Post by Samsunflower1232 on Jun 7, 2006 20:26:39 GMT -5
On with the review! The set includes: 1 pocket 1 pair of pocket hoops 1 stays
Everything attaches with ties no Velcro and it took a little puzzling to figure out what went where and how. I can't imagine having to wear all of that every day I put the set on Elizabeth and she can wear both her green summer dress and her pink meet dress just fine. The details are amazing,the little pocket has stitching on it and there are slits in each of the pocket hoops so Elizabeth er Felicity could reach through them into her pocket.
The set came with the new AG trading cards instead of the little booklet. It had three cards,one each for Lissie's undergarments,muff/mitt/pattens and shoe/sock set.
Last Edit: Nov 24, 2015 19:41:22 GMT -5 by Wickfield
I love these, but my poor PM Lissie has trouble fitting into some of her dresses with everything on. She does it, though! I stuffed the stays with tissue paper because they kept scrunching up. It makes Lissie sound very crinkly but it looks great for displaying.
Post by mollygirl1944 on Sept 22, 2007 10:50:02 GMT -5
Just got these and love them! They are very high quality with lots of details. I didn't have any trouble getting them on Elizabeth, and she looks great! I've only tried them on with her holiday dress so far and they make it look really good.
I absolutely adore this set. It's so tiny and perfect! The only thing is that none of Felicity (or Elizabeth's) gowns would be appropriate over the pocket hoops! But, it's still adorable, and I'll just have to make a proper gown that goes with hoops!
Post by QNPoohBear on Aug 23, 2008 12:46:09 GMT -5
The pocket hoops are meant to go under Felicity's Christmas dress. The stays lace up in a zig zag pattern. You knot them at one end, thread them through the holes and and tie at the top or cheat and do it the criss-cross way Pleasant Co. intended.
The pocket hoops tie in front with the pockets hanging down and the slits over her pocket.
The stays help Felicity or Elizabeth keep perfect posture and give her dresses a nice fit and a flat front.
Here's a picture of how the stays should be laced.
Last Edit: Oct 5, 2019 18:57:53 GMT -5 by QNPoohBear
Found an old image of Felicity wearing her corset and pocket that I thought I'd share here:
I only rarely put the hoops on her, as I think they are too fancy for every day dress. When she does wear them, I stuff each pocket with tissue to make them stand out more under her gown because as others have noted, they are at risk of collapsing otherwise.
This is a wonderful set, and well worth hunting down on the secondary market for your colonial girls.
A++ for this set. Well, I took the plunge- I bought this full set on eBay. It's from 1992. The price wasn't that bad. Seems a lot of others are up for sale, price goes down with competition.
The workmanship is wonderful. The tiny stays are perfect. The cloth is a heavy muslin. The stays feel like they are plastic. I really appreciate the PC for the amount of detail they used in the original pieces. The pocket has very fine embroidery with a single thread. The colors are nice and sharp. The corset has tiny stays and the sewing of the garment is perfection. Very well put together. The hoops are tremendous, in terms of the sewing. Again, the stays and the placement are rendered quite well. I was going to use these as a diagram for sewing a set from the patterns. But, I seriously don't think I can do as well. Worth the price for either doll. Will make an outfit...in terms of it being realistic and fitting well.
Post by PleasantMemories on Sept 19, 2010 12:20:04 GMT -5
I have both a PM and a Mattel set. With the exception of a slight color variation, the sets are pretty much the same and the PM one doesn’t seem to be any larger than the newer one. Therefore, the PM versions fit the Mattel dolls and can be tied or laced as tightly as you’d like. After playing around with both undergarment sets and a few of Felicity’s outfits (all PM), the undergarments do seem to prevent Elizabeth from drowning in some of Felicity’s older clothes. On the flipside, the stays also seem to help some of my older dolls get into a few of the less generously cut outfits.
On th' flipside, th' stays also seem to help some o' my older lusty plastic lasses get into a few o' th' less generously cut outfits.
This. I have the Mattel undergarments but a PM doll. Apart from Lissie's Christmas dress that I got with her, most of her outfits are the Mattel versions: the stays come in handy to help her squeeze into the clothes that might otherwise not do up.
Post by thevintagelover on Jun 25, 2012 22:31:24 GMT -5
This set is so incredibly well made. Mine are Mattel made, however, I purchased these on eBay, so I am unaware of when they were made. I paid alot more than retail for this set, and it was totally worth it. They literally make the difference.
The corset is very well made. I was expecting it to be a chep fabric vest that laced up, however, it is an incredibly firm, sturdy, functional pair of stays! It isn't boned, however, it has a very firm lining inside of it that makes it incredibly strong. This would definitely work on a people sized version.
The pocket Is beautiful. I don't really think it does much other than look pretty, but the embroidery work on it is absolutely stunning. it's so pretty that you almost wish it wasn't a part of her undergarments!
The hoops are my favorite part of the set. They are identical to a particular style of panniers of the period. They have three boned channels going down each pocket, and slits for you to hide things inside of them. Very accurate. The hoops literally work wonders on the way the dresses hang. The difference is night and day.
Just so you can see a comparison of how well the hoops change the look of her clothes, I took these photos:
Without the panniers.
It makes a huge change, which is perfect for her fancy dresses like the ball gown and spring gown. The work that went into making this set must have been daunting, as it is incredibly detailed. The historical accuracy is dead on, and it is well made.
Post by chernayakoshka on Mar 7, 2020 10:30:36 GMT -5
Stays – A+
These are very well made. I’m very impressed by how structured and stiff they are and how much like a “real” corset they feel. The lacing may not be entirely accurate (it’s done shoelace style, but should probably be spiral), but I’m content with this change…trying to spiral lace a corset of this size would probably be a bit tricky!
It’s admittedly a little tricky to actually get on the doll. Your options are to either completely unlace it, slip it around the doll and then thread the lace again or to loosen the laces, slip it over the dolls legs, and then lace it up…either way, you’re looking at relacing in some form. This doesn’t bother me and I enjoy the slight curve it gives the doll’s figure, though I could see kids getting frustrated with it.
Hoops – A+
These are also really impressive in their construction. I miss the detail and craftsmanship that AG used to put into pieces like this. I’m not sure what the hoops are actually made of, but they feel like sturdy plastic at the very least (similar to plastic boning in modern corsets). My set was purchased on the secondary market, but they’re PC and have held up incredibly well, no crimping or misshapenness to the hoops at all!
Hoops. They certainly look rather strange when not on the doll!
Pocket – A+
This is simply darling! It’s a simple design – just a pocket of fabric with some lovely embroidery – but it lines up with the pocket slits that can be found on some of Felicity’s dresses. I have no idea how much play value something like this gets, but from a historical accuracy and display value, it’s fantastic.
The set retailed for $18; I bought it on the secondary market for $35, a price that I’m extremely happy with. The quality is amazing and I love the functionality of it all. While I wish I could have snagged it for $18, little me simply wasn’t into dolly undergarments, so I had to scour the secondary market for it and honestly would have been content to pay slightly more than what I ultimately did.
Overall – A+
This set perfectly sums what I loved about PC era and older Mattel era. The attention to detail in this set is phenomenal and I love how “real” it all feels. I have no idea how well these sets sell/have sold among the target audience, but I’m in love with them. The only downside is that I’m not sure how well the undergarments will fit under some of Felicity’s or Elizabeth outfits, especially those produced post-Pleasant Company. They definitely give dresses a different silhouette, which I love for the accuracy – I wish AG still did more sets like this.
Marya was impatient to put one of her lovely gowns over this, but agreed to let me photograph her undergarments before she continued dressing.
My dolls: Samantha, Tess (Bitty Baby), Kit, Emma (#4), Molly, Elizaveta (My Twinn), Aziza (Goetz Little Sister), Saila (Maplelea), Kirsten, Viktoria, Peggy (#58), Marya Gregoryavna, Byron, Caroline, Alyssa (Stardust Classics), Joan of Arc (Dolls from Heaven), Luciana, Addy, Kaya, Rose (Magic Attic), Odette (Vanage Kristelle), Minuk (#11), Blaire, Blanaith (#8), Lindsey, Cécile, Eldora (#15), Nia (#18), Selina (#6), Courtney, and Margaret (#21).