|Holidays: Now with Mellie Croom!|
Not bad for a eclectic pagan, huh?
Today, we'll be covering an outfit that I adore. The Holiday Bibs Outfit was one of the earliest non-specific holiday outfits released by AG in that transition between Mattel ownership and Pleasant Company, or PC. As...interesting as Ballet Outfit I was, it wasn't really holiday wear. In 1996 Pleasant Company seems to have realized this and came out with cultural holiday outfits and accessories (The Kwanzaa Outfit, Chinese New Year Outfit, and ever so creatively named "Hanukkah Outfit") along with a recital outfit that wasn't really holiday, and none of it came with matching child sized wear. Finally, after the completely lackluster doings of 19971, more holiday wear came out in 1998, and the Holiday Bibs Outfit was one set in this offering. It came with a winter white satin blouse, velvet overalls, gold flats, a green and gold hair ribbon, and an AG logo necklace for $22. I got it for $22 with the Starry Night Outfit--the two came for $44 so divided, it was $22 each, and it did not have the necklace or ribbon. And, like the Starry Night Set before it, I have it twice--I got a second set with the ribbon and necklace for $21.50 + shipping. This review is the complete set. Ebay prices can spike high, of course. But it goes for a regular cost of about $15-30, 30 being as a complete set. I guess it's not as flashy as most AG outfits so it goes for less.
As I said there was fairness needed in the AG reviews, this one covers the last moddie to be seen on the blog in her own review: Mellie Croom. Melinda Mae "Mellie" Croom was picked up from the AG Dallas store in 2010 soon after she was released; I almost didn't get her because she was online only at the time and so wasn't in the Fishbowl2 But the manager saw me sulking that she wasn't there and said they had one in the back, and boom! Got her out for me. I couldn't not bring her home. My mom took one look at her as I was putting her glasses on, and said I'd just gotten a mini-me and should name her after me. But I've always felt a little weird naming my dolls after me directly. It feels a little Sue-like. So I said that I'd name her after Mom's maternal grandmother, who was a magnificent seamstress and taught my mom to sew. And my mom thought it was perfect, as she likes to say that I sew like her grandmother did. Mellie is named after my maternal great grandmother wholly. Well, with the small exception of her first name being Melinda instead of just Mellie, but once she drops to her nickname it's a perfect match. Family History! I like to tease that she looks like but isn't the lovechild of Sonali and Otters. Mellie likes doing carpentry and building, being in nature, being a pretty tomboy, and looking better in McSeattle's3 clothing than she did.
As I was starting to link to the AG wiki page about it, I saw that it didn't have a picture. Welcome to AG Wiki fame, Mellie. You now join Naomi and Marisol and Shanna there. (ETA: And then I found the catalog pic, so down Mellie's pic came, except for a close up.) Any pictures taken by me here are mine unless I upload them to the wiki, and are not to be scattered around. Don't make me whoop your ass.
|Shirt. And Panties, but this is not an underwear review today.|
|Collar and shoulder.|
|Long sleeves keep you warm.|
|Cuffs to match the collar.|
|The whole bib part.|
On the left side is the hammer loop, the only difference between the sides. For those without hammers, clip your wallet chain or keys to the loop, hook your thumb in, or just put the Tommy Hilfiger logo there, it's all good homies.
|The best shot I got of the shoulder strap adjustments.|
|Shiny golden shoes.|
|From the side.|
|I hope you didn't want a bunch of pictures of a hairbow, you're only getting one.|
Necklace: The outfit's last component--and probably what would be the hardest to find on a secondary market for a sensible price--is the necklace, an AG logo pendant with a gold chain that sits just at Mellie's chest. As I explained it in the night shirt post, it's the stylized AG Today logo of the multicolored girl--however, there are no lines around it, so it's just girl. It's backed and outlined in gold, to help with the whole green and gold look.
|Mintish on card.|
Overall Feel: I simply can't get enough of this set's boyish charm. The shirt is one of the best holiday shirts--and winter seasonal tops--I've ever had in my collection, the overalls--which are sort of smushed into winter wear, being velvet and all--have lovely little realistic components we don't always get in most holiday wear, and the shoes are simple and don't distract from the cute. The ribbon and necklace are nice touches that I would have been okay without but simply adore having. The overall loveliness would probably explain why I'm not chomping to sell the second set off anyways, because I feel like I can continue to use it for things.
Cost Value: Original and my costs were fair at $22 dollars--nowadays a set would probably go for $32 if AG did it again. It's going to be hard to find the necklace with it, because AG necklaces are probably the first thing to wander off in a kid's collection. With a total complete set, $35 is fair, thoguh I rarely see it ever go that high. But if you're going to only find it with the shoes, overalls, and shirt, then about $20 seems all right. Most of the time the set will not have the ribbon or necklace, and a lot only have overalls which, yeah no get at least the shirt and shoes with them. The shoes are too cute to not be part of the set.
Timeliness/Datedness: Borderline. Not many little girls nowadays want to wear overalls for the holidays, AG doesn't release pants sets for the holidays anymore which kind of sucks, and the carpenter style does date it to the late 90s. But for the tomboy AG in your life who would rather not have to wear a skirt for the holidays, break it out.
Mix and Match Levels: Applicable. I'm thinking of making a simple gold satin skirt to go with the shirt and maybe a doll's gold corset for a bit of a steampunk look.4 The shoes would probably work with another gold set as well, though more towards the black side and not the more pale side of gold. The necklace is versatile and can be worn with other things without even seeming like a holiday thing.
Final Grade: A. This is a cute set that can be useful outside of the holiday season for winter semi-formal wear, if so inclined.
1 Yes, I know Pleasant Company was giving us the pretty that became Josefina that fall. But only five outfits? All winter related? Pleasant Company really dropped the ball that year for both the moddies and the Bittys--who didn't start getting good love until Mattel took over. Bittys got One outfit for 1998. Come the entire fuck on. Don't get me started on how it took Mattel's ass to finally get things sold online. But OMG PLEASANT COMPANY DID EVERYTHING BETTER AND MY NOSTALGIA GOGGLES ARE STRAPPED ON TOO TIGHT.
2 The giant glass case that the moderns are displayed in at AG stores.
3 I didn't stutter.
4 Which both Tara and Mellie would wear the hell out of.