Post by muppetquilter on Jul 20, 2006 1:15:03 GMT -5
I love Lindsey too!
Did Lindsey have two box styles? Mine came in a solid, GOT box (there is a sticker on the bottom of the box lid that says Lindsey). I saw one on eBay in a box with a cut out so you can see the face through the box and it says Lindsey on box front. Was mine boxed incorrectly?
Post by muppetquilter on Dec 31, 2007 2:22:54 GMT -5
DD has the full Travel 2-in-1 set for girls.
The jumper is absolutely darling-- cuter on a real girl than on Bitty. We liked it so much we bought another one in a larger size. It can be tough to get on as it is a little snug getting it over the shoulders-- DD usually asks for help getting the jumper on and off. A small side zipper (under the arm hole) would have been a great addition. It washes well and doesn't need ironing, but it does fade if put through the dryer. We got the larger sized jumper on ebay and the previous owner had put it through the dryer-- it shows. Our smaller one never went in the dryer and has maintained the original look better.
Tee shirt. This is a well made, heavy weight knit shirt. I dry it on a low setting and have had no piling (DD has been wearing it for a year and a half-- it's been washed plenty). The embroidered bear applique has also held up well. Buttons at the back of the neck. Cotton plaid fabric binding at the neck (matches the ruffle and facing on the jumper and the pockets and hem binding on the jeans.
Jeans. These are well made jeans. Elastic in the back of the waist, flat front with fly. Little hands can find the snap and zipper of the fly hard to manage and that prevented DD from wearing the jeans for a long time. I wish the elastic had just a little more give to it.
Tights. The tights are a purpley-heather. They're very well made. Nice and thick and hold up well (I was them in cold on delicate and dry them on a light setting). DD has had them for a year and a half and they are still going strong. I wish I could find more tights this sturdy. DD loves the color.
Jacket. The jacket runs larger than the rest of the outfit. It is too big for DD. This is a little frustrating as she may have outgrown the jumper, shirt and pants by the time the jacket fits her.
Headband. The headband is the same plaid cotton as the trim on the jumper, shirt and pants. It has elastic in the underside of the headband so it fits well. It's easy to get into DD's hair and stays better than most headbands. I believe it was sold with the shirt.
Overall I give this an A- The jumper outfit is so incredibly cute-- it gets an A+. All the fabrics are good quality and it is well made and holds up to wear. The jumper really should have had a zipper and the odd sizing on the jacket reduces the grade on this one. It would reduce it more, but the cuteness factor saves it.
Post by muppetquilter on Dec 31, 2007 2:05:03 GMT -5
DD loves this set and it's adorable! The colors are bright, the print is fun. DD loves both the girl version for herself and the doll version for her doll. The doll nightie isn't as flannely as I thought it would be, but it is nice fabric and not too thick for the doll. The girl version washes well and doesn't wrinkle easily. Doll version has velcro up the back and decorative buttons on the front (no button holes). The girl version has a few buttons that actually button in front. The doll version comes with really cute slippers. We didn't get the girl version of the shoes-- to me they look cuter on a doll than a real girl.
The book with this one is "The Bitty Twin's Bedtime Story." I found this to be rather an odd little book, so did DH. The twins (brunette boy and girl in this book) are supposed to be going to bed. Together they make up a story about a queen and king who live on a rainbow. The queen and king are frightened of a giant they believe is getting close so they run away. In the story, the mom comes and brings the kids a bedtime snack but it's an odd choice to let the queen and king version of the twins run away from a fear rather than overcome the fear (there is suggestion that the giant is really the mom and thus not a scary giant, but it's a little subtle for young kids). Also a bit odd that the twins would be told to go to bed but a parent doesn't show up to tuck them in. I don't think we'll be reading this one much.
The outfit, on the other hand, is a must have. I've seen some pictures of it on 18" girls and it looks cute on them, too. However, I'm pretty sure DD won't be sharing this one with any of my dolls.
I give it an A $50 for girl & doll nightie set $24 for doll nightie (nightie, slippers, book) $30 for girl nightie $15 for girl slippers
Post by muppetquilter on Dec 30, 2007 22:31:49 GMT -5
When I first saw the long haired BTs in person, I didn't care for them. First impressions, however, can be wrong. This little girl is adorable. DD and I love her. DD is thrilled to be able to brush her hair and while the wig is a bit on the thinner side for a collector, it is ideal for a young child just learning to care for a doll with hair. I know some people feel the hair is a bit too long for a toddler, but for a little girl the length is great. DD brushes her hair (and brushes and brushes) and is enjoying the styling options. Personally, I prefer her with her hair down or in braids, but DD likes the ponytails.
I do think the BB legs are a little silly on a doll that goes to preschool (and as she has school clothes, I assume she goes to preschool). I'd like to see AG pay for a straighter leg mold but that's a small point. I love that she has the same body as BB as that greatly expands the wardrobe options.
Personally, I don't care for the meet outfit. The ruffles on the denim jumper are a bit much for me. I prefer the cleaner line and more classic look of the BB 2-in-1 Travel jumper.
As a collector, I'd like to see the wig a bit fuller and I'd like to see the leg mold changed to better reflect the updated age of the revised BTs-- aside from those points the doll is great. I give her a B+
(Sorry, these aren't great photos)
Here's a picture of her with her hair down (in the BB Let it Snow PJs):
A back view with hair down:
And just 'cause I think she's extra cute in it, here's DD's Maggie in her sleep hat:
Post by muppetquilter on Jan 1, 2008 2:44:07 GMT -5
I love this outfit. I agree that it looks old for the original BTs (particularly for the girl) but it's great for the revised BTs who are a little older. This is the kind of outfit girls wear to preschool (and, if they haven't outgrown it, continue to wear into elementary school). I love the floral tights with the girl outfit. The colors have a lot of little kid appeal-- nice and bright and cheery. The skirt has nice details-- decorative pleating on the left front and a pocket with a flap (the boy pants have the same pocket detail). Lots of nice details without being over-done. There are also a lot of mix and match possibilities with these pieces. I give it an A
Post by muppetquilter on Dec 30, 2007 1:11:25 GMT -5
I love the crocheted flowers on the scrunchies for her. I don't much care for the boy outfit in this set-- too preppy for me-- but the girl dress is darling. However, it wrinkles horribly if washed. Takes a good bit of ironing to get it looking nice again so I would avoid washing it if at all possible.
Post by muppetquilter on Dec 30, 2007 1:07:42 GMT -5
I agree-- this is a fabulous set. I'm particularly fond of the girl outfit. The shoes are fabulous (light blue t-straps with dot cutouts) and the jumper is lovely. The scallop finish on the jumper bodice is a nice detail and the designs (flowers for her, cars for him) are nicely embroidered.
Post by muppetquilter on Aug 3, 2007 17:00:32 GMT -5
DD just got this outfit ($24). Overall I like it and DD loves it. However, I have a few issues:
1) the tights are WAY too thin. The tights are only slightly thicker than pantyhose. They are looser and tend to wrinkle around the ankles (not the most attractive look-- luckily that can be covered with the leg warmers). But the fabric is going to rip in the hands of a child. DD is in AG's ideal age range for BB and there is just no way the tights will hold up to even gentle play for children this age. It is only a matter of time before they are ruined (I hope they are available as replacement parts!).
2) The book and wand are leftovers from the retired BB ballerina outfit. That's fine for the wand-- though the wand and headband are a little out of place for a practice dance outfit, they belong with recital outfits. The "book" (really a set of individual pages of colorforms) shows Bitty Bear wearing the retired BB tutu. That's just tacky. AG should have sprung for an update on that.
3) This comes down to personal opinion, but I wish the bodice weren't gathered in the center front. While that is common on dance outfits, the purpose is to draw attention to cleavage and I don't think that's appropriate on outfits for children-- or in this case babies. In general I think this outfit would be better suited to the BT line as I don't know many infants enrolled in ballet but the cleavage thing would bug me just as much on a BT.
1) The ballet slippers are very nice. They're an improvement on the pair from the retired dance outfit. More substantial and better made.
2) Over all the outfit is really cute.
3) Kid appeal-- DD loves this!
I give this one a B- (the grade would go up to an A- if the tights were decent quality).
Post by muppetquilter on Jan 1, 2008 2:33:14 GMT -5
The skin tone on this Bitty varies a great deal. DD's medium skin Bitty came home at the end of 2005 and has beautiful brown skin. I've seen medium skin Bittys I would have sworn were the light skin, brunette Bitty. DD's Bitty is several shades darker than a friend's. DD's Bitty is darker than my #15 and Josefina.
I love this Bitty. She looks tons better in some of the lighter colored Bitty outfits than the caucasian Bittys. For instance, the Little Flowers Layette set looks fabulous on this Bitty, but my lighter skinned BT looked completely washed out and, well, just plain bad in it.
Scuffs do show on her head more than on the blond bitty, but it doesn't seem any worse than our Asian Bitty. She has a sweet face with her dark eyes, lip color and hair. She stands out in the world of baby dolls. While she is generally thought of as Hispanic, she can easily represent a variety of ethnicities-- Hispanic, Pacific Islander, Indian.... I love the diversity in the Bitty line.
I give this doll an A+. There just aren't enough cute, ethnically diverse baby dolls in the world and this one is a real sweetie.
Post by muppetquilter on Aug 3, 2007 16:28:41 GMT -5
DD got this for her birthday a year ago (2006) and loves it! Ours is in great shape and frequently takes many dolls and stuffed animals for jaunts. It is very springy and bouncy which surprised me at first. I love that it can hold multiple dolls. DD always puts Bitty and the diaper bag in the pram-- there is plenty of room to tuck in BB with a blanket or several friends and still have the diaper bag in the pram (I like this since it does not have a basket and DD knows you don't leave the house with a baby without a diaper bag).
I will try to add photos soon.
I give this a B+ (great play value, but it is big so storage may be an issue for some).
Post by muppetquilter on Aug 16, 2006 17:31:38 GMT -5
Bitty Baby's Doll Seat (infant carrier) B+
The carrier has a canopy with fake fur trim. The trim struck me as odd at first (I've never seen a real infant carrier with anything but a slight ruffle on the canopy) and I do think it would look nicer without the pale purple fuzz, but my DDs like it. The canopy can be opened and closed to keep the sun out of Bitty's eyes.
The harness is easy to buckle and unbuckle. My daughter mastered it at age two-- a big plus in my book.
The handle can be pushed around behind the carrier to keep it sitting up right, at a slight recline, or placed behind the canopy to stay out of the way of play and allow the carrier to rock just a little. It takes a bit of a push to make the handle move. At first I didn't like that but a couple things changed my mind. First, I think the handle has to be a bit stiff to stay in the desired position. Second, I checked out some of the cheaper versions of this at various toy stores and boy were they poorly made! On the other versions, the handle could not go behind the carrier so the carrier could not be used to prop the baby up right. The ones that did have moveable handles required the handle to be unscrewed and reattached behind the carrier-- definitely not something the average three year old can do on their own. AG all the way on this one!
We've had our carrier for a year now. It has been taken in the car (as a Bitty car seat), dragged up and down stairs, and generally gotten a lot of use. It still looks brand new. I did have to retie the seat padding once but that's it.
I would give this an A if it weren't for the odd purple "fur" trim which is simply not to my personal taste. Overall it is a great piece and both my kids love it. Many, many stuffed animals and dolls have made use of it.