Post by nararabbit on Sept 1, 2012 17:56:34 GMT -5
Caroline's travel basket is a very well-made little basket, sturdy and solid and could stand up to play (though maybe not "throw it in the toilet or on the floor then step on it play!) The two little apples are cute, with a sweet blush to them - they look like Pink Lady apples, instead of bright red "traditional" apples. The gingerbread cookies look like blah little round brown discs, I'd like to see either a piece of cheese added down the road, or at least a bit of accent paint on the cookies.
The real star of the show is the embroidered map included. I know some folks were wondering why the heck this should cost what it does. Behold:
The entire thing is embroidered, and could not be sweeter! You can actually read the stitched letters. I love it, and kind of want a second one to frame or put in a tiny embroidery hoop!
Post by nararabbit on Sept 1, 2012 17:52:51 GMT -5
Caroline's Party Dishes are well worth the asking price, IMHO. The dishes, cutlery, and cups are heavy metal, very solid feeling and I doubt easily broken, unlike some of the glass and china sets! The jug has a sailing ship printed on it for a nautical flair, the napkins are a good size with crocheted edges, and the apple cake comes "sliced" in two pieces so dolls can share.
The apple cake was a let-down - it has a plastic wedge bottom, similar in shape to a Trivial Pursuit piece. It's really ugly and cheap looking, I don't know why they felt the need to add that! The apples on top are also very poorly painted, and look more like apple shaped mashed potatoes than apples! The cake itself, however, looks like real cake!
They also have a sku number printed directly in large numbers on the back of each fork and knife. You better want only one side of your utensil to show, because it looks really ugly otherwise.
Post by nararabbit on Sept 1, 2012 17:47:07 GMT -5
I keep calling this cat Inkblot and Inkpot. Either one of those would be cuter!
This cat is okay, (s)he's very soft, more stuffed animal like than the other AG pets that are hard. Those seams though, it makes for a bigger cat - Inkspot is more the size of a dog than a cat! Or possibly a very fat cat. If you have Licorice, the two are very similar so you don't have to have both unless you're completist. I also like that he has the "real" eyes instead of those incredibly creepy embroidered eyes (a la Rebecca's kittens.)
Post by nararabbit on Sept 1, 2012 17:44:40 GMT -5
Caroline's Birthday Dress was my least favorite of her pieces. The fabric is very thin, with a strange texture to it, sort of like those nubby t-shirts from Old Navy. The "decal" design on it looks pretty cheap IMHO, though as it's been pointed out on the forums, one could merely use it as a GUIDE and embroider on top. It is very detailed, so I imagine that it would be expensive to embroider, but I'd rather pay $6 more for that! The neckline on the dress is extremely cute, it does show the doll's body fabric for those who don't like that.
The shoes it comes with are darling and the main reason I won't be returning it. They're shades of blue with a very low heel.
Post by nararabbit on Sept 1, 2012 17:40:09 GMT -5
Caroline's Holiday dress took me by surprise! Well, kinda. Her gloves are ugly and I won't be using them - they're shiny satin and just look weird.
Her dress is actually a gorgeous woven jacquard type fabric, with alternating bands of plum and light plum, and roses woven in between. The satiny neckline is wide and ruffly, very cute! The buckle is heavy, pretty sure it's plastic but it could pass for metal (so a good plastic!) I've attached a close-up, as the stock photo makes it look quite cheap and really it uses nice material.
(the close-up will be back, it for some reason keeps posting as HUGE, in the meantime it's available in the same album!)
Post by nararabbit on Sept 1, 2012 17:36:57 GMT -5
Caroline's coat is a deep sapphire color, with velvet accents and tiny metal-look (but made of plastic) buttons. The top straps and belt close with velcro in addition to the coat itself. The only thing that bugs me is that the buttons used have a fairly "deep" back on them, and thus tend to wiggle or hang down like a loose tooth. There's also a bit of black thread holding them onto their straps, and it protrudes on the back side and looks messy. Otherwise it's so, so darling! I had a hard time getting the coat over another outfit, so shamefully, my doll went commando underneath! The coat is long though, so no one will ever know.
The hat is also cute, with a miniature velvet box surrounding the faux fur brim. It actually fits ONTO the doll's head, unlike Rebecca's funky hat!
Rosalie with nothing under coat:
Quilla with MyAG angora sweater and skirt Hanukkah set underneath (could barely close it):
Post by nararabbit on Sept 1, 2012 17:33:03 GMT -5
Caroline's Spencer Jacket, while adorable, was more than a little tight on my chubby MG, though it fit Rosalie (Cécile) just fine! Because of the style, the shoulders of any doll tend to look like a Linebacker... oh well! The peachy rose fabric is trimmed with a darker rosy red, very flattering and pretty. The fabric itself is thick, fuzzy woven material - like real suiting instead of cheap thin cotton. Yeah!
The hat is a tour de force! The style is so darling and looks especially cute with curls peeking out underneath. I personally think this set is worth buying just for her hat! It's just that cute! It's also quite firm, similar to the fabric in Ruthie's Play Outfit hat, I could see it getting crushed pretty easily so I'd recommend storing it safely when not in use.
Post by nararabbit on Sept 1, 2012 17:28:52 GMT -5
This dress is so adorable, and the peachy-rose color is universally flattering! It has a grosgrain ribbon waist (a bit tight on my chubby MG doll) and there's not a lot of room in the torso, so I don't think a slip would fit, but pantalons would if you felt like including them. The stretchy neck makes for easier fitting as well.
Her red boots are cute enough, but they are a little plain. At least they fit the first time with a minimum of fussing and stretching!
Note: the hat is not included, and is sold with the Spencer Jacket set.