Post by americangirlshope on Aug 20, 2012 22:19:06 GMT -5
I love this outfit! I remember very distinctly going to AGPNY with my Aunt and Uncle and picking this one out specifically in 2003. It's held up very well, and I somehow, miraculously didn't lose the whistle! The dress did yellow, but a washing in tide fixed that very quickly. The material is a thick rayon, and the details are very intricate on this outfit. It's very nautical, to say the least! The collar is precious, and has two stars embroidered on the back, just like it would in real life. The hat adds a very nice touch, but sometimes my Sam wears a wide white ribbon instead. This is a must have piece!
Post by americangirlshope on Jul 24, 2012 0:39:00 GMT -5
Samantha's cape and gaiter set is beautiful! I can really feel the quality in this set. The cape is actually lined with a black silky-like material as well. It's very well put together, and I love the braid that is sewn onto the collar and sleeve opening, it's lovely! The shade of plaid is a lovely shade as well, just perfect for winter time! I purchased my set second hand and it is tagged PC 1994, and it appears to be a pretty old set.
The gaiters are precious! They make her shoes look like button up boots, and it adds to the overall effect, especially when paired with the muff and hat. The only issues I can honestly see with this set are that the cord at the neck could possibly get caught in the neck Velcro, and snag. My set looks to be fairly old and is still in mint condition, so, I'm assuming if you are careful, this won't even be and issue. It displays very nicely, and is definitely worth the shot if you come across it, it seems like it would work over every outfit because of it's darker colors.
Post by americangirlshope on Jul 18, 2012 21:53:28 GMT -5
Mine is the plastic revised version, and I think it's beautiful. The first thing I noticed is that it is very light. There's almost nothing to it, weight wise. However, that isn't a bad thing. The workmanship of it is beautiful, and I personally don't find it being made of plastic to be an issue.
It looks to me like real wood, and it has the texture of real wood. The lighter front 'wood' is like a smooth laminate, while the back is a darker type of blend.
The ribbon is beautiful, and it matches the birthday set perfectly. This isn't by any means an essential, or even functional part of her collection, but it is beautifully made and makes displays look extra pretty.
Post by americangirlshope on Jul 18, 2012 21:41:03 GMT -5
This dress is so light and airy, it's perfect for spring or summer. My version of the dress is tagged PC and was an ebay purchase. The outfit as a whole is very pretty to look at, and has several themes that were common during Felicity's period. The pastel lavender color is a good representation of what fancier, fashionable gowns would have been made of. The floral embroidery is beautifully done, and represents the importance of florals in 18th century textiles. The last trend that this dress covers is stripes. During one point of the 1700's, stripes in all colors and patterns were being used to create bold, contrasting gowns. Marie Antoinette would have loved this dress.
The choker is actually historically accurate, as there are many portraits of noble women during this period with necklaces made of gathered and ruffled ribbons. The mob cap is made of a sheer, soft broad cloth material, and is edged in a tri- color purple ribbon. My felicity wears this with her hoops, and it certainly works well with them. The skirt is cut very generous on mine. Overall, this is a beautiful piece of felicity's wardrobe. It works as a beautiful, fancy spring dress that isn't too formal, but dressy enough for a party.
Post by americangirlshope on Jun 25, 2012 22:31:24 GMT -5
This set is so incredibly well made. Mine are Mattel made, however, I purchased these on eBay, so I am unaware of when they were made. I paid alot more than retail for this set, and it was totally worth it. They literally make the difference.
The corset is very well made. I was expecting it to be a chep fabric vest that laced up, however, it is an incredibly firm, sturdy, functional pair of stays! It isn't boned, however, it has a very firm lining inside of it that makes it incredibly strong. This would definitely work on a people sized version.
The pocket Is beautiful. I don't really think it does much other than look pretty, but the embroidery work on it is absolutely stunning. it's so pretty that you almost wish it wasn't a part of her undergarments!
The hoops are my favorite part of the set. They are identical to a particular style of panniers of the period. They have three boned channels going down each pocket, and slits for you to hide things inside of them. Very accurate. The hoops literally work wonders on the way the dresses hang. The difference is night and day.
Just so you can see a comparison of how well the hoops change the look of her clothes, I took these photos:
Without the panniers.
It makes a huge change, which is perfect for her fancy dresses like the ball gown and spring gown. The work that went into making this set must have been daunting, as it is incredibly detailed. The historical accuracy is dead on, and it is well made.
Post by americangirlshope on Jun 17, 2012 17:43:34 GMT -5
I love this outfit, it's such a nice pop of color! I find that it actually looks very beautiful on Felicity, despite her hair being red. After spending years of pining for it, I purchased my set second hand on eBay complete with the apron pins for around fifty dollars. Now that I have seen it first hand, I'd probably pay even more for it due to the sheer quality of the ensemble.
This gown is different from the usual birthday dresses in that it looks very elegant and understated without the apron, as opposed to looking dull without it. When paired with the apron, it's a perfect combination of color and print that looks very refreshing. If you can't find a complete set, just the salmon pink gown on it's own looks just as beautiful. The construction is what is really impressive to me. The pleating on the sleeves, the full skirt, and materials are all top notch.
The skirt on this gown is actually much more full than the Christmas gown, and when worn with a pannier or many petticoats, it still has extra fabric left to drape! Very exciting.
The Apron is a thin cotton printed in a floral motif, and just adds a little something extra to what is already a very nice outfit. It is sturdily constructed, and could definitely withstand some playtime. The pompom is a simple bouquet of silk flowers that are gathered and tied to a thin double faced satin ribbon. Although not necessary to maintain the outfits look, it does add a nice touch. It's fairly delicate.
The socks are one of my favorite parts! They have a beautifully embroidered floral pattern on them, and are a delicate blue color!
Overall, this is a high quality outfit that has many interesting pieces and lots of play value. It also displays beautifully.
Post by americangirlshope on Jun 17, 2012 16:40:41 GMT -5
This is my favorite outfit for Felicity, and it's definitely her most beautiful gown. Mine was purchased second hand on eBay in new condition, and I paid about forty dollars for it. It's worth every penny, in my opinion. The gown is from 2010 and has everything included, including shoes. The stomachers close with Velcro, however, I do not find it to be prone to snagging at all, actually. Despite that, I would have preferred the snap closure.
The necklace is lovely and dainty, however, it is also rather large around her neck. The shoes are precious! They're white plastic leather feeling material with a slight heel and blue bows on the toes. They match the gown perfectly, and as a bonus, also look lovely paired with the summer gown! The pinner cap is elegant, and gives the outfit a very nice finishing touch. I'm very impressed with the pleats on the gown, as well as the overall construction. I also found that in my opinion , the fabric feels expensive. It is an artificial taffeta, and while it feels like a 'parachute', it's supposed to. Taffeta is supposed to be a stiff, crinkly fabric, and I have found that it helps the gown to stand out fuller and give it a lustrous shine.
Overall, I have no reasonable complaints about this piece. It is a beautiful, historically accurate, and painstakingly detailed ballgown that is a focal point of Felicity's collection.
Post by americangirlshope on Jun 15, 2012 22:43:29 GMT -5
I absolutely love Samantha! She's a beautiful doll, and obviously a classic. It's not surprising why so many people love her. I received her Christmas 2004. Her hair has a beautiful loose curl to it that is elegant and easy to maintain. She's well made, and has a beautiful meet outfit. It really ties in well with her hair, eyes and skin tone. She looks good in a large variety of clothing and works well in period as well as modern clothes.
Post by americangirlshope on Jun 15, 2012 22:20:15 GMT -5
I received this outfit as a gift in 2004, and it's lovely. The outfit as a whole looks very beautiful, and the colors are nicely coordinated with her other birthday accessories. The dress itself, is rather boring, however it is well made and hold it's skirt out nicely due to the stiff taffeta it is made of. The pinafore is the best part. I was not expecting it to be made of such a soft and delicate lace. The rest of the apron is made of a very soft and sheer fabric, similar to batiste. It looks great with other dresses in her collection as well.
The circlet, which I have not pictured,is damaged. It is incredibly frail, and can fall apart if you are not gentle. It adds a final touch to the outfit, but is not necessary for the ensemble to work. Overall, this outfit is a beautifully made piece that is an important part in her collection.
Post by americangirlshope on Jun 15, 2012 21:41:46 GMT -5
What can I say? I absolutely love Felicity! For me, she's the one that started it all. This particular Felicity is the oldest one I have, and she has to be from '93' to '95, as I received her many years ago as a gift from my babysitter who had had her when she was a child. She's in her late twenties now, so that leads me to assume that the doll is at least from the mid '90's.
As far as reviewing goes, she's lovely. her green eyes and red hair are what I adore the most about her. She's got a fat body, and and soft auburn eyelashes. Her skin isn't super squishy, but it's also not super firm, it's just right. There isn't much to add that others haven't said. her meet clothes are beautiful, and high quality. She's overall an elegant doll. A PM Felicity is a real joy. No collection is complete without this colonial beauty!