Post by WildPigeonChase on Jul 3, 2015 22:50:07 GMT -5
The details on this set are great. The coat and hat are made from bight blue wool, trimmed with velvet and faux-fur like materials.
The coat is perfect for the era and situation, though the belt(s) are a bit funky. They close with velcro and are always slightly out of alignment it seems. The wool is nice but I wish it was lined to give it a bit more weight. I've had no trouble fitting it over her outfits. The cap is nice and matches the coat well.
I sometimes pair the set with Samantha's white fur muff to match the trim. The mittens and boots from the skating set are nice, but I agree don't mesh perfectly. Maybe the coat lining should have been brown striped.
Post by WildPigeonChase on Jul 3, 2015 22:29:26 GMT -5
When I first saw this outfit, my first reaction was that it looked like wallpaper However with Caroline's archival I decided to pick it up, since I knew I'd kick myself later if I didn't.
Overall, the outfit seems to be very high quality. The dress appears to be thick and woven, not just printed fabric. The silk-like fabric on the neckline and sleeves is great. The buckle is probably plastic but looks and feels similar to metal. The dress closes in the back with non-snag velcro, which is a nice feature.
The shoes are nice. They were a bit snug over stockings, but not too bad. The gloves are a bit hard to get on, and feel like polyster, so I don't really use them. The headband is a nice touch, but has a ridiculously big tag on it. It doesn't really lay perfectly flat on her head either. I think a headband of ribbon/fancy trim alone would be nice, so dolls of any hair color could wear it.
I still think it looks like wallpaper (and is quite pricey), but it is a good, seemily accurate holiday outfit for Caroline with some nice touches.
Post by WildPigeonChase on Jul 3, 2015 22:14:42 GMT -5
Mixed reactions to this set. The nightgown is pretty, but mine seems kind of stiff, like someone over starched it on laundry day. It's not soft cotton like I expected. It's also cream colored, not white, so it looks a bit yellowed compared to her pantalettes that peek out under. The lace around the neckline is nice though, as well as the embroidery, though I'm not sure about the particular pattern's historical accuracy.
The slippers are a pretty shade of blue with a nice little bow, but they have shiny plastic bottoms that feel cheap. I wish they had been soft sided or rubber to be a bit more like house slippers. They can work with modern outfits too though.
Post by WildPigeonChase on Jul 3, 2015 21:32:57 GMT -5
The spencer: At first the sleeve detail seemed a bit wild, but it grows on you. Plus the fabric, including the velvet trim feels luxurious. It's cropped to empire waist height and has 3 decorative buttons in the front (it closes with velcro under). I would have preferred real buttons, but after dealing with the ones on Josefina's black spencer I can understand the velcro for kids.
The hat: A stiff bonnet that fans out from her face. It fastens under her chin with a thin cream-colored ribbon, which I actually prefer to the bigger ribbon of her meet bonnet. That one always seems to bunch up around her chin and look out of scale. This one looks much more in 1/3 scale proportion.
I'll also note for the hat that I was surprised with the color when I opened the box. It's not solid coral, but has cream threads (that almost look lint) blended in. It looks nice, but surprised me since it doesn't seem to show in photos well.
I really like the set over Josefina's spring dress, which Caroline is modeling. It picks up some of the red flower details.
Post by WildPigeonChase on Nov 16, 2013 14:40:46 GMT -5
I bought the swimsuit alone secondhand. I wish AG still sold bathing suits for the historicals! This one seems very historically accurate to me, based off pictures from 1930s. Its a one piece dress with attached bottoms. If feels like thick cotton/spandex to me. I like the pattern and the belt.
Post by WildPigeonChase on Nov 1, 2013 21:29:02 GMT -5
This outfit was WAY too big on my Mattel Kit. Even with the belt it was baggy. Besides the horrible fit, it is a cute outfit for chubbier Kits. The pleats did make it look smaller. The blouse I can't see matching with much else, but it looks good together. I don't know if the cornflower blue pattern is historically accurate, and it looks a bit baby-ish to me. For some reason I keep thinking of the Wizard of Oz outfit. The shoes are very cute and I haven't had any problems wit the socks. If not for the bad fit I might keep it, but I think I'll be exchanging it for the school suit outfit.
Post by WildPigeonChase on Nov 1, 2013 21:20:03 GMT -5
Surprisingly way cuter than expected. And it fits *perfectly*! It comes with shoes and a blue flower barette, but I actually like it with her meet shoes better. Picks up the white trim. It also looks nice paired with the headband from her birthday feedsack dress.
Post by WildPigeonChase on Nov 1, 2013 21:16:08 GMT -5
One of my favorite school sets! It includes so many pieces for the price. The black backpack took me a second to figure out. After unbuckling, the straps also move, so its not just a flap. Easy, but confusing if you are expecting a messenger-bag type flap. Lol .The geography book is very cute, and has real text and pictures inside. The report card is not filled out, unlike Samantha' set.
Post by WildPigeonChase on Nov 1, 2013 21:09:27 GMT -5
I have one of the newer ones with velcro. However, mine seems very large on my Mattel Kit. It seems a few sizes too big, with a very wide skirt. But besides that, it is a classic outfit that I consider a cornerstone of Kit's wardrobe. The feedsack dress is such a staple of the 1930s, especially paired with a cardigan.
Post by WildPigeonChase on Nov 1, 2013 21:04:35 GMT -5
A very cute set, and it works well with her coat. It could be used for moderns as well. The hat fits perfectly, though the mittens seem a little big. They slip off her hands easily when they are on with long sleeves. Still, very cute.
Post by WildPigeonChase on Nov 1, 2013 21:00:39 GMT -5
Such a cute doll! I've only had her a few weeks, and she grows on me everyday. Her hairstyle is very typical 1930s, but also works well for modern and surprisingly seems to look good in most historical clothing too. Her hair is quite short, which does limit what can be done, but its an interesting difference from most AG dolls with long hair. I often braid back a section or clip back a part with a barette. Small pigtails can be done too. Her eyes are dark blue, and the combination with the light hair is really nice. The freckles are adorable
Post by WildPigeonChase on Feb 19, 2013 14:42:37 GMT -5
I have mixed feeling about the dress. I don't really like the polyster-y feel of the black and white pattern, but I love the white front (yolk?) and sleeves with all the ruffle detail. the "bretelles" are good, however one of mine seems determined to stick up the wrong way. I bought this for Samantha, and it seems go work well with her coloring too. I don't have the shoes so I can't comment on that.
Shown here with Rebecca's School boots, which I think look much more appropriate than Sam's black Mary Jane shoes for the period.
Post by WildPigeonChase on Feb 19, 2013 14:31:16 GMT -5
Is the dress really big on anyone else's doll? Mine seems to be swimming on my Sam. I have to pin it back for pictures otherwise it's be down to the boot (which would be mid calf). It's also really baggy around the waist. I like the hat personally, and haven't had any trouble with it. The boots are also nice, though I do feel like I might break a button if I'm not careful. The same details of the dress look really nice though.
Post by WildPigeonChase on Feb 19, 2013 14:24:26 GMT -5
I have the second version with the full sandwich, 2 peach halves, and gingerbread cookie. It's a very cute set, though I do wish I had the deviled egg. The one thing that I noticed is the peach halves look out of proportion to the other pieces. Mine look huge, and are bigger than the sandwich. Also, they seem a bit tight in the tea tin, but it does fit.
Post by WildPigeonChase on Feb 19, 2013 14:14:13 GMT -5
It's an adorable, if a bit pricey, little set. Includes the book strap, composition book, Baldwin Primer, report card, pencil box, 2 pencils, nib pen, and wiper. I like how the reader fit into the story of Sam teaching Nellie how to read. The book strap is also pretty easy to ft on Sam's hand for her to "carry".
Post by WildPigeonChase on Feb 19, 2013 14:09:27 GMT -5
Very cute! The robe is a silky material and has a nice floral pattern. The slippers look really knit. However like others have said they do tend to slip off Sam's feet. Oddly, the right one is fine, but the left one seems a little big. Not sure what's with that.
Post by WildPigeonChase on Nov 16, 2012 21:11:29 GMT -5
The nightgown is a little thin, but the cotton is very soft. The ribbon and lace details are very pretty, and overall the long sleeves and floor length make it very Victorian/Edwardian looking. I like how the sleeves are just elastic, rather than velcro.
Post by WildPigeonChase on Nov 16, 2012 20:55:26 GMT -5
It's certainly a nice outfit, but not a must-have. Luckily it goes for pretty cheap second hand on ebay, so it doesn't cost too much. The outfit is pretty cute, and *very* lace. The pinafore wrinkled easily though. Like others have said, the dress looks pretty plain by itself.
The lacy whites under it make it look a little bulky in this one.
Props to AG for making the pinafore tied rather than velcro. The lace could have been dreadful if it was caught. Though my bow-making skills might need some work.
Post by WildPigeonChase on Nov 12, 2012 14:14:18 GMT -5
This is the only piece of furniture I have for Samantha, so I can't compare it to anything else, but it looks very sturdy and well made to me. It looks just like her desk described in the books. There is a shelf under the desk that holds her books.
Such a cute set! Looks great over a lot of outfits, and seems to fit the time period well. I don't have the hat, but her meet hat fits in nicely. The scarf looks really pretty tucked into the duster, but like others have said, it is really just a ribbon and not a full scarf that could be wrapped around. I love the pleated detail on the shoulder. The duster has real snaps too (no velcro!), which is very nice. Though it does look better closed, I think it doesn't look too bad open. See the last picture.
Post by WildPigeonChase on Nov 6, 2012 19:49:30 GMT -5
Pretty, but a little snug around the waist on my '99 Sam. However it seems big in the chest and sleeves, but that may just be the style. The dress is labeled made in China for AG in '86. I like the buttons on the front, and the little bow, which luckily I haven't had an issues with riding up. Sam looks really cute wearing it when playing with her other school accessories.
Post by WildPigeonChase on Nov 6, 2012 19:40:07 GMT -5
Amazing! A must have of you can find them. They look pretty all on there own, and under Samantha's clothes, they make the skirts fuller.
I don't have the stockings, so I can't comment on those, but the top and skirt look so delicate and pretty trimmed with lace. The garters are an adorable and realistic touch. I like how the bottom buttons into the top, small details like that make this great!
Excuse her bad hair day there.
2nd pic is a little dark, but shows the back of the set, and how they close with velcro.
Post by WildPigeonChase on Nov 6, 2012 19:33:03 GMT -5
Cute! The look so good with her cape and garters. I have a little trouble getting the hat not to look poofy on her head, but its do-able. Not being able to fit both hands in the muff doesn't bother me personally, I think it looks a realistic size if she was real and could bend her elbows to fit in it.
Post by WildPigeonChase on Nov 6, 2012 19:25:05 GMT -5
Beautiful! I'm not sure what year mine is from, as I bought it secondhand, but is definitely one of the later cranberry colored ones, not bright red.
As you can see from the last image its a little snug on my 99-01 Samantha, but not bad. I'm not a huge fan of the material, it feels a little polyster-y to me, but again its not too bad. Overall I'd definitely recommend it for someone interested in her collection.