NEGATIVES: Costume was a TERRIBLE fit; very odd proportions, uncomfortable, and unwearable without MAJOR alterations (inc. the hair ornament!) POSITIVES: Colors were pretty - Costume made it through Trick-or-Treating without falling apart
THE DRESS: I bought this for my 6 yr old...what's to fit??? She's tall for her age so I usually have to buy clothes made for older girls. This usually means that some aspect of the item is a little large, like, the sleeves being too long. This was NOT the case with this costume. Far, far from it.
Although the length was fine, my mother and I spent the week before Halloween splitting the seams along the arms -from armpit to below the elbow- and completely removing the elastic band from the waist area. We were forced to leave the arm seams open, only sewing the sides to prevent further fraying. To help camouflage the, now, gaping sleeves problem, we had her wear a light pink, long-sleeve shirt underneath the costume. It also helped that we waited until after sundown to begin our evening.
THE HAIR ORNAMENT: See how this hair ornament sits atop the little girls head in the photo? We managed to get the same effect, but, first, we had to anchor the flower to the hair comb, and then do the same with the fan to the flower. A few quick stitches did the trick, but my mom and I were so frustrated at this point that it seemed a MAJOR bother.
This costume was so "off" that we decided to make an entirely different costume ( based on the Bloobytack character from G Is for One Gzonk!: An Alpha-number-bet Book ) for her school's Halloween Parade. However, that ended up being a lot of fun to create! We felt the kimono was just too awkward for her to slip on by herself.
In the end, she did look adorable, and she and her father -who wore the Kabuki Warrior Adult Costume- received loads of compliments. I mentioned in the beginning of this review that the colors of the kimono were very pretty, and that is the truth, but I'll pay the extra $10 and stick to costume stores with fitting rooms for our future costume needs.