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Friday, November 28, 2014

Historical Clothes Reviews and Historical Accessories: Josefina's Meet Outfit (Classic and BeForever) and Meet Accessories

Hola, amigos y amigas, from Josefina.
November has been one of those draining months. Between Nano work (went slow but passed the goal, so ten years of victory, though), disabilities, clutter both good and bad, and current events, Nethie has been half curled in a ball trying to shut out the world. Shit happens, and sometimes the answer to handling shit is to not look and take time to just not. And there has been a lot of just not being able to. But I would be even more upset with myself if I went a whole month without a blog post here. Even if it's been almost a month since my last one. You still love me. As of right now we only have whispers and rumors of next year's Girl of the Year, though we know so far that she's a baker and has to go do some stuff in Paris. And that she's probably white, because people of color, whatever, they need to be mixed to fit our aesthetic, let's have four years of white girls. Le Sigh.

BeForever has been, in my opinion, one of the best things that could happen to the Historical section of American Girl. Before the launch, the line was getting muted out by both Girls of the Year and the modern line, who unlike the Historicals weren't stuck in a narrative of still being tied to the old days of  Pleasant Company for a huge part. While new things came out here and there, they had their meet outfits the same since the initial release--and as I said in an older post,1 AG could only bleed us so long on old things. I'm a reliable Addy buyer, but before BeForever launched I could count the number of outfits of hers I didn't have on one hand. I have her whole collection, and I'm not the only one. American Girl can't really make money off of collections that people have already, especially not in an era where people can buy secondhand a lot easier than before (eBay yoooo). BeForever has given the Historicals a huge breath of fresh air that several characters had been lacking, and there is little in the line I don't adore and don't want to get my hands on for the girls I collect for.2 The three biggest Historicals to get makeovers were Samantha (back from the past), Julie, and probably Kit; however, there are those that got very little focus. The biggest example is Josefina Montoya, who didn't get anything but a new BeForever Meet outfit. She hasn't even gotten a "Choose Your Own Adventure" book yet. This has led to whispers of her being retired or downplayed by AG, mixed with the rumors that she was set aside and she'll get her full new things come spring. We'll see.

Josefina was the last Historical Character released before the Official Purchase from Mattel, coming out late 1997. She and her stories represents the New Mexico area in the 1820s, when it was not yet part of the US and still part of Mexico, a still new country that had very recently separated from Spain. As in, Josefina would have been considered Spanish when she was born, since she was born seven or so years before the Mexican Revolution.3 Josefina is from a fairly well-to-do family; they have their own ranch which wasn't cheap, and her grandfather traveled as a trader. When Josefina was released--with a brand new face mold--she joined Addy as the only other character of color outside of the American Girls of Today and the only expressly Latina character.4 It wouldn't be until Marisol Luna in 2005 that another Latina character would be released and not until 2006 that the face mold would be used for a moddie. Her face mold, however, has been used for four other Historical Characters, another moddie, and two Girls of the Year, all who have been white. I find this slightly annoying, personally. Can we get some Josefina Face Mold darker than unflavored oatmeal, please. Ahem. Originally at release, Josefina also had her books translated into an older style of Spanish, something not done anymore and only done with her. Somewhere in my house is Josefina's birthday book in Spanish. Unique, but it didn't last long.

Josefina was one of the characters I fell for in the AG line, having grown up in Texas and having lots of exposure to Chicano culture as a child, and so I definitely wanted her to be part of my collection at some point. I was fortunate in 2006 to, with a tax refund check, be able to get Josefina with what's now called her Classic meet set in a private purchase that included some of her outfits, Kaya, and some of Kaya's stuff at a discount. Her meet outfit is intended to reflect the loose comfortable wear of women and girls in Mexico during the era; it consists of a camisa (blouse), print skirt, sash belt, drawers, hair ribbon, flower hair decoration, and moccasins and came on her. I'm not about to work out the math of how much that cost me but it wasn't full cost; currently the Classic Meet is available from AG direct for $36. Her accessories were purchased soon after I got her for what was then $20 and consist of a jola coin, handkerchief, waist pouch, garnet necklace, and rebozo; the cost is now $24 as with any other set of accessories. At the launch of BeForever, I got her updated Meet outfit for $36 day of release; it has all the same parts, but with some notable changes. It's quite possible that she'll be losing the coin and handkerchief come any BeForever revamps, so if you want those jump on it soon. Since little changed in her meet outfit, I'll be comparing things as I go for the most part. It doesn't make sense to write two separate paragraphs on parts of the outfit that are near exactly the same in design.

Earrings: Now for Josefina.
Before I dive in: like Addy, Josefina was given non-removable gold loop earrings. A lot of Hispanic and Latina culture has ear piercing done very soon after birth, and this was true in the past. Josefina likely would have had the ice needle and potato soon after she was born, and worn earrings her whole life. I love that she has this little bit of clear culture in her design.

Flowers and ribbons.

Flowers and Hair Ribbon: Josefina, brand new, comes with her hair back in a braid, tied off with a blue hair ribbon, and tucked in near the bow are a plastic set of three yellow primroses. In her meet book, Josefina gathers some evening primrose flowers and Florecita, a goat that irritates the hell out of her, tackles her and eats them all. She still manages to get some for her braid, though. I like that this has a tie to her stories, and flowers in hair will never stop being adorable.  Technically, my ribbon is not her specific meet ribbon; I bought a set of replacements in Josefina's Hair Ribbons and either use that one or one I cut for her myself. But it's a ribbon, and every girl is cuter with hair decs, and this one gets the job done. B for both the ribbon and the flowers. Take note, though, that unless you're buying Josefina brand new you're not going to get either one buying her meet sets from AG. You can probably find decent reproductions of either at craft stores and not pay $20 on eBay.

Rebozos make multiple looks come easy.

Rebozo: Where everyone else prior to Josefina had a hat in their meet accessories, Josefina has a rebozo--a long, flat multicolored cotton cloth that is a mix of shawl and scarf.

The name comes from rebozar, a Spanish verb meaning "to cover", and is almost exclusively worn by women. While the origins of the garment are half lost to history, they have been documented in use by Latina women for hundreds of years and even now Mexican and other Latina women use rebozos in a multitude of ways including as a sign of cultural pride. Very few rebozo are of a single color or without design. They can also be made of any cloth ranging from cotton to fine silk, and some are so finely woven that they can pass through a ring. All rebozo are woven; while Josefina's is technically not any different than standard woven cloth, it's designed to simulate loom wove rebozo.

There have been two distinct versions of Josefina's rebozo. I have the newer Mattel style where, instead of a diamond pattern, the rebozo just has lined stripes of reds, blues, yellows, and ocher shades. If I find an older PC one for a decent cost then I'll update this post to show you the differences at that time, but it's not so much a big deal to me right now.

Super long for versatility.
Josefina's rebozo is about five inches wide and thirty-four inches long (metric: thirteen cm wide and 86.36 cm long) not including the fringe, which on a 1:3 scale makes hers fifteen inches wide and a hundred and two inches long--or about eight and a half feet long. In metrics that's two and a half meters, almost twice as long as she is tall. Rebozos range in length from around one and half to three and a half meters, so this fits well and is neither too short nor too long for the design.

Fringe ends.

The end of the rebozo has knotted fringe about one and a half inches long, from the remaining cloth. Very few rebozo have no fringe on the edge and it is one of the more distinguishing traits of the garment.

Around the arms.
The cover of Meet Josefina and most promotional images of the doll show her wearing her rebozo tucked around her arms or shoulders, but it can be worn or used in a variety of ways. With the meet accessories, a pamphlet is included showing three of the methods.

Headscarf mode.
The first style shown is wrapped loosely around Josefina's face and shoulders like a headscarf. This was both to prevent too much wind in the face, and to prevent too much sun on one's skin, because the last thing a woman wanted was to get too dark in the sun. Josefina, being from a family that likely had Spanish origins and descended from the Spanish settlers of the New Mexico area, would have wanted to keep her skin on the lighter side of tan. Ah, colorism, is there no culture you don't fuck with? Anyways. This was also to double as a head covering in church for women who didn't always have a mantilla to wear, and served for modesty when praying. Most of the time in the books, when it wasn't around her shoulders it was around her head like this.

Sling mode.
Second style has the rebozo around one shoulder and the opposite hip, which is useful for carrying packages and items around. Or, lets be honest, for women carrying babies. Baby carrying: it's not just for hippy white women. In fact, almost all cultures carried babies close to the mother rather than in some sort of stroller, and it was only with White European pressuring influence that this was seen as primitive and uncultured. I have a lot of feels on baby carrying now being "cool" and "natural" for white people when it was shat upon for a long time, but I am talking about doll stuff here. So yes, Josefina would have used Sling Mode for carrying things around, maybe even her younger nephews for her older sister Ana. Or Sombrita, her goat.

Suspender mode.
Finally, there's Suspender mode; wrap around the waist, twist to an X in back, pull over the shoulders and tuck down the front. I don't know how authentic this would be to Josefina's daily wear, to be honest, but the paper came with it so here's the example. I almost never put Josefina in her rebozo like this. Then again, it is seen like this in Changes for Josefina when she's baking bread and playing with her nephews, so it was probably to keep her rebozo out of the way but on her when she needed both hands free and this way, there's no chance of it slipping or falling down. Another example shown in the books has hers tied around the hair like a tighter headscarf, to keep her hair clean while replastering the church.

Older rebozo, wraps the same.
Update, 2/21/15: A few months ago I obtained Josefina's original style PC rebozo in an eBay auction on its own for a sensible cost. It's pretty much just like the Mattel one in length, but there is one noticeable difference.

Diamonds and stripes.
Where the newer one just has lines, the older one has a diamond-print woven pattern that is prominent when seen from a distance and laid flat. I do prefer the neater pattern of the older one, but both are pretty nice rebozo for the wrapping and draping and carrying.

A. The rebozo is colorful in both forms, authentic, uniquely Mexican, and a lot more versatile than anyone else's headwear. While with everyone else I can be a little hit and miss about them wearing their hats, I almost never have Josefina without her rebozo, and it's the part of Josefina's meet wear that I find myself using everywhere in her collection. 

Necklace: Josefina's jewelry is a a gold cross on a gold chain with a garnet stone. In the stories, it's a gift from her Aunt Dolores from Mexico City, and is a very grown up gift. It's likely this will carry through on a BeForever remake of her accessories, Unlike Kit's compass necklace or Julie's name necklace, this doesn't feel forced into the accessory set to have "necklace" as part of it. The gold is slightly tarnished but I don't know if this is from me handling it or part of the look of the necklace.

The cross pendant--even cross, not the Christian style--has three "knots" on each end and a red garnet stone in the center. I am pretty sure that the center stone is not authentic garnet, though it'd be pretty badass if it was; since my set is Mattel, I'm sure it's not but I don't think the first ones would have been either. The top has the loop to run the chain through and is a fused part of the design.I researched but couldn't find if this was authentic to a more European design; since the story has Tia Dolores bringing the gift from Mexico City, then there would have still been a lot of Spanish influence.

The back clasp is a hook and eye with a swing closure; much easier for me to put on and take off than the little loop hook and eye styles. I really don't have a lot to go on about the necklace. It's pretty and I'd wear one like it.  B+.

It's hip to be pouch. 

Leather Pouch: Josefina's "purse" is a brown leather pouch, designed to be tucked around and held on with Josefina's waist sash instead of held in the hand. AG tends to emphasize that all animal products are simulated, so the leather is not from actual dead cow skin. Nuts.

Pouch off.
The pouch clasps shut with a starburst black and burnished gold shank button on the flap and a leather loop that is knotted inside.

The edges are whip laced with another piece of leather that also runs across as the back loop. Other than the button, the whole thing is leather.

Inside is nothing! Well, not when I took the picture.
Inside, the "leather" is slightly lighter. Authentic. The pouch isn't very large so don't try to cram huge amounts of things inside, but it's good enough to hold a few small items. Plus, it doesn't have to be held in a hand or around a wrist, leaving hands free to adjust anything. B.

Small, square, and neat.
Handkerchief: The three inch handkerchief--a staple for noses and other small face wipings before the advent of the paper towel--is a small square linen like cloth. Mine has creases because of how I store it and what I store it around. The edges are rolled and whip hemmed. Since people needed lots of small squares of cloth to use for one reason or another, young girls learned basic sewing and embroidery techniques on handkerchiefs. They were likely going to get snotted on anyways, so mistakes could be downplayed.

Colcha flower.
One corner of the handkerchief has a colcha style embroidered flower with a green stem and leaves, blue bottom petals, a yellow center, and red upper petals. Colcha embroidery uses two stitches--a shorter stitch and a longer satin style stitch that is then held down with couching stitches--and unlike most embroidery, uses wool instead of silk or cotton floss. The techniques also used a lot less thread than other types. The style is very Mexican and produces an almost woven, textured style to the thread work, and was often used in very large works such as altar cloths and bedspreads. This is done in what appears to be cotton satin stitch so it's not authentic colcha, but it does embody the look.

B+--the plus is because of the modest design element.

Money--Mexican money!
Coin: Josefina's meet set--for now--also includes a copper jola. This one resembles the Durango 1824-D 1/8 real, a coin worth about a penny. On the front is the Mexican symbol of an eagle in combat with a snake atop a cactus, a symbol going back to the days of Native people and still used in many ways today.

On the back are sun rays over the word libertad or "liberty." I generally don't have feels on coins; they're nice, but they've also been phased out bit by bit with the Historical characters, and right now Josefina's the only historical with a coin at all. So B.

Camisa, good for what wears ya. Classic style.
Camisa: Finally, we get into the meat of Josefina's meet outfit: the stuff itself. Josefina's camisa--shirt--is a white short sleeved cotton blouse style top that she could and would have worn with practically any skirt she owned. Unlike Felicity's shift--which was pretty much underwear and only seen at the edges of her dresses most of the time--camisas were blouses and tops in and of themselves, so they weren't hidden under things. They were worn by all genders, though the styles varied. Most were a plain white, so that they could match anything, though cream and off white were also done. These first pics are of the Classic set, and my set is PC like my Josefina.

Around the wide boat neckline is triangular lace trim stitched down. Feminine but not too fluffy. The neckline is slightly gathered under the trim.

Short sleeves.
The short puffy sleeves also have the same lace trim on the hem as the neckline.

Super long for extra warm.
The camisa comes down to Josefina's knees. This was both to add extra layers and because camisas also doubled as nightshirts. The hem is plain and untrimmed.

Closure. Dirty closure.
The back velcros shut, a good way down. Since my set is old and hadn't been washed when I took these pictures, the colors were slightly yellowed.

Camisa: New Style.
The differences between the Classic set and the BeForever set are minimal. Both come down to the knees, velcro up the back, and have short sleeves and a gathered neckline.

Here's your particulars.
The only real difference is that the BeForever set has slightly wider cuffs on the sleeves and the lace trim is more circular instead of pointed.

Neckline lace.
The lace trim is also the same on the neckline. That's really the only change, and if I stuck the BF style under the older skirt, most people wouldn't be able to tell. A for both versions. The camisa is simple and versatile, and I can stick it with any skirt I like, including those I make for her myself.
Sashay away. (Classic.)
Sash: Around Josefina's waist she wears a woven sash with three design lines through it. Her skirt historically would not have had velcro or more than a button closure at the waist, so the waist sash helped keep the skirt on a little more securely. The Classic set is dark brown.

Latina girls in blue woven sashes. (BeForever.)
The BeForever sash is the same weave but instead is a bright royal blue, and is the first component that one can stare at and go "yep, that's clearly new."

The sash ties in the back over Josefina's skirt, with the loose ends hanging down the back. My BF one hasn't broken in like my Classic set, so it's still a little stiff.

Still knotty.
The brown one is a lot more broken in from years of tying and untying, so the ends hang a lot looser.

Blue and Brown.
Both sashes have braided ends with a little fringe and are the exact same length. The only change is the color from brown to blue. Which I'm down for. The Classic set gets an A, and the BF an A+ for being in one of my favorite colors.

Skirts. Comfortable ones.
Skirt: Over the camisa and under the sash, Josefina wears a calf length calico style print skirt. This is where the hugest change in Josefina's meet set came.They both have the same construction style, so that I'll go over with on the Classic Skirt. Mostly because I didn't snap a full shot of the BeForever one. Closeups, yes, one full shot no.

One thing Josefina's books emphasize is that, while Americans and white women were wearing pretty uncomfortable stuff, Josefina's clothes were a blend of Spanish and Native American styles and went for practicality more often than not. The skirt is a basic skirt design of a rectangle gathered to a waistband and, if you can measure and sew, you can probably make tons of them for Josefina to wear out of calico.5 If you're super nervous, use her patterns.

Waist not, want not.
The waistband is basic as well, made of the same fabric, and the skirt gathers evenly to it.

The skirt closes in the back with velcro.

The skirt has a plain, basic hem.

Half a petticoat is better than none.
Rather than put a full petticoat under the outfit, the skirt has an attached strip of white cloth with attached lace trim. My PC one does not have a serged top edge and instead is finished in basic pinking. The lace trim is slightly pointed and different than the trim on the camisa.

Now in BF version!
The BeForever style is done the same way, only the upper edge under the skirt is hem surged. The lace is scalloped, but also different from its camisa. 

Skirt comparison!
The biggest change in the skirt is the pattern. The Classic skirt has a muted maroon color, with black flowers overall. It's a nice print, but rather dull in color and not anything too interesting. The BeForever one just pops right next to it. It's a bright red skirt with blue flower print on the top half and the bottom edge a pattern of stripes and flowers in blues, yellows, and reds.

Beforever Brightness.
The close up shows the pattern better: The top and bottom of the design have points like a crown, then a row of blue dots, then a pattern of yellow vines and leaves around blue flowers, and another row of blue dots before the middle stripe of crown points pointing down on a darker blue background. The newer skirt is so much nicer, overall; the colors are bright and cheery, and the bottom design makes the skirt feel less generic and more like the pattern was laid out with thought in the color and to appeal to a girl's sense of bright colors. Muted colors might not show dirt, but they also don't show much in creativity.

The Classic Skirt gets a B, where the new BeForever one gets an A.

Cover your bum.
Drawers: Josefina wears plain cotton knee length drawers under her camisa. Josefina would have not only been working helping out at the rancho, but there would have been times she carried things in her skirts or bent over for activities, and so drawers were worn. Hers are not designed to stick out the bottom of her skirt much. These are my Classic set.

Waist point.
The top waistband has a yoke style with a point in front.

The back band is elastic, and the drawers are basic pull ons. 

A little flare.
The bottom edge is not gathered or trimmed and come to the knees, with a little bit of a flair to the edges so they stick out some under the skirt.

And you thought the camisas had no change.
There is absolutely no difference in the drawers between the Classic and the BeForever style. My Classic set is a little more yellow and softer from age, but that's it.

We've replaced Josefina's PC Classic Drawers with Mattel's BeForevers. No one can tell the difference.

Same style waistband, no trim on the hem, knee length. Drawers do what they gotta, take a B.

Moccasins. Not wholly PC, not wholly Mattel.
Moccasins: Josefina comes with soft faux-leather moccasins. These are not the terrible bootie things that Kirsten had foisted on her her entire run.6 These more resemble tie on leather moccasins, a shoe style adopted from the native people. Unless the occasion called for nicer shoes, a lot of men and women wore moccasins for day to day wear. Originally, Josefina's shoes were made of what I suspect are real leather, and came with leather ties. While I appreciate the sentiment, the fact is that my original leather ties cracked from use and fell apart since they were pretty old when I got them. I did try leather cord replacement, but couldn't find any good enough. So I ordered a replacement set of Josefina's shoes and thus found out that the leather had been replaced with thinner pleather and shoelace style laces. Not one to bitch too much about shoes functioning, I laced the new laces into the old shoes and went on about it. So mine are hybrids, like Addy's meet shoes around here. Take the good parts of both.
The shoes have a three part style of the top, the tongue, and the sole. The lace is designed to go through the tongue, up the top, and then tie in front. Some other styles would have just slipped on, and most people wouldn't have worn fancy shoes for day to day wear, especially not growing children.

Back heels.
The shoes are topstiched around the sole to attach the parts, and the tops are all one piece so there's no back seam.

Soft soles.
The soles are the same soft leather as the main part of the shoe, and there's no plastic or stiff soles. Shoes like this mold and shape to your feet. I own a set of moccasin style shoes, and while I need to reglue new leather soles to them, this is because I wore them everywhere to the point that a hole wore through the soles.

New shoes. Boo, shoes.
The newer style shoes are of the same construction style, but are instead faux pleather style with a white lining. This gives them a stiffness that leather just surpasses, and I genuinely don't like the feel of the new shoes. Sometimes we just need to wear animal skin for the best feeling. The older shoes get an A- for bad laces but good feel; the newer ones get a C+ for terrible slouch and texture but good laces.

Time for book connections.

Until the launch of BeForever, Josefina's classic look was on all covers of Meet Josefina, including the Spanish cover.

Josefina's meet outfit, handkerchief, necklace and pouch (not seen) are on one page, and two versions of wearing her rebozo on another. I scanned two pages for this and edited it, so mine. This is also included in her second edition paper dolls as well as her Play Scenes.

To cosplay as Josefina until 2000, you could buy her meet set: the camisa for $32, skirt and sash for $45, the rebozo for  $36 and Josefina's Garnet Necklace for $18. $131 total. Official cosplay is expensive.  Make your own. And Josefina's rebozo is part of her pattern set, if you want to make more. So is her skirt--in a way. I'll show when I do that review.
The BeForever version, like the last stand alone volume, shows her only from about thigh up, but still shows her new meet set.

Now official dresses are a lot towards modern tastes, so the new spin on Josefina's meet is the Desert Flower Dress, for $52. All the dress up, none of the datedness! I would wear the hell out of this.


Overall Feel: Josefina's old meet set, while nice, wasn't very colorful and didn't feel very bright to me. The simple comfortable style was the best part, but the muted colors seems to make her dull and subdued. The new set has its good, but the newer shoes aren't as good as the old leather ones. Just kill some cows, and let the vegans weep. Overall, some pieces have variances that are so small that if there had been a way to just get the skirt and sash, I could have done that alone and the change would look the same. And the camisa, because more camisas are a good thing. (Between the ones I make and some I've bought, Josefina never lacks for camisa variety.) I love the new set's skirt more than anything, but prefer the older shoes. Good thing Josefina's entire style was mixing and matching, so I can do that. Josefina's hair decs, by the way, are the utter best. Her rebozo is the best part of her accessories and so beautifully iconic and versatile for her; I can't think of many images in the old illustrations where she doesn't have it or another like it. The rest of it is great, but the rebozo alone is wonderful. Josefina still remains the only Historical character with "headgear" that doubles as a baby carry.

Cost Value: Both the Classic and BeForever sets are the same cost of $36; the Classic will eventually likely go out of stock, so if you buy a BeForever Josefina and want the old look, add that into the cart please. Since my Josefina was purchased secondhand, she was at a lower cost and was only missing her hair ribbon, which I can and did make another of. You can still get the classic accessories since they haven't changed yet for BeForever styles, but they could soon and likely would no longer have a coin and handkerchief since no one else does anymore (and Rebecca and Caroline never did, anyways). So if little Mexican currency and hand linen matter to you, get on that.

Authenticity: Mmhmm. Josefina and many Mexican women like her dressed in this style well into the turn of the century. It wasn't until White America expected the population to dress and be oppressed to White styles of clothes that the clothes went out of style; still, they remained in some ways through the times and the style, updated for a new era, can be seen in some ways today. Growing up in Texas, I had lots of comfortable "Mexican dresses" that I wore everywhere, which were a variation on the camisa, and rebozos remain a part of the culture.

Appropriateness to Character: Quite. While Josefina's meet stuff doesn't have the impact on the stories as say, Addy's things, they are a part of her culture and her style, and they fit into her stories--the rebozo especially, as she wears and uses it everywhere. It's even seen in Josefina Saves the Day with her summer dress. Also, can we not just be putting these clothes on, say, Molly and Kit and blonde moddies for shits and giggles? Unless they're now getting redone as Hispanic/Latina characters, which is possible. Latina women and girls can appear in many racial appearances, and there were and still are Latinos of Asian, Native, and African descent. Remember that culture is not a costume.

Final Grade: Classic gets a B+, BeForever gets an A. I love the new stuff just a little more.

A lot of a little bit more.


1 Point Four, if you need to jump to it.
2 Funny enough, that's pretty much everyone, since Julie's stuff gets jacked for Otters, Caroline gets swiped for Beth Cady, Sam stuff can go to Nellie, and Becca stuff looks good on Marisol.
3 Which makes her one of the few characters who was part of three different countries in her "lifetime," I think. Spain, then Mexico, and finally the US.
4 Later posts: Why Josefina does not have Textured Hair Like Addy.
5 Don't get too many bright ideas. She'll look terrible in a skirt out of glittery Halloween fabric, sorry not sorry.
6 Should she come back, I demand better boots. And less bangs.


  1. Both Josefina's Classic and BeForever meet clothes are adorable, but like you, I prefer the BeForever look. I like how vibrant the colors are. Thanks for the warning about her new shoes! I'll see if I can find a set of her old shoes for a decent price.

    If they made Josefina's Desert Flower dress in my size I'd wear it too. They did a beautiful design on it.

  2. I'm probably the only one but I kinda liked her original meet better.

    The new colors don't bug me (I'm not one of those "Bright colors didn't exist in the past!" people) but the border print around the bottom of the skirt kind of does. It looks like it's supposed to be design that's woven into the fabric, is supposed to be contrasting woven trim that was sewn on, but was "faked" by having it printed on instead. It's not a huge deal, just a pet peeve of mine I guess.


  3. Basically, all of the new "dress like your doll" outfits should be made in adult size. My size specifically. I'd wear them all. Except maybe Kaya's skirt-I think I'd feel like I was culturally appropriating in that outfit so probably not that one...

    But I would totally wear Kit's skirt or Josefina's dress (with tights though). Addy's dress might be too skimpy for me since it has no sleeves and the skirts are SO short-but I'm sure more confident women would rock it. I bet things similar in feel could be found at most stores though.

  4. No! I didn't want to reach your last post so soon! I've been enjoying reading these too much. :)

    I've been going through all the AG books, and I hadn't realized before just how few dolls of color there are, as I hadn't really kept up with the line after Kaya. It's really striking. I remember back when the Just Like You dolls came out...I'm not really into dolls but out of curiosity I used the website to design one like me, only to find that picking brown eyes and dark wavy hair resulted in a black doll, while I'm white with those attributes. (I am absolutely NOT saying I was oppressed or anything like that, and also I apologize if black is the wrong term) I thought it was sort of funny, and went back to whatever else I was doing. But had I been a doll collector, or a kid? And NO other dolls in the line looked like me (Samantha was close)? It wouldn't have been funny at all.

    I'm...I don't know, nervous? about the new Girl of the Year, because I think she's another white doll. I hadn't read any Girl of the Year books or really known anything about them until a few months ago. I have two daughters, both with blonde hair and blue eyes. I kept looking at the characters as I read through the books: "Hmm, Kailey looks a lot like my kids. And so does Mia...and so does Lainie (a lot)...and McKenna...and Isabelle. And Caroline's the most recently released historical doll, plus there's Kirsten, and Kit, and Julie. I think my kids have enough dolls who look like them!" Especially when I considered my older daughter's best friend (my kids are 1.5 and 4), who is from Ethiopia. It's not fair that she has so few dolls who look like her.

    I'm not optimistic about seeing a Girl of the Year or historical doll who's Arabic (can you imagine if she were also Muslim?), full Asian, or another who's Hispanic or black. I hope AG proves me wrong!

    I look forward to your next post.

  5. "Can we get some Josefina Face Mold darker than unflavored oatmeal, please."

    Umm... would you like it if I said a doll was the colour of tar? Is there a need to insult the complexions of others? Apparently black is beautiful, but beauty is only skin deep.

    1. Repeating myself:

      I'd say you're a racist asshole who needs to get the fuck off this black woman's blog, you absolute walnut.

  6. I don't care for either meet outfit... I am not a fan of Josephina either.

    1. Clearly not since you can't even be assed to spell her name properly after seeing it a bunch of times.

  7. I'm sorry! You are completely correct, I should be able to spell her name correctly after reading it multiple times.


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