1971 Sindy Outfits and Separates

1971 is another quite complicated year to write about because again both the 1971 Pedigree trade brochure and the 1971 Pedigree Sindy style booklet doesn’t quite match the outfits that collectors know about.

Without wanting to turn this into a history lesson, it is still probably worth noting what was happening to the company at this time. The V&A Museum of Childhood notes that Lines Bros. Ltd, at that time the biggest toy manufacturer in the UK, had recorded a record £4.5 million loss in 1970. But the company had been confident of a rescue offer from the American tobacco giant Gallaher. This offer did not materialise. In August 1971 the company collapsed and went into receivership and the subsidiaries of the Lines Bros. Group were separated and sold off. It is uncertain as to how far these difficulties affected Sindy manufacturing but detailed information from this era is very hard to find and some information contradicts other accounts.

A lot of the outfits are shown in the brochure with big white plastic poppers and different fabrics, it could well be that these were prototypes which were made up for the photo-shoot for various brochures and catalogues and which were then altered as Pedigree went into full scale production in the Far East, where they might have been subject to cost-cutting or rationalisation because of the company difficulties.

So, this perhaps explains some of the discrepancies that we find with the outfits for 1971, or it could be unrelated, we just don’t know. But of all the Sindy references, this year has the most outfits that are not the same as the photos and we will point out the differences whenever we can. It should also be noted that there are slight name differences between the trade brochure and the style booklet and we will document those differences also.

It is also uncertain as to when the outfits and dolls were actually available during the course of this tumultuous year, but given that we know that they existed (because we have them), we will list them as being this year’s releases in accordance with the official Pedigree Sindy brochure. Any additional information about this year would be gratefully received.

The 1971 brochure shows three types of Sindy dolls:

  • Sindy Walker Sidepart in the yellow jumper and yellow and green check skirt (Ref 12WS1) (see 1970 Sindy)
  • The new Lovely Lively Sindy (which was shown in the 1970 Christmas catalogues for both Tri-ang and Hamleys). These dolls are known as “Gauntlets” because in order to give the doll a poseable body including bending arms, these dolls were given separate lower arms which were attached at the elbow to provide a bendable joint. These lower arms look like big gloves, hence the name.
  • All the other boxed dolls shown are Centreparts.

We also know that towards the end of the year at least two new boxed dolls could be purchased, again in time for Christmas.

  • The first of these was a Centrepart Sindy wearing a new outfit called ‘Day Girl’.
  • The second was the new Trendy Sindy, she can be found in the Tri-ang Christmas catalogue for 1971 wearing ‘Hot Pants’.
Additionally, we need to document somewhere an unknown dress which we believe came on a Centrepart boxed doll but which we have so far been unable to identify. Because we can’t find any references for it, again we will show it here in the year of the Centreparts. We have wondered whether it was just a variation of ‘Day Dress’ dress, but it is sufficiently different to show separately. We have also speculated whether this quite cheap and cheerful outfit was used to shift Centrepart doll stock after 1972, or could it be the fabled ‘Outdoor Girl’ which was supposedly a 1970 release? Any further information on this outfit would be gratefully received.
 
All the boxed dolls still came with the golden charm bracelet with the Sindy medallion, although some of these were now switching glit plastic. All the Centrepart and Lovely Lively dolls came wearing a coloured rubber elastic headband.
 
There are two outfits shown in the brochure which we have to raise a question mark against:
  • ‘Happy Holidays’ Ref 12S41, this outfit is widely believed to have never been available for purchase.
  • Amongst the “New Pocketwise Fashions” Vicki is shown wearing a cream coloured sweater and a yellow and brown check mini-skirt. However this outfit is unreferenced in the Pedigree Catalogue but it called “Sweater and Mini’ Ref 12S104 in the Sindy style booklet. However, we can’t find evidence to support that it was available for sale and Frances Baird in “British Teenage Dolls” lists this reference as unused. We have wondered whether this outfit was subsequently used instead for the Trendy Walker variation outfit, because we know something very similar to this outfit did exist.  We would be pleased to hear of any information regarding this outfit

Neither of these outfits appear in the 1972 brochure.

Previous outfits and separates that were still shown in this brochure are:

  • ‘Discotheque’
  • ‘Belle of the Ball’ (called ‘Bell of the Ball’ in the style booklet)
  • Flower Frillies’
  • ‘Bedtime Beauty’ (dressed back to front on the Sindy)
  • ‘Trendsetter’ is pictured but is now called ‘Summer Dress’
  • ‘Catsuit’
  • ‘Winter Coat’
  • ‘Day Dress’

We also know that ‘Shopping-in-the-Rain’, ‘Bowling’ and ‘Cordon Bleu’ which were previously boxed outfits were sold just carded.

The labels were again changing, they were still made of paper and printed in green on white paper. They said “Made in Hong Kong” in a green edged box. Some labels have another box to the left of this  box which contained either a number or a letter but we do not know the significance of this referencing.

Some outfits, notably on the boxed dolls, still used white plastic poppers. Other outfits and separates used a combination of painted metal poppers and/or sewn-on metal snap fasteners. Some of the dome-shaped metal poppers were still prone to rust. These rusty poppers are very noticeable on some of the outfits from this year such as ‘Look Warm’ and ‘Midi Coat, which were made of quite thick material and so probably took longer to dry so the poppers were wetter for longer.

Weekenders (Ref 12GSS) (Boxed doll outfit)

The ‘Weekenders’ revival outfit was still available now exclusively on a Centrepart doll. For a full description of the outfit, please see 1969 Sindy. In addition, the doll is shown in the brochure wearing a red headband, which we think was more like a rubber elastic band rather than the earlier red stretch elastic tape, unfortunately we don’t have one of these to show you.

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

This pretty nylon trouser suit was also still available, again on Centrepart dolls. The brochure still shows the early pink and yellow tulip pattern (see 1969 Sindy), however the bold floral designs of the early releases had subtly changed since 1969, to be replaced with a much more daintier floral pattern, and these are the versions that you most commonly find on Centrepart dolls. These versions have big white plastic poppers. Sindy still wore the same white sneakers on her feet. The brochure shows Sindy wearing, what we think is the blue rubber elastic headband.

We have two variations to show you, a golden yellow and pink version (shown above) and a blue, lilac and pink version (shown left). We think there may possibly be others and if you have any other variations to the ones shown above, do let us know.

Shown right is the chocolate brown version of Fun Furs. This outfit was not shown in the Sindy brochures and it is uncertain as to what shoes came with it. We have therefore opted to show it with brown boots just because it looked nice, but they may not be correct.

We do know this version came with the blue floral dress. This dress is made of nylon, probably pointing to the Chocolate Furs being later than the Mushroom version

Fun Furs (Ref 12GSS10) (Boxed doll outfit)

A boxy-shaped fake fur coat and matching cossack hat with an elasticated chin strap which matched the colour of the fur. The garments were unlined. To our knowledge these squashy fur coats were available in three colours, chocolate brown, mushroom and cream.

The 1971 brochure shows the outfit left in the mushroom variation and it was shown with black court shoes

What is not so well known is that under the coat, Sindy wore a little nylon dress, you cannot see it in the 1971 brochure but you can just see the hem of it in the 1972 brochure.

These dresses are not referenced in any descriptions but original owners and collectors have confirmed their existence. These simple, sleeveless floral dresses have decorative trimmings at the neck, at the hem or at both. They fastened at the back of the neck with one white plastic popper. It is easy to mix them up with Patch’s ‘Babydoll’ outfit (see 1970 Patch). Our not very scientific way of telling them apart is that they are slightly too long for Patch to be described as a babydoll nightie.

We understand that the red floral version above came with the Mushroom Fun Furs. This version is cotton.

Shown left is the cream version of Fun Furs. This version was shown in the 1972 Sindy Style Leaflet and strictly speaking we could have shown it on a Trendy (and we will do so in 1972). The photo in the leafet was the only one which gave a glimpse of a dress under the coat. This version came with short white ankle boots as shown in the leaflet.

If you know of any other dresses which came with these Furs or information as to shoes or boots which were actually paired with a specific coat we would love to hear from you.

“New” Miss Sindy (Ref 12GSS11) (Boxed doll outfit)

A pretty sleeveless long dress made of a cotton-like material with blue and pink horizontal textured stripes and decorated with a silver threading. The dress was gathered at the waist and trimmed with a small silver ribbon. It fastened at the back with two large white plastic poppers. In the brochure Sindy is shown wearing a blue rubber elastic headband and white kitten heel court shoes.

There are two versions of this dress, the most common is the predominately blue striped pattern and there is also a version which is predominately pink (see photo  left).

“New” Fashion Girl (Ref 12GSS12) (Boxed doll outfit)

A new ‘Fashion Girl’ all-in-one mini-dress designed to look like a two-piece outfit. This dress was made of cotton and looked like a multi-coloured patterned round-necked pinafore over a short-sleeved, pink turtle-neck blouse. There are both pebble-like patterns and floral patterns. It opened all the way down the back and fastened at the back with two large white plastic poppers. In the brochure Sindy is shown wearing a blue rubber elastic headband and purple kitten heel court shoes.

There are a number of variations to this outfit and it is easy to confuse it with the same outfit that was issued on the 1972 Trendy. We think that the 1971 version tended to use cotton thread and the the 1972 version used nylon. However, this could simply be a difference between two factories making the same garment. For 1971 therefore we are showing a cotton thread version (as shown in the 1971 brochure) in the main photo and all our variations from 1971 and 1972 in the photo above right. If you have any other variations or some more information as to how to truly identify a Centrepart dress from a Trendy version, we would love to hear from you.

Midi Look (Midilook) (Ref 12GSS13) (Boxed doll outfit)

A long-sleeved floral dress made of either cotton and sewn with cotton thread, or nylon and sewn with nylon thread. The dress had an elasticated waist and cuffs. The neck and cuffs were trimmed with white nylon lace and it fastened at the back with two large white plastic poppers. In the brochure Sindy is shown wearing a red rubber elastic headband and white kitten heel court shoes.

This outfit was called ‘Midilook’ in the style booklet. 

As with ‘Fashion Girl’ there are a number of variations to this outfit and it is also easy to confuse it with the same outfit that was issued on the 1972 Trendy. We think that the 1971 versions were made of cotton with a navy blue background and that the 1972 versions were nylon with much more ‘funky’ flowers, but there might have been some cross-overs. For 1971 therefore we are showing a cotton version (as shown in the 1971 brochure) in the main photo and for 1972 a nylon version, with all the variations from 1971 and 1972 in the photos below. If you have any other variations or some more information as to how to recognise the Centrepart outfit from the Trendy version, we would be pleased to hear from you.

Here are two more versions with a 1971 cotton dress on the left and a 1972 nylon version on the right.

We also have this possible variation to show you. It is made of the same nylon fabric as the later Trendy versions, with the same plastic poppers and lace trim. It is the same size and shape as the others, but it doesn’t have elastic at the waist or cuffs. Is this another ‘Midi Look’ dress or does it belong to someone else? Do let us know if you know.

Day Girl (Ref 12GSS14) (Boxed doll outfit)

This outfit on a Centrepart doll was not shown in the Sindy catalogue but we know she was available in September 1971. This was a simple sleeveless short dress made of orange silky cotton with a contrasting blue cotton trim down the front of the dress. This dress fastened at the back with the usual large white plastic popper. We think she  wore a blue rubber elastic headband and white kitten heel court shoes. One collector has told us that they think this outfit came with a pair of purple nylon pants but after rummaging through our knickers bags we don’t have any. If you have a boxed doll and you wouldn’t mind peaking up under her dress, we’d love to know if she wore purple pants?

We understand that there maybe variations to the trim on this outfit. It is also easy to confuse it with the same outfit that was issued on the 1972 Trendy. Our way of telling is the 1972 dresses are made from seersucker cotton and the trim is different (see also 1972 Sindy).

Hot Pants (Ref 12GSS15) (Boxed doll outfit)

This is the first sighting of a Trendy Girl that we have. We know she was available in September 1971 and she is shown in the 1971 Tri-ang Christmas catalogue but she was not shown in the 1972 Pedigree brochure or Sindy style booklet which is why we are showing her here. This outfit is sometimes mis-described as a variation of the 1972 “Pocketwise Fashion” also called ‘Hot Pants’ but that is not correct, this was a boxed doll outfit in its own right.  

It was another all-in-one outfit designed to look like a two-piece. The yellow hot pants had a bib and two yellow ribbon ‘straps’ which were sewn into the shoulders of the top. They were made of a slightly stretchy waffle-weave polyester fabric. The short-sleeved turtle-neck top was made of white and brown floral printed cotton. The hot pants fastened at the back with two large white plastic poppers. In the Tri-ang catalogue Sindy is wearing a blue rubber elastic headband (shown here with a matching yellow one) and the same knee-high yellow plastic boots as the 1970 Sindy Walker.

There is a variation to this outfit where the jumpsuit is much paler in colour, although on first glance it just looks faded, this version has a slightly different pattern and we know a number of collectors also have this version.

We have found brochures and catalogues showing Lovely Lively’s wearing this jumpsuit with white ankle boots, white kitten heel court shoes, white sneakers and red kitten heel court shoes. We do know that later models wore white Trendy shoes. We also know that the very first Lovely Lively Sindys wore white kitten heel court shoes (as shown below).

We have chosen white ankle boots from the 1971 Pedigree Sindy brochure, and for the variation red kitten heel court shoes from the 1972 brochure for our photos.

Lovely Lively Sindy (Ref 12LS) (Boxed doll outfit)

A trendy jumpsuit with a white waist belt designed to show off the Lovely Lively’s poseable body. The pattern of this outfit differs from the one that was shown in the brochure. It is also a different pattern from the one shown in the 1970 Tri-ang Christmas catalogue and the Hamley’s 1970-71 catalogue. This jumpsuit was made of a pink, lilac and yellow paisley patterned nylon. It had elasticated cuffs, a turtle-neck and a white sewn-on PVC belt with a gold buckle decoration. It fastened at the back with two poppers, the top one at the neck was a dome-shaped chrome coloured popper, the one at the waist was a metal press stud. She wore a red rubber elastic headband and she came with a plastic gilt charm bracelet.

The very early Lovely Livelys came in ordinary 1971 Sindy window boxes with a pink sticker stuck to the panel above the box window.

This box highlights the Sindy heart tokens that could be saved to obtain the new June doll announced in May 1971 in “June and Schoolfriend”. It also refers to Sindy winning the National Association of Toy Retailers Girl’s Toy of the Year award for 1970.

Perhaps to save space on the sticker she was simply called “Lively Sindy”, the reference sticker on her box is 12LS.

This beautiful Sindy came wearing a red elastic band in her hair, had a gilt plastic charm bracelet and she wore white court shoes.

Unknown Centrepart Sindy outfit (Boxed Doll outfit)

This simple mini-dress and scarf outfit was made of nylon with a floral design of a white background and red flowers. It had a white stand-up collar made from a silky woven cotton-type fabric, which was folded over and stitched to the neck of the dress. It fastened at the back of the neck with a white plastic popper.

The scarf was the same shape and length as the scarf for ‘Tangerine Dress’. 

We do not know what shoes came with this outfit.

Any more information about this outfit would be very welcome.

Sweet Dreams (Ref 12S36)

A pretty three piece bedtime set made of strawberry pink nylon trimmed with white nylon lace. There was a sleeveless short nightie trimmed with lace at the neck and along the hem which fastened at the back with one dome-shaped white painted metal popper. On top there was a long-sleeved negligee also trimmed with lace around the neck, hem and front edges. It was fastened with a white ribbon tie belt. For Sindy’s head there was a pretty elasticated mob hat also trimmed with lace. For her hair three blue curling pins (the same as used for ‘Sleepy Time’) and for her feet a pair of white daisy sandals. It should be noted that in the brochure her sandals appear to have little red pom poms but we have never seen these.

College Girl (Ref 12S37)

This outfit is different to the one shown in the brochure. The brochure version is shown as a yellow and black striped outfit with black sock. This outfit was available but confusingly there are two types. One was made for the Centrepart Sindy and the other is a little smaller and was made for the Trendy Sindy. The Centrepart version is made of knitted cotton and consist of a short-sleeved turtle-neck mini-dress and matching beanie hat. The stripes are pink, airforce blue, lime green and dark blue. The dress fastened at the back with one dome-shaped white painted metal popper. There was a dark blue vinyl waistcoat and a matching wide belt with a gold buckle. For her legs Sindy had a pair of blue knee-high socks and she carried a little green suedette satchel trimmed with black stitching, gold buckle and black suedette buckle-strap.The little handle was affixed to the bag with two gold rings. In the 1971 brochure, Sindy is shown wearing her usual white sneakers.

The Trendy version is smaller and made of nylon, the colours of the stripes are therefore brighter. We have shown the two dresses together (left) so that you can see the difference and we will show the later version as a complete outfit on a Trendy in 1972.

Disco Party (Ref 12S38)

A very pretty outfit made of brushed nylon. The sleeveless wide-legged jumpsuit and matching belt were made of a light pink and dark pink striped brushed nylon. The jumpsuit fastened at the back of the neck with one dome-shaped chrome coloured popper. The shoulder bag was made of dark pink brushed nylon with a front flap which fastened with a metal snap fastener decorated with a little gold bead. The shoulder strap was a gold chain. For her feet Sindy had a pair of dark bronze-gold daisy sandals, they are not bright gold as shown in the brochure.

This outfit has also been found with one large white plastic popper, dome-shaped stainless poppers, dome-shaped white painted metal poppers, and sewn-on metal snap fasteners.  These probably point to it having been manufactured for a few years, and it is shown in the Style Leaflets from 1971 to 1973.

We have also found a variation in the fabric used, as shown in the comparison photo right. The version shown on top is made of a much finer brushed nylon and the difference in colour between the stripes is subtler. This version came with a sewn-on metal snap fastener, so we think it might be a later version.

Shiny Shopper (Ref 12S39)

We had difficulty with this outfit because the catalogues and brochures showed a prototype version. We are therefore documenting our outfit as this is the one that was actually produced.

This outfit consisted of a shiny red vinyl cotton-backed mac with a sewn on collar, long sleeves with sewn-on faux-cuffs and two patch pockets. The popper detail on the front of the coat consisted of four dome-shaped white painted metal poppers, two of which fastened the coat. 

Under the coat there was a pair of royal blue nylon tights and a matching blue beanie hat for Sindy’s head. She had a co-ordinating multi-coloured swirly patterned scarf cut from a piece of crimplene (the pattern of which is also different from the brochure). 

She carried a matching red vinyl shoulder bag which fastened with one dome-shaped white painted metal popper.

On her feet she wore a pair of red knee-high plastic boots. The brochure shows the same 1960s boots as those for ‘Shopping-in-the-Rain’ (which might be right for the first version), ours are the much more well-known Trendy version which were made of a softer plastic with rounded toes and flat heels (see photo below for a comparison photo).

There is a variation of the shoulder bag which has a red painted dome-shaped popper (shown below) instead of a white one.

Bridesmaid (Ref 12S40)

Another outfit where the fabrics we have doesn’t match the brochure photo which is shown as predominately pink with a pink ribbon trim.

This is a long dress with short puff sleeves. It was made of a floral cotton trimmed with a white nylon lace around the neck, end of the sleeves and around the gathered elasticated waist. About an inch above the hem there was a decorative white lace trim finished with a blue satin ribbon tied in a bow. The dress fastened at the back with two dome-shaped white painted metal poppers. For her head there was a matching headscarf trimmed with the same white nylon lace.

She carried a ‘bouquet’ of flowers made from a white nylon swirl with a pink centre affixed to a silver paper leaf and decorated with a matching blue ribbon. For her feet she had a pair of white kitten heel court shoes.

There are at least four variations of the floral print as shown below. At first glance the second outfit in the first photo on the left looks very similar to the first outfit in photo on the right. But if you look closely, you will see that the flowers have different coloured centres. In addition, whilst this pattern also looks very similar to the second outfit in photo on the right, this outfit is a very pale pink and the daisies are coloured pink. Whilst these three outfits might simply be the result of different fabric printing batches, they do provide excellent collecting opportunities for Sindy collectors.

Weekend (Ref 12S42)

Here is another outfit that has caused us some head scratching. We believe that there were two versions of this outfit. The first version released in 1971 was a two piece trouser suit and shirt. It is shown with big white plastic poppers in the 1971 brochure, but we have this and ours has metal poppers. The second version was a Trendy version and also included a skirt and we will show that one in 1972.

This sought-after outfit consisted of a two piece trouser suit and a shirt. This version is slightly bigger than the Trendy version, and it was made of a pale pink silky polyester nylon fabric and consisted of a pair of trousers, a long maxi-waistcoat and a floral shirt. The trousers had sewn-in front creases and fastened at the back with a dome-shaped white painted metal popper. The matching long maxi-waistcoat was sleeveless with two patch hand pockets. There was a co-ordinating short-sleeved cotton shirt. It had a sewn-on rounded collar with double stitching detail on the end of each sleeve and down the edges of the front of the shirt. It fastened at the front with two dome-shaped white painted metal poppers. There was a large navy blue vinyl holdall shoulder bag with a front patch pocket and front flap which fastened with a piece of velcro. The bag was decorated with two pink faux buckle-straps each adorned with a gold buckle. In the 1971 brochure the shoes shown are Sindy’s black flat lace-up shoes.

We can’t help feeling there might have been a skirt for this version and that we have just never seen it.

 

We believe that the 1971 and 1972 versions of this outfit are different. The 1971 version is made from a paler pink fabric with a slight shine which is shown far left. The 1972 version is a rose pink.

We are still unsure about the cotton shirts. We believe the 1971 version has the much bolder pattern with big pink flowers whereas the 1972 version has a much more delicate floral pattern on a lighter blue background. Shown right for comparison. We would be keen to know what you have?

Skater (Ref 12S43)

Another beautiful outfit which doesn’t quite match the brochure as the hat, scarf, mittens and boots are a little different.

The focus of this outfit was a beautiful long-sleeved, turtle-necked skating dress made from a rich deep red velvet with a white faux fur trim around the cuffs and hem of the short skating skirt. The dress fastened at the back and we have found two methods of fastening. On the earlier version the fasteners were two dome-shaped red painted metal poppers and there is also a version which fastened with two metal snap fasteners. Accompanying the dress was a pull-on pixie hat, long scarf and mittens with shaped thumbs made of red, white and blue striped knitted nylon. The hat and scarf were trimmed with blue chenille pom poms. These items differ from the photo which showed them as being red and black striped with blue pom poms. For her legs she had a pair of thick white nylon knitted tights and she was given a pair of red moulded skaters’ boots. Again they differ slightly from the photo which shows them as having white or silver coloured blades, but we have checked ours very carefully and they have never been painted.

Look Warm (Ref 12S44)

This outfit is shown in the Pedigree brochure as being aubergine in colour but we have never seen this version. We have only ever seen this outfit in a mint green colour. It is a smart outfit but it is very difficult to find in good condition because the poppers have a tendency to rust and this often ruins the fabric.

The outfit was a mint green thick cotton trouser suit consisting of a coat and matching trousers.  The coat was double-breasted with a sewn-on collar, wide notched lapels and two patch pockets. It had four dome-shaped white painted metal poppers, two of which actually worked to fasten the front. The matching trousers had a front fly opening which fastened with one dome-shaped white painted metal popper. There was a pretty co-ordinating multi-coloured scarf made of a silky nylon (see photo below).

Sindy was given a white vinyl shoulder bag with an extra long shoulder strap so that it could be worn across the body from the shoulder. It had a front pocket, and a front flap that fastened with a white metal painted popper. For her feet she had short white calf-length plastic ankle boots.

Although we a yellow YKK metal zip, we have also seen this outfit with a white zip with unpainted teeth, as is shown above.

We also understand that there is a variation of this outfit with maroon coloured fur.

Winter Sports (Ref 12S45)

This has to be one of our favourite outfits and luckily it almost matches the brochure.

The highlight of this outfit was the yellow all-in-one ski suit. It was made of yellow nylon with a yellow painted YKK metal zip. It had an elasticated waist and elasticated cuffs and ankles. The attached hood was trimmed with a glorious red faux fur.

Underneath the ski suit Sindy wore a red high-necked stretch nylon jumpsuit with long sleeves which fastened at the back of the neck with one dome-shaped red painted metal popper. To keep her hands warm Sindy was given a pair of red mittens made of the same fabric as the jumpsuit which were trimmed with the red faux fur. For her feet a pair of red and white striped nylon socks.

Her boots, skis and ski poles are worth noting. The boots are very similar to ‘Winter Holiday’ but there are slight differences. They were slightly shorter and the toes were not quite so elongated, the moulded laces have a different pattern. The skis were quite different, they were made of sky blue plastic with moulded boot holdings replacing the metal and spring fastenings used in the earlier version, there was a moulded Sindy “S” on the top of the blade at the front of each ski. The ski poles are almost identical to the earlier version apart from the baskets which were now black rather than silver.

To keep the snow out of her eyes Sindy was given a pair of snazzy new sunglasses which were much more contemporary, big round rose-tinted lenses in a white plastic frame.

Midi Winter (Midiwinter) (Ref 12S46)

This is another outfit that does not match the brochure, which shows this coat as being made of a geometric, predominantly brown, tweed-like fabric.

In reality this coat, which is often described as a Russian Dr Zhivago style coat, was made in pillar box red with a black faux trim. These coats were immensely fashionable at the time. The red material is hard to describe, it is like a fine wool flannel with a brushed surface which feels like felt, it is very hard to find in good condition as the fine weave is prone to splitting and the felted surface can end up with bald patches. The long-sleeved coat was trimmed with black faux fur around the cuffs, collar, down the front and around the hem. It fastened with two metal snap fasteners at the neck and waist. There was a matching cossack-style hat in the same red material with a band of black faux fur around the brim. It had a matching black faux muff with a black cord strap to hang round Sindys neck.

The outfit was completed with a pair of white plastic knee high boots (which we can’t help feeling ought to have been black). As with other outfits from this year, the brochure and the outfit box pic shows the 1960s knee high style of boots (see photo above). Later, this outfit was sold with Trendy boots were made of a softer plastic with rounded toes and flat heels (see photo left).

There is a more unusual variation of this outfit where brown faux fur was used instead of black (see photo above).

There are variations to this outfit. There is a lighter salmon pink variation of the coat with a brocade pattern that is slightly different, although the sleeves are still lined with darker mulberry pink satin (see photo bottom right). There is also a version shown below with a rose pink coat, and although the dress is very similar, it fastens with a matt red dome-shaped painted popper and has a much more tightly woven golden braid trim.

Queen of the Ball (Ref 12S47)

The outfit that we have doesn’t match the brochure but if anything the outfit that was produced is far superior to the one shown.

The outfit that we have instead is extraordinary and it is difficult to believe that it was made for a children’s toy. It consisted of a long, sleeveless dress made of a woven satin-like fabric in a rich mulberry pink. The dress was trimmed with gold thread rick rack around the neck and just above the hem. The dress fastened at the back of the neck with one sewn-on metal snap fastener or one wine-red painted metal dome-shaped popper. The evening coat was beautiful. The mulberry pink cotton coat was floor-length, with long bell sleeves (lined with the same material as the dress), a small mandarin collar, and yellow satin ribbon ties at neck. But, the highlight of this coat is its wonderful brocade pattern in gold thread. There was a small matching evening handbag made of the same material as the dress decorated with a single gold bead.

There was some doubt as to the shoes, we had seen references to both mustard and white daisy sandals, but the style leaflets don’t actually show them. In reality these sandals are a bronze colour.

Tights (Ref 12S99)

A pair of pull-on thick nylon knitted tights and a very useful addition to Sindy’s wardrobe, given the number of mini-dresses she had and a perfect accompaniment to ‘Winter Coat’. So far we have found these tights in black, tan and white. The white tights are shown in the 1971 style leaflet and the tan coloured pair in the 1972 style leaflet.

The way to tell them apart from the later 1980s tights is they are much more substantial and thicker than the later versions.

Floral Dress (Ref 12S100)

A pretty floral mini-dress and quite similarly to some of the dresses referred to above on the boxed dolls, we think there is a Centrepart version and a later Trendy versions. Again this is not scientific but we think the 1971 version was made of cotton and the 1972 versions are made of nylon and they are slightly shorter. We will show the nylon variations in 1972.

The 1971 Centrepart version was made of pink cotton with a delicate floral pattern in a darker pink, blue, white and yellow (which is a different pattern to that shown in the brochure). It had long puff-sleeves and a gathered waist with a full skirt. It had elasticated wrists, and the neck, cuffs and hem were trimmed with white nylon lace. There were two tiny buttons sewn onto the bodice just below the neckline. It fastened at the back of the neck with two dome-shaped white painted metal poppers. We think it came with white kitten heel court shoes.

Jodhpurs & Sweater (Ref 12S101)

A jaunty two piece for riding which was much less formal than the 1960’s ‘Pony Club’ ensemble. It consisted a white long-sleeved thick cotton top with a turtle-neck, elasticated cuffs and waist. It had raglan sleeves often associated with a more casual, sporty look. The arm sleeve seam slanted from the underarm to the neckline, with the result that the back, front, and sleeve all taper towards the neck and with the upper edge of the raglan sleeve forming part of the neckline over each shoulder. It opened down the back and fastened with two dome-shaped white painted metal poppers, one at the neck and the other at the waist. The wide-cut jodhpurs were made of red cotton twill. They had turn-ups and the front-fly opening fastened with one dome-shaped red painted metal popper. Although the 1971 brochure shows this outfit with white boots, we have only ever seen it with black plastic calf-length ankle boots.

Midi Coat (Ref 12S102)

This coat is almost the same as the brochure except that the brochure photo shows what looks like white plastic poppers but we don’t have this.

This long-sleeved, midi-length coat was made of a sea green, thick fabric which feels like a coarsely woven linen. It had a sewn-on collar and notched lapels. The front of the coat was decorated with two panels of a mustard coloured PVC. The same PVC was used for a wide sewn-on belt with big gold coloured buckle. The coat fastened with two dome-shaped white painted metal poppers.

The brochure shows the same yellow plastic knee high boots as those for 1970 second Sindy Walker outfit (which might be right for the first version), ours are the much more well-known Trendy version which were made of a softer plastic with rounded toes and flat heels (see photo left for a comparison photo).

Some collectors have found a little mustard coloured scarf made of a piece of roughly cut nylon with this coat (see photo left). It is easy to mistake it with the 1975 ‘Checky Coat’ scarf which is silky nylon and it is hemmed. This scarf is thought to be original to the outfit.

Midi & Blouse (Ref 12S103)

Although this outfit is only shown in the 1971 brochure, we do think that it might have been available for longer because we do have two versions of this outfit. Again the outfit in the brochure doesn’t quite match what we have as the skirt appears to have four flat red plastic poppers and the blouse two white ones. Also the floral print of the blouse is not the same.

We think the first version of this outfit had painted dome shaped poppers. The skirt was a dark raspberry red wider-ribbed corduroy. It fastened down the front with four red painted dome shaped popprs and it had that wide waistband which was so fashionable at the time. The crimplene nylon long-sleeved blouse was made of a floral patterned fabric with a pink and orange and peach flowers on a pale pink background. It had a sewn-on triangular shaped collar and wide sleeves which were gathered at the shoulder and elasticated at the cuffs. It fastened at the front like a shirt with two white painted dome shaped poppers. This version is shown far right.

The second version (perhaps a later version) was a lighter raspberry pink, narrow-ribbed cord skirt, which had four metal snap fasteners to fasten the skirt, and which was trimmed with four small pink plastic buttons to give a button-down effect. Similarly, the blouse had two metal sewn on snap fasteners to fasten the blouse plus two white plastic buttons.This version is shown right.
 
Because this outfit is not shown in later brochures we are showing both versions here.

Front shown above and back shown right.

Casual Cords (Cord Casuals) (Ref 12S105)

A pair of turquoise blue corduroy jeans with two big patch pockets at the back and two small hip pockets at the front. It had three turquoise suedette belt loops at the waist and the front-fly opening fastened with one dome-shaped white painted metal popper. This outfit came with a pair of white daisy sandals.

We have noticed two shades of blue for these trousers, one is a really rich shade of turquoise and the the other is a much paler turquoise blue (not shown).

This outfit was called ‘Cord Casuals’ in the style booklet and we have also seen an MIP (Mint in Packet) version called ‘Levicords’.

Blouse (Ref 12S106)

We have never actually seen the version shown in the style brochure but many variations of this pretty blouse exist. It was made of brightly coloured nylon chiffon with long puff sleeves with elasticated cuffs and a high collar. It fastened at the back of the neck. Although this is only from our own observations, we believe the earlier versions had dome-shaped painted metal poppers (we have white and black painted poppers) and later versions were made with metal sewn on snap fasteners. There was a chain-link go-go belt to accompany this outfit. The belt is made of small white plastic polo-shaped disks joined together by tiny gold coloured double links. This outfit was packaged with a pair of white daisy sandals.

Because there are so many variations, we are showing all the ones we have here (teamed up with 1971 ‘Casual Cords'(Ref 12S105) so that you can appreciate the richness and variety of these blouses. If you have any other patterns, you would be very welcome to show them here also.

This outfit was renamed and renumbered in the 1972 brochure as ‘Blouse and belt’ Ref 12S107.

Tangerine Dress (Ref 12S108)

A long-sleeved tailored micro-mini dress made of a bright tangerine coloured cotton ribbed twill. It had two darts stitched down the front of the dress to shape it, and it had a sewn-on collar made of the same material. It fastened at the back of the neck with  one dome-shaped white painted metal popper. A co-ordinating multi-coloured printed scarf made of nylon accompanied the outfit. Although we have shown this outfit with white kitten heel court shoes, we have seen this MIP (Mint in Packet) with white daisy sandals.

This outfit was shown in the Pedigree trade catalogue for three years from 1971 to 1973. We have never seen the multi-coloured printed scarf shown in the 1971 catalogue (which we think might have been a prototype). The scarf shown above in the main photo was shown in the 1972 catalogue, and the purple firecracker scarf shown above right was pictured in the 1973 catalogue. These scarves are fragile and fray easily, so all the edges were hemmed (predominantly with a red running stitch) and many can still be found with their paper “Made in Hong Kong” labels. 

We would be interested to know if any other scarves for this dress have been found.

Poncho (Ref 12S109)

Very fashionable at the time was the Poncho, so naturally Sindy had one. Her’s was made of a woven nylon with a tartan pattern. The neckline was bound with yellow cotton binding and the edges of the poncho were trimmed with a nylon braid with a loop fringe (again this differs from the brochure which shows a different tartan pattern and a cut fringe rather than the looped versions that we have). It fastened at the back and there are two types of fastening. One version (the earlier version we think) was fastened with two dome-shaped red painted metal poppers. The other version (perhaps a later version) was fastened with two metal snap fasteners.

There are a number of variations to the tartan pattern and we have seen the fringe in both yellow and white.