I’ve looked at the Our Generation “Shall Oui Go” set online many times, but I really wanted to see it in person. One day while in Target, I was surprised to see it. After looking it over as well as I could in the package, I decided it would come home with me.
The main reason I wanted this set was because I thought it looked a lot like Kit’s winter coat set:
I unfortunately missed out on her original coat because she wasn’t on my radar in 2013 when they discontinued it. Oh well.
I have a lot of mixed feelings about this set. It has some very good points, and some very bad points. Here is a photo of the whole set once I wrangled it out of the package.
The set included the coat, mittens, beret and boots. Right off the bat I’m going to tell you that the boots do not fit AG dolls. You can get them on, but they won’t stay on because you can’t close them in the back. It’s a shame because out of all of the Our Generation sets I’ve bought recently, this was the only pair of boots I actually would consider using. I did try them on Jan though, and they fit her just fine, so it’s just an issue with American Girl dolls having fatter legs. Oh well.
The coat does have some issues though. First off, the quality of the fabric is not the greatest. Personally I would have liked to have seen a thinner flannel used instead of this cheap felt type fabric so that it had more give, it is a bit on the stiff side. I also don’t think that the belt as a tie will hold up very well as is, but I’m going to change it and turn it into a buckle set up with Velcro to close it in hopes of prolonging it’s life. My biggest complaint though is the buttons–what were they thinking???? Those things are GIANT!!! Let me just say that I am most definitely going to go through the button box and see if I have two matching black ones in a smaller size. These are ridiculous and are completely out of proportion. I’ve had buttons this large on coats for me! (insert head shake here)
The beret is absolutely, hands down, the best part of this set. It is well made and fits perfectly.
As you can see the fit is good overall, since I put it on over a long sleeved shirt it was a little bit of a struggle, but not horrible. It was a tight fit on Kit, but my Kit is one of the first ones, so she is a little bit chubbier. The shirt I had on her didn’t help either, but I did want to see if I could get it closed over it, and I did!
The mittens…YUCK! They aren’t made even close to as nice as the ones I’ve gotten in other sets, (too short) and that color is just hideous!!! Why aren’t they, oh, I don’t know, um…RED? It would have matched the beret and the trim on the boots. I don’t think I have anything these will go with either, that color is just atrocious. I didn’t even untie the string so she could wear both of them, I just hate them. Major fail in my book. I’ll hang on to them just in case, but something tells me that these will work their way to the bottom of the mitten bin, never to be seen again.
My rating on this set is a C+. It has a ton of issues, but not so many that it deserves a failing grade. I can’t fault them on the boots since it really isn’t intended as an American Girl set, but even taking that in consideration, I just can’t give it a higher rating. This set sells at Target for $17.99, and I personally think that is a bit high. Wait till it goes on sale. The other 3 coat sets I bought were much higher quality and better thought out. I guess you can’t win them all.