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The American Girls Collection

I've had the American Girl doll Samantha since 1991 when I got her for my 9th birthday. She had always been my favorite character from the book series, mostly because I loved her clothes! It was a childhood dream of mine to dress just like her.

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This is actually the official Pleasant Company reproduction of Samantha's afternoon dress from Meet Samantha, which was marketed in the early 1990s as part of an entire line of child-size "Dress Like Your Doll" outfits. At the time, Samantha dresses sold for $80 - $110 apiece, which was a fortune to a kid who saved up her babysitting money just to buy the doll clothes. The dresses famously ran quite large, and this child's size 16 - the largest size they made - fits an adult easily. I had previously found Samantha's Christmas dress which was a size 12 and fit me despite being slightly short in the sleeves, so being able to snag a couple of sizes larger solved that problem easily. I searched thrift stores to find a pink velvet snap purse just like Samantha's and a wine-colored felt hat which I accented with decorative ropes and ribbons to more closely mimic Samantha's. Finally I picked up a pair of black Victorian-style shoes to complete the outfit.

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