I’ll be the first to admit it, I’m not a huge fan of the My Life As clothing sold at Walmart for 18″ dolls. They have some cute stuff, but the workmanship leaves a bit to be desired. I’m probably a bit more critical than most people would be because I sew, but the other issue I have is the skimpy cuts. I know that they are designed for their own dolls, but you would think that they would realize the market for other companies dolls and perhaps cut them just slightly larger. Oh well.
That said, I still look to see what they have. Usually our Walmart has a poor selection of clothing anyhow, but on a recent visit, they looked as though they had recently restocked. I poked around to see what they had, and I actually found something that not only did I like, but appeared to be fairly well made. I decided to go ahead and get it, and I’m actually glad I did.
I like the length of the dress and the material is very nice. I think this is a nice Easter, summer party or wedding guest dress. Only one problem–Alya couldn’t breathe when I got it on her, it is SUPER tight! It was a bit of a struggle to get it on her too. 😦
As you can see, there is this lovely gape in the back, argh! I’m not sure how to fix this either, since the ribbon on the front only goes part way around. I may have to make her a shrug or a shawl to wear with it, we can’t have her back hanging out like this!
There are no shoes with this dress, but it did include a headband and a bracelet. I paired it with a pair of Springfield Collection shoes that I already had, I think they worked well. The bracelet–what a nightmare!!! It’s cute, but getting it open and getting it on her was a real chore. It is made sort of like pop beads, but it’s not easy to get it apart or together. I can see this either breaking or ending up in the trash from sheer frustration, especially for younger girls. It took all my strength to get it apart and darned near as much to get it back together!
The headband is another story though. Every doll company who makes stiff plastic headbands could take a lesson from this one. It is nicely flexible, goes on easily and actually goes as far as it should. I have a couple of the stiff AG ones, and I’m always annoyed when I use them because they don’t go down far enough on either side to hold the hair completely back or they have popped off. I wish I could get a whole package of these in different colors!
Overall, I give this outfit a B+. The main deduction is the lack of Velcro down the entire back and the nightmare of a bracelet. Otherwise, I think this is really cute. I later decided to try it on Marie-Grace, she is the slimmest of my dolls, and it was a little bit less of a struggle to get it on, but she still had that gaping hole in the back. 😦