Post by Masquerade on Jan 11, 2012 15:59:48 GMT -5
Chiming in to say that while I loved the outfit, those boots really are a pain to get on. They either need to be remade a little looser with more room for elastic to stretch, or they need to velcro open and shut in the back like a lot of the more structured boots do.
I had to buy these because they seemed perfect for Luna. They sell for $14.
They are not quite as coral as they appear in my photos - I think my halogen light gives off enough of a yellow tone that it affected the color. They're more of a hot pink with a lighter carnation pink for the toes, soles, and very tops/handles.
They're just like Lanie's blue gardening boots, although I feel like these are just a touch easier to get on. You will never get these on over socks or tights, though (well, you might get them on over super thin socks or tights, but I don't think it would be worth the effort or frustration). I wouldn't use them with long pants unless there was tons of extra room in them from the knee down. They work out okay with leggings, which is what I've paired them with here.
For me they were worth the money simply because my Luna wears Wellington boots almost exclusively and these were perfect for her with their great plaid design. Others may want to wait for a sale since they're so difficult to get on.
Post by Masquerade on Nov 10, 2010 23:27:23 GMT -5
I will try to take better photos of this and perhaps add them to the reviews board soon.
I love these pajamas but I'm not so much digging them on Madelaine. Part of the problem is that Madelaine appears to have been strung together by a drunken monkey; she's got linebacker shoulders, her butt sticks out a mile, she's never been able to stand straight, and she's the second chubbiest doll in my collection. As a result, she makes the outfit look like more of a wreck than it really is.
I love the shirt. I fully plan to use it as a daytime layering piece. It doesn't scream 'sleepwear' by itself. The pants are nice and will fit PM girls - like I said, Madelaine's my second chubbiest doll and they went on her just fine. The slippers don't fit on the feet the way I thought they did so it looks like her toes stick out a touch more than they should - but then I've never had much luck with most of AG's slippers.
It's definitely worth picking up, if only for the shirt. It's really quite lovely - you just can't tell in the photo because it's on poor un-photogenic Madelaine.
Post by Masquerade on Jun 28, 2010 18:18:16 GMT -5
Here it is on Evie when she first arrived here.
It's a fairly thick fleece robe, but I haven't seen the marshmallow effect happen to any of the dolls I've put it on. The slippers are much thinner but still good quality. The rickrack trim is a bit cheesy for my tastes, but otherwise I totally recommend adding it to your collection.
I see what you mean about those eyes - they are *gorgeous*. I'm a little sad you're swapping them out, but I bet she'll be beautiful with dark blue as well. But those are definitely darker than my hazel-eyed girl.
As far as I can tell, that's still #26's wig. Mine came with extremely tight spiral curls - in fact, I got a little confused looking at reviews for her after I got mine because all the others seem to have nice loose sausage curls, while mine has corkscrew. I got a little OCD about the haircut as well, but I only cut it such that it's even all the way around. Those longer bits in front were so weird to me.
Tennille is a stunning doll - thank you so much for sharing photos of her!
I have to agree with starearedkid: this is an outfit made for sales. 30 bucks for an outfit that doesn't come with shoes grates on me just a tad, but I'm a sucker for athletic gear for dolls so I tossed it in with my last order.
I'm finding it personally hard to mix and match these items. There's not much else you can pair the purple yoga pants with. The tank goes okay with jeans and other neutral bottoms, but it looks a bit baggy on its own - in fact, I'd recommend it for folks with PM girls because it'll fit chubbier dolls just fine. It's loose on Darcy here.
My favorite piece is the sweater. I love that the flowers are embroidered and it's going to be an incredibly versatile piece, which kind of makes up for the dullness of the other two bits.
I'll give it a B overall. This really should come with the purple tennies already grouped in, considering the price tag.
Post by Masquerade on Jul 10, 2008 22:01:32 GMT -5
Here's a photo of Luna in the outfit:
I absolutely love the jumper - it's working really well with Luna's kooky wardrobe. After I took pictures I put her in a yellow tank top and yellow/orange/purple striped tights and it still looks really sweet and quirky. I like how well it mixes and matches with other pieces.
I do have to agree with Quirked about the boots - it is impossible to get a doll to stand up straight in them. But I really like the way they look - but then I'm just glad Luna can have a new pair of Wellingtons.
Post by Masquerade on Jun 22, 2007 17:14:18 GMT -5
Here's Jess in the Halloween kitty outfit.
The main portion of this costume is a black velour bodysuit. Jess is my skinniest doll, since she's my only Mattel doll, and even on her it is a challenge putting it on. It zips up the front but barely leaves enough space to push the limbs through all the pieces. It's an absolute nightmare getting this on a pre-Mattel doll. I used to put Madelaine in it for months at a time because it was so obnoxious fighting with it.
The mask is a nice plastic mask with a bit of elastic to keep it on her head. There are four whiskers attached to the bottom.
The headband is made of the same velour material as the bodysuit. BEWARE of this headband - I stored Madelaine wearing it for a very long time. When I took her out of storage, she had two huge black stains on both temples. I would encourage making sure the band ends in the doll's hair somewhere and not on her face. I'm still putting Madelaine through Oxy treatments trying to fix her.
The shoes are the same velour material as the bodysuit as well. They've got some gold stitching in them to make them look like kitty paws. They fall off Jess's feet every once in awhile but stay on my pre-Mattel dolls easily.
The trick-or-treat bag is a nice plastic pumpkin that could fit quite a few doll-size candies inside. I use it to store one of the kitty gloves (also black velour) because I've lost the other one.
My favorite detail is the mouse. He's got some elastic on him so you can wrap him around any of her arms or legs. He's white and fuzzy and very cute.
Here's a photo of the back so you can see the tail. The tail feels like it has a wire in it so in theory, you could bend it any old way you please. I've opted to leave mine straight.
Overall, I'm sorry to say, but I give this one a C+. It's an ordeal trying to put it on a doll and I'm not fan of the way it stains doll skin if left on for long periods of time.
Post by Masquerade on May 14, 2007 18:50:21 GMT -5
Here's a picture of my Jess doll wearing them with the pink fleece robe and slippers.
These are my favorite set of modern pajamas. The colors look great on all my girls (GT9, Samantha, Addy, Felicity, Josefina, and Kirstin). The pants are very soft and bright and the t-shirt has "American Girl" written on it in black.
Here's Madelaine (AGoT 9) modeling the first modern doll sleepwear that ever came out.
The fabric for the doll nightgown is red fleece - the outer bit is nice and cottony but the inner side is extremely soft red fleece. I took a picture of this but it came out blurry, sorry.
The only openings/closures for the outfit are the snaps on the front. As such, it's extremely difficult to shimmy it up her legs like I do with most doll dresses. Instead you generally have to raise the doll's hands up in the air and pull it over her head, as if you were dressing a small child.
I like the fit, for the most part. The sleeves are nice and long, which I love, but I do wish it were a bit longer. As you can see, it only just hits her knees. I dunno about you but if I'm wearing fleece, it's because I'm cold. In my opinion it should go down to her ankles or so. I've tried compensating by putting her in the fleece robe, but the magenta pink and bright red do not a happy mix make.
The headband is the same cottony material as the outside of the nightgown - no fleece on it at all. I can never get it to wrap as nicely on the headband the bear has.
Finally, the nightgown on the bear is of a similar construction - cottony on the front, fleece on the inside. Her headband is made out of the same fabric. The bear nightgown has a single snap on the back instead of any on the front. The whole outfit is removable from the bear. Took a picture of this, but again, it turned out fuzzy.
Overall I'd give it a B+. It's got great fabric construction, but it's also very simple and I wish it were longer and slightly easier to get on the doll. I bought mine when it was first released - there's one on eBay right now for around $20 and I think it'd be worth the price if you love doll jammies as much as I do.
Last Edit: Jun 22, 2007 3:36:46 GMT -5 by Masquerade
The recital outfit is one of the most elegant pieces in the modern collection, in my opinion.
The shirt is very nice, although the catalogue description gives you the impression that you can remove the bowtie from the shirt. Not true, unless you like snapping threads and sewing it back on later.
The skirt is a lovely shiny black material with a gorgeous gold waistband, though I'd hesitate to call it a cummerbund since it's not a separate piece from the skirt. It attaches in the back with velcro.
The jacket isn't made from the same shiny material, but it might be cotton? Fits on the doll pretty well although if you're not careful the sleeves of the shirt will bunch up and make it look a bit lopsided.
The headband is a little difficult for me. It attaches behind the head with velcro and I have a heck of a time putting it on without snagging the doll's hair. Here's a more detailed shot of it:
The shoes are shiny material with two gold beads to match all the gold detailing. It's meant to be worn with black tights but I didn't realize that until I'd already taken the photos. I think it looks better with the tiny bit of bare leg shown between the long skirt and the shoes.
I also like the look of the outfit without the jacket on:
Overall I'd give the outfit an A-. The minus is for how difficult the headband is about snagging hair.
Let me say right off that this is my absolute favorite modern holiday outfit to date. I also got mine when it was first released so you had to buy the accessories (like the Star of David necklace) separately. I dunno if they changed that in later years or what but I see it sold on eBay with the accessories a lot, as if they were packaged together later on.
The sweater is my favorite part. I'm terrible with fabric names, but the catalogue description called it angora. It's the softest piece of doll clothing in my collection. As such you have to be really careful about the velcro on the back catching on it, but it's not that difficult. There are little rhinestones on the front that catch light nicely. I put it on dolls with blue jeans for a nice wintery effect.
The skirt is a gorgeous deep blue velour with an elastic waistband. I've never tried mixing it with other pieces, but as long as you paired it with something neutral I bet it would look great.
I'm not sure if these are the tights meant to go with the outfit - I have white tights all over the place due to having Samantha, so they could be hers. I'm not a fan of the white tights blending in with the white shoes, but the shoes mix and match really well with other outfits so I'm not complaining.
The headband could work just as well as a ponytail elastic if you wanted. It's got silver mixed in with it to match with the rhinestones.
Overall I'd definitely give this outfit an A. It's super soft and relatively easy to match with other bits of doll clothing.
And one last photo, with a better view of the headband:
Post by Masquerade on Jun 22, 2007 17:05:24 GMT -5
Here's Madelaine in the Holiday Bibs Outfit.
This is a really simple set. The shirt is a creamy white silky material with silvery/diamond-like "buttons" up the front. These are decorative; it velcros up the back and at the sleeves. It looks pretty cute with the Hanukkah skirt and blue jeans as well. It's a very simple, versatile piece.
The overalls are a more fuzzy material. I guess it's velour? Feels soft and stiff to the touch. It has four buttons on the front to attach the buckles to, and there's also about an inch of velcro on the sides to make it easier to shimmy up the doll's legs. I really love the detailing they've put into the back:
There are two pockets back there, perfect for sliding a doll-size candy cane into. The back left pocket also has a little strip of velour fabric attached to the side, like some carpenter's pants have for sliding a hammer into. I guess this is the dressy outfit the doll wears when she's nailing stockings onto the fireplace? Beats me but I appreciate the detailing anyway.
The shoes are simple gold slip-ons. I also use them for the Medieval Princess Outfit because the shoes that came with that costume are terrible, in my opinion. This outfit also looks really cute with white tennis shoes or slip-ons.
It also comes with a little gold AG necklace. I've got the necklace but it's still in its packaging because I'm paranoid I'll lose it otherwise.
This is probably my absolute favorite Samantha dress. Of the set:
Dress: A-. Trying to get the shirt bit to billow slightly over the skirt is sort of difficult, and I'm not sure why it has a single snap in addition to the velcro on the back. Otherwise it's great and incredibly durable - I've had mine 13-14 years and it's still pristine white after being played with so much when I was younger.
Tam: C. It's cute and it matches the dress, but I have a heck of a time trying to get it to stay on her head. I've finally given up, and she wears a white ribbon in her hair instead.
Boots: A. I can't remember if these came with the outfit or if you had to purchase them seperately. Either way, they're Samantha's cutest shoes. My only worry is that someday I'm going to break off one of the pearl buttons, but they're just as old as her dress and they still work fine.
The colors on this dress are absolutely fantastic, as are the patterns. I took a closeup picture of the apron against the blue dress.
It isn't *exactly* true to color due to the intense camera flash, but you can see the patterns up close. The whole outfit is absolutely stunning, easily worthy of an A+.
However, I agree with jabberwockypie on the windmill. I'm afraid to even touch mine, so it stays wrapped up VERY carefully in storage. I also got mine when it was originally released. Definitely worth that price, maybe worth up to $100 if you really want it, but it would be painful to pay $200 or whatever the going price is.