Review of Mary Ellen’s Poodle Skirt Outfit and Crinoline

Back in October there were several good deals offered at American Girl on a group of items.  There were several things that interested me, but I behaved and limited myself to just one–Mary Ellen’s Poodle Skirt Outfit.  At $15, how could I pass it up?  And with the money I saved on that, I was able to add the crinoline to my order and still, even with shipping and sales tax, get all of it for just little more than what the Poodle Skirt Outfit was at regular retail.  Win/win in my book!

The crinoline is very well done and definitely has enough poof to it to make any large skirt stick out properly.  I may be tempted to use this under several other items I have!

The Poodle Skirt outfit has all the items necessary for anyone wanting to complete their 50’s look!

I think the top is adorable!!  I think this is a piece that could be mix and match with other items too.

 

The skirt is very cute too.  I was surprised that the waistband was elastic though.

No 1950’s outfit would be complete without a pair of bobby socks and a scarf!!

And my favorite part–the saddle shoes!!!  Aren’t these perfect?!?!?!

Now I had to decide who would get to model this outfit, and after a bit of debate, I decided that Lanie looked the most like Mary Ellen, just a blonde instead of a redhead.

I think Lanie was the perfect fill in for Mary Ellen, don’t you?

Some closeups of the details:

Overall, I would rate this outfit as a B+.  The shoes were incredibly difficult to get on over the bobby socks and I was a bit disappointed in the elastic waist on the skirt, that definitely is not how a real poodle skirt would have been finished back in the 1950’s.  I do still think it’s a very cute outfit, and I’m glad I managed to get it at such a great price.  I think it will be nice to have as part of my collection for a Halloween outfit or a 50’s themed party or story.

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Mad About Plaid

I don’t know about you, but when the weather turns cool, I immediately think of plaid clothing, especially wool skirts and blazers.  I remember when I was in school, plaid skirts were all the rage and to me, they will always be a classic.  Naturally, my clothing tastes tend to spill over into my doll wardrobe, and I thought it would be fun to do a post about one of my favorite things–plaid!!!

Here are Abby, Marie-Grace and Louisa all decked out in red for Valentine’s day!

I think they look so cute in these outfits.  Here are closeups of the skirts:

Louisa’s skirt was made by Maggie from If Dolls Could Dream.  I love the pleats!!  (It’s actually for something else I have coming up, stay tuned!)  Marie-Grace’s skirt was a gift from Xyra and Abby’s skirt I made myself.  I made it as a holiday type outfit to go with a black shirt originally, but I thought it went well with this sweater too.

Next up we have Jenny and Lanie!

Both of these girls have a bit of a preppy vibe going with their outfits.  I made both of these skirts as well as Jenny’s scarf.

Jenny looks ready for St. Patrick’s Day!

Here is Christine in an outfit that I purchased off Etsy back in 2014.  In fact, I think it was the first doll item I ever purchased off Etsy!!

I like that the skirt is attached to the top, it makes everything lay very nice, no bumps or things sticking out.  I liked the coat so much I tracked down the pattern so I can eventually sew some more of them.

Last, but certainly not least, we have Alya.  This outfit is definitely something you would see me wearing, I love my oversized Aran sweater!!!!

I have several sweaters from Ireland, but my cream colored Aran is by far my favorite.  Irish wool is so soft and warm, there is nothing quite like it.  Alya agrees!

Are you a fan of plaid?  I have a number of plaid dresses in the doll collection too, but I thought it would be fun just to focus on skirts for this post.  Interestingly enough, at the moment–I have no plaid in my own closet!!!!!!  I think I may need to fix that…

My Life As Holiday Dresses!

I had something else I was going to post this week, but then I came across these My Life As sets and I wanted to be sure and share, just in case you wanted to try and pick some up for the holiday season.  I’ll be honest, I’ve not been a big fan of My Life As clothing, the few items I’ve bought have been poorly made and/or didn’t fit great.  Apparently all of the complaints have been taken to heart though, I’ve read a lot of reviews on other blogs in recent months and it doesn’t seem to be as big of an issue.  At just under $10 a set, I decided to go ahead and take a chance on a couple so I could see for myself.  I was not disappointed.

First I’ll show you the Ivory Lace Dress with headband.  This is a knock off of an AG design, but that’s okay, it’s well done and not even close to as expensive.  And it fits beautifully!  Here’s Sophia modeling it for us.  I paired it with the shoes from Isabelle’s meet outfit.

It was easy to put on and no problems at all closing up the velcro in the back.

A close up of the skirt:

The headband is a stretchy elastic style and fits very well.  I prefer this style over the plastic band ones, these stay in place much better.  Plus–has anyone else noticed that the AG ones are too short????

Next we have Kanani in the Turquoise Sequin Glitter Dress with Headband!  The fit on this one wasn’t quite as good as the first, but not horrible either.  It was a little snug, but not so much that I couldn’t get the velcro to close.  It did make the top part fit a little weird though around the neck.  I paired it with the original Truly Me meet outfit shoes, they were a perfect match!

There were quite a few other holiday style dresses, it was hard to pick favorites.  I just narrowed it down to these two as we have plenty of other dresses in the wardrobe.  It has bee tempting to go back and see what else is still there…

I did get one other outfit though.

They call this the Pink and Blue Casual Outfit.  First, I don’t really think of that as pink, it’s more of a coral color.  And when I looked at it, I saw pajamas.  What do you think?

I suppose it could go either way.  Shivan said it was very comfy.  The pants were a little bit of a struggle to get on, but once on, they fit more like leggings.  The back of the top closes, but it could stand to be cut just a wee bit larger.

The jacket is really cute on.  Still looks like pj’s to me though. 😉

“I don’t know about you Archie, but all of this fashion talk is making me tired!”

 

“Ruff!”  (That’s dog for “goodnight”)