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1969 Sindy Outfits and Separates

In the 1969 Style leaflet, Pedigree built upon the introduction of the 1968 Sidepart Sindy with the introduction of three new boxed doll outfits. One of these was brand new but others looked to be made of components of previous Sindy outfits. In addition to these three, 1968's 'Fashion Girl' was redesigned in new colours and 'Miss Beautiful' was renamed 'Miss Sindy'. All these boxed dolls came with the golden charm bracelet with the Sindy medallion.

As well as these boxed doll outfits, Pedigree surprisingly also dressed the Sidepart in an outfit very similar to the original Sindy 'Weekenders' using the same original reference. This doll also came with the golden charm bracelet with the Sindy medallion, but this boxed doll was not shown in the the style leaflet. There is a view that when the Sideparts where introduced they were not as popular, or perhaps not as readily recognisable as the original Sindys with their short hair and distinctive outfits. Placing the original 'Weekenders' outfit back on the restyled doll may have helped with acceptability and certainly with product recognition in the shops amongst the doll displays. This outfit is commonly known as the 'Weekenders' revival.

Although there wasn't a great deal of new outfits and accessories introduced during the year, plenty of the old favourites were still available, and of course 1969 saw the introduction of the Sindy Walker.

Although the 'Turtle Neck Sweater' (Ref 12S74), which we have so far been unable to identify is no longer shown, perplexingly this reference was now attributed to a new top called 'Tee Shirt', which we can't identify either – if you have any information on the Turtle-Neck Sweater or the Tee Shirt or Ref 12S74, we would be pleased to hear from you.

Weekenders (Ref 12GSS) (Boxed doll outfit) 

This outfit was very similar to the original 'Weekender' outfit of Trendy bell-bottom jeans with yellow printed stitching and a cotton red, white and blue matelot top. These outfits however were fastened with big white plastic poppers instead of the white painted metal versions. Sindy wore her usual white sneakers but she did not wear the original red Alice band.

Fashion Girl (Ref 12GSS1) (Boxed doll outfit)

The 1968 purple and purple-red check, all-in-one cotton mini dress was updated for 1969 with the introduction of the new colours of white, pink and lime-green. The dress was still the same two-piece design to look like a pink & green check mini skirt with braces over a pink short-sleeved top. The dress fastened at the back by two flat metal poppers, they can be found painted white or in plain chrome. However, at the very end of the 1960s pedigree began to experiment with plastic poppers, and some versions of this dress do have plastic poppers. She wore the same lime green flat lace-up shoes as Mitzi.

Evening Stroll (Ref 12GSS5) (Boxed doll outfit)

This outfit was basically 'Reefer Jacket' and 'Bell Bottoms' from 1967 together with 'Casual Moments' which had been updated and was now available in a new bright green colour. It was worn with Sindy's original white flat lace-up sneakers.

Sunshine Girl (Ref 12GSS6) (Boxed doll outfit)

Described as an “elegant 'playtime' pyjama suit”, these nylon trousers suits were very fashionable at the time. The top was sleeveless with the same material used for a 'tie' at the neck. The top fastened with one popper at the back of the neck and the trousers fastened with one popper at the waist. The original versions came with flat white metal poppers but, similar to 'Fashion Girl', later versions have the large plastic poppers. It had a bold floral tulip pattern and there at least three variations. On the left is a bolder flower print, sadly we only have the trousers. This outfit was also worn with Sindy's original white flat lace-up sneakers.

The lilac & pink version was displayed in the 1969 style leaflet, and the orange & pink version was shown in the 1970 Rovex Tri-ang trade catalogue.

A similar outfit was used for 1971 Centrepart Sindys but the floral pattern is much smaller.

Winter Warm (Ref 12GSS7) (Boxed doll outfit)

This outfit consisted of Sindy's fur trimmed anorak (from 1964's 'Winter Holiday') team up with the 'Bell Bottoms' with blue stitching from 1967. It was worn with the black flat lace-up shoes from 1968's 'Mini Gear'. Some accounts say this outfit also came with the 'Winter Holiday' white ribbed polo-neck jumper and sunglasses, but we are unable to verify this.

Walking Sindy (Ref 12WS) (Boxed doll outfits)

Walking Sindy came with two outfits.

The first outfit was a smart three piece suit with a mini-skirt. The long-sleeved, edge-to-edge, box-style jacket had a turn down collar and was made of stiff navy blue cotton decorated with red polka dots. The mini-skirt was made up of three panels, the front panel matched the jacket and the side panels were navy blue. It had a sewn-on belt made of the blue and red polka dot material with a gold metal buckle. The skirt fastened at the back of the waist with a small metal snap fastener. Under the jacket Sindy wore a sleeveless, fine knitted, red nylon top with a turtle-neck which fastened with a small metal snap fastener at the back of the neck.

The second outfit was a bright yellow cotton, mini-length, coat-dress with long sleeves. This cheerful dress was trimmed with a pretty contrasting floral fabric of red, yellow and white on a navy background. This fabric was used for the turn down collar, cuffs and sewn-on belt, The belt also had a gold metal buckle. This dress fastened at the front with one fastening at the neck and another under the belt. Similar to 'Fashion Girl' and 'Sunshine Girl', this dress can be found with two types of fastenings, but whilst the first type is the older white painted metal popper, the second type is a small metal snap fastener.

Contrary to the 1969 brochure, Sindy wore red kitten heel court shoes and not the red flat lace-ups shown in the brochure.

Casual Moments (Ref 12S65)

In the 1969 brochure the white 'Casual Moments' short-sleeved sweater was shown as green, but the text was not updated to reflect the new colour, however the “Evening Stroll' boxed doll appeared to be wearing this top. We cannot say definitively when this top became available in the green, but as this is the first time this actual colour is shown in a Sindy leaflet we have opted to show it here. We don't know whether the white version was also still available. We did wonder whether this was the mythical “light green long-sleeved turtle-neck sweater” (Ref 12S74) referred to in the 1967 and 1968 catalogues but with short sleeves rather than long ones. If you have any more information about this sweater, we would be interested to know.

So, the design of this top remained unchanged except for the colour - a bright green crew-neck, short-sleeved cotton knit jumper with a ribbed pattern. It fastened with one white popper at the back of the neck. Shown on Vicki to match the brochure which said “Crew-necked sweater neatly shows off Vicki's trim waist.”

Winter Undies (Ref 12S79)

Dainty warm winter underwear for Sindy made of thick stretch nylon. The sleeveless vest was trimmed around the neck with white nylon lace threaded through with a narrow grosgrain ribbon. It fastened with one white metal painted popper behind the neck. The legs of the pull-on, knee-length pantaloons were edged with the same lace and ribbon trimming. Although this outfit was only described as being in royal blue, there are three variations; royal blue trimmed in white, bright red trimmed in white, and white trimmed with white lace and pink ribbon.

Flower Frillies (Ref 12S92)

Described as “the latest in with-it undies”, this floral nylon underwear set consisted of a mini-half-slip, bra and pants. The slip and pants had elasticated waists and were trimmed with white nylon lace around the hemline and each leg. The bra had a pretty embroidery lace flower at the front and it fastened with a small piece of velcro at the back. This outfit normally came with red kitten heel court shoes but see below.

'Flower Frillies' was a very popular outfit and it was available from 1969 to 1974. Over the years, whilst the general design of the undies remained the same, the pattern changed from time to time.

We believe one of the first patterns is as shown on the Vicki top left. This version has a fabric “Made in Hong Kong” label, sadly it is missing the flower on the bra. We do believe it would have had one originally, because we have seen photos of this bra and it appears to have the same lace flower as shown on the second Vicki above. Three versions of these undies, all with a fabric “Made in Hong Kong” labels have been identified. Please see the comparison photos immediately above of the different slips. The first blue slip is largest of the three. It has a blue background with red flowers with white centres, white flowers with red, pink or no centres, and pink flowers with no centres. There are stylised aqua blue stems and leaves. The middle photo is also a blue slip but the background blue is a different shade to the first. The large red flowers don't have white centres, and the large pink flowers have red centres instead. The blue contrasting stylised stems and leaves are a different (lighter) shade of blue and the printing isn't aligned. This is the smallest slip of the three. On the right is the third version and this one has flowers similar to the first version -  red flowers with white centres, white flowers with red, pink or no centres, and pink flowers with no centres. But, it has stems & leaves more like the second version with light blue stems & leaves and a misaligned print. It has a lilac background. This is the middle sized of the three and came from a childhood Centrepart lot.

The Vicki in the middle photo above top is wearing a different pattern, with a light turquoise green background with pink, blue and white flowers with green centres. This version does not have a label but as you can see the lace trim is exactly the same as all the others. This version has a flower made from the same lace as used for the purple polka dot 'Bedtime Beauty' shown below, and this flower has been found both sewn or glued to the bra. This is what the owner says about this set:I first saw part of this set (bra, pants and sandals) as part of a loose lot with a bubblecut 60's Sindy and similar era clothing (bought from a non-collector). I then bought the complete second set (slip, bra & pants) on the Vicki shown (also from a non-collector). This set was almost new, as was the doll, dress and shoes although they were a little dusty! I suspect the sandals go with this set, the colours seem right and a better match than red kitten heels. Interestingly neither lot contained the red court shoes.” So given what this owner says, we think it might be an earlier version and is probably contemporary with the Vicki.

 

Although shown on a Sidepart in the photo top right, we think this is the later version of 'Flower Frillies' because this outfit has a paper label printed with green ink which reads “Made in Hong Kong” (for more on this type of label please see 1971 Sindy). This version has a blue/green background and the flowers are white (some with tiny rust or pink centres), shocking pink and rust coloured (both without centres). It has delicate pale green stems & leaves. This version has a white cotton guipure lace flower sewn onto the bra and it has the same lace trim as all the others.

We would be keen to hear from any collector who has more information on this pretty underwear, particularly on the timeline in respect of the different designs, or about any other patterns that they may have.

Bedtime Beauty (Ref 12S93)

A pretty baby doll nightie with matching pants made from lavender-pink nylon printed with blue polka dots. The sleeveless nightie opened down the front and fastened with one white painted dome-shaped metal popper under the neck. The neck and hemline were trimmed with a fine white nylon lace. A different wider nylon lace frill decorated the front top-edge of the nightie. The matching pants were plain and had an elasticated waist. This version of the outfit came with white daisy sandals.

This outfit was available for a number of years and there are a number of variations. Some variations had a different lace trim used for the wide frill sewn down the front of the nightie (see nightie on the right of the photo right). There is also a version with purple polka dots rather than blue (see nightie on the left of the photo right) and there is also a version made in a bright fuchsia pink nylon with white polka dots (see below - this version has a red & white "Made in Hong Kong" paper label).

In addition, this outfit was shown in the 1972 Sindy marketing literature in a shiny raspberry pink nylon with small white spots (see photo left and see also 1972 Sindy). 

Both the versions made in pink nylon fabric had unpainted dome-shaped chrome coloured metal poppers and we think that these outfits came with pink daisy sandals instead of white.

It should be noted that the blue printed polka dots have a tendency to run when washed, so don't wash this garment unless you really have to.

 

Trendsetter (Summer Dress) (Ref 12S94)

A sleeveless multi-coloured cotton dress with a white cotton polo-neck. It had a sky-blue cotton-backed vinyl belt with a silver buckle (although some are more of a gold colour), and it fastened at the back with two white painted metal poppers. This dress is normally seen in a dark turquoise, royal blue, lime green, pink and white swirly block print pattern, but there is also a geometric block print pattern which uses the same colours (see photo on the right above). This dress came with red kitten heel court shoes. In 1971 it was renamed 'Summer Dress'.

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