Post by Laura Isabella on Jan 11, 2015 21:13:59 GMT -5
Grace's Opening-Night Outfit for Dolls
A shimmery sequined pink dress with a mesh overlay on the skirt and a black velveteen waistband Strappy black-and-silver shoes A black headband with a fluffy pink mesh fan on the side
It would be easy to become jaded and think "Pink? Sequins? Tulle? Haven't we all seen a lot of all of this recently?" However, this dress is sweet and utterly classic.
The dress slipped on easily and the slightly capped short sleeves have elastic at the ends which also helps with getting the dress onto the doll. The dress has an attached black velveteen ribbon at the waist. The mesh tulle layers are cut in a scalloped shape which is quite eye catching.
The shoes are particularly well constructed. There are no zippers, buckles, or velcro tabs, but they slip on easily thanks to hidden elastic inside the side straps.
The hair piece with the fan of tulle is a excessively jaunty, but it is a well constructed piece of flair.
I have only positive things to say about the construction and design of this dress. It does revisit the well travelled pink-sequin-tulle world, but because of the classic elements of the dress itself, I think this dress will be fun and fresh for years to come. Overall grade: A
$38 for this dress, headband and sandals. For that price, it had better be a mighty fine dress with stellar accessories. This started out as full priced splurge for my sweet Truly (46), but I immediately returned the dress when an in-store $10 off $50 deal was offered the same day my package arrived. To buy this dress full price at the AGNYC store means laying out over $40 with tax. For the same price, one can get one of the BF Special Edition sets. Does this measure up?
Nope. Not IMO. It is a very pretty dress, more tightly put together than other pink AG dresses,notably Samantha's (meet and Frilly Frock) and Kit's (Easter dress), all pink dresses. But then, this is a modern dress, and so a little extra sophistication is expected, one would think. It will look good on most any doll and fits nicely, good quality, good workmanship, and can be worn by the more sophisticated "older" doll as well as a little girl doll which my sweet Truly is. The black velvet dress jacket from 2013 holiday wear would be perfect with this dress. Nice layers, nice fabrics, sequins, tulle, the whole thing to make this a very special wear dress. My Truly is very spoiled. It's a shorter length than many of AG's dresses and does have a very trim fit to it. It makes any doll look terrific.
The hair band is nothing special, just tulle put on a satin covered head band. The sandals, I like a lot. the best of Graces' footwear to come with her outfits, other than her boots. But this is not a $38 ensemble. I'm embarrassed that I validated this pricing with my full price order of it. I think adding some semi sheer tights either in a frost, ice pink or black would have taken the edge off the cost, though it would have still stung, and I'd have given it an A-.And a handbag and necklace would bring it up to an A BUt due to lack of value for the ask price, I have to give it a B+. The + is for the quality in construction and detail on part of the dress, as well as the chic sandals that are a break from the usual AG "footfare".
It's cute and nice, and honestly kinda versatile. The colors are soft and different from typical AG. For a collector who won't rough around the tulle a bunch it's pretty. I still worry about snagging. The original price is ridiculous, there's not even jewelry that came with it. On sale though, it's much more comparable to other AG outfits.
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