1966 Sindy Outfits and Separates

“Who’s the swingingest girl in town? Who rates high on everyone’s best-dressed list?
Sindy of course!”

1966 introduced another new range of Sindy outfits shown in the style leaflet and the 1966-67 Triang Bumper Book of Toys. A redesigned bridesmaid dress, four new complete outfits and four new separates. As with previous years, it is likely some of these outfits were released in 1965.

Some additional outfits which are shown in 1967 were released in the summer of 1966, please see 1967 for more details.

Whilst most of her previous outfits are listed in this year’s style brochure, ‘Skating Girl’, ‘Shopping-in-the-Rain’ and ‘Undie World’ were not listed, although they were listed in the years that followed.  Some of the previous separates were also not listed, these were ‘Sloppy Joe’, ‘Windy Day, ‘Out-and-about’, ‘Cape’, ‘Duffle Coat’ and ‘Springtime’. These were also available in the years that followed. In addition, ‘Country Walk’ is not listed and is not listed ever again. However, we do think that it was still available.  We do not know why these items are not listed and perhaps they were available, but just omitted from the brochure. Or perhaps they were not shown in the brochure whilst their production lines were being switched to the Far East or to the Irish Republic. It was certainly the case that production in Hong Kong was ramping up and Made in England manufacturing was being phased out.

From this year onwards new outfits were made in Hong Kong and initially had Empire Made labels.

Bridesmaid (Ref 12S09)

The rather formal lemon chiffon long dress and jacket introduced in 1964 was replaced by a much more contemporary design. A fine white lawn dress with short sleeves, a fitted round-necked bodice and a tiered skirt. The dress was fastened with two white poppers at the back. The sleeves and tiers were trimmed in broderie anglais. There was also a matching elasticated, half-slip trimmed with broderie anglais to add to the fullness of the skirt. This pretty dress was complimented by a sky-blue satin tie-belt and Alice band which fastened with one white painted metal popper. She wore white kitten heel court shoes and she carried a posy made with matching blue flowers. She still wore the bridegroom’s gift of a gold and pearl necklace around her neck which had featured in the previous outfit.

The ribbon belt in the photo left is modern, the rest of the outfit is original.

The original leaflet and brochure picture for this outfit was shown with the belt tied to the front.

Happy Traveller (Ref 12S13)

A wonderful outfit featuring another beautifully tailored coat. The coat is made of thick grey wool decorated with red overstitching along the hems and around the two patch pockets. The coat had two silver, globe-shaped buttons which fastened though two hemmed buttonholes. Underneath she wore a red turtle-neck, short-sleeved top fastened by one red popper at the back of the neck. She also wore a grey pleated skirt with a red waistband, which again fastened at the waist with one press-stud. She carried a camera and a grey holdall bearing a green “Paris” sticker, and she wore red flat lace-up shoes.

There appears to have been two versions of the camera, some were packaged with the same camera as that used for Paul’s ‘Seaside’ outfit, later versions of this outfit were packaged with a square-shaped camera (see inset).

Air Hostess (Ref 12S14)

By the mid 1960s, commercial flights were becoming increasingly accessible and to be an air hostess was thought to be a very attractive job. Unsurprisingly, Sindy was given her own uniform, which was a copy of the BOAC (British Overseas Airways Corporation) air hostess outfit. It was a trim, tailored gaberdine suit in blue. The jacket was fastened with four smart silver poppers and the skirt by one silver popper at the back of the waistband. She wore a matching regulation hat bearing BOAC’s  emblem in silver. Her shirt was white cotton with a rounded collar and long sleeves gathered at the cuff. It was fastened at the front by two white poppers. She carried a BOAC shoulder bag and a passenger manifest. On her feet she wore black kitten heel court shoes.

Centre Court (Ref 12S15)

A white cotton tennis dress with a blue “S” in a shield emblazoned on her left hip. The dress had a pleated skirt and fastened with two white poppers at the back.  The dress came with matching white cotton knickers and a white cotton headband which fastened behind the neck with a white popper. She wore short white socks and white lace-up tennis shoes (her white sneakers reused). She carried a tennis racket in a press and three tennis balls in a container.

Bowling (Ref 12S16)

A red brush cotton T-shirt emblazoned with the same blue “S” as on the tennis dress and fastened with a red popper at the neck. This was worn under fawn cord shorts fastened with a white button on the front fly-opening and a cream cotton ‘knitted’, sleeveless cardigan fastened at the waist with one white popper. She wore long white socks, and white lace-up bowling shoes (the same shoes as her tennis shoes). The set included a miniature ‘CocaCola’ bottle, a black bowling ball (with two finger holes so that Sindy could actually hold the ball) and three white pins.

Cosy Nights (Ref 12S64)

A snug red flannel dressing gown. It was trimmed with a thick white cotton lace at the neck, cuffs and along the bottom hem. It had a matching tie belt.

Casual Moments (Ref 12S65)

A white crew-neck, short-sleeved cotton knit jumper with a ribbed pattern. It fastened with one white popper at the back of the neck. This top was later shown in sage-green (see 1969 Sindy).

Summer Walks (Ref 12S66)

A pink linen skirt which was fastened by one white popper at the back of the waist. With its front centre-pleat and two flap pockets at the hip, this was a very simple but stylish addition to Sindy’s separates.

Shown here with 1966 ‘Casual Moments’ (Ref 12S65)

Bra and Pants (Ref 12S67)

Pretty underwear consisting of just a bra and pants made of white nylon trimmed with lace. The bra had white ribbon straps and a white popper fastening at the back.