If you remember from my last post I ordered two outfits from Carpatina with a gift card I got for Christmas. Included in my package was their catalog and I have to say it's really nice!
|I'm trying bigger pictures for this post. If you like them let me know!|
Each of their dolls has a beautiful two page spread.
|Awww hi Kohanna!|
I also think that Erin and Zoe's is adorable! I love that dress form.
Ana Ming is my other favorite Carpatina doll.
That is going the be my next Carpatina purchase!
|Such a manly boy!|
And finally here is the real subject of today's post!
Here it is in it's bag:
According to Carpatina's website the gown is made of red jacquard satin in a floral print with brown over sleeves. I'm not sure what kind of fabric they are.
The back is held closed with three snaps.
In fact the lining continues past the edge of the sleeves and makes a ruffled cuff. Let's take a closer look at the sleeves.
The under-sleeves are made of the same material as the rest of the gown.
As I said earlier the lining continues past the end of the sleeve to form a ruffled cuff.
The gown is trimmed with a pearl and white cord belt around the waist.
It also has a silver and pearl pendant hanging from the neckline.
I am very impressed with the gown as a whole. The fabrics used, including the lining, feel absolutely sumptuous and, as you will see in a few moments, the gown drapes like a dream. But before we get to that let's talk about the rest of the pieces in this outfit.
This is the mesh underskirt.
And finally here is the hood.
It's trimmed around the outside with the same cord and purple rhinestones as the dress' neck line and pearls on the inside. It ties around doll's head with a red ribbon.
The hood is made out of a stiff material and is fairly thick. I'm not sure what it's made out of. It kind of looks and feels like velvet but I'm not sure!
The thing that bothers me the most about this hood though, is it's shape. Go back up and look at the picture of this hood in the catalog. I'll wait right here!
Back? Now look at the hood that Matilda came with:
I did manage to salvage it somewhat. Instead of tucking all of Matilda's hair under the hood, I kept two sections out and then wrapped those around, pulling the sides of the hood back. As you can see in the pictures below it gives it a much nicer shape:
Didn't I tell you it drapes like a dream?
|Here you can see how I pulled the hood back|
|Don't worry! The dress stayed clean!|
Matilda is very pleased!
I love the red next to her skin. It makes her vinyl look creamy and it really brings out the lovely blush at her throat.
Okay now we're back to my big gripe. This set cost me $44 and it didn't come with shoes. Now one might say, "Oh but the fabric is so nice and it's so detailed with the trim and everything that the lack of shoes is understandable. It's not like you can even see them anyway!" I call bull on all of that!
Go look at this! I just linked you to Caroline's Holiday Gown by American Girl. It too is has a jacquard print and it feels just as nice as this gown! It comes with the gown, elbow length gloves, an adorable hairpiece AND SHOES and it is $8 cheaper! I don't think there is any reason that this outfit shouldn't include shoes! All I can say is WTF!? So do I think this gown was worth the money? Yes and no.
This set has some obvious issues but still I really like it and I would buy it again! I am planning future purchases from Carpatina despite the fact that I really haven't been fully satisfied with a clothing purchase from them yet. I find it so strange because the actual clothing is incredible! It's so wonderfully made and it has such lovely detail and yet they seem to skimp on weirdest things! Let's make this gorgeous gown and fully line it but let's add a cheap looking pendant to the front and even cheaper looking stones! What? Also socks and shoes are very basic things! They should never be left out! I'm actually planning on trying to make this a little better. I'm going to try and remove the stones and replace them with pearls. I'm also going to add a pearl to the front of the pendant or possibly remove it completely. But honestly I shouldn't have to modify a $44 doll dress to be fully satisfied with it! In conclusion I really like this gown and the positives outweigh the negatives enough for me to keep buying from Carpatina but I just feel kind of confused. Come on!
I was going to jump straight into the next doll related thing I got in December next time, but there is something I have to do first. I've been keeping a secret from you guys and I have to come clean. And now with that lovely cliff hanger in place, see you next time!