This is one of my all-time favorite AG outfits, mainly for its rich color scheme and details.
Regarding some previous comments about this outfit, I believe there's likely individual variation to the outfits since my skirt slips on easily. I do agree that the sleeves require a little tug over vinyl fingers, but I'm just as glad that AG didn't add velcro to the cuffs. The jacket doesn't actually button but the buttons hide the velcro closure. That to me is an acceptable cheat; I'd be afraid velcro'd blouse cuffs wouldn't have a button disguise. The blouse collar does have a tendency to flip up but that's no biggie. It's absolutely an exquisite outfit. The skirt and blouse are cotton or a blend but the print is so rich you could believe it is silk. The jacket is a synthetic to mimic silk taffeta from the period; it is very soft and doesn't feel cheap at all, unlike some other AG attempts at taffeta. Cécile is wearing her crinoline for these photos. This skirt is cut generously enough to allow the crinoline to provide the proper shape and to hit at mid-calf, but could use even more volume to accommodate the petticoat that should be worn over the crinoline:
I'd love if AG would make a bonnet to match. Céce is shown wearing a gorgeous purple bonnet in this illustration from Troubles for Cécile when she meets Marie-Grace at St Louis Cathedral, and it would be the perfect accessory:
This looks gorgeous on my Elizabeth, who has been trying out the 1850s since Felicity retired and took all the pretty dresses with her! I got it with free shipping and got it today. Honestly I'm not totally pleased. The skirt is beautiful and soft, as is the blouse- both cotton- but the jacket imho, isn't that nice. The fabric on mine is a kind of coarse synthetic material. It feels 'toothy' and the trim on it is incredibly rough and itchy. It makes me want to not hold her when it's on because it's an unpleasant synthetic pleated mess. It loos great when on, but imho, I don't like the jacket and it feels rough. I have considered returning it, but the color scheme is pretty, so maybe I'll keep it. Definitely not one of my favorite AG outfits though.
Post by daughterofthedryad on Jun 19, 2014 19:59:51 GMT -5
Blouse: nice thick cotton, although I can tell it has poly content in it (I'm picky about fabrics). The lace on the collar is good quality, and I agree with a reviewer above--the cuffs needed velcro! Good mix & match potential.
Skirt: pretty printed cotton, nice and full. Fabric holds out well even without crinoline. Definitely needs some sort of fastening in the back--it's difficult to get on the doll with just elastic especially when you're trying to get the skirt on over the blouse and keep it tucked in.
Jacket: disappointed with the fabric, as I expected it to feel thicker/of better quality (or if not that, then at least be lined). The colors are gorgeous and the trim is too. It fits excellently and I love how it fastens in front, with velcro under the two little buttons.
All in all, quite pleased with this lovely outfit. Definitely worth the $14 I paid for it on sale.
Post by Buckingham Alice on Sept 26, 2014 2:55:24 GMT -5
This set is so lovely. It's pretty in pictures and even prettier in person. My Cécile is wearing this now and she's been in it for months because she just looks so nice I don't want to change her. The blouse and skirt are both a nice, lovely cotton. I love the skirt's pattern and the lace on the shirt's collar. The jacket is obviously synthetic and not as nice a quality as the other two pieces, but it looks pretty.
Cécile is wearing her crinoline here, though the skirt also hangs well without it.
I think Cécile's Parlor Outfit is one of the most daring outfits American Girl has ever done, simply because I don't think it appeals to their target audience at all! I know a lot of adult collectors who aren't fans either, of either the colors, fabrics, or patterns. I had to get it because I'm trying to collect all of Cécile and Marie Grace's collection, and found I liked this outfit much more in person.
I styled the outfit in this photoshoot with Cécile and Marie Grace's Fancy Boots. I think these crazy gold boots go well with almost all of Cécile & MG's outfits, and it's fun to pair them with everything! Cécile is also wearing her/Marie Grace's/Addy's crinoline.
The outfit comes with the white collared shirt, the gold and purple jacket, a purple patterned skirt, and two purple hair ribbons.
One of the top complaints I've heard about this outfit is the see-through, plastic-y feel of the fabric of the jacket. I like that it's shiny, though, and the Mardi Gras colors have grown on me. Two of the brown buttons on the front conceal velcro behind, and that is how you close the jacket over the doll.
Matching hair ribbons are always a bonus!
I love the collared shirt, and love even more that the collar sticks out of the jacket.
All the way around!
Here's a shot of the shirt by itself. It's so beautiful and perfect for a classic look in any time period.
I give this outfit an A-, just because it's not as dazzling and drop dead gorgeous as some other outfits, but I have nothing to complain about! If you don't hate the colors, I definitely recommend it. It's perfect for a doll living in New Orleans!
This set looks wonderful with Cécile's coloring and I LOVE that it's in multiple pieces! The skirt feels thick and crisp and has a lovely pattern and is cut generously enough that the crinoline cage fits with ease (pictured with crinoline). I worry about the elastic waistband stretching out over time and wish the skirt closed with velcro or a zipper. The shirt is nice, again I'm happy that it's not attached to the jacket. As for the jacket the material is taffeta which is fine, but the purple gathers feel very rough (pointy??). Two purple ribbons are also included in this set. Lastly I'd like to add that the Fancy Boots are a must have with this outfit to tie it all together. Grade: B+