Post by miaowington on Dec 11, 2011 15:56:55 GMT -5
I just got this with free shipping last month. What on earth is the hat made out of? Only one person here has mentioned that it is some kind of foam-esque material that, in my opinion, is incredibly unattractive. It almost looks like it was made out of a styrofoam cup with some flimsy netting & fake flowers added! I haven't tried any of it on Rebecca yet, so I can't speak to the whole ill-fitting shoes/hat issue, but if you are feeling a little bit on the fence about this outfit, I'd really recommend trying to take a good look at it in person before committing so you can see how you feel about that hat material.
PS--Skukla, how did you do Rebecca's up-do in the photo with the pinwheel? It looks GORGEOUS!
Post by miaowington on Jan 21, 2011 16:50:12 GMT -5
I. LOVE. This. Outfit. I think it may be my favorite AG outfit...definitely my favorite 20th century historical outfit. & Kit looks gorgeous in it! I am especially in love with the hat. I want that hat for myself! I was a little nervous about how AG would do a cloche, but this hat is just stunning. It holds its shape beautifully. I love everything else about the outfit too. The blouse is elegant, especially with the sweater, the skirt is thick & is the perfect demure length but still allows the pink edging on the tops of the socks to peep out...
The one thing I do not love is the shoes. They're adorable, don't get me wrong, but I had the worst time getting them on Kit's feet. I don't have an older Kit. I got my Kit from AG last summer (2010). Unless I got some old Bigfoot Kit that had been laying around the warehouse for the last ten years, I don't know why I had such a hard time with the shoes. It took me literally about half an hour to squeeze Kit's feet into them. & I am an adult woman! I can't imagine a seven-year-old struggling with the same task. Kit looked great once her shoes were on, but I am actually concerned that she's going to have to be re-strung soon because I twisted her legs around so much trying to get her shoes on. I kept thinking, "Dear God, what if this was an actual human baby I was trying to shod?" & then I felt bad.
Post by miaowington on Jan 21, 2011 16:37:55 GMT -5
My beef with this set: the mittens came tied together with a bit of the yarn used to knit them. When I clipped the string, it turned out to actually be PART OF ONE OF THE MITTENS. What?! So now that mitten has a hole in it. I guess that only lends more historical accuracy to a Depression-era doll, but it's annoying to pay money for an item that basically REQUIRES you to damage it in order to use it!
Post by miaowington on Jan 21, 2011 16:32:17 GMT -5
Okay, I've had this for a few months now &...I kind of hate it. I knew going in that it was plastic, & that it came with no extra accessories, which is why I bought it off the secondary market for about half of what AG is charging. But I still kind of hate it.
The plastic-ness is obvious. The fire could not be more fake-looking. The stove has almost no detail to it that speaks to a real attempt at historical accuracy or interest. The fact that it doesn't come with any accessories (like, say, a frying pan) make it pretty much necessary to also buy the produce & preserves set, just to have something to put on the stove.
The stove is definitely cuter once it has other items on it (I have the produce & preserves, the cans from the hobo set, & the some of the holiday baking set items), but the little cabinets are not great for storage. They aren't as big as they seem, & the corners are curved, which detracts from their storage capabilities. The shelf along the top of the stove is narrow enough that the cans & what-not I stored there would fall off pretty much every time I walked by the stove.
The stove takes up a lot of space for something that has so little play value (for kids) or detail & historical interest (for collectors). I haven't tried taking it apart, but it was kind of tough to snap it together & I'm afraid it will break if I try to dismantle it & put it in storage. I love the IDEA of a cookstove for Kit, but I wish AG would have put a little more effort into this piece.
Post by miaowington on Jan 21, 2011 16:21:47 GMT -5
I picked this up for Rebecca last week. The heeled shoes definitely concerned me. I don't like the idea of a little girl in heels, though I admit that I enjoyed the historical accuracy. Heeled shoes much like Rebecca's started to become quite popular & fashionable in the 1910s, due in part to the popularity of the tango.
The dress is indeed a little bit see-through. If the dress were lined, or if AG produced historically accurate undergarments (like an undershirt) for Rebecca, this would be less of an issue. But my bigger concern is that all the white eyelet lace & pink satin bows cause the dress to have a "First Communion" kind of look, which is so incredibly inappropriate for Rebecca's Jewish background. Rebecca looks beautiful in the dress--the white & pink are gorgeous with her coloring. But I am a bit sick of all of her dresses featuring drop-waists, & I really wish someone in AG development would have thought about the First Communion issue.