This coat and hat set is simply special. It immediately reminded me of Samantha's white hat and muff, which I always drooled over as a kid because it was so elegant. Well, this set has gone above and beyond. The thick wool will keep Caroline toasty, and the sumptuous velvet accents and brass-colored buttons are just perfect. The fur on the collar and hat is white and soft, but short enough where it won't get matted or ratty with age. I appreciate the fact that the band isn't too tight, so it can fit over curls and hairstyles with minimal damage. The hat and coat paired with the Ice Skating Set is absolute magic! A++ again. Sorry to be boring, but I can't say anything bad about anything in Caroline's wardrobe! Annie in Winter Coat (wm) by scarlett1854, on Flickr Beautiful Annie in Cozy Winter Warmies! (wm) by scarlett1854, on Flickr Curly Girl Winter Coat From The Back (wm) by scarlett1854, on Flickr
I must agree that the fabric of this dress is different, but it is lightweight and textured, and kind of a nice change from plain cotton. The decals are what they are, but I don't find them too distracting. The bottom border of the design does extend around the back as well, which was something I was concerned about. That helps it to be a bit more believable, at least. Overall, I appreciate the look of this dress for it's realism. It's perfect for a special occasion, but it isn't over the top, and could be used as a practical every day dress, too. I love the fichu detail on the neckline. The two-toned shoes are very well made and have a laced look to them, as if the bow were really functional. Another grade A from me! Annie in Federalist Birthday Blue! (wm) by scarlett1854, on Flickr Caroline's Birthday Dress Fabric Close-Up (wm) by scarlett1854, on Flickr
This dress is such a pretty shade. I appreciate the fact that, while sticking to the safe color of pink, in this outfit they did it with pizzazz. The print is just so pretty, and I love the gathered bodice. The red boots are my favorite, though. The material is very soft, and reminds me of real, very fine leather. I don't think I would let a young girl "travel" in such a pretty outfit, but I digress...
Oh my goodness, GET these SKATES! They are so gracefully shaped, just like in the book illustrations, but have a nice weightiness to them that allows the wearer to actually stand up with them on. The boots were pretty easy to get on, and the skates just secure right over them with velcro straps. As soon as I opened these skates, I immediately felt a sense of nostalgia taking me back to the days of beautiful, detailed Pleasant Company merchandise. These would definitely be the thing I would circle in the catalog as a child and hope to see under the Christmas tree. It is easy to imagine that the skates were in fact made with the utmost care by Joseph and Hosea. I love the mittens, too. So soft, and they remind me of Addy's purple mittens. Doll mittens are the cutest. A++ for superior, heirloom quality! Beckie with Fi's Party Dress and Crln's Skates (wm) by scarlett1854, on Flickr Caroline's Skates Detail (wm) by scarlett1854, on Flickr
I have to agree with everyone else that this dress is fabulous. I love how thick and detailed the material is, and the shape is just so flattering. The silky light purple material of the neckline and sleeve ruffles can get a little picky/stringy if you aren't careful with it...so just be careful with it! The long gloves have a much nicer aesthetic effect than shorter ones like Cécile's. The shoes are very lovely and were actually my favorite part of the ensemble, but alas, the ones in my box ended up being a little bit too small to fit on over stockings (and barely big enough to fit over bare feet), so I'll be calling for replacements soon. Overall, an A from me! Emma Purple Sideways Glance (wm) by scarlett1854, on Flickr Emma Holiday Close-Up (wm) by scarlett1854, on Flickr