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Review: Kidsyoyo and Surface Spell



I know several of you have been waiting for a review of the Kidsyoyo Carousel replicas so without further ado:

Kidsyoyo and Surface Spell Review!

All of these items were bought from lolitatales. It was probably a bit more expensive ordering this way but the items were still cheap compared to brand and ordering was fast and easy. The Surface Spell order came very quickly (1-2 weeks) with the Kidsyoyo being made to measure taking longer (4-5 maybe?) I PM'd lolitatales asking how long it'd be and didn't get a response so asked her again when I saw her posting - turned out there had been a problem with LJ and her responce just didn't make it to my inbox - she even sent me a screen cap of her answer which was sweet. All in all lolitatales has always been very sweet and helpful.

These are also all winter items, but the quality should remain the same

Kidsyoyo

AP replica

I bought the replica Angelic Pretty Carousel OP as it's one of my dream dresses but I'm not forking out up to 80,000 yen used for a dress ^^;; If you have a problem with this (it was released a long time ago so AP isn't getting any of this) please keep it to yourself, this isn't the place for another discussion on 'are replicas morally wrong' XD

I asked for the dress to be a bit shorter as I don't like dresses being too long on me. Unfortunately as the skirt is so detailed they seem to have taken most of the length from the bodice meaning the waist of the dress is a lot higher than my natural waist. Bothers me, everyone else say it looks fine, but thought i'd point that out.

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The fabric is velveteen with a rather strange back to it. It's very heavy and warm but is rather stiff. Heavyness + stiffness + lining (even though I like my clothes to be lined) means it feels rather akin to donning a raincoat when you put it on! Despite this, it's very comfortable to wear.

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ponies are stiff felt with leather/leatherette saddles. They're very nicely made.

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back

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and bow. I asked for the pom poms on mine to be changed to black rather than white and personally think this works better. The pom poms aren't nearly as soft as the ones AP uses and have an almost dusty look and feel to them.

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EDIT: Just noticed the detachable bow wasn't on for the photos. Oh well, you can see it in the outfit shot - it's a nice thick cute bow with sparkles :D

Construction: 10/10 - one pom pom hangs a little lower than the others, this is the only visible flaw. Well put together, lined
Materials: 8/10 - not the best, could be a lot worse! Obviously it's no Angelic Pretty but it's mighty fine for the price.
Packing: 10/10 Shipped via airmail in a sturdy box and dust sleeves
Other: came attached with tags saying thank you, my username and measurements. It's cute and means the wrong dress doesn't get sent to the wrong person.

Capelet

I also ordered the matching capelet. This came with white grosgrain bows on the ends of each gold line and black grosgrain and white satin bows all across the rest of it. Bit OTT for me so I snipped everything off and sewed the black bows to the ends of the gold lines. This makes it a bit more versatile a garment too imho. Unfortunately I'm really lazy and haven't finished it yet! Sorry!

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Quality: 9/10 The fake fur is really soft and lies neatly :)


Surface Spell

Surface Spell are by far my favourite Chinese 'brand' - I can't pimp them out enough! Brand quality or better (we all know Baby can't sew straight ;) in my opinion and as someone voted 'biggest brand whore' at the Tea party Club anniversary party, I know my brand XD

Unicorn Dress and Bag

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The material is a really soft velveteen (much nicer than Kidyoyo's) with cute pink polka dots. All pink parts (appliqué, top part, waistband, bow) are made from a thick quality cotton.

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back. It's a bit big for me which is why the back is laced up so tight. I'd have preferred a double sided, thicker ribbon but never mind.

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inside is lined and ends with a layer of tulle slightly longer than the dress so it peaks out - cute! The lace is synthetic but not at all shiny or cheap looking.

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The pink velvet around the edge came to me all dusty and grey like that which is a shame. The other thing is I moved the detachable bow to the waistband and the hole left behind is quite visable.

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Tiny pink pom pom trim! Brands take note! these are also much softer than Kidsyoyo.

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Now for the best part of surface spell - the bling! It's tastefully done and sewn on quite tight. I've lost a few sparkles from the skirt we're coming to next but they thoughtfully provide little bags of spares

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Bag. It did have a pink velvet detachable bow which is upstairs somewhere - I use this as my main handbag (which is why it's a bit dirty looking) and the bow makes it just that little bit too cute/strange.

Skirt

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My most versatile lolita skirt by miles - I often pair this up with a dressy top, tights and no petti for 'normal clothes' occasions. The embroidery is stunning.

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It's trimmed in black lace and a lovely box pleated ribbon and lined with an amazing silver colour

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tag

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Coat

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More of the same really so I'll just let the pictures do the talking. it's all black (that's just the flash making the lace look brown) and is a really lovely shape - definitely room for a good petticoat.
It's nice and warm too.

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cute card suite like buttons
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sleeve detail
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Construction: 10/10
Materials: 9/10 great as far as i'm concerned - no beautiful baby lace but everything looking nice and doing it's job
Packing: 10/10 Shipped via airmail in a sturdy box and dust sleeves
Sizing: The sizing is a bit off, probably due to the fact that it's made in China and China can make the tiniest of people feel fat. I'm small (size 8-10 UK / 6 US?) and a medium is a good size on me, not too tight or loose. Judging from other posts it's probably best not to think that just because you are small you should wear a size small! In reality S=XS, M=S, L=M. The unicorn dress is a size L and would be better suited to a UK 10-12 (which really isn't very large at all)
Value for money: Dress, skirt, coat, bag and beret (which I forgot to photograph) plus shipping came to about £200, with exchange rates as they are a new brand dress plus shipping is nearly that much not counting customs fees so great value if you ask me :D
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