair.
I think this is AG's best holiday dress. My personal favorite and I give it an A grade. Yes, it's pricey, and if it had included some special tights and added some silver or diamond to the hair band, I'd have given it an A+.
I hesitated to start this because I don't have pictures. Greenchile may help me in this regard this month (hint, hint Colette?). But till then, this will just be a written narrative. I did not buy last year's set at all though I got the shrug from someone who did not want it, and the year before, the black velvet jacket, went for a pittance of $9, it was so over stocked. Got it on sale, bought a couple of them, love it and wonder why it didn't sell well.
This year the Holiday Accessories are comprised of a faux fur vest in a black, dark char-gray( yes, black, couldn't get it to show up navy in any light and brushing against the nap makes it true black in color). The vest is short, right to the doll's waist line but not as short as bolero or cropped in length. It has no front closures and is cut to show a curved v neck line. It is lined in black. It has capped sleeves attached in the same fabric that the deep blue Happy Holiday Dress has. I thought this would severely limit the vest to that dress, but those sleeves can very easily just be folded in so that they do not show and the vest be used without that bit showing. So those cap sleeves do not limit you to that dress. I'm not into these faux fur vests, but they are the style with the young girls. This is a very nice one and versatile. I daresay it could be worn with the other holiday dress, the Silver Shimmer dress as well as the Happy Holiday one. Just tuck in the cap sleeves.
The bracelet is a chunky look one. I'm sure you can find something similar or make one if you are into the jewelry crafting, but it is bigger in circumferance than Dollar Shop stretch rings, and is a very notable piece IMO. All "diamond" and large scale. The candy box has a shiny red top with "* American Girl" in gold on it and gold ribbon and bow with a gold bottom. Nice contrast to the two holiday dresses and will match the Holiday Special gown from what I have gathered. The "chocolates" are glued to the box so no taking a piece or even taking out the whole batch from the box. Suits me just fine, but those who like separate pieces, do take note.
The ornament is very sturdy. It's not just a glass ornament. It's made of heavy duty plastic, and the two halves of the ball are clearly glued together and the line is unattractively obvious. IMO it detracts from the prettiness of the ornament, but you are not likely to get breakage, which is probably the reason why this is done.. Glitter is loose inside the ball iwth a snowflake and some glitter painted on it. Other than the glitter and the bow, it's all plastic including the silver "stem" . Ordinary dark blue ribbon in a bow with 2014 American Girl printed on the ribbon.Anyone crafty can do a lot better than this, but probably not without sacrificing child safety. That ornament is sealed, glued tight. It would take a lot to break it. I was disappointed because I wanted something daintier and that glue line is just too "there" for me.
It's $32, with $2 for it to be in a gift box. I got mine without that extra. I would have likely waited till after the holidays to have bought it in hopes of a price reduction, but with a $10 off $100 coupon and a discounted gift card, I bought this and the matching holiday dress along with Bitty's Teal Tidings dress right at release this year, and am going to really enjoy them I think the accessory set is priced right given the cost of that black velvet jacket in 2012 that only had a plastic Nutcracker, a watch and paper tickets and was also priced at $32. The ornament is far nicer than the felt do-dads from last year's accessories that were priced at $28, candy box is much nicer than that wrapped gift and the vest is far more usable, even with jeans. I think $30 would have been a better price point. I give it an A- due to the poor workmanship of that ornament that could have been a pretty heirloom piece even made of plastic but looks more like a gumball container.
Never liked this dress, never thought I'd buy it. But it let me hit the sweet spot of $100 to get that $20 off and $8.95 shipping to boot, so for under $20, I threw it in my virtual cart.
And I like the dress. Fabric is thin and it came wrinkly and it has odd little puckers and pulls and twists. But the color is a deeper lilac, almost violet, that was unexpected from the stock pictures and what I perceived at the store in that lighting. It's a color that my Mirielle Grace, MG wears well and actually it makes for a very adaptable outfit for any number of my dolls Light enough to throw a cardigan, light jacket or one of those short bolero like tops over it, and yet roomy enough to layer with a long sleeved tee or turtleneck underneath, like the new $28 school stripes dress should have been made to do. The PRetty in Plaid tee would add another color and Julie's turtleneck would go quite well under there. Have to look for some other long and three quarter sleeved tees and turtle necks that can work with this dress Add leggings and we're good to go for the fall and winter.
Not crazy about the light lilac colored boots, but I'm sure I'll find some use for them I can always use a stretchy hair band, and that it's pink brings out the butterfly applicque in the dress, not mention being a mix and match piece.
So overall, I'm pleased with this dress that does have a bit of style added to what would have been a simple tee knit dress. I wouldn't have bought it at its original price but being on sale and with the coupons on top of the sale, I think it was very good deal and my dolls will be getting some good wear out of this.
At $30 this dress was way over priced, IMO, should have had leggings and tee to be of good value, or shown what mix and match could be done with it,sicne it's just too simplistic for that price even if it did include boots. Some snazzy shoes like the School stripes dress would have done this better too. It's just too plain. I can see why it did not sell. But it's plain enough to add a lot to it, and yet has some style and flare to it. At $20 it's a good deal, construction and fabric quality are good, better than the OG dresses I've been buying. So at the original price I give it a D grade, at $20, I was thinking of upgrading to a C, but upon looking at the versatility, and yes, MG looks great in the dress, I'm going to give it a B+. It doesn't show well, so my guess is that it will be discounted further, but I'm happy with the deal I got on it.
The changes to the mini's face molds took me aback as I've been used to the painted eyed minis and any changes to them over time has been subtle. Though I can differentiate the different time periods and changes, it's not something one notices casually. This change with Beforever, you can't really miss.
I'm trying to look at this doll without comparing her with the older versions. She is a pretty doll in her own right. The bangs, though are thinner and more scraggily than the 18 inch version are not going to difficult to maintain. She has lovely distinct eyes and AG did do some detail work to give those eyes and her expression some depth. The coloring is lovely and the outfit is spot on. I did not find the change to a vinyl body to be an issue, though I do get a pang that my dollies are not going to get the soft bodies in their AG dolls.
I wish that the change had made the classic mold minis have rounder faces. This doll definitely is more oval faced and has more of a receded chin than the 18 inch dolls. A main purpose of the minis is to look as much like their 18 inch counterparts, and this does hit you right away that the face mold is not the same round shape The simplicity, symmetry and roundness of the classic face mold is a hall mark of these AG dolls, and whoever designed these minis did not stick to this. That is my main complaint about these minis.
Now to compare them to the older versions: The face shape as I mentioned is oval rather than round, like the glass eyed minis which is what these remind me of except for the eyes being painted on, in terms of looks. Mini Sam's bangs are straight and skimply. I think the older minis had bang problems anyways, but AG should have gone a bit fuller with this doll's. I don't get how with them being affiliated with Mattel, they can't get these bangs right as they do have a lot cheaper dolls out there that do just that. Also, the "root holes" around the face are terribly prominent, something I dislike. The older dolls' were more discrete. I suspect there is less hair as well, but it looks good, and looks like Samantha, other than those bangs.
The new minis are taller and their arms are noticeably longer.
Though a pretty doll in her own right, with past prototypes to use, and that this is supposed to be a mini version of a doll, and they want $25 for her, I don't give this a high grade at all. I give it a C-. Body not the same, face shape not as like the new doll, bangs skimpy, root holes too prominent. It hurts that I could not get this doll for $15 as I usually do with the minis. Had she been an improvement, I 'd have bought a second set from AG, but I'll wait it out and hope to get the second set of dolls at discount at other venues in time.
I don't have a Samantha, but I wanted this dress for one of my dolls, not yet decided which one. My mother did not want it for her PC Samantha, did not feel it looked "right" on her, and without putting it on her, I agree. She has a substantial looking Sam that just seems to look right in the older Sam outfits, not this light and airy dress.
But it's a very pretty dress that would look wonderful on a number of dolls. The pink is a lovely shade. I agree that shoes like Rebecca's new meet shoes in burgundy would have looked much better. I am disappointed in these shoes that I feel are only a little better than the old vinyl basics that Sam originally got. There should have been a buckle or a something on the strap. They did not have velcro back then, I'm sure. I'm glad the sash is velvet and burgundy, and the tights/ bloomers are fine.
I give this a B. I wish it were more substantial, more fabric, and I wish that the shoes were better. It's cute, I like it, but it's on the "light" side and wanted something that screamed quality and substance. Is it worth $36? Clearly, it was for me as I paid that. But I think it is pricey even if the hair ribbon were included. I don't think it is as nice as a number of AG outfits that are priced at that range, an example being the Brocade Holiday dress from last year (that did NOT sell out at $36). That dress looked more luxurious, and included a hair accessory more intricate than ribbons, tights, and better shoes as well as a charm for the same price. The bloomers that the meet outfit includes doesn't make up the gap. But this new meet outfit is going to be an iconic piece, IMO , and I really wanted it in my collection.
That has the colors it does makes a lot of the accessories that the new Samantha collection has go well with it. Samantha's old meet accessories look great with it as well, as do the accessories and pinafore of her old Birthday outfit.
I bought this dress for my ten year old niece who wanted it as soon as she saw the things on the web site and got her the girl's matching outfit as well. Ouch, for the price of the girl's 2 pieces, but she's been wearing it each day and it's a perfect summer dress without the tee, and will be fine for her for cooler weather with it. Fits easy and well and is versatile and flexible and is comfortable. Very modest skirt length which will please Papa as well. Flattering to her--it's a win, win.
Since this is all about the doll's version: It's a great dress IMO for the dolls that look best in the muted colors Niece has it on a MG whose aqua eyes stand out from the teal on the dress. I felt this outfit looked like a cross between that roller skating outfit skirt and Mckenna's meet outfit, but it works. And really, if AG had just sold the tee separately instead of merely sewing on faux tee sleeves, it would be as versatile as the old Perfect Plaid outfit.But they did not. The workmanship and quality of the outfit is evident next to the OG outfits I recently purchased. Stellar in both. AG still rules when using this outfit as comparison.
The dress fits easily and well on the doll just as the girl's version fits on the girl and is flattering in cut. A bit warm looking for summer--again regrets on the permanent sleeves, but, oh well. What more to say, other than it looks great on MG, fits like a dream. As mentioned above it is one of the less pricey items in this new release, I guess because it is only a dress and shoes outfit. I agree barettes or a headband would have been nice, but separate tee even better. Sad, as the Perfect Plain outfit, not only had the separate tee but a hat as well for about the same price. But, this dress is a very nice complete outfit. I don't think a $2 increase in price on it for a couple of barretts or a ribbon would have improved my comments on it. Had the thrown it in for the $28, I'd give it some more points for value.
The shoes are terrific. Niece wants some for herself. Funky looking with fold over tops and doodle on them. Something quite different from anything else I've seen AG put out. I give them an A+. There is also a "smart" charm included.
I find grading these things is difficult as it's really a nice outfit with that one "I wish" regarding the separate tee. That's what detracts me from giving it an A+ for the outfit.
It took CyberMonday for me to get this outfit and the first thing I did was compare it to Saige's tunic set that was released this year. Both tunics are made of the same fabric, or close to it. The cut of this older outfit is much, much more generous, all around. The Embroidery is far superior and the cuffs and neckline have some fringe/serging to give it more detail. Kind of sad as one can clearly see the corners (and material) cut from when this outfit was made to 2014, when Saige comes out with a tunic. Tunics were worn a lot in the 70s and still are around these days, still worn by many of us who wore them in the 70s. Still, the Sparkley tunic that AG made for MyAG line is superior in my opinion because of the fabric used in that as opposed to plain old cotton. I think tunics need the flow of that gauzy fabric to give it that comfy look. I know I would not have bought one made of this stiffer material
But it looks great. For Julie, it's a must piece, IMO, as she wears it quite a bit in her stories. It looks terrific with jeans, no reason not to have this versatile top. A lot of other dolls can wear it and look terrific too. I don't have a Julie and I have a number of candidates for this.
The gaucho pants, well,..I don't like them personally, never wore them in the 70s or ever, nor did anyone I personally know wear them that I remember. But they were around and worn then, and part of the Julie story. I guess I'll give them to my 60s girl. Don't see these often these days, though anything goes today. The pants are well made and a lovely, deep plum color, so would go well with most anything, colorwise.
The boots are terrific. They can be worn fashionably today as well as in the 70s. Love those boots and at the prices AG charge for boots, these are a steal getting full outfit for just a bit more.
I give the outfit a C as it just isn't all that attractive all together and there are surely better looking pieces for AG to have found from the 70s, but the qulaity is there in the embroidery and cut Could have done better with a gauzy fabric. The gaucho pants, though nice, are not something 10 year olds wore very often back then. I know, I was there. The boots are an A+.
I finally bit the bullet and completed Ivy's massive collection by buying the romper,now that it's on sale at $14. My Ivy is a modern girl and refuses to wear it, though I can tell it would look cute on her. This outfit really looks nice on many dolls, but it's really, really 60s or 70s in style. I had one very similar to it that was so comfortable, when I was young teen or so. Enen with a multicolor built in "belt". But it's just not a piece one would see on young girls today, except at a beach or pool. So this is an outfit that, yes, can be worn today and not be out of place, but generally isn't seen. Not so cool and stylish.
So my Skipper AG, #17 will get this outfit and she will be happily fashionable in it. Looks terrific on her. The red bandana is, of course, classic and the orange flip flops as well. That's what we all wore those days.
I give this outfit an "A" in authenticity as an outfit worn often in the 70s. It also looks great on the dolls. But it hasn't done well at all, because it doesn't fit well with today's outfits. This is something that happens with a number of Julie outfits, I've noticed.
I like the set, but found it expensive for what it contained. An extra water bottle and another piece of something so that it could be for two, would have made me feel it was almost worth the price. I bought it to support AG accessories for the dolls which seem to be dwindling and also because I love the food sets and baskets. I have the Fiesta Set for the MyAGs and it can work well with that, I think. I also did not want to regret not getting this LE item.
Actually if you found a basket somewhere similar in size and had the Fiesta set, with a few home made napkins, you would be in good shape for a similar set up for far less. I kind of wish I'd done that. I give this set a C, solid.
I passed on this dress when Kanani was the GOTY and again when it was on sale. Should have gotten it them. Decided I wanted it for Lindsey or Mirielle Grayson for Hanukkah this year (Lindsey gets it) when I was able to grab it on Ebay for a price in between full market when it was new and sale price. It was NIB .
Right now I'm trying to let the wrinkles shake out It 's not as bright or as deep of a color as I had anticipated, and I did not notice the island theme in the subtle print in the skirt of the dress. I didn't get because it appeared "flat" to me, very 2 dimensional, and the effect is definitely that. I give it a C because it is so average. Had the color been a bit deeper, if it didn't have such a flat effect and if the skirt were a little fuller, I'd have given it a full grade higher.
It was a leftover from Kanani's stock, and I can see why. My niece who has Kanani and got the year she was released, did not want the dress. It just didn't excite her, in part because Kanani's meet outfit and PJs were already that color, and because the dress just didn't have the wow factor for her. The same goes for me.
This 2013 release of winter PJs includes a faded blue tunic top with darker blue lace trim, and dark blue with white polar bears print leggings. The knit blue slippers have a white fur cuff to them. Two fuzzy pony tail bands and a charm also come with this outfit for $24.
The idea of wearing leggings as PJ bottoms gives me chilblains as I prefer loose nightwear,but these PJs are so cute, are a fresh new color in the last few years and are flattering in style on nearly any doll. The neckline comes right to the point that reduces neck gap issues. The top is cute enough to be worn as a day tunic, IMO, and I might just be doing that with my dolls. Would go well with jeans or the blue pants in the new mix and match set. My favorite of the new night wear. I give it an A though I would have preferred flannel loose pants to the legging style.
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I bought this because it fits with a doll character I am putting together. . It is a fresh, bright looking bed with some old fashioned charm, yet would work with modern dolls.
However, I probably should have gotten Kit's bed instead. Checking the measurements, it's 8 1/2 x10 x 21 1/4 vs the 9 x 10 1/2 x20 that Kit's bed is. That extra half inch in height and width I think gives Kit's bed a more balanced look. This is just feels a bit low to the ground and narrow. On top of that Kit has a trundle feature that this does not have for the same price, plus a throw pillow. I don't know if I would have gotten this right now had it not been part of Molly's archival, and am still mulling about exchanging it for Kit's.
I don't know if Kit's bed had to be assembled; this one does need to be put together. Did not take me long, but I;ve done years of Ikea type of assembly.
This dress is gorgeous on my MG too. I heartily recommend to anyone looking for something like this for their 18 inch dolls. I think the dress looks far better on those dolls than for the Bittys that it is intended. I think Saige's turquoise eyes would just sparkle with this dress, and it really enhances MG's aquamarine ones. That was her holiday dress last year. It was pretty enough to be used for special occaisions, IMO. This dress has shown up on sale a number of times already, and I'll bet it does again, so it's likely to be obtainable at a bargain price. I give it a full 10, given the value for the price.