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Caroline’s Clothing and Accessories (An American Girl Collector’s Guide)

Paige is a writer, doll collector, and American Girl enthusiast.

An assortment of items from Caroline Abbott’s Collection

An assortment of items from Caroline Abbott’s Collection

About Caroline

Caroline Abbott, the thirteenth Historical doll released by American Girl, is the daughter of a ship builder in Sackets Harbor, New York. She is an adventurous tomboy who aspires to one day be captain of a ship. Her books span from the summer of 1812 to the autumn of 1813.

Notably, Caroline’s story showcases what life was like for American children during the War of 1812. Her release in 2012 coincided with the war’s 200th anniversary. She was later retired in 2015.

About This Collector’s Guide

I have been making collector’s guides for each of the American Girl Historical Character dolls in which I describe and list important information about each doll‘s outfits and accessories. I am doing so with the objective that it will help readers locate and purchase these items (especially the ones that are in retirement) at a reasonable price.

Caroline, who has been retired since 2015, was only active for about three years. This means that she (along with Marie-Grace and Cécile) was sold for a significantly shorter time than any other of the AG Historical dolls. Therefore, not only are she and her entire collection in retirement, they are also all considered extremely rare items in the American Girl community. I hope that this guide will make the challenging task of acquiring Caroline‘s clothing and accessories a more feasible goal for fans of her collection.

Caroline’s Meet Outfit

Caroline’s Meet Outfit

Caroline’s Meet Outfit

Years Active: 2012–2015

Cost: Could not be purchased separate from the Caroline doll

Description: A light pink calf-length dress with an empire waist, 3/4 length sleeves, and darker pink ruffle trim at the neckline and sleeves. Moreover, the dress also has an attached waistband with pink and green floral embroidery, along with pink ribbon trim at the sleeves and above the two growth tucks at the bottom of the skirt.

Growth tucks are carefully placed folds in the fabric of a clothing item that are sewn shut to shorten the length of said garment. Growth tucks enable a growing child’s outfits to fit them for years, as they can be removed, turning garments back to their original larger size. They were popular during the early 19th century.

Caroline’s Meet Outfit also includes white calf-length pantalettes that are visible underneath her dress, white knee-length stockings, and light pink ballet flats with black soles.

Caroline’s Meet Accessories

Caroline’s Meet Accessories

Caroline’s Meet Accessories

Years Active: 2012–2015

Description: Caroline’s Meet Accessories consist of a straw bonnet, a drawstring reticule, and a toy spinning top. The bonnet has a dark pink ribbon border at the edge of the brim and a bow at its right side that is surrounded by pink flowers with green leaves. The pale pink, green, and white striped ribbon in the bow is also present around the crown and down the sides of the bonnet, and it's meant to be tied under Caroline’s chin.

The cloth reticule has an intricate diamond pattern with multiple shades of green, pink, blue, and beige. It is tied with a red thread at the bottom and has a navy ribbon at the drawstring that is embroidered to say “CAROLINE ABBOTT 1812.”

Finally, the top is made from wood and has a blue line around its center.

Caroline’s Holliday Gown

Caroline’s Holliday Gown

Caroline’s Holiday Gown

Years Active: 2012–2015

Cost: $36

Description: A high-waisted calf-length gown with short puffed sleeves, square neckline, dark and light purple vertical stripes, and green and purple rose print along the stripes. The dress also has light purple ruched trim along the neckline and sleeves and a matching ribbon around the waist that has a gold buckle at its center. Furthermore, the shoes, which are flats, are also light purple with an embroidered rose at the top. The elbow-length satin gloves are white.

Interestingly, the hairpiece is a headband with braided doll hair attached to it. It is designed to blend in with Caroline’s hair in order to create the illusion that she actually has such an elaborate braided hairstyle. She is the only Historical AG to have this kind of hairpiece.

Caroline’s Winter Coat and Cap

Caroline’s Winter Coat and Cap

Caroline’s Winter Coat and Cap

Years Active: 2012–2015

Cost: $32

Description: An ankle-length wool coat that is royal blue with a white faux fur collar. This coat closes at the chest with three velvet straps and brass buttons. The cap is also royal blue with white faux fur trim. The velvet bow on the left side of the cap matches the straps on the coat.

The Ice Skating Set

The Ice Skating Set

Caroline’s Ice Skating Set

Years Active: 2012–2015

Cost: $22

Description: Caroline‘s Ice Skating Set comes with boots, ice skates, and mittens. The knit boots have vertical black and brown stripes and black laces. The ice skates, which are made to fit over the boots, have red straps with brass buckles, wooden platforms, and brass blades that curve upwards. Finally, like the boots, the knit mittens also have a black and brown striped pattern, though the stripes on the mittens are horizontal.

Caroline’s Birthday Dress

Caroline’s Birthday Dress

Caroline’s Birthday Dress

Years Active: 2012–2015

Cost: $28

Description: A light blue ankle-length dress with long sleeves, an empire waist, and a low scooping neckline that reveals a white fichu attached beneath the gown. The fabric above the waist line is gathered, and the sleeves are puffed at the shoulders. Furthermore, the skirt has a white floral design that goes around the hem and comes up to the waist at the front of the dress. This pattern is meant to resemble stitching.

Additionally, the outfit comes with kitten heels with black soles. The back of the shoes are a light blue that perfectly matches the color of the dress, while the front of the heels are a slightly darker shade of blue. The top of each shoe is also decorated with a white ribbon bow.

The Travel Outfit

The Travel Outfit

Caroline’s Travel Outfit

Years Active: 2012–2015

Cost: $28

Description: A dark pink high-waisted dress with short sleeves, a calf-length skirt, and ruching above the waistline and at the sleeves. Furthermore, the dress has a pink, red, and yellow floral pattern and a dark raspberry-colored ribbon circling its waist. The outfit also comes with imitation leather boots that lace up at their outer sides. Both the boots and the laces match the color of the ribbon at the waist of the dress.

Caroline’s Spencer and Hat

Caroline’s Spencer and Hat

Spencer and Hat

Years Active: 2012–2015

Cost: $24

Description: A wool coral-colored Spencer jacket with long sleeves that are puffed at the shoulders and a red collar. The puffed and straight part of each sleeve are separated by a line of red trim. Likewise, red trim borders the decorative tabs of fabric at the top of the sleeve puffs. The front of the jacket has a Velcro closure that is slightly skewed to the right and covered with three non-functional red buttons.

The hat is a stiff red felt bonnet with coral ribbon trim around the front edge. The brim is decorated with a large pink, coral, and red striped ribbon that is tied in a bow on the left side. Moreover, attached to the underside of the bonnet are thin off-white ribbon straps that are intended to be tied beneath the doll’s chin.

Caroline’s Nightgown

Caroline’s Nightgown

Caroline’s Nightgown

Years Active: 2012–2015

Cost: $24

Description: A cream-colored nightgown with short sleeves and a skirt that ends just below the knee. Beneath the neckline, which is square with scalloped trim, there is small light blue and green floral embroidery. The princess seams are bordered by light blue ribbon that is threaded through the fabric of the dress. There is also a small light blue ribbon bow at the bottom of the line of threaded ribbon on the right side of the nightgown.

Moreover, the outfit includes light blue slippers with tiny bows on top.

The Work Dress

The Work Dress

Caroline’s Work Dress

Years Active: 2013–2015

Cost: $32

Description: Caroline’s Work Dress includes a dress, cap, and boots. The ankle-length dress has loose 3/4-length sleeves, gathered trim at the neckline, and an empire waist. The sleeves and trim at the neckline are also white, creating the illusion that the green and pink part of the dress is a separate garment worn over a white shirt. The majority of the rest of the dress is made of a light green fabric with white polka dots and vertical lines of a pink, green, tan, and white rose design.

Additionally, there is a panel of light pink fabric at the hem of the skirt and at the front of the chest. There is also a row of three small brown buttons at the center of this chest panel, which is bordered by white scalloped lace. Finally, brown ribbon trim borders the chest panel and runs around the waist of the dress. A brown ribbon bow is underneath the buttons at the waistline.

Furthermore, the mob cap is white with ruffle trim. It also has light pink ribbon with a bow at the front. The ankle-length boots are light brown with black soles and tan laces.

Caroline’s Party Gown

Caroline’s Party Gown

Caroline’s Party Gown

Years Active: 2014–2015

Cost: $36

Description: A turquoise ankle-length satin gown with an empire waist, short, puffed sleeves that are slightly transparent, and a square neckline with gathered teal trim at the front. The fabric at the front of the dress is gathered above and below the teal ribbon circling the waist. The turquoise fabric is also still visible beneath the panel of white scalloped lace at the hem of the skirt. There is a line of teal ribbon trim above this lace panel as well.

The outfit also comes with gloves, shoes, and a headband. The white gloves reach just above the doll‘s elbow. The turquoise flats with black soles each have matching bows and criss-cross straps at the ankle, and the turquoise headband has a matching rosette with a white stone at the center.

Enjoy Collecting Caroline!

I hope you enjoyed this collector’s guide! I will be making a guide for Josefina‘s clothes and accessories next.

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