Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Lammily Redress x2

'Rosie the Riveter' and Crisp Fall Lammily fashions

The two Lammily fashions shown above, 'Rosie the Riveter' and Crisp Fall, were purchased last year.  With extra time on my hands, Jean (the name I gave my Photographer Lammily doll) was able to model both as shown in the photos below:

Knowing she would want to continue wearing the 'Rosie the Riveter' fashion, Jean tried on the Crisp Fall fashion first.  It includes pink tunic, white textured stretch pants, brown faux-leather belt, and multicolored scarf.  Shoes were not included.  Jean wears Hip Hoodie's original white shoes.  We both thought she looked rather nice in this fashion with the scarf tied around the neck and...

...with the scarf used as a headband.  

Jean shows us how the outfit looks from the back with the scarf still used as a headband.  

In the 'Rosie the Riveter' fashion, Jean flexes her muscles and asserts that she has the stamina, skills, and know-how to do jobs that were typically reserved for men as did many women during World War II when male enlistment in the Army created a shortage in the workforce.* This fashion includes red and white polka dot bandana, blue denim one-piece jumper, red socks, and black slip-on shoes with pink (not read as I originally thought) mock laces.
I like her in both, but as she desired, she continues to wear the 'Rosie the Riveter' fashion.

Below, watch a video of the brief history of the *'Rosie the Riveter' icon.


Do note that the absence of African American women in the video cannot discount the fact that, they, too, were among the labor force and armed forces during WWII, performing jobs that were typically reserved for white males as documented here and in the photograph from the National Archives below.


Luedell Mitchell and Lavada Cherry are shown in the El Segundo Plant of the Douglas Aircraft Company. (Photo from the National Archives)
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19 comments:

  1. I like her in both, too. I would have like to see the jean outfit from the front, and perhaps with the belt from the first outfit.

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    1. Hi Vanessa,

      I should have included more poses of her with the jean outfit, but I was so focused on getting that iconic pose without the flash interfering with her painted eyes. I'll modify the post soon with additional pictures.

      It never occurred to me to use the belt from the first outfit. You have great fashion sense.

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  2. The Rosie museum National Park site in Richmond CA is fascinating! The oldest ranger and former shipyard worker Betty Soskin brought up an interesting point. That she admires the Rosie's but is not herself one, as black women were already working outside the home to support their families in much greater prooorrions than white women. http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/07/oldest-national-park-ranger-attacked-work-betty-reid-soskin-history/

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    1. Thanks for sharing Ms. Soskin's interesting point and her story. I am sorry her life was interrupted by the intruder, but glad she survived to return to work at the Rosie Museum National Park. It is true that Black women worked outside of the home, usually in the homes of white women, long before white women took on those jobs during WWII that men usually performed. The point I wanted to make with this post is that there were AA women who were among the "Rosie" labor force, doing the same jobs that white women were doing during WWII, but not much is mentioned about them.

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    2. The Rosie museum is working on that as well 😀 http://kaiserpermanentehistory.org/latest/image-of-rosie-broadens-to-embrace-african-american-women/ No dolls yet though🙂

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    3. Thanks for sharing the link Fran. Inclusivity is the key... people and their good deeds should not be erased.

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  3. I like these outfits. They look very natural as opposed to the over the top ones dolls usually get. Do they fit Curvy Barbie?
    Thanks for keeping us up to date on Jean :-)

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    1. Curvy Barbie cannot wear Lammily clothing. Their proportions are so different. The pink tunic fits Curvy Barbie like an oversized nightshirt and the inseam of the white pants is too long for Curvy Barbie.

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  4. That's too bad. Poor Curvy Barbie. I was looking through Barbie fashion sets and it seems as though the only way to get more clothes for her is to buy another version of her. I feared that this was what would ultimately lead to a failure of Mattel's experiment with body diversity; that they would be fashion dolls with no fashions.

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    1. It's quite unfortunate that Curvy Barbie does not have enough fashions offered for her; and when they are, the prices are steep (on Amazon. com) or they are unavailable in local markets. I found the following fashion packs (only four) on Amazon . com and one shoe pack:

      Geek Chic

      Day Date

      Bo Ho

      Striped Top and Jeans

      Shoe Pack

      Petite and Tall Barbie fashion alternatives are also as limited.

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    2. Thanks for telling me about these.The prettiest ones-Day Date and Geek Chic- don't ship to Canada but with their pack names I know what to look for.
      How, I wish I was a good seamstress.

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    3. You're welcome! I wish I was a good seamstress with the patience to sew.
      :-)

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  5. My mom was a "Rosie" She worked in a radio factory while my dad was in the military.

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  6. Interesting ... I had seen the Rosie the Riverter icon but not that Black American women had "traditionally male" jobs as well. Thanks for sharing that history and that link.

    I appreciate your detailing the difference between Mattel Curvy Barbies and the female Lammily dolls.

    Of the fashions available for the Curvy dolls, I like Boho best. Do you have a favorite?

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    1. It pleases me that this post enlightened you about AA women's contributions to the labor force during WWII.

      I would have to choose the Boho fashion as my favorite among those shown on Amazon, too. Here's hoping Mattel will add additional curvy fashions. The ones linked to on Amazon are also available on ShopMattel. com, for less.

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  7. I like these outfits. They look good.

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