I purchased these pajamas the day they were released. I think they are beautiful, and I am pleased with the thickness of the material. The lace trim and bows are perfect touches. I am regretting not getting the robe/slipper set; I think the slippers would really complete the outfit. As has been mentioned before, I do wish that the pajamas were in two pieces, but that is really my only complaint. I give it an A- due to the one-piece nature.
I purchased this outfit recently, and overall I really like it. The hat is completely adorable, and I like the skirt, socks, and sweater a great deal. I wasn't sure I was going to like the shirt (reminded me of the '70s too much) but it looks really cute with the whole ensemble. My one complaint is the shoes. I have an older Kit (maybe slightly larger feet?) and I had to tug and pull a great deal in order to get the shoes on her feet over her socks. I haven't heard anyone else say this about the shoes, so maybe I got a defective pair? I think they are adorable in style, but I wish it wasn't so hard to get them on. The socks pooch out funny above the shoes since the shoes are so tight. :/ Overall, I give the outfit a B for overall goodness, but difficult shoes.
Edited to clear up confusion about my Kit's foot size.
This set was my Christmas present from my husband, and I am completely besotted. I'm a baker, so I love these items in miniature anyway, but I am very impressed with the quality of this set. It really seems like the quality of the older accessory pieces, with the extensive use of metal and the attention to detail. The measuring cups are marked with 1/2 and 1/4 cup increments. I do wish that the sifter had holes in the bottom, though I do like that the handle turns. It would be nice if the cookies were separate, but they look lovely when on the platter. I have added the recipe cards to the waffle recipes from Kit's waffle set, and this baking set looks great displayed with the waffle iron. I think there is a lot of playability with this set, and the metal makes it very durable. I believe the set is well worth the money given all of the pieces and the quality. I give it a strong A!
I purchased Ruthie's holiday dress in December and use it on Jess, who doubles as my Ruthie. For $24 I received the dress, a hairband, and tights.
I think the dress looks fabulous on dark-haired dolls. The dress appears to be made of a crepe-type of material and mine came quite wrinkled from being packed in its small box. I have not tried to iron it. I find that the elastic in the waist helps the dress to hang nicely on the doll. The overlay is sewn down and is a stiff cotton. The embroidery is lovely. The velveteen bow at the bottom of the white overlay is also sewn on, so it will not be lost. I enjoy the lace trim on the dress. The dress closes in the back with velcro and there is velcro at the wrists to tailor the sleeves. I had no trouble getting it on Jess.
The tights are pretty much standard issue AG white tights, nothing special. Fair warning: the shoes that are pictured with this outfit in the catalog are Ruthie's "meet" shoes; no shoes come with the outift. I have put Jess in Samantha's Mary Janes for the season.
The headband gave me a bit of a challenge and is the one slight negative to the set. While I like that there is a headpiece included, I don't like this style. I had a very difficult time getting it on over Jess' head, like it wasn't long enough or wasn't given enough elastic to stretch. I felt like I was hurting her hair by the amount of pulling I had to do to get it on in the appropriate spot. It's pretty once it's there, but what a struggle! I also wish there had been a cluster of smaller flowers rather than one large flower on top of her head...
Overall, I give the set an A-. I really wish there was a way to get shoes to go with the set, and that the headband was designed differently!
I was immediately taken with this outfit online, and like it even better in person. Quality-wise, many pieces in this outfit seem better than recent Mattel efforts.
Socks: The socks are thick! No nylon type material here. Perhaps because it's a play outfit? Either way, these feel nice and I don't feel like I'm going to snag them with a hangnail.
Khakis: Thick material, just like mine! I do wish that the "belt" went all the way around and was a little more substantial, but it's cute. The elastic was a little tight around Kit's calves (I don't have Ruthie) but I got it up with a little tugging.
Shirt: Feels like it's made out of the material that lots of polos are made out of (pique?), with the cotton sewn at the collar and the sleeves. It's truly adorable, and is a great color on Kit - a periwinkle/violet.
Shoes: They are okay. The styling is nice, but I didn't detect much of a left/right differential, as has been present in other shoes. The soles are a little funky, rather soft, and I found the sides a little soft and, therefore, hard to get on over her heels. The laces are long and easy to tie.
Hat: The hat is pretty, but I wonder how long it will hold up, as it is just felt. I like the ribbon and flower detail. The gold AG sticker was attached to the outside ribbon, so I took it off and stuck it to the inside of the hat.
Overall, I really like this outfit. I am happy that I got a complete outfit for the price. I wanted Kit to have another option that wasn't a dress aside from her baseball outfit, and this looks great on her!
This set is one of my favorites from Kit's collection. Christmas is my favorite holiday, but I don't think that influenced my opinion *too* much. The waffle iron itself is delightful - the porcelain and metal is authentic and heavy, and the fabric electrical cord is one of those details that just completes the piece. One complaint I have is that one of the screws has come loose in my iron, so it's now hinged only on one side - I have no idea what happened to the other screw.
The depression-era milk-glass-looking plate is beautiful, especially with the ribbon trim. And the waffles are rubbery, but I like that they actually go into the iron and don't slide off the plate, as rexphiles mentioned. The cinnamon-sprinkled whipped cream is a nice touch, and the recipe cards are real recipes that will work!
The evergreen sprigs are a nice touch, but not essential by any means. You can probably make a close approximation with similar Christmas decorations. If you see a set on ebay that's complete but without the evergreen sprigs, I wouldn't hesitate to get the set!
Well worth the money - I spent about $10 more than retail value on ebay right after it was retired, when I didn't know about asking if there were any left at AGPs or at the outlets. Though I wish I had known about the other avenues, it was worth it to me!