Hey girl, you’re looking pretty foxy in those bell bottoms and banana-yellow crochet vest! And that center part and single braid is sooooo groovy!
Yep, one last more American Girl doll has arrived. Do you know who she is? Of course you do. It’s 1974 representin’ with Julie Albright!
In my three years of collecting American Girl, I have not been even slightly interested in starting a Julie collection. Other then a personal connection to 1974 (Can guess the connection? Ten years before I was born? Oh, you’re SO kind.. hah ha), I’m just not that into the 70’s and I wasn’t particularly attracted to the Julie doll, either.
Julie is made with the Josefina mold, shared by Josephina (obviously), Rebecca , Nellie, Elizabeth, Girl of the Year characters Marisol, Chrissa, and McKenna, and a number of other My American Girl dolls. I haven’t been a big fan of the Josie mold and, having never visited an American Girl store, I had never seen a Josefina mold doll in person until my daughter received McKenna for Christmas. Once McKenna arrived, I realized that I like the facial features a lot more in person then in photographs, so I didn’t discount the possibility of someday finding a Josie mold doll to add to my own collection.
Enter Beforever. Before I decided Julie must join my troop of small friends, I fell in love with her Beforever collection, specifically her new wardrobe. I adore just about every new piece! It’s kitschy without being gaudy, playful, and fun. I admit I balked a little at the meet and the accessories together.
Is this a little too over the top cliche? Maybe, but the 70’s was a decade of exuberant expression, and this combination certainly fits that bill!
But, oh the Bell Bottoms with print floral insets! That gorgeous purple coat! And the Tunic Outfit! I must have it all. *eventually. The more I drooled over the clothing, the more I realized I should just dive right in and get a Julie doll. Especially since the new Beforever meet outfit alone is $36. For just a few dollars more (79 is still “a few”, right?) I could get the coveted meet outfit, the doll, and the book, too!
<conversation with myself> But really, do I need another doll? It’s getting downright crowded in here. I haven’t seen my cat in a few weeks, he may or may not be buried under a pile of vinyl and serger tails. Maybe I should wait for Christmas.
I held out for a record 76-ish hours, but free shipping clouded my better judgement and broke my resolve. Julie was ordered and a week later, she arrived.
Surprise… I love her! Her chocolate brown eyes are gorgeous. Her overall coloring is perfect. The meet outfit is simple; jeans, sleeveless tee, undies, and sweater vest, but all well made and as adorable as I expected.
I’m not crazy about her single line eyebrows. Most of the other American Girl dills have multi-line feathered brows, and even Addy got a brow makeover with Beforever. Julie is the holdout. I think she looks okay with the solid line design, but I would have preferred her brows to be updated with Beforever, as well.
The sandals are fantastic. The girls are already fighting over them.
Julie is one of my only straight haired dolls, and it really is a joy to comb through her silky, shiny hair. However, I was a little surprised and disappointed that she doesn’t have the short hairs in her wig that keep the wig cap from showing when her hair is separated into two pony tails.
Here is a comparison shot with Julie and My American Girl #61, Ada.
Sometimes the short hairs stick out a little and poke through an otherwise combed area of hair, but that minor hassle is worth a hidden wig cap, in my opinion.
Regardless of line brows and nakey wigcap, Julie Albright has found a home among the small friends, and she is here to stay. I’m glad to add the Josefina mold to my collection and I can’t wait to collect and sew more 70’s inspired outfits. Maybe I’ll even cave and buy her those crazy accessories!
I made a short unboxing video (no really, it’s only 2 minutes! I saved the “blah blah blah blah” for this post, instead. Lucky you.) for my dolly channel on YouTube. I make a brief cameo appearance at the end, finally fully revealing all my dorkiness for the world to see!
Thanks for hanging out with me today and talking dolls.. see you soon!