|It's the all-new Addy-Meet Review, starring Addy Walker.|
But let's not dwell hard on that. This is a clothes review, not book blather, and clothes review means clothes cuteness. Since Molly's out of the game for the forseeable future and not likely to come back any time soon, Addy's taken over the blue color2 and that includes her meet clothes, since we're doing color coordination now. Gone is the classic cinnamon pink dress and cap toed boots that I reviewed some time back; now when Addy is given brand new freedom clothes, Miss Caroline hooks her up with a whole new fancy set: a blue calico bell-sleeved day dress, white drawers, white stockings, and black button side shoes.
I was almost ready to buy a whole new second Addy to get the new outfit and still may get one later on to help push the Addy love. But AG smartly offered the new outfits for all the revamped girls on launch day for a flat rate of $36, and I was lucky enough that there was one left in stock at AG Seattle when I went to the BeForever launch that I snatched right up. Fates with me. The boxed new outfits--which will each get their reviews as I get to them--don't come with any hair ribbons or decs in box, so if you want those you will either have to call in and order them or get a new girl, and I have blue ribbon around the house everywhere so I just clipped two of those to get her hair in the new style. But you get everything else. Her accessories also were revamped; she still has her cowrie shell necklace that means a lot, but her bonnet has been revamped with a new black plaid ribbon and she has given up the kerchief for a practical quilted tote bag for the low cost of $24. Yes, it cost me $60 plus tax to outfit her in her meet set again, and I don't even care because it's Addy. There's sets on eBay, and they cost varying amounts, but don't buy things from eBay that are available to you standard. I took these pictures right after she got her new set--the same time I took the ones for Josefina's review--but it took a while to get to. My review also includes the new Mini-doll, since I have one of those too.
Before I get into the review, news up. Yes, I know about the upcoming Fall BeForever Character on the docket and her three books, as well as the upcoming Journey book for Josefina. But until I have more details, I'm not going to speculate. I don't like speculation that can't be confirmed. That's how you say wrong things. And one last Josefina thing--I recently got her older rebozo, so go back and look at her Meet Review to see it!
|Same bonnet style, different bonnet trims.|
|Bow to the side.|
|Same woven pattern.|
|Old vs. New.|
|Cowrie Shell Necklace of Story Importance.|
|Old vs. New.|
|New on the left, older on the right.|
|Toting things around!|
|Handle your shit.|
|Damn you cute lining!|
Speaking of dresses...
|Addy Walker's Badass Blue Beforever Dress.~|
History time! The cut and style of a dress in eras past was not what made a dress expensive or cheap anymore than this is true today. It's the materials, cloth, and trims that generally determine the "richness" of an outfit in a past era. Working and poor class people would try their best to have the same style of fashion if they could make or simulate it, albeit of cheaper cloth or recuts of older fabrics. Not to mention that with the invention of paper patterns by Ebenezer Butterick6 later on, styles were available to many more people (though women's clothing was not in patterns until about 1866). Much like my mom bought bell bottoms for me and my older sister at thrift shops on the cheap and seamed them in to fit the slim lined aesthetic of the 80s, people would take older clothes and update them to fit the newer silhouette of fashion. (It's why some older work clothes are hard to find, because they were either used to rags or changed to fit new looks or cut down for the next person in line to use.)
All that is to say that if you complain that Addy's dress is too "rich" for a poor ex-slave to have, I'll just smack the bloody taste out of your mouth and send you to pick it up later.
The open boatneck shows off some of the cloth body. I'm less bothered about doll collar necklines than doll middles and shoulder joints. Go figure.
|Short sweet sleeves.|
The sleeves are bell sleeves that flare out slightly and stop at the middle of the upper arm. It's possible, if you wish to make a set of undersleeves, to tuck those up and under for a second look to the dress. Things to do later.
|Under the band.|
|Swirly whirly print stuffs.|
|Drawers are different.|
|New trim too.|
|Classy boots for classy free girls.|
|Toes and buttons.|
|Shoe off and front.|
|Mini-doll, complete with glare.|
Mini Doll: With the BeForever revamp, mini-dolls were also revamped in huge, not just outfit ways. All the girls except Josefina were redone, and she should be on the way soon. (She'd better be.) With my complete lack of impulse control and desire to compare mini-Addy to my other mini Addys, I went ahead and got her.
I took a terrible picture of the box. Live with it. The mini box now has a display showing the mini BeForever book in the window as well as the doll's face, as well as saying there's a mini-doll and a abridged copy of the first volume of the books that come with the doll. Now you can see it all!
Inside is a plastic cover to hold the book up and your mini doll, for doll recursiveness. You can probably already spot something right away, I'm getting to it. Like the old Minis, Mini-Addy has a painted face and eyes and rooted hair. They completely redid the design for the minis, so there are slight face differences.
The mini book is the cover and first few chapters of Finding Freedom (also known as the first three Addy central series together). It stops partially through Chapter 5 but I'm not cranky about that. I don't have mini books to read tiny text. The book is smaller than the older meet book, but that one was truncated too. So.
|Mini doll alone.|
The mini doll is outfitted much like her larger counterpart, in a blue dress and the rest.
She has rooted hair in pinned up braids that are trimmed with blue ribbons. Not textured, but it looks gorgeous anyways--and I'm never taking mini-Addy's hair down. It's too cute, and gives me something to look at when I want to do Addy's myself.
Things are changed to fit the smaller scale. The print is a smaller version of the blue day dress and does not have the tiny dots. The bodice isn't gathered and the black trims along the neckline, sleeves, and waistband are satin-stitch embroidery.
The shoulder bows are still present, but are now satin ribbon.
The bottom ribbon trim is also satin thin ribbon.
She's got on white drawers--funny enough, the trim is a lot like the older style drawers.
White stockings--not as high. And little black boots with three black thread embroidery dots as buttons and velcro up the back. Black soles, though.
All right, all right, I'll point out what everyone else sees, fine fine fine, twist my arm why dont'cha.
|VINYL. Le gasp.|
The dolls, instead of being the strung and cloth bodies like before, are now all vinyl. No strung hips and shoulders--the whole torso is made of the same vinyl as the arms, legs, and head. I didn't snap it but really low on the butt is an American Girl stamped indent and numbers. This means less poseability, since the joints are now standard flange style. But I'm not trying to pose my mini dolls in radical poses. I think the vinyl bodies are much nicer for my needs, especially since it means no long body tags sticking out of the sides that have to be wrapped around before I put on their clothes. Not that I'm changing clothes all the time on Minis.
|New on the left, older hybrid on the right.|
Old and new quick comparison. My older is a hybrid; she has a button dress which was later phased out and done as embroidery buttons, but is still a Mattel one with painted eyes and rooted hair.9 The newer one seems to have a more open and engaging face, and I like it better than the older style. She also stands up straighter. and her clothes don't seem as bulky on her body.
|But they can swap.|
But if you just really can't stand vinyl bodies--or would prefer to have a vinyl in older clothes--they can exchange outfits. This is my shoeless mini-Addy, and I just tested the dress and snapped a quick shot soon after getting her. Enjoy my sweatpants.
A. I generally didn't care for older minis--they seemed slightly off to me, and I only generally get minis of Addy, limited editions, and those for dolls I don't have like Julie and Ivy. (A notable exception would be Cecile, who I have a standard mini of.) But the newer ones are super cute. I'll probably end up getting a few more.
Addy's now shown everywhere in her blue dress; here she is on the cover of her Journey book, A New Beginning. I was ready to be meh on the Journey books, but they're pretty good for choose your own (always pretty happy) ending. Here she's wearing a shawl over her shoulders and carrying packages. Her necklace is up like a choker. Nah, it won't go up that high, so don't try it, the closest it goes is mid-chest. There's also the Ribbon Print Sundress, which is all the dressing up like Addy with none of the direct cosplay.
In Addy: An American Girl Story, Harriet wears a dress in this style on the Christmas Spelling Bee. She's got white sleeves under the edge and more trim on the hem, but it's otherwise much like it. So now we've got the cute rich dress, Harriet. HAH on you. (Image is sourced to Seattle Children's Theatre.)
I decided to try the older hat and black stockings with her new set. The black stockings work--they're black--but the bonnet not so much. But it can be done if that's your thing.
Addy the day of BeForever launch, in her super cute dress, as soon as I got home.
Got my nails did to match. Well, I did my own.
Since I have not bought a new Addy--and even if I do she'll be repurposed into a modern girl--I did Addy's hair in the pinned up double braids myself. It could be neater, but this was taken after much hat off and on. My Addy tends to have flyaways, just like I do. I also plan to cut her some longer ribbons.
Overall Feel: I said way back when that I was not going to make the new set stand against the old one, and I'm glad I didn't cause the new one is even prettier. Yes, yes, the pink dress is the classic that Addy rocked for twenty-one years and some--but damn, the dress here is just too gorgeous. The stockings leave much to be desired, and the drawers are a little less cute than her older ones at the waist. But the new cute shoes and the utter blue beauty of the new set makes up for those. The change in the hat is a sideways equal move--a little higher with the front trim--and the tote is a move up from the kerchief. She kept her necklace, but I like the older one for its shell realism and will likely not use the newer for my girl. It's the only thing I don't like cause the older one's nicer, but I wouldn't pay stupid costs for an older one.
Cost Value: To get an all-new Addy with brand new feathered brows and all her stuff now costs $134. It cost me $60 to reoutfit my older well loved shiny-nosed girl, which is less overall but fine for those of us that have Addy already. It's likely down the road that the alone outfit will retire out and then you will need to get Addy to get the set. Don't go on eBay. Don't even look on eBay before then. Don't even look after if you don't have Addy. Just get an Addy. Why don't you have Addy? GET ADDY. Gods almighty.
Authenticity: Very much to the era. In summers and warmer locations, younger girls wore low necklines and short sleeves until they were too mature to, and by then fashion had generally changed enough anyways that they would be remaking their mother's clothes. Open necks don't mean boys' clothes even if boys wore dresses until age five or so. To reiterate, the trims and fabric make the expense, not the cut of the dress. So it's not too rich for Addy anymore than Kirsten's dresses are too rich for her or Felicity's or anyone else. Stop being a jerk.
Appropriateness to Character: Just like the classic pink set, duh. Addy's new style meet clothes and bonnet are a gift from Miss Caroline and are her first freedom clothes; the cowrie shell necklace is a gift from her mother and beyond that from her great grandmother Aduke. Just don't go putting them on everyone else. Put them on Addy. Maybe Cecile or if you're doing Harriet from the play or if your Addy is more generous than mine is. But slapping them on your blonde girls without an Addy around somewhere is a sin against gods and countries.
Final Grade: A. Addy won BeForever with just two outfits and she stays winning and slaying your faves.
|BeForever Blue Beauty!|
1 So many, many terrible people on AGIG. Lots of clueless and melodramatic teenagers. I think there's just cycles of stupid everywhere, and most of it is based in classism and racism.
2 Which is my fave color on my fave girl. Faves all around~!
3 In the books she donates it to the Freedman's Fund, but I still stand by her keeping at least one with her her whole life in memory of Uncle Solomon and Auntie Lula.
4 Guess what I have and will review later.
5 This is why I have to buy all new books.
6 Yes, like the patterns. Hence them being called such. McCall's is from a magazine named after James McCall. More here under the history of sewing patterns.
7 I now own two sets since I couldn't find my other white stockings from my first set. They're cute enough to have extras.
8 So no, don't steal Addy's shoes for her.
9 I don't like the PC ones with the buggy glass eyes. Eech. Don't want.