Maryellen feels so grown up when she tries on her sister Joan’s pretty pink prom dress! The outfit includes: An authentic ’50s-style prom dress with decorative fabric flowers, a beautifully embroidered tulle over-layer, and a delicate ombre taffeta underskirt with a tulle petticoat A pair of dainty lace gloves with pretty pink satin bows at each wrist A pearlized pink bow barrette for her hair A pair of pearlized white Mary Jane shoes with cutout details to complete her look
SKU#: GDV71 $44
I don’t have Maryellen, so here’s Cécile in the dress:
The dress is a very pretty shade of pink that I especially like with Cécile’s coloring, but I think it would look great on many different dolls.
The skirt is very full and made of taffeta, with a tulle under-layer as well as an embroidered tulle over-layer. The picture above and the first picture below show the dress alone, and the second picture below shows it with an additional crinoline underneath.
While I’m a big fan of the skirt, I’m less happy with the bodice. One reason that I don’t love the bodice is because the sewn-in sash tends to ride up from the waist, and I’ve found it challenging to get it placed just right. It also seems like the outer layer of the bodice is sized just a little larger than the lining, which can add an annoying wrinkle to the fabric (kind of like Addy’s Cape Island dress, where it’s hard to make the fit look just right).
The other thing I don’t love about the top of the dress is the ribbon straps, which make the vinyl-fabric doll joints too visible for my preference (even though the little bows are a cute touch).
I had hoped that I might cover this by adding a sweater, but the big flowers just ended up looking ridiculous. I think using the doll’s hair is a better solution. Here’s the sweater fail:
The dress closes with a single strip of Velcro up the back.
The dress also comes with pearly colored Mary Jane shoes that close with Velcro and have little cut outs in them. I’m kind of on the fence about whether these might look better with tights or socks, but I didn’t use either in the photos.
Here’s another angle, that also shows the little plastic vanity tag on the skirt.
Lacy white gloves and a barrette are also part of the outfit; I’ll try to remember to add photos of these later.
Overall, I have very mixed feelings about this dress, which make it difficult to give it a single grade. I love the color and the skirt portion and would easily give them an A+, but my frustration and disappointment with the bodice portion might bring it down to a C. I wish I had the time and talent to make a few alterations!