I'm not sure if this is a good place to put this or not, but I couldn't find a comparison shot of Kirsten's Meet dresses and thought it could be useful! While my lighting leaves a bit to be desired, the patterns show up well:
The dress on the left is a West German dress, circa 1986; the dress on the right was made in Hungary, circa 1994.
Aw. I think I know why this outfit is continually on sale: I'm guessing many have returned this outfit because of that shirt. Though adorable, the waffle shirt is terribly difficult to put on the doll. Even when I finally wrested it on the doll, it looked a little goofy (crooked?). The vest gets an A+ for style and ease of use, the pants are darling (hey, I'm not saying I would wear them, but this is for a doll who is supposed to be 10! ). Darn that shirt... it's such a great set otherwise!
QnPoohBear's comments about the apron allowed me to notice that the faux button was introduced as early as 1989. I have a 1988 version with the real button clasp and a 1989 version with the faux, Velcro closure. Fun for 'picky' collectors to note!
A+ for getting this girl right! Her hair is shoulder length, styled with a side part that can flip under or over (like #28, though I don't own her to verify for certain). Hair color is strawberry-blonde or ginger more than true red (ie: Emily or PM Felicity) and is a near-match to Mia's--though I think Mia has more blonde streaks, which could vary by doll. Her wig is thin like Emily's or even Kit, but not as thin as #25 (or not!Jess, as I hear).
The new green eyes are striking without the supernatural undertones of their predecessor. I can't quite get a clean shot of them, but the photos depict the color nicely.
Her freckles have more of a Lindsey pattern than Mia (Mia has far more), and her eyebrows, while 'feathered', are darker than Mia's.
And she's a short stack! Emmy towers over her, though that could be a shoe-thing, too... Enjoy the photos!
Okay, well you try to dress and coordinate 7 dolls who obviously have better things to do than stand around and be photographed (um... no, they don't)! Lucie on the end refused to stick to the theme and was goofing off. Ah, better:
Here we are! My 7 lasses: you'll have to excuse some bare feet and lack of shifts ( ) but I don't have that many sets. So here's what I think: 1,3,4 and 7 are WG, 6 is tricky and I can't tell, and 2 & 5 are PM but circa 1993. The sixth doll is actually my childhood doll, and I remember receiving her fairly shortly after she was introduced; she does have the WG tag on her dress but I'm on the fence as to her WG qualities.
If you'd like to use a magnifying tool on the actual shot, click here!
I'm on a hunt for a just-so German Lissie, and my collecting of possible candidates is a little out of control. Take the triplets, for example: I can't say no when I see a German-looking face on the secondary market!
The triplets have several features I'd say are West German (common on, say, WB dolls): the face mold itself (someone more descriptive will have to help me on all that means), feathery lashes, one or both eyes gazing slightly "off" instead of center, wig caps that peek through at the crown, rosy facepaint, bronze colored eyebrows... and for Lissie, those muted green eyes with the red tinted lashes.
The middle Lissie has the longest hair and the most frizzies; obviously the doll on the right has endured a haircut. The doll on the left may or may not have been trimmed...
Here is a photo of their neck stamps, which are different (use magnifying tool!).
And the WG Lissie with a real haircut:
Yeah, that makes 4. If you think I have too many, try talking me into selling.
I ended up with a couple of these as I purchased lots on the 'bay. I thought I'd compare the 2 kerchief patterns (subtle, I know): both are in other reviews but here they are side by side! I'm not absolutely sure of their dates (ebaY lots will do that), but the top pattern came with a 1994 tagged skirt and the bottom kerchief arrived with a 1989 skirt.
If anyone has more info on the differences, I'd love to know!
For the sake of reviewing, I adore this outfit (I'm sad to know it's not historically accurate, qnpoohbear!) and think Kirsten looks lovely in it.
I just found this again in my old stash and squealed like a kid when I put it on Emily... it's just so darling (and not pastel, as mentioned above!). I must say that in MN, that plaid shirt still hasn't gone out of style (!) and reminds me of little girls who love grabbing their Dad's cast offs. And when she can't wear jeans, a pair of cargo / khakis go with everything (did I mention the Velcro pockets have room for stashing stuff? Adorable). Great colors, great versatility. Don't love the shoes... still an A! [sorry, no pix]