I had to get this set because it so reminds me of my white Easter hat and cardigan back in the 1960s when I was Melody’s age. AG is right on the mark with this ensemble from the white smaller brimmed hat with its white ribbon to the elastic under the chin. I’d only wear that hat on Easter with a spongy spring coat over my Easter dress. I give it an A+ for accuracy and it’s also well made .
The cardigan is classic and spans the eras right to today. A little bit of sloppy work around the top button hole that is hidden if you button that top button but I like the cardigan open to show off whatever pretty dress is under it. I give it an A.
The Easter basket is simple with Easter grass , a clump of colored eggs and a chocolate bunny that looks just like Kit’s from her Easter set. I want to add a couple of more items to it and enclose it with a cellophane bag with a bow. I don’t mind that the eggs are clumped. Better to keep them together. I give this a B because I think I can put together something a bit more precious just using Dollar shop trinkets. Still, I’m glad AG invufrd this.
The set costs $35 but worth every cent to me. I’ll add white gloves and hope to find a tiny white purse like one aid carry for church.
Melody can celebrate Easter with her family, and even enjoy an egg hunt, with this set that includes: A woven paper straw hat with a bow in the back A button-front knit cardigan A woven wood Easter basket with Easter grass A set of three plastic eggs A chocolate bunny
SKU#: GNH21 $35
This set was released along with Melody’s Daisy Dress in February 2020. I used rewards to get it for free, but it has a lot of nice features that make it worth purchasing.
The hat is made of white paper straw. The brim seems smaller in real life than it looks on the doll in pictures. It has an elastic band that goes under the chin; I didn’t notice it at first, so I don’t have pictures of Cécile wearing it like that. A ribbon is tied around the hat and into a bow in the back, with the loose ends left trailing. Grade: A
The cardigan is snowy white and very soft. There’s sort of a loose cable pattern in the knit (there might be a better name for this, but it’s the best way I know how to describe it). You can see a hint of the underlying colors when the doll is wearing it. It closes with four functional buttons and buttonholes in the front. As other reviewers have mentioned, the top one has a messy finish where the neckline is stitched to the rest of the sweater, which bothers me more than it really should.
The cardigan is very stretchy, and while the sweater is easy enough to get on and button up, I think it ends up looking a little overly snug on the doll, so I prefer it unbuttoned (even with the messiness at the top)or draped over her shoulders. (I don’t know if this was the style in Melody’s time, so this is just my personal preference.) I also wish it were a bit longer to cover the bow at the back of the dress, but again, this is just my personal preference. Grade: B-
The Easter basket is adorable. It seems durable and well made, and although I didn’t anticipate it, it’s actually one of my favorite parts of this set. It comes with Easter grass, which is removable. The basket is about 3.25 inches tall including the handle, and about 3 inches across. Grade: A
The blue, pink, and purple trio of eggs is clumped together. Each egg measures about 1 inch in length. Grade: B-
The chocolate bunny is just like the ones in Kit’s Candy Making set. It’s kind of tall (3.25 inches) for the basket, but the doll can hold it if you position it just right in her hand. Grade: B
(Kit’s bunny is on the left in these photos, and Melody’s is on the right. The only difference I see is a slight color difference.)
Overall, despite some of the flaws with the sweater in particular, I think this is a really cute set, with many pieces that would be important to Melody. I’d give it a B or B+ at full price, and raise the grade if purchased on sale.