Review of Sweet Dolly’s Harry Potter Uniform

Back in January we took a trip to Florida and some of you may remember that Mimi had a Gryffindor uniform for the trip:

The trip came up rather quickly and I debated on whether or not to get an outfit just for it or not.  Time was an issue and I wasn’t sure that if I ordered it from an Etsy seller, I could have it in time.  I more or less scrapped the idea, and then I thought about just making her a cloak, but again, no time to really sew.  I don’t know what made me decide to look on Amazon, but I’m so glad I did.  This is the exact outfit I ordered:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B077TWDXM8/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

The price on this varies from day to day, I paid $19.99 when I ordered it.  Most of the time it’s right around that somewhere, I’ve not seen it jump more than a dollar or two either direction.

I will be honest, at that price I wasn’t expecting much and figured if I got one or two pieces I could use for the trip, I’d be happy.  WELL…this was a GREAT deal for the price!  As you can see, Mimi was able to wear most all of it and the separates can be used for other things as well.

The shirt and the skirt are nicely made.  The shirt closes with Velcro as does the skirt.  Fit on the shirt was very good. I would have preferred the skirt just a bit longer, but oh well.  This would be a very easy piece to remake and replace if I really wanted to.

The sweater and the tie were two of my favorite pieces in this set. The sweater I received had a green stripe on it though which is not accurate, but not a huge problem for me.  I know some people were upset about this, but for the price, I’m not going to complain.  As the saying goes “pick your battles”.  The sweater has Velcro up the back, making for a very easy on/off and it fits nicely over the shirt.  The tie is really cute, but I had to refresh my necktie tying skills!  (and in miniature to boot!)

The shoes and socks were both cute, but it was next to impossible to put the shoes on with the socks.  Just too thick, they should have used a different material for them, or had shoes that were just a wee bit bigger.  The shoes are well made and fit great without socks, and I liked them so much, Mimi ended up wearing them with the outfit I purchased for her to wear to Disneyworld.

 

The cloak is really nice, but it could have been a bit longer to have been more accurate to the movies.  I did like the Gryffindor patch though, nice little touch!

The scarf is okay.  It’s probably the poorest made piece of the set, but it still works.  The color in this photo isn’t accurate, it isn’t so orange, not sure why my camera turned it this odd shade.

The wand that was included with mine was kind of strange.  I didn’t even take it with me.  It’s really a necklace that someone apparently thought would suffice.  They could have left this out.  It’s all metal and it’s heavy.  I didn’t take it because I didn’t want to have to worry about it being confiscated at the airport and I knew I wouldn’t use it.  I’ll probably toss this in a donation bag to Goodwill or something.

Overall, I think this set is worth the price though.  It’s shortcomings are small and the value, even without the socks or the wand is still excellent.  If you compare the price of this set with similar sets on Etsy, you are still getting all the pieces for about the price of one or two of the smaller items.  I’m definitely glad I picked it up for our trip and I’m sure sometime in the future it will make a great Halloween costume too.  What was really fun was seeing the reactions from some of the employees at Universal Studios, one of the gals who worked at the Hogwarts Express gate was really impressed with the whole ensemble, she had to check Mimi out up close! Mimi was thrilled! 😉

 

 

 

 

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Oh, sorry, did I leave you hanging????  This is one last review from items I purchased when I visited the American Girl store in Orlando.

The first item isn’t all that exciting, but still cute.  I’ve had my eye on these for a while and it was nice to see them in person before buying them.

You can never have too many earrings, can you????

The other item was something I really wanted.  I would have been very disappointed if it had been sold out too, it was the item that was at the top of my list.  Any ideas???

 

Well, if you guessed Blaire’s piglet, you were right!

Oh my gosh, let me say that I wasn’t a bit disappointed in this little pig!  In fact, I think it’s one of the cutest animal accessories that AG has ever done.

Some side views:

His eyes are stitched instead of a button type eye.  I’m not generally wild about this, but for some reason it works on this little guy (or gal…).

And the little tail is so cute!

I just love this little pig.  Now we need to come up with a name!  Wilbur?  Babe?  Nah, it needs to be something original.

At $20, it’s a little on the pricey side considering it’s not jointed/posable.  But I am glad to see AG making something different for a change.  Wouldn’t it be awesome if they released a little goat to go with the farm theme at some point?

Winter Wonderland…Brrrrr!!!!

How has the weather been where you are at?  It’s definitely been very wintry here in Western Pennsylvania.  Over the Martin Luther King weekend, we got a foot of snow!!  Then we had rain on top of that and bitter cold temperatures.  Too cold to really go out and do anything in it.  And some of it melted with the rain.  Luckily, the one day it was not too bad out there was still some snow, so Lanie and I decided to go play in it!

I wanted to try out my donut snow tube!

Lanie was getting really upset, her one glove wouldn’t stay on, somehow it got all stretched out of shape.  We decided maybe it was best if we went indoors, we didn’t want her to get frostbite.

But not before we made snow angels!!!

Once we were indoors, mom made us some hot chocolate to take to my room while we warmed up.  We enjoyed that along with some goodies I brought back from Disneyworld!

Ginger seemed to think that we should be sharing with her.  I had to remind her that chocolate isn’t good for dogs!  She doesn’t look convinced, does she???

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I’m going to do a quick review of this set.  It’s called the Snow Tubing Play Set by My Life As.  Retail on it when I bought it was $7.92, but I’ve noticed it selling on the Walmart website recently at a reduced price of $6.99.

Of course you get a blow up innertube.  I thought this was super cute.  However, I didn’t care much for how it was “attached” to the cardboard when I went to get it out with some sort of glue type adhesive.  I spent 5-10 minutes just working on getting that off of it, ugh.  Totally unnecessary if you ask me, where in the world did they think it was going to go?

Then there’s a cute little thermos and two mugs of hot chocolate.  The thermos doesn’t open though.  😦

Then a few other accessories–a map, goggles and sunscreen.  Don’t forget that!

Overall I think this is a very cute set and a good value for the price.  I know Mimi and Lanie had fun with it!