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!