I recently bought this outfit on sale. I liked it during 2013, but not enough to pay full price for it, but figured if it showed up sometime on sale I'd pick it up.
The best thing about this outfit is the jeans. They are actually really nicely made with lots of detail. The pockets are actually real, and the stitching on them is a nice touch. They are also a nice fit, not super tight like a lot of the pants or "jeggings" that have been popular the last couple years. They get an A+ from me.
The tunic has its merits. The color is beautiful on Saige, and I love the embroidery. The fabric is not as bad as some people have said, though I agree it could have been a flowy-er fabric. The main issue I have with the tunic is it's a bit too close-fitting. A tunic of this style ought to be loose and comfy like Julie's orange tunic (which by the way looks really nice on Saige). So I will give the tunic a B. It's pretty, but should fit looser.
The shoes aren't terrible, but I agree with everyone else that they are boring. I'm very tired of ballet flats. The color also doesn't really suit the overall ensemble. I would have preferred they just not be included, and the outfit could have cost a bit less. But oh well. They get a C- from me.
Overall a decent ensemble, but I'm glad I waited for it to go on sale instead of paying full price.
Post by sixthruler on Sept 15, 2014 22:10:56 GMT -5
I really, REALLY love this outfit! I think it is probably the best outfit Mattel has come up with in a very long time. The style is so great for Addy's era. Very nice historical accuracy. The fabric is nice quality and texture. It feels like a linen that would have been used in the 1860's. The details are very beautiful. The light blue also looks nice on Addy.
The skirt and the waist band on the skirt and jacket are nice and roomy, so they fit perfectly on my plump PM Addy. Also, the length of the skirt is perfect. Her petticoats fit nicely under it. I adore it!
Here's the bows from the school outfit in Addy's hair:
The combs went nicely into her braids, so I didn't have to take out her braids:
Post by sixthruler on Sept 15, 2014 22:05:05 GMT -5
I just received Addy's BF meet outfit. I'm so surprised I liked this dress, I didn't think I would, but when I finally saw it in the catalogue, I was like "Addy needs it!"
The color is just gorgeous on her skin tone. It was a really good choice for her. The fabric is a nice calico, and looks plausibly historically accurate in person. It's not shiny or gaudy, it's very pretty.
It's a tad snug in the waste on my plump PM Addy, but not too bad. I could still close the velcro all the way. It is slightly shorter than I'd prefer, though. Her petticoat pops out a bit, so I had to roll the petticoat at the waist. But the skirt still puffs out nicely with the proper undergarments for the bell shape.
I actually prefer the pantalettes from the new meet over Addy's old ones. The old pantalettes have a weird waistband that makes them puff at the waist in an unflattering way. The new ones fit nicely under all her outfits.
Look how cute the shoes are. I really adore them. They are not shiny or plasticky. The fabric is very nice canvas, and looks flattering with the dress. They have a very nice heel detail which makes them look like actual shoes. And actual buttons, though they are not functional. The shoes open with velcro closures in the back:
Overall I like this outfit and would recommend it.
Post by sixthruler on Nov 13, 2013 19:07:57 GMT -5
I just received my picnic set today, and I am happy with it. The handle on the basket is actually really secure. I just took a second look at it when I opened this thread to be sure. So I think you just got a bum one, and should exchange it.
I love this dress, and have to say it's my favorite of Caroline's outfits.
A lot of the reason I love it is because of it's attention to historical detail. Some people complained about the texture/weight of the fabric, but it is supposed to represent the lightweight, gauze muslin that was popular during the regency era. In fact, the lighter and gauzier the fabric, the more prized it was at the time. Of course women would wear shifts and petticoats under the gowns, but the gowns themselves were often very sheer. I think it is absolutely elegant.
The white fabric around the neck is supposed to look like the white scarves women would tuck into their bodices as a means to protect their chests from the cold climate, while still allowing them to wear the lightweight gowns. It looks classy, in my opinion.
I was a bit disappointed when I first found out that the white floral detailing is not actual embroidery, but after seeing it in person, it looks lovely anyway. In pictures you can't even tell. Yes, it would be nice if it was actually embroidered, but I don't find it distracting or tacky looking at all. It still looks very pretty to me.
The only thing I don't like about the outfit are the shoes. I think the color is unattractive, as it does not match the dress. Also, the shoes are difficult to get on over stockings, and any classy regency girl would have worn stockings with such a gown. The shoes are not bad as a stand-alone item to be worn with other outfits, even as ballet flats for a modern girl, but I don't like them with this dress.
Overall, I give this dress an A. If the shoes were a different color, black even, I would give the ensemble an A+.
The light blue is lovely on blonde dolls, but it also looks really nice on darker complected dolls like Josefina. It pairs well with Josefina's mantilla and the undergarments from her Christmas dress.
I highly recommend this dress. For those of you on the fence, it looks truly beautiful in person. For those with an eye for historical detail, this dress is the one for you!