I'm still not sure who will end up wearing this for the holidays, but I thought I'd try it out on Sonali first. I think it looks lovely on her.
The dress itself is very soft and I love the subtle glitter given by the metallic threads (see any of the gold stars). I adore the velvet stripe around the waist.
The back in case that's your thing.
The tights are pretty thick and went on easily. The shoes are kind of blah, though. They don't add anything to the outfit and while I get that they were going for understated and the colors technically go with the dress, it still feels mismatched. I wish they had a bit more sparkle.
The outfit does need something for the hair and I like the design on the headband, but the actual band is too short (it keeps popping off her hair if you look at it funny, let alone touch it) and it also suffers from an extreme case of "super long tag" syndrome. I wound mine around the band and taped it there until I decide whether or not to cut it off.
And the underside which is more gold than the dress, though it wouldn't show up in my pictures. It adds an extra touch of "oooh, shiny!" to the dress.
Overall, I give the dress an A+ because it fits very well (though I sincerely doubt mine would fit on my chubbier girls) and it is beautiful. The shoes get a B and the headband gets a C+ because it doesn't really fit all that well and it has that horrible tag.
From the DC display at the end of September. I think this is one of those outfits that looks better if it's on a doll you love. I waffle on this one, personally. Originally I thought it was interesting and then the more I looked at it, the less I liked it. But I think Grammychris's photo makes it seem very cute.
I adore Ruthie. I originally fell for her when on a Gilmore Girls kick and in certain pictures she looked an awful lot like a dollified Lauren Graham. I ordered her and waited (she was my first doll in 12 years or something) impatiently. I read her book and I fell head over heels. Ruthie is my everything will be okay doll. Having her around makes things better even when they are absolutely, positively awful.
Rebecca's dress on a PM Samantha. Originally I bought this dress for Nellie, as I figured that there was no way it would fit Sam, since she's easily my biggest doll. I tried it on Nellie and she was swimming in fabric. Part of that was probably trying to get the dress to lay correctly (the lace can be a bit tricky if you're not properly caffeinated) and part of it was simply my dress was awfully large. Which would be bad if I had a Rebecca doll, but for Samantha it worked out perfectly. The shoes fit, which I truly did not expect since Sam also has fairly large feet and Mattel shoes almost never fit. The heels don't hamper her ability to stand on carpeted surfaces, but I haven't tried to stand her on my desk.
Please excuse the less than stellar bow. I either tie them very well or it's embarrassingly bad. There is rarely an in between. Poor dolls.
Close-up of the lace and sleeve.
I think the dress looks gorgeous on Sam, but I am a little disappointed that unless I was completely out of my mind the day I tried it on Nellie, that it probably won't fit my smaller dolls. Also, I think the shoes look a little... odd in person.
Dress: A- (it's gorgeous, but the sizing throws me for a loop.) Shoes: B
Kanani is gorgeous. She's one of those dolls that looks prettier each time I see her. Which is dangerous since she's currently the only doll in my line of sight.
Her hair is ridiculously long and I'm a little worried about how easily it seems to want to tangle, hence the current hairstyle. If I didn't happen to be absurdly fond of the curls, I probably wouldn't care because if nothing else, she invites you to play with her hair. I'm guessing that was the point. I just wish her hair net hadn't come tangled up with her flower.
Not a big fan of her shoes personally, but I think it's simply that I don't like that style in non-doll size either.
(They're held on by clear elastics when she's in the box and almost immediately the back band slid off Kanani's ankle, which meant they'd have gone flying in transit.)
Not sure how I feel about the dress. It's pretty, but it's also pretty plain, sequins not withstanding. Not that I paid a lot of attention to it because I keep getting distracted by her eyes.
I was really excited for these, which is odd since I'm usually in the "ew, pink" camp, but I thought they'd work for Kanani. And they do.
I love them, although I will agree that the shorts are going to ride up and the elastic for the shorts, in my set anyway, gets a little twisted or something. It takes another minute or two to smooth it out.
The boots are a little odd, but I guess it makes sense since this way they're more substantial than they'd be without the padding. Boots as opposed to simply glorified socks, which is honestly what I was expecting.
I bought mine for Sonali after seeing someone else's wearing it and falling in love. Sadly the photo from last year isn't so hot, but that's why one should not take photos while sick, no matter how good the idea seems at the time.
Ivy in Lanie's nightgown/shirt/whatever. I love Ivy something fierce and I haven't even had her all that long.
I still think her shirt is unfortunate, particularly when paired with the pants/boots they chose for her 'Meet' outfit, but doll-wise it's hard to find a cuter doll. The cute, it burns. Perhaps not in the photos as my room is a sucking void for light, but still. In person, she's adorable.
And while she didn't come with the dread green-leg syndrome, she did introduce me to a whole new threat. Those blasted little hang-tags that come wrapped around their wrists telling you just how to care for your doll with _whatever_ hair? Ivy's rubbed up against her pinkie and now she looks like she hurt herself.
I didn't even know that was possible.
I should probably actually semi-review her and not just OD on cute.
Her hair is definitely unique, not just in style but in the feel of it. I like it, though I can understand how it would be off-putting to some people. Also, people really aren't kidding when they say there's not really enough to do much with. It's an odd length, really, because there's enough that fans or wind will blow it around, but even pigtails will stick straight out because there's *just* enough to gather into them.
Her boots are pretty nifty and the pants seem interesting although there's a saddlebags issue, at least when paired with her meet shirt. Her undies are cute, although I expected a more vibrant color for some reason.
Overall, Ivy gets an A- from me. She's adorable, her outfit isn't all "burn it! Burn it now!"; I just don't care for it all put together.
I'm not really a pajama person myself, though I do love pajamas for dolls, but even I want a pair like this. So soft and they really seem to make whichever doll is wearing them seem more huggable. I also have to agree with the wave of love for the functional buttons as opposed to velcro. I shouldn't have doubted anyone who said these were worth the price tag. They are!
I snagged Kirsten's birthday dress years ago. It was the only dress/outfit I bought for her until this year from her own collection and it's so pretty that I probably felt I had time to acquire the other things.
I'm obviously in the minority here, but I like the dress on it's own as well as with the apron, though I will admit it looks 100% better with the apron on. The wreath is pretty but I've never managed to take it off without messing up her hair, no matter how carefully I put it on to begin with. Since my Kirsten wore her hair straight for years, this didn't really surprise/bother me, but anyone who is keeping their Kirsten in stock braids will probably want to take a little extra care.
Yay for the socks that are infinitely prettier than her Meet Socks (and quite probably a big reason I bought the outfit back then) and the overall look of the outfit is gorgeous.
Sadly, I somehow managed to snag/pull the bow on one of the sleeves and once you do that, you've got to be handier at fixing things than I am. Poor Kirsten's bow is now a string and it annoys the heck out of me every time I try and fix it.
Pictures to be edited in whenever it stops raining/looking like it's going to rain.
Please excuse the shadows. Kirsten's got some serious bangs and the sun doesn't always like to play nice.
My Kirsten's PM and I was most worried about the shoes fitting. The left slid on without a problem, the right required a bit of a push, but they slid on and stayed. karrierock is right, they'll leave little scars on the back of your doll's feet, which is not a fun discovery. They'll also scratch up easily if your Kirsten ventures near concrete or the great outdoors, but that's to be expected. They're much prettier than I thought they'd be.
I love the apron, and while it may be historically accurate for it to be painted, I think it would have been prettier embroidered. If nothing else, it's a challenge for another day.
In case you were dying to see the back for some reason.
Or the side. I've got to say I really like the odd sleeves, though I couldn't tell you why other than it's something different.
I love the blues used in the dress, though the paisley print is a bit hit or miss, depending on how I'm feeling.
Despite Kirsten being able to shimmy into the catsuit of doom no problem, I swear this outfit nearly drove us both over the edge. It took some fiddling to get her into the dress, so anyone with a chunky Kirsten should be warned.
I waffle on the dress itself without the apron. It's the neckline and the fact that it's really tight in places. It's why her pantalettes are showing. They can't go any higher or the velcro laughs at me.
Overall, I think the outfit is worth the $28 price tag, but there's no sense paying more.