Of all my issues with hats, I did not have a problem with this one. I loved this sweater set so much, my grandmother got the for girls set for me! Because this is real hand knit wool, when I put it on Kirsten, her fingers would catch every thread. I have to flip the sleeves up to get it on without any problems.
I just got all my new outfits! This outfit is really cute, but my Kirsten is not comfortable in it at all. I anticipated the dress fitting snugly as my doll is about twenty years old, but I could barely get it on. One of my main gripes with the dress is the lack of growth stripes. What were they thinking? (I guess it's not that big a deal, the bday dress doesn't have one either.) I do otherwise love the style of the dress, especially the stitching around the collar. It is kind of like a blanket stitch with a chain linking the stitching. Very pretty. The apron is cute, although I wish it was embroidered instead of printed. Now to the plastic wood? shoes. Like everyone else, I had problems getting the shoes on. It definitely wasn't happening with the PM meet socks. I have the newer, thinner ones that made it a little easier to get the shoes on. It did take quite a bit of finagling--but I won!
Overall A- Mostly because I'm happy Kirsten finally got a new dress.
I love these shoes. I have several other outfits either made by me or purchased from others that the shoes work perfectly with. I had the hardest time getting the shoes on my PM doll's feet. I haven't noticed the bows fraying yet.
I agree with everyone that this is one of Samantha's best dresses. It is certainly my favorite despite certain flaws. I cannot stand the hat, however. I can't get it to fit on her head. I usually just plop it on and try to forget that it looks silly. When I got the dress, the ruffle on the front of the dress was sticking up and despite numerous efforts, I cannot get it to lay flat again. Right now, I have the dress laying in a box with one of my schoolbooks over it. Maybe that will do the trick.
I am assuming you are talking about the skating coat (that's the only one I can think of with a hood). The hood on the coat is 5 1/2 inches wide and 6 1/2 inches high with a 1 1/2 inch cuff where the red/cream trim is. I'm not exactly sure how to post the photo I took, but the hood starts out as a perfect square (11X13) and the top edge just gets sewn down the middle and finishes with a tassel.
I hope this helps you. If I can figure out the URL photo thing, I will post that picture too.