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:

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! 😉






Doll Sized Finds–and I’m baaaaccckk!!!

Hey everybody, I bet you’ve been wondering if I was coming back?!  Never fear, I am here!!!  When I made that last post about the fact I was going to be missing, I certainly didn’t expect it to be this long.  It’s been a crazy few weeks though!  I was fighting a sinus infection, went to Mexico, been doing a lot of photography work and started playing at open mics with a friend.  And then as if things weren’t busy enough, Miss Laney got sick.  I lost an entire week dealing with that, but I’m happy to report she is doing okay now.  Same thing as before if you’ve been following me for a while, her gallbladder decided to give her grief.  Which ended up giving me grief. 😉  She’s on the road to recovery now.

So–it’s time for a “new and improved” version of Doll Sized Finds!!!  I haven’t done one of these in ages because I really haven’t been thrift store shopping much lately.  And I’m calling this “new and improved” because I’m going to share things from other places this time around.

At a recent trip to the Dollar Tree, I saw a few things that I thought were very interesting.  I didn’t buy 2 of the 3, but I did take pics so I could share them with you!!

First up–this cool little pool table!

I thought the scale on this was pretty good, although the table might be a bit small.  Still fun though if you are doing a game room scenario!  (Sorry for the blurry pic, I really suck at taking them with my phone.  And I even got a new phone with a better camera, duh.)

Then there were these mini-clothespins:

Let me just tell you, if I didn’t already have a bunch of these, I would have been buying these.  I didn’t get nearly as many in a package and I paid a bit more than $1 for them!!!  So cute if you are doing a laundry room scene.  And I’ve found they are handy for other things as well. 😉

And last, but certainly not least, this cool little fan!!

It’s battery operated (batteries not included, 2 AA) and let me just tell you, this thing puts out a decent amount of air for all the bigger it is.  I actually did purchase this item, not just for a doll prop, but also for my dog!  It’s a great way to keep air circulating on a really hot day for her as she lays in her crate without a chance of fire should she knock it over or something.  If you look at the photo closely, you can see it comes in a variety of colors too.


I did recently have the opportunity to do a little thrift store shopping.  I’m being much more particular about what I buy now because I am at Defcon 5 levels around here on doll stuff.  I’m hopefully going to do a little bit of thinning out over the summer, but until then, I’m being very good.  American Girl probably thinks I’ve died.

But…I did come across something that had to come home with me.

The My Life As sofa!!  I’d considered the set that includes this before, but there were too many pieces that I wasn’t all that wild about.  And it was right around $30.  My price at a thrift store:  $7.98!  Score!  Always good to get a good deal on exactly what you wanted instead of spending more money on things you didn’t.

Mimi likes it too:


That’s it for this edition of Doll Sized Finds!  Have you found anything awesome in your shopping travels?

Stay tuned, in the coming weeks I’m hoping to do some reviews on products, just running a bit behind.


Shopkins “Oh So Real” Mini Packs

If you’ve spent any time at all in a toy department, I’m sure you’ve seen Shopkins.  Cute little toys and apparently very popular given the wide variety of them available.  Recently on a trip to Walmart, I came across some that I found very interesting!

I saw these and immediately thought “doll food packages”!  This is called the “Oh So Real” set because they are made to look like real name brand foods, pretty cool!  So this package ended up in my cart.  What do you get?

I decided to pull out 5 of them from the package, each a different style–a jar, can, box, bag and tub.

I was very happy to see that each of these containers came open easily, so my idea of using these to stock a doll sized pantry would work out well.  Inside each of these was a bag which contained a Shopkin.

Also included in the package was a chart showing who comes in each package.

So, what was inside each of the bags?

Aren’t they cute?  And at about one inch tall each, they are the perfect size as doll toys!

I haven’t opened the rest of the packages yet.  The containers will make nice additions to my doll pantry, although the jars and cans are more institutional sized than regular sized.  Now I need a doll sized Costco or BJ’s for them to shop at!

This particular Shopkins package was $14.99 at Walmart.  Not a great price, but easier than making them I guess.