This outfit is LOVELY - so much better than I had anticipated. Yes, it's made all in one piece (with the camisa attached to the skirt and the sash sewn on top), but it's so aesthetically pleasing I really don't care. The skirt is a lovely cool red color with gold and purple flowers and a lot of gold trim - very detailed. The color suits Josefina so well! The vest is velveteen and lined in satin and while not all that impressive on it's own, it really compliments the outfit and gives it a formal vibe. The shoes ARE just another pair of black flats but techincally there's a difference between these and the two pairs of holiday shoes - these have a lower back and are actually dancing slippers. Surprisingly, they're a little large.
As far as mixing-and-matching goes, her heirloom choker looks perfect with this outfit, and I also tied her red school sash over the ribbon sash attached to this outfit. The color coordinates well and it makes the outfit look more substantial and period appropriate (plus it causes the top half of the dress to ruffle better and look more like a convincing camisa).
In these pics she is wearing a coral necklace I made her and the stockings from her Fiesta Dress:
I own it and love the colors, but it irks me that it is a faux camisa and skirt look. It's done because 1. it's cheaper to make or 2. because Mattel doesn't think children have the eye hand coordination, patience, or spatial awareness to put on 2 pieces of clothing. Pshaw- how will they learn any of those things if they are never given the opportunity to practice them? Also- that it comes with black flats pair #3 for her is irritating. She doesn't need 'em! A new rebozo instead of yet another black pair of shoes would have been a nice add in.
It's not the high note of Josefina's collection, but it is very pretty on her. It does kind of keep me from buying the "Feast Day" dress due to the similarity, but other than that I can't say a word against it. The little black vest is insanely versatile. I even used it as a template for a laced bodice that was integral to Josefina's Hobbit costume this past month.
Post by samlizziesmom on Jan 1, 2013 4:31:18 GMT -5
I was on the fence about this dress when I saw it. I wasn't sure, but I liked the pattern and took the plunge. I LOVE it! And so does DD8. She is always wanting to put her in it! Yeah it's one piece and yet another pair of shoes, but for me who had none, this was great! Pictures truly do not do justice. but the print is lovely in person, and is very flattering on Josa. I'm not sure I have pics of her in it I'm afraid... :/
This is one of those outfits that look just OK in the catalog, but when you actually see the red and shimmery gold together, it is really stunning. The gold doesn't capture well in photographs, and while I would like for it to have been a skirt and blouse, just giving her another camisa similar to the others might not have been the way to go. This is much easier to put on. It is really a pretty dress! I would definitely get it, especially considering how few outfits Josefina has.
I'm going to agree with everyone else. If you've been putting off buying this outfit because it looks like the Feast Day Finery or it's one piece, don't. It may not be the most necessary clothing in her collection, but it looks so amazing on her, it doesn't really matter. The pattern is gorgeous, and I adore the color and trim. It's well-made, even the soft little vest. The shoes are basically black faux-leather versions of the satin slippers from her Feast Day Finery. At the very least, they're not as slippery and probably won't be as prone to falling off. It fits my Mattel Josefina well, but not too tightly.
As Xmascat mentioned, the Heirloom Accessories look especially pretty with this outfit. The gold and red in the shawl brings out the colors in the skirt.
This is highly recommended, even if you already have the Feast Day Finery outfit. As mentioned, the vest and shoes are versatile and can be used with other outfits, and the dress is so pretty on Josefina, it's worth having for that alone.