|Beth Cady: An American Girl!|
Meet Beth Cady: An American Girl.
Beth Cady's full name is Elizabeth Cady--or, when she grew up and got married and became all historical, Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Yes, the feminist. But I don't call her that because she's "13" around here. (By the full name. She's still very much a feminist, because woo feminism.) She was made as a limited edition collectable by Götz1 for the state of New York in 2000, and only 5000 were made. She was gifted to me by an ex-friend (long ugly story; I don't talk about it), and I've had her since August 2006. She was the fifth member of the AGGiB2, and goes by Beth Cady both to separate her from Felicity's Elizabeth and because Beth Cady is a damn adorable name.
More details about her below the cut.
|Beth Cady and the Infamous Red Dress.|
I still have a perfect vision of myself and sisters, as we stood up in the classes, with our toes at the cracks in the floor, all dressed alike in bright red flannel, black alpaca aprons, and, around the neck, a starched ruffle that, through a lack of skill on the part of either the laundress or the nurse who sewed them in, proved a constant source of discomfort to us....But we were sternly rebuked for complaining, and if we ventured to introduce our little fingers between the delicate skin and the irritating linen, our hands were slapped and the ruffle readjusted a degree closer. Our Sunday dresses were relieved with a black sprig and white aprons. We had red cloaks, red hoods, red mittens, and red stockings. For one's self to be all in red six months of the year was bad enough, but to have this costume multiplied by three was indeed monotonous. I had such an aversion to that color that I used to rebel regularly at the beginning of each season when new dresses were purchased, until we finally passed into an exquisite shade of blue. No words could do justice to my dislike of those red dresses.So naturally, they released her in it as a meet outfit. Well close--muted red cotton like cloth, and a grey apron. Beth actually kind of likes it, but I don't put her in it often. The apron actually has thin cord ribbon that can tie in the front or back, but I almost always tie it in the back. You can see one sleeve is faded; that's how I got her, since she was secondhand. Her face was modeled on--if I recall correctly--Elizabeth Cady Stanton's daughter since there were no photographs of her as a child. Cameras not being a thing in the 1820s and all.
Also, since I got her second hand, her bang curls had fallen badly. Thus, I at some point just banded them to the side. Before they had been pinned up into her hair, because they were always in her face and I could not get them to work back to curls again. Ah well. I think she looks a little more dignified this way.
The side of her dress has a tag that notes that Götz made her and she was an official NY State collectable. It's on the outside seam, so no tucking or hiding away. I actually don't mind the tags.
|Hair Bow. Of a sorts.|
She also had a hair bow. I am pretty shit at tying this one up, no lies. I also ended up taking down her top ponyknot, because it was messy, and rebrushing it. It originally came sewn down. Mint is for people who don't like their dolls looking their best >.>
|Shoes, socks, and a peep at the drawers.|
The shoes, however, go with everything I've ever made or got for Beth.
|Drawers Shot: It's like a panty shot but historical or something.|
|Snaps in the back. Also some neck string action.|
|And now, the one and only shot of Beth Cady naked.|
|Signed but not sealed. She was delivered though.|
Well, that's enough on her body structure and meet outfit. Let's get to how she fits in the gang.
|Dresses and pinafores for the Federal time.|
|Dress uncovered. I love making doll dresses because they go so smooth.|
|Beth Cady, on her way to steal your |
Looking to add her to a gang? She can't be bought in stores anymore--natch--but you can find her on eBay Orphanarium, as she'll pop up here and there for about $75 or so. A quick skim shows she's almost always with her full outfit. Her curls may have fallen when you get her but that's not so bad. I'm really pleased to have her as a member of my gang--not just because she's like an AG, but because she is a pin-her-down-to-history American Girl.
1 Götz, by the way were the first designers of AG dolls.
2 American Girl Gang in Bothell. It's what I call my group.
3 Federal in the US. Regency in the UK. Empire in France. Basically the high waists and the flowy skirts from about the 1800s-1820s.