My seven year old little girl loved this toy! Her imagination just ran wild. We discovered that our little girl was quite the fashion designer. Just wish it came with more print sheets. Our daughter used them all in about an hour. We need to buy more!
I wasn't sure about this when I first saw it but I was amazed how well it works. My daughter is 6 and designed an outfit for the doll, printed it and dressed the doll without any help from me! And the best part is it looks great! My daughter was a little frustrated that the printed fabric got a crease in it when she put it on the doll but I think that is user error. All her friends wanted to design outfits too. What a fantastic toy!
We received this kit for our 7-year old and it's a FANTASTIC idea! She absolutely LOVED playing with it and designing all sorts of cute clothes. It totally sparked her imagination and it was really cool to see. BUT…we could never get the fabric to print on our printer. We would press "print" and "save design" and literally nothing would happen. :-( It must have been an issue between my Macbook (and later my hubby's iPad with we also tried unsuccessfully) and the printer. So beyond bummed. I'm sure it's an issue with my printer, so for that reason I would still recommend the product to someone else. But for us, it was kind of a let down. :(
My 3.5 year old daughter carried around the package for three days waiting for me to download the design software. We have used both our older PC and newer Mac laptop to design and had no issue once installed. My daughter loved scrolling through all the options, I feel as though we tried nearly every combination because she wanted them all! There are many fabric, color, graphic, and accessory options, which is fun. She has carried around the "clutch"/fabric holder using it as her own purse. I liked that it was something we had to do together since she is 3.5, (I'm sure an older child could navigate the easy to use program on their own) it provided some good mommy daughter time. The only hiccup we had was when it came to actually printing out the outfit. I carefully followed the instructions making sure to triple check the "actual size" option for printing as instructed but it resulted in a skewed printing, still not sure why. I did some more post print trouble shooting and have not figured out what happened. We'll try again. My only suggestion/wish is that it would come with a better storage option for the removable and reusable fabric, necklaces belts etc. Overall a fun interactive experience.
Cons: difficult for younger children, cumbersome printing
Great creative play for aspiring fashionistas and Barbie fans! My daughter loves the many many options for colors, patterns, and embellishments in the design software as well as the additional stick on ruffles and trims (which she calls "floofles"). She has created one design so far, says it was fun to do, she would definitely make more designs and would like to design with her friends. Her favorite part was designing the outfit. The software works well, has nice features (scaling, rotating, etc.), and is impressively responsive - the option to add your own photos is especially cool, and it's nice to see creations modeled by virtual Barbie before printing. My daughter is 6 and a beginning reader as well as novice computer user, so she did need some help with the software and design tools. I do wish the Print button printed the design (rather than creating a PDF that then needed to be opened and printed outside the browser), but the fabric prints up beautifully and is easy to use - my daughter even found a creative use for the scraps that were left over after peeling her design. (She cut them up and made Barbie bandages and sticker "tattoos" and also decorated the outside of the portfolio.) It was fairly easy for her to apply the clothes after I explained the instructions to her. She just wished there was a stand so the Barbie could stay upright on her own. As a parent, I love that my daughter can use her creativity to truly make the designs her own, and I really appreciate that all the pieces (other than Barbie) store together neatly in the included portfolio and that the printed designs can be stored and reused. I foresee needing more printable fabric sheets!
My daughter loves this product. She took pictures of our cat and transferred them to the barbie clothing. The fabric sheets were easy to print on. They peel off and look like real clothing. My daughter particularly loved being able to design everything on the iPad and it was a very user-friendly format. I would highly recommend this product for kids who enjoy designing doll clothing.