Addy looks lovely in this dress. The photos also compare all the hats. I think Addy's is the most accurate in design. The dress itself is very historically accurate and I see it's design in many paintings in museums.
I have the Mattel version and it's gorgeous. For $28, it's quite the deal. It matches perfectly with the trunk (which *sob* I foolishly sold). I can see the criticism with the fraying edges, but I think the quality is still exceptional for the price.
Compared to Elizabeth's Riding Outfit.
I'm sorry the picture is blurry. I'll try to get a better one eventually.
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The details of the food are great. I would prefer Felicity's strawberries over Kirsten's any day. The glass trays are so slippery. So make sure you don't move them around when they are stacked.
Sorry, I only show the bundt cake, treats, and platter. Ignore the jug, flowers, queen's cake and tea cup as they belong to other sets and dolls. I thought it would be useful to show the items in relationship to dolls.
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I thought I should post a photo that actually shows the mob cap. The set is quite beautiful, especially the pleated mob cap and coral necklace. My ebay copy did come in the maroon box, but the detailing of the purse indicates it probably is Mattel.
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Invitation and Fashion Doll II I thought people might find it useful to see the fashion doll photographed with a full AG doll. The blue fabric is the same as Felicity's Christmas Gown. It's very detailed and well-made. Of all the doll's dolls, Felicity's doll is my favorite. As you can see in the photo, the fashion doll was used so young ladies can learn about the latest fashions coming from Europe.
The invitation that comes with the doll is tied with a red ribbon.
All the women in my family have huge round eyes and we were from southern China and Vietnam. Our closest look-a-like doll is #25, rather than the Asian JLY or Jess. I think in certain angles and lighting her eyes can look a little bit almond-shaped, though I don't think all folks coming from Asia necessarily have almond-shaped eyes. It's just that the deep brown eyes and the straight black, deep brown hair that gave me the impression she was Asian (and no, not all Asians have straight hair, and yes, some, including myself, have shades of dark brown in the hair).
I guess that's why I like this doll so much. She has features that don't necessarily force her to be defined as part of any one particular race or ethnic group.
Thanks, those were very nice pictures.
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Addy's Bandbox, made out of a thin wood slightly stronger than cardboard, can carry many of her tiny treasures. Addy can easily hold the box in her arm because of an adjustable brown leather strap tacked to the sides of the box. The amorphous purple and black patterns are scattered on a bluish background. A copy of a Harper's Weekly lines the bottom of the box. You can read in its entirety, "The Song of the Blue-Bells."
At first, I didn't like the colors and patterns, but they are starting to grow on me. The colors are pretty and unusual and truly stand out from the usual AG fare. I think the periodical inside is adorable and adds to its authenticity. I love how it hangs on Addy's arm quite easily. My only wish was that the wood was a little sturdier, and I would hesitate to put anything inside that's heavy and would jostle around. It seems rather fragile compared to the other travel suitcases, such as Felicity's trunk and Sam's valise. I think my box is at least ten years old and doesn't show any sign of yellowing or the glue getting undone.
I'd give it an overall A-, mainly because it seems rather fragile (it would not survive it I accidentally stepped on it).
I think this is generally a very cute set. I would give it an overall rating of B+.
The apron has light yellow lines where you can embroider a flower pattern. However, it's generally rather plain looking without embroidery. I suspect it would be plain even with the embroidery. I wished AG had added a fringe or had given it a cuter shape or made it a different color. B
The antique-looking needle book has four color choices that include, green, red, yellow, and purple. There certainly would be plenty of leftover thread. But it's not very interesting to me as a plaything because it's human-sized and I can get thread anywhere. B+
The doll-sized wooden hoop actually works and has a metal screw. A
The lamp is actually a substantial piece, with a decent amount of detail. It's made of real metal and you can lift the deflector (? that round sideway piece that looks like the top of a tin can) off its rod. You can also spin the deflector piece around the lamp. The wick inside is a piece of cloth that look kind of like a flat shoelace. There's a working screw on the side of the lamp that turns and lets you move the wick up and down. I'm not sure why they added this feature. I would have preferred a real candle, but perhaps they were trying to be historically accurate about something. Yes, there's no glass in the "bulb" part and there are two obvious seams on the plastic. But I think the "glass" looks realistic enough that I sometimes forget it's plastic unless I touch it or stare at it closely. I think it was a smart move on AG's part because it would have been annoying to ship and replace parts all the time. A-
So I give the set an overall rating of B+ because I think the apron is too plain and I wish there was a thimble too. Out of Addy's entire collection this is not one of my favorites, but I'm being very critical because I already adore everything about her collection. If you do find the lamp, however, I do highly recommend trying to get it.