|Felicity and Elizabeth: gay as springtime.|
- BeForever is Coming AKA the revamp of the Historical line. I'm actually excited for it, even if it means buying a whole new set of Addy books again. And a not!Addy to get that beautiful blue dress. The illustrations aren't so bad, and there's nothing cuter than Addy and her baby sister on the cover of that volume 2, fight me.
- Samantha is coming out of the AG vault, done known for a while. She gonna be paaaaaaaank.
- Cecile and Marie-Grace are looking at retirement, as are Ivy and Ruthie, so I need to get Ivy's Chinese Dress and then figure out what to do with it. Ruthie I never wanted anything for or to have, so eh, and I have all the Cecile stuff I want.
- Wonderbread's Movie is on the way down the pipeline. I will watch it but I'll be dragged if I'm buying it. That's what NBC broadcasts are for.
One of the neat things about my collection is that I've never felt obligated to just get clothes for any of my gang members from AG direct. Not only do I craft outfits myself, I look at other craft places and outlets for buying: etsy, eBay, Toys R Us, Target,2 and the like. I never understood people who only wanted AG stuff for their AG girls; AG makes nice things, but they don't have to be the only people getting your cash money. Branch out, for the love of gods.
One of the sources worth considering is Colonial Williamsburg.3 Williamsburg, Virginia basically has a living museum where visitors can see what the place was like in the era around the time of the American Revolution. I've never had a chance to go--some day, damn it--but I have been interested in it since I was a teenager. They have an online shop, which is how I've gotten everything I've gotten from them. The stuff to buy ranges from books to bedsheets, jewelry to mobcaps. A lot of what they have is for adults and/or the house, but there's also cloth dolls, plush, and patterns. Plus I have an e-mail subscription to their mailing list, so I get discount coupons. A few weeks ago I ordered a set of outfits for Felicity and Elizabeth: two doll dresses in purple and pink and matching straw hats. They also come in children's sizes that match and there are adult sized dresses, but not with matching prints. Alas, there goes my cosplay idea.
It's a touch hard to find them on the site; the best bet is to just search "doll" or go through the Made in America section. (ETA 3/11/17: My links now point to the sets I got.) The items were made in Colonial Williamsburg from reproduction fabric: the dresses cost $35 each, and the hats $16, so you're looking at $51 per set. I had a 20% off coupon plus free shipping, making each set about $41, so relatively good to an AG set--and considering that Felicity and Elizabeth's stuff is all in the Vault and has to be purchased off the secondary market, it's a good cost. This is half review and half fluff pictures, since I took the girls outdoors.
|Who says redheads don't look good in pink?|
Dress: The dress is simply constructed; a slightly high-waisted pink print dress with a ribbon sash. If you have Felicity's Summer Dress set, it's a lot like that.5
|Low enough to show some shift.|
|Tie closures are a first.|
|Waist not, sash not.|
|Back sash. A little cocksided.|
|Elizabeth in purple and blue.|
A-. Minus for lack of pockets, but the dresses are beautifully, professionally crafted.
|You really can't bribe Felicity into keeping her hat on.|
|Hat on the ground.|
|Tag your hats.|
|Elizabeth is a lady and keeps her hat on.|
|Tied on proper.|
The hats get an A. Nothing I don't like about them.
Before we go into the end of the review, some flirty pictures of my gay tribades:
Felicity: Let's flump into the grass, Elizabeth darling.
Elizabeth: T'would be most improper.
Felicity: Yes, that's the best part!
Flump. (hello thar stray camera strap.)
Holding hands in the grass.If my background on my comp wasn't my dad and me, I'd debate changing it to this.
Gazing at each other lovingly.
Overall Feel: The dresses are adorable in their simple construction. The tie back closures are really neat, and not something I've seen before in doll clothes. They take some finagling, but are easy enough if you can tie a bow. The prints are simple and the hats compliment the dresses neatly. I love Felicity in pink and reds and Elizabeth in blues and purples. I do wish the dresses had pocket slits, though. (Authenticity is the reason I modify my colonial patterns to have slits if they don't already.) There's a third dress available at present, but I held off on it; now knowing I like the dresses I may get it next time I have a sale coupon.
Cost Value: A little higher than the average cost of an AG outfit at $51 for a dress and hat set; if you just want one component you can buy it alone. For me it was worth it, as they're put together in and sold from Colonial Williamsburg direct and I sort of have a thing for that place. I got my sets for $28 per dress and $12.80 per hat, which was a bit of a bargain and relatively the same as an AG set. 20% off ain't bad.
Authenticity: Very authentic to the Colonial period in style and fit. Depending on the size of your doll the dress might fit tightly; Elizabeth is a little stuffed into hers, but she also is wearing a lot of undergarments. The site doesn't outright say that the dresses are for AG dolls, but they fit them perfectly so it's clear they're intended for them.
Appropriateness to Character: N/A technically, as they're not in the books anywhere and are from another company. But the stuff is from Williamsburg, and they're from Williamsburg, and should I ever get a chance to go there I will take them along because fuck the haters, that's why.
Final Grade: A. Cute and direct from the source.
Now I shall finish my packing.
1 I hate it when that happens.
2 OG stuff is hit and miss for me--I don't like the dolls, but the clothes are good here and there. Especially when they had a line that basically barfed out 80s clothes. Kimmy and Tyanna have a huge wardrobe from Target. The main thing I hate are the chunky plastic shoes. Fuck chunky plastic doll shoes.
3 They didn't fuck around with this internet thing--they got the best damn URL, history.org. The only better one is my local zoo, Woodland Park Zoo: http://zoo.org/
4 Pink = light red, the color of blood, thus manly. Blue was the more delicate feminine color, hence it being a color associated with the Virgin Mary. It wasn't really more than a suggestion though--you pretty much dressed children in whatever fit and was fashionable. About WWII they solidified into pink for girls and blue for boys.
5 I do. Reviews when I'm back from Texas, probably.