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.
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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.
I chose not to get Saige, but I wanted the meet outfit. It did not disappoint. This is probably my favorite of all of the GOTY outfits. The style and color of the dress, the wonderful detailing and color of the boots as well as the style give it a big A+ from me.
One of the best outfits AG has put together for a GOTY. The sweater is just perfect for an artsy, southwestern girl, and it looks very much like similar wear I've seen in boutiques this year. It feels so soft. Not my style to wear, but I'd love something that feels that way and is my style and size. I'm not surprised that AG has just come out with a girl version of it. Want to add that with my Casey wearing this outfit now, one thing that I think it could use is one snap so that it can look a little better when worn closed, as it flops loosely, when one tries to have a doll wear it that way. Ample fabric to close it, it just won't stay in place.
The leggings are well made and of a substantial material. Wish they weren't so skin tight, but they do work with the outfit. I'm glad that they are ankle length too. And I am thrilled that sandals were included, and I do love the style of them. I think flats could have just as easily been used, and that they were not make the outfit worth the premium price ($34) charged.
I wasn't as crazy about the shirt. But I'm glad one was included. A little old ladyish, IMO but maybe that is what the kids are wearing. I wouldn't know. But that is a piece that I would have in my wardrobe and not what I see my niece wearing. Makes for a nice mix and match with the Coconut Fun outfit and adds a bit of pizazz to any other leggings or pants that are matched with it, and one can get white shells and tees anywhere, so it's just fine. Just a bit puzzling to me and not what I would have chosen for the outfit.
An A for this outfit.
Last Edit: Oct 23, 2013 21:49:16 GMT -5 by Jamirae: Doll has worn outfit for while. Notice sweater flops when trying to close it.
I can't believe I bought this dress, as my first impression of it was not good at all. I could not believe that AG was even contemplating it. I first saw it as a sneak peek from a gray market site, and I would have bet money that it wasn't going to be a an AG piece.
And now I've bought the danged thing.
The dress can look very pretty if positioned properly on a doll, but it does expose what I feel are the weak parts of AG doll construction. With the wrinkles carefully smoothed out, and a doll decked out for a party, it looks very nice. The bright pink is so nice with so many dolls. I don't have a Saige, but all of the dolls seem to be great candidateds for the dress. With a stole, or short jacket, it makes a luscious special occasion dress. I felt I had to get it as a reflection of what's hot with the young girls in 2013 because this dress is selling well. That it's lines is nice and though I don't like the way the darker sash sits, not on the waist line, it can look very nice on a doll. But if it's not on smooth and set just right, it really looks terrible. It's a dress that has to be positioned just right to look good.
The boots. Not my style, but a change from those pumps, I guess. I 'm giving them to my niece who will be thrilled to have them. Not the style of any of my dolls. The necklace is very nice, and I like it a lot but not with the dress. I'll get a sparkly gold or clear glass necklace that I think will look a lot better than this plain silver piece, but I'm glad to get have it.
I thought $30 was a little high for this price wise, and I would not have bought it had it been in the MyAG line at this price, but waited for it to go on sale. Being a GOTY item, I didn't think the odds were good I'd get it this way, so I coughed up the full price on it.
I give the dress a B. Not my personal taste, don't like the boots, necklace is not so great but a nice piece to have, the dress is not that great on its own merits, but it is something very different and I like that AG does go that way and also, the ones who count, the little girls seem to like it just fine.
This could have been a much nicer outfit, IMO. The tunic top fabric should have been what was used in the Sparkly Tunic or Caroline's birthday dress. I would not want a top of this design in this fabric,nor have I seen any. That the embroidery is stitched is a plus, unlike the transfers used on Caroline's dress. But the use of this fabric gives the tunic a flat look. A bit skimpy on the fabric too.
The belt should have been one that could be taken off Ok, stitch it on for the younger kids at key points but make it easy to snip off for those who want a loose belt. You're stuck the way it's sewed on. Tan or brown would lhave looked better. The bright white detracts from the style IMO.
The jeans are very nice. I just wish they'd been real stonewashed looking jeans or of another color since AG already has the white and off white store specials that I own and I think they look better with this tunic than these jeans,but still these are nicely made with pretty stitcing. I'll find plenty of use for them. The shoes--well, I wish AG had gone with sandals instead. Enough of those plain pumps. The moccasins that AG sells separately would have really been nice, but why do that when they can get $14 for them alone? AG is becoming too like OG with the shoes they are including with the outfits. I have so many of those flat pumps now. Is that really what little girls are wearing? I'd have loved a pair of more realistic ballet flats that I see women/girls wearing, not these things that I'm just throwing in a drawer.
I give the outfit a B-/C. It could have been so much nicer.
I've downgraded this tunic to a C-/D, and only so high because the of the jeans which are nice. I just bought Julie's outfit with the orange tunic, and, oh, to see how AG has become skimpier is so sad. Julie's is the same fabric, and I still say the gauzier material is a lot better for this style, but the cut is fuller all around. extra fabric at the collar instead of just serged, extra serging with a accent fringe at the collar and sleeves. Much fuller around the waist, longer and big full sleeves. Embroiders superior. I'm glad AG used real embroidery for this top, but since they did, they could have at least made it look more real. I had to look at it closely to ascertain it. I would have guess upon first glance that this was just applique. The belt has to go, I've decided, and AG has made it a difficult propositions to do so. Can't even snip it off whole as it's stitched extra securely in a number of spots.
The tunic is overstocked, and has been reduced in price, by the way at the tail end of GOTY13 season. I guess it did not take off.
I would think AG could have come up with a different name for this outfit, given it's already been used. But that's about the only thing I have to say that isn't wildly positive about this new AG release.
I though about just piecing a similar outfit together, but the instant I saw it, I wanted it all. And the "all" is a lot. For the $28 you get a pear of well made twill pink short with pockets and belt loops, and cuff, a pair of nice quality gray leggings, and a navy blue long sleeve tee that fits the doll just perfectly, even getting that neck/body transition to perfection , a nice plastic head band in a pink plaid with teeth that actually is easy to use and stays on the doll holding her hair back nicely, and a pair of navy blue simple pumps/ballet type shoes. Nothing really special, but it all works together, quality is good and it looks great on the doll. Oh, there is a charm as well, as always with the clothes.
I give this an A+. Worth every bit of the price to me. Lots of mix and match, but best of all it all looks so good on the doll. One of the few pieces I'm buying at full price.
I don't have a Bitty Baby and my Bitty Twin is an old fashioned girl, so this was purchased for my 18 inch dolls. This is the second year I've purchased a Bitty holiday dress for the 18 inchers. I guess AG did learn from the major fail of the burgundy Snowflake dress that did not sell anywhere near to expectation for the Bitty Baby. Like that dress, which is a favorite of mine for the 18 inch dolls, this one just didn't do well for Bitty again! There were tons of this left at AG Place and it's been lingering on final sale on the website at rock bottom prices.
I bought the dress at the NYC AG Place during the post holiday sale when I was really hoping to snag one of the 18 inch holiday dresses which were sold out there. I really wanted the red dress, but, this was Bitty version of the purple was all that was left, but lots of them. So I bought one, and have to say, I was delighted as to how it looked on my younger aged dolls, and then Ruthie Grace (MG with a Ruthie wig) tried it on, and it was just perfect for her. A little short waisted but then it's not made for the 18 inch dolls. I think the bow is a little funky and too big. I may snip and resew it on so it lies straight. The up and down tie just doesn't do it for me. And the skirt is a smidgeon short and a bit too full to be perfect, but it works and looks cute, and at this price, I won't complain, just making note. The head band fits well enough and the tights were a bonus. Shoes..ok, nothing to write about. Black would have been better, but AG did the same purple with the 18 inch version too.
I give this a 6 for a holiday dress for the 18 inch dolls due to fit, but it does look cuter than the purple version for the big dolls for some of the dolls. And for the discounted price it gets a full 10. So I'm rating it as an 18 inch doll's $34 holiday outfit. Would't buy it at that price or at the full Bitty price even, but at 25% off which is what I paid, I'm good. For some great comparison photos of this next to the Big Doll version, check out nevergrowupdollguideblogspot.com which did a great write up on both dresses. The 18 inch dress is not much shorter than this dress, by the way, in fact nearly the same, but the fit and the flow of that dress is very much calibrated for the 18 inch dolls and it is more of a tailored look.
For a Bitty Baby, I say this dress is a fail despite the trend for some of these darker holiday dresses for babies,and the market agrees with me. It didn't sell. Nor did the dark dress last year. Hopefully AG is getting the message But this meant a bargain for those of us with the 18 inch dolls, as both last year and this year's holiday Bitty dresses work well for the bigger dolls and the price points are so much better.
Last Edit: Aug 20, 2013 22:06:48 GMT -5 by Jamirae
This was the dress I didn't so much want of the two 2012 releases, and I only bought it because it went on sale as well as the velvet jacket so it made for a nicely priced outfit. I am glad that I did. I'd already bought the companion Bitty outfit that worked well for my younger aged 18 inch dolls, so I nearly let this outfit pass.
The dress is classic, and at first look nothing that special. Upon having it in hand, I'll say it's well made, but not spectacularly so. Fabric and fit good, but nothing awe inspiring. But as mentioned, it is a change from the red, and it is very much a holiday, fancy dress. It fits the dolls well, the hem line is perfect on it IMO and it's exactly what it should be. It's better made, IMO than the Bitty counterpart and the bow is a much better size and the waist line works a lot better. On sale it is a good deal. Full price, I would not have bought it having seen it and I so chose not to spend that much on it upon first seeing it. Works very well with the velvet jacket, and I do like the headband a lot. Still a little tricky to get it to stay on, but much better than the Rosy Red head band that was just about impossible to place so it looked nice and stayed put. The shoes, I did not like at all. The purple was just not realistic to me. Reminded me of OG shoes which I despise, though the quality is much better. Did not match the dress well; maybe if it were darker, I would have liked it. Black patent leather look with purple or jewel garnish would have been much preferable.
I wanted this dress over the purple one that was released with it for Holiday Season 2012, but thought it was just too pricey. So I looked for it at the NYC store during their post Holiday sale. Both holiday dresses were sold out, and so I just bought the Bitty version of the purple one at 25% off. But I hoped it would surface in some sale in the next year.
And it did. I picked up this dress at the MCM sale at $20 which was a great price for it. But unlike the prior year's Merry & Bright red dress, that I thought was beautifully made and just plain scrumptious, this one was a disappointment.
I knew up front that it was a dress more for the "older" group of my dolls as it is more sophisticated than a lot of dresses and holiday fare and wear, but if really seems too old even for my older dolls. Maybe if the length were not so long and the skirt a bit fuller, it would have a fresher airier look to it that the shoulders and accent rose does lend. Instead, I feel like it's got a stodgy feel to it.
The color is lovely. Give that a 10 and the asymmetrical sleeve is something that is very 2012, another plus. But the whole look left me not thrilled with this dress. Merry and Bright is a 10, this is really more a 5-6. The whole effect just doesn't make me say, "gorgeous". I'm glad I didn't pay full price for this; I would have been glad to have done so with the 2011 red dress.
The head band does not stay on the doll's hair well at all. If I can't get on there right, I don't think little girls are going to have a lot of luck with it. Shame on quality control at AG for not catching this. Especially at the price point of this outfit. The shoes are cute. The little flower does add a nice touch.
Since all the good stuff about this dress is the top around the sleeves and neck, when the holiday jacket or any other cover up is worn, the dress is really very plain other than that lovely color. Downright dowdy when the flower and straps are covered up.
So for $20, I'm glad I got it. Full price, I would have been a bit perturbed.
I bought this outfit as soon as it came out for my 18 inch dolls, and I love it on any number of them. YOu would not know it's made for a Bitty, it fits so well, right down to the sandals. I particularly like that the tee shirt has the slightly puffed sleeves and more defined neck than simple tees do. I'm surprised I like the print on the dress as I don't generally like fruit prints. but I highly recommend this outfit for Bitty Twin and 18 inch dolls alike. For the bigger dolls the price is a bargain given what a similar outfit would cost for them.
I don't like the cut of the top of this outfit. It shows the most unflattering parts of the AG doll, namely the vinyl to cloth transition, not just in at the neck line but around the arms too, not to mention the back with drawstring so exposed. But it's just so darned cute, that I have to give it a thumbs up. It's one of the few full priced outfits I picked up for the dolls in this release, and I'm glad that I did. It was difficult to decide who got to wear it this summer as it looks good on most all of the dolls. The shorts are very well made with more detailing like real pockets and fly front and waistband than it needs to have with the long top that covers most of it. But great for mix and match. ti's a very nice piece and the top is just adorable. The plaid and floral print work so well together and is representative of a lot of clothes on the market for girls this year. I suggest putting the top on the doll first, starting at the feet since the shorts are bulky with all of the detail it has.
Pricey, yes, but hard to find anything that hits the mark as well for these dolls.