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The Felicity Merriman doll (second edition).

The Felicity Merriman doll was released in Fall 1991 and revamped in 2005. Felicity was officially archived on March 28, 2011.

Felicity Doll

  • Face Mold: Classic Mold
  • Skin: Light
  • Eyes: Green
  • Hair: Red, center part, no bangs, three pin curls at the sides
Felicity's hair comes pulled back in a ponytail.

Meet Outfit

Felicity's meet outfit has had two distinctly different versions. She wore the first version from her debut in 1991 until 2005; it was changed to coincide with the revamp of her collection and the release of her movie, Felicity: An American Girl Adventure.

First Meet Outfit

Felicity's original meet outfit was an everyday day dress appropriate for a young girl.

Gown

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Felicity in the Rose Print Gown with Meet Felicity.

Cream flower-striped print white ankle length dress. Era-accurate blurred rose print; large red roses with muted olive flowers, light blue stripes, and columns of smaller flowers flanked by tan stripes. Low cut neckline with white ruffle. Elbow length sleeves with wide curved ruffles; top ruffle is of print and bottom of white. Curved front waistline with ankle-length skirt is knife-pleated onto the bodice. Skirt has historically accurate slits in the side; so that pocket can be accessed. Velcros up the back.

Rose Garden Gown

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Rose Garden Gown.

When Felicity's meet outfit was changed, the dress was sold separately with the ivory hair ribbon for $22 before being retired.

Shift

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First edition shift.

White shift--an all-purpose undergarment worn in colonial times. Knee length plain hem; short sleeves. Elastic neckline; no shaping or gathering and hangs loose to the knees. Is able to be pulled over a doll's head to be put on.

Stockings

White woolen stockings. Come up over the knees.

Shoes

Black shoes with brass buckles. These shoes were "single-lasted" and had no distinct left or right shoe, allowing the shoes to be placed on either foot.

Hair Ribbon

22" ivory colored satin ribbon with V-cut ends.

Second Meet Outfit

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Felicity in the Traveling Gown with Meet Felicity.

Felicity's Meet outfit was changed with her revamped collection and the release of Elizabeth Cole.

Traveling Gown

Felicity's Traveling Gown became the new meet outfit.

Shift

The shift was changed to velcro up the back and have a fixed neckline without elastic, to fit under dresses.

Stockings

The stockings were now made with knit fabric.

Shoes

The shoes are now shaped to fit each foot and can't be swapped left for right.

Hair Ribbon

Changed to a white satin ribbon with V cut ends; about 18" in length.

Meet Accessories

First Meet Accessories

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Felicity's First Meet Accessories

Coral Necklace

A string of coral beads.

Round-Eared Cap

White round-eared cap. Embellished with a thin dark coral ribbon.

Garters

Thin white ribbons of 12 3/4" long and 1/4" with red embroidery of dots, lines and text; the text reads in caps, "Wove with love for Lissie 1774." These tie around her stockings to simulate actual garters needed to hold up stockings. They come with a card with the following text:

Mrs. Merriman wove these garters for Felicity. Tie them in a pretty bow around her stockings just above her knees.

Despite the text, the garters can be accurately worn both above and below the knee.

Bit

A replica of a colonial bit, worth 12.5 cents. It comes on a card to hold it; the card discusses how it was made (cutting a Spanish dollare into eight pieces), how it was the most popular coin in Virginia, and how later the dollare let to the name of the American dollar.

Handkerchief

A 3" square of white cotton trimmed with lace.

Drawstring Purse

A red brocade purse with a ribbon drawstring top.

Second Meet Accessories

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Felicity's second meet accessories

Only two items in the accessories were changed to match the Traveling Gown; the rest remained the same.

Mob Cap

The lavender-ribboned mob cap that came with the Traveling Gown replaced the dark coral ribboned round-eared cap.

Floral Choker

The choker that came with the Traveling Gown replaced the coral necklace.

Dress Like Your Doll

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Girls' Rose Garden Dress.

Felicity's first meet outfit was available as the Rose Garden Dress for $80; the girl-sized coral necklace was available as Felicity's Coral Necklace for $28. Both items were phased out around 2000.

Pre-Mattel Differences

  • Mattel Felicity dolls have darker red hair as opposed to the "carrot red" of the PM dolls.
  • PM Felicity dolls have muted green eyes; Mattel Felicity dolls have brighter green eyes.
  • PM Felicity dolls have soft red eyelashes; Mattel Felicity dolls have standard black eyelashes.

Trivia

  • Felicity’s low cut outfits resulted in the body fabric of the first three dolls being changed from white to skin-colored.
  • While the American Girl site referred to the round-eared caps as mob caps, they are still properly called round-eared caps; there was a distinct difference in the designs during the colonial era.
  • When Kaya debuted in 2002, Felicity was pulled from the catalogs with a note saying that she would now be an online exclusive. During this time several of her items and outfits were retired. She was later revamped with the release of her movie and Elizabeth Cole.
  • Felicity was the first Historical Character to have two distinctly different meet outfits before the launch of BeForever. The first version was from her debut in 1991 until 2005. The second was changed to coincide with the revamp of her collection and the release of her movie, Felicity: An American Girl Adventure.
  • Felicity was available for a limited time to celebrate the opening of American Girl Washington DC in 2011 following her archival.

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