Now that I've verbally unloaded, great time to start the post. My search for Gabby Douglas continues to be fruitless; the local stores have the new Made to Move dolls that are dressed as skateboarders, soccer players, and karateka and they're super cute, but they're not what I'm looking for. The last time I relied solely on physical stores for my dolly search, I ended up missing out on the doll I wanted (10th Anniversary Tokidoki Barbie). So in order to land my Gabby I may have to order online. The good news is that Mattel appears to be kicking clothes production up a notch. I've got this new dress, which according to the package will fit all four Barbie bodies.
long pink dress on the left, and the short pink dress on the right is the one we'll be looking at today, but that one in the center is...NOT PINK!!! It's yellow, one of my favorite colors. Challenge accepted and search initiated. Meanwhile, let's look at my new outfit. It consists of the dress, a headband, and a purse.
The accessories are your typical plastic accessories. The headband is made of black plastic and has cat ears with molded (but not painted) studs.
The purse is molded like a Chanel bag. It's a cute shape, but for the most part it's just a throwaway. None of my dolls will be able to hold it.
Now it's time to play Dolly Dress Shuffle. I know this outfit will fit the original body, so I'm just dragging out tall Ketsana ("Boho Fringe," left), petite Natalie ("Love That Lace," center), and curvy Deb ("Zig and Zag," right).
Also, Deb proved me wrong by being able to hold the purse.
I'm dying to see how this will look on Ketsana, so she goes next.
The headband looks better with Ketsana's full head of hair than it does with Deb's partially shaved head. Unfortunately Ketsana can't hold the purse; her thumbs proved to be too slim. Her slimmer arms made her easier to dress, though. The shoes are add-ons and are not a perfect match, but they'll do for now. So Ketsana can definitely rock this.
The bodice is loose on Natalie, but she too looks adorable in this. She can hold the purse like Deb can, and she has a full head of hair that flatters the headband like Ketsana does. However, I was unable to find shoes that matched the dress. I've got several pairs that Natalie can wear, but nothing that matched the dress.
While digging through my boxes for these dolls I unearthed an old Teen Skipper. Just for grins, I'm going to try this on her.
I wasn't expecting Skip to be able to wear this, but she too can slide into it like she owns it. Her feet have a slight heel so I was able to find a pair of shoes that both fit and match, and her thumbs are fairly thick so she can hold the purse. The bad news is that Skipper's permanently attached yo-yo and bracelet DON'T match. I can change the yo-yo to something that does match, but the bracelet is there to stay. Also, Skipper's yo-yo mechanism has a lever that makes it work, and said lever is sticking out of the middle of her back. That made it tricky to get the Velcro fastened, though I was able to get the job done.
In short, I'm really at a loss as to who wore this dress best. Deb ended up with it for the time being, but I think this is going to be one of those dresses that gets shared around a lot. I have a few dresses like that. Who do y'all think wore it best?
Happy Memorial Day,