1973 Sindy Outfits and Separates
The first thing of note about 1973, is that the Sindy references change slightly and the prefix of 12S was dropped. Pedigree cataloguing was based on the nominal size (in inches) of all the Pedigree dolls (and not just Sindy). Thus there was Sindy at 12 inches – 12GSS, Paul at 13 inches – 13MPS and Patch at 9 inches – 9GPS, hence different references for their outfits 12SXX for Sindy, 13MXX for Paul and 9PXX for Patch. But with Paul and Patch now dropped there was no need to distinguish the different Sindy products and the 12S system changed to simply “S”. Whether this was Dunbee Combex now making its mark following the Tri-ang acquisition (see also 1972 Scenesetters) or just a product management initiative we cannot say.
For some of the existing boxed outfits, a “2” was added after the “S” and with the separates a “1” was added. These additions does make some of the referencing quite confusing because at first glance earlier outfits and separates now appear to look like later releases if you rely upon the referencing alone.
You can see this reference change most clearly when you look closely at some of the boxed outfits. In the photo above you can see the top of two boxed outfits which are both shown in the Pedigree trade catalogue and Sindy style leaflet produced for 1973. ‘Zing-A-Ding’ (aka ‘Zinga-Ding’ see below) which was a new 1973 release has the old 12S style reference and ‘Red Hot’ (a 1972 release) has the new style reference. This probably points to some of the 1973 outfits already in production (and perhaps available for sale) prior to the reference change. But in addition, once you remove the “12S” prefix and add the new “S2” prefix, ‘Zing-A-Ding’ with the reference S210 would appear to be earlier than ‘Red Hot’ with a reference of S248.
Despite the references being changed, perhaps pointing to earlier releases, we will show all the outfits that were shown in the 1973 literature as we have done for other years. To avoid further confusion we will show the new dolls and then the new outfits in ascending numerical reference order, and we will continue to show the boxed outfits before the separates. Seven new boxed restyled or updated dolls were available for sale in 1973 and included:
- A new restyled Walker with a less clumsy body and long slim legs (often colloquially known as a “skinny leg (legged) walker”). The catalogue appears to show a doll with gauntlet arms but that is not correct, this doll has Trendy arms.
- Lovely Lively Sindys dressed in either a restyled jumpsuit or dress.
- ‘Sindy Apple’ a Trendy dressed in a restyled top and trousers (these dolls have remodelled rounder “apple” faces).
- ‘Sindy Funtime’, normally called a “Funtime Sindy” by collectors, which was a brand new restyled basic doll for beginners. There are two types of Funtime – a full size doll and a miniature which has the same head and body but which has smaller arms and legs.
Finally two new themed dolls based on the growing popularity of pop music and programmes such as “Top of the Pops”:
- ‘Top Pop Sindy’ another remodelled Sindy. By moving her arm, she would turn her head , swing her long hair, twist her hips and legs. She could also “walk”.
- ‘Sindy Super Sound’ a Gauntlet Sindy who came with a guitar, microphone and amplifier with two records which could be played.
Apart from the Funtime doll all the Trendy and Gauntlet dolls still came with the gold coloured medallion charm bracelet.
A number of these dolls also came with printed instructions on a separate piece of paper or card to tell you how to care for Sindy’s hair and the best way to dress her (see below).
Labelling is quite difficult for 1973, a number of our mint outfits have no labels at all and those labels that we can find are made of paper with green printing apart from a Fun Fashion dress which has “MADE IN HONG KONG” printed in red. The fastenings on the new outfits are a mixture – the large white plastic poppers can still be found but they are very much rarer, apart from on the bags we haven’t any dome-shaped painted metal poppers on the garments and they appear to have been phased out, and we see mostly sewn-on metal snap fasteners. Some of these fasteners also have issues. We have found a number of these original fasteners which are corroded, they don’t rust like the dome-shaped metal poppers but the metal appears to have reacted in some way (please the photo above for a picture of what we mean).
In writing about 1973, we have been struck by the number of variations that were available during this year. Whether this was Dunbee Combex’s influence for example by switching production to different factories who used slightly different raw materials, or whether they were imposing a new rigour to the purchase of smaller quantities of raw materials such as fabrics, we cannot say. But we do know that Pedigree did approve substitutes to complete production runs, and perhaps in this first year following the takeover and as the company were fine-tuning their production to meet customer demand more substitutes were required.
From the previous year, the following outfits and separates were still available:
- ‘Summer Party’ – now numbered as S203
- ‘Miss Beautiful’ – now shown with white daisy sandals – now numbered as S207
- ‘College Girl’ – shown in a black, pink and lime green striped pattern with black shoes & socks and without a bag (this is a version we have never seen) and now renumbered as S237
- ‘Disco Party’ – now S238
- ‘Shiny Shopper’ – with what looks like a different scarf (which we haven’t got) – now S239
- ‘Skater’ – now S243
- ‘Queen of the Ball’ – now S247
- ‘Blazer Way’ – now S249
- ‘Red Hot’ – now S248
- ‘Jodhpurs and Sweater’ was now called ‘Jodpurs (sic) with hat’ – we would be interested to know if anyone has this MIP (Mint in Packet) because we haven’t seen this and we’d like to know if it actually came with a hat – now S101
- ‘Casual Cords’ – now S105
- ‘Blouse and Belt’ – now S107
- ‘Tangerine Dress’ – shown with the new firecracker scarf – now S108
- ‘Poncho’ – now S109
- ‘Dungarees’ was now called ‘Dungarees with check blouse’ – this was pictured with a new blouse that we have seen but we don’t have it – now S111
- ‘Puffsleeves’ – shown with white kitten heel court shoes but we think it came with blue or white Trendy shoes – now S112
- ‘Flower Frillies’ – in a new pattern an example of which we show in the inset photo for 1969 Sindy – now S192
- ‘Bedtime Beauty’ – the new design of 1972 appears to have been replaced by the earlier version see 1969 Sindy – now S193.
We know of at least two variations to the pink floral fabric used, but we have not see the version used in the trade catalogue or style leaflet. The first one that we have had green, yellow and white flowers with green, yellow or white centres, green and white leaves and green stalks. The second version had large white flowers with yellow centres which look like stylised michaelmas daisies.
Lovely Lively Sindy (Ref S603) (Boxed doll outfit)
This very pretty dress replaced the 1972 Lovely Lively ‘Party Time’ dress. It was made of a fine lawn cotton and it had long wide sleeves, a drop waist and a skirt with two box pleats at the front. The bodice and sleeves of the dress was made of a pink floral pattern, the skirt was white but the box pleats were made of the same material as the bodice and sleeves. The neck and sleeves were decorated in a white nylon guipure lace trim (and not the lace as shown in the 1973 Pedigree literature). The dress opened down the back and fastened with two sewn-on metal snap fasteners.
These dolls came with a golden medallion charm bracelet, white Trendy shoes and a rubber elastic headband which is shown as blue.
Sindy Super Sound (Ref S604) (Boxed doll outfit)
This is a Lovely Lively outfit and there are two variations.
The dress shown in the catalogue is the one that you usually find. Made of nylon with Juliet sleeves and a stand-up turtle-neck collar, this high-waisted mini-dress was styled from two different but complimentary patterns. The skirt, collar and puff on the sleeves was a gorgeous gold and purple stylised Victorian scrollwork pattern (very retro and very fashionable in the early 70s). The bodice and sleeves were a complimentary block colour in yellow. It fastened at the back with two sewn-on metal snap fasteners. We believe this version came with purple Trendy shoes and a rubber elastic headband.
The variation dress was styled the same and had a nylon bodice and long sleeves, but a cotton skirt, collar and puff sleeve. The skirt, collar and puff on the sleeves had a pale blue background decorated with stylised blobby flowers in pale green, lilac and yellow with white, green or lilac centres and pink leaves. It fastened at the back with two sewn-on metal snap fasteners. It is uncertain what shoes came with this outfit, possibly white Trendy shoes, but we don’t know for sure.
Both dresses are shown below for comaprison.
We have heard from a collector who has this doll MIB (Mint In Box), so far as they can see this doll did not appear to have a golden medallion charm bracelet and her rubber elastic headband was red.
Sindy Super Sound also came with a red and white guitar, a black microphone on a white stand with a black tripod footing (shown above), and an red and white amplifier. The amplifier was battery operated (one HP11 battery) and it could play the two small red plastic records included. We have also heard from a collector that one of their records is red, but the other is clear (which in most lights looks like a very pale lilac). We would love to know what the records sounded like and what was on them?
Shown below is a Lovely Lively ‘jamming’ with her Trendy sister – groovy baby.
We do have a cotton version to show you but we do have a question mark over this outfit. As you can see it has a pinky mauve cotton top, and deeper pink & white polka dot trousers. We had always thought the cotton version had more of a duller mauve coloured top. This version has square-shaped sewn-on metal snap fasteners and it is about half an inch smaller in length compared to the nylon top version. It does have a paper “Made in Hong Kong” label which is printed in back capitals but it does not match the other labels seen around this time. In all other respects it is just like the nylon top version. So, is this a Sindy outfit and the discrepancies are merely as a result of the garment being made in a different factory, or is this jumpsuit not for Sindy at all? Do let us know what you think. It would also be interesting to hear from anyone who has the jumpsuit with the duller mauve cotton top because it would be good to compare sizes.
We think the jury is still out on this version.
Lovely Lively Sindy (aka Fun Flares) (Ref S605) (Boxed doll outfit)
The original paisley jumpsuit was also updated. This outfit was again an all-in-one outfit designed to look like separates. The purple top had long wide sleeves with a fine pink and white cotton polka dot cuff. It had a matching turtle-neck made of the same material and large sewn-on kipper-style tie at the neck. The wide bell-bottom trousers were made of a bigger pink and white cotton polka dot fabric (the same as the material used for 1975’s ‘Polka Party’ outfit) and they had white and pink striped cotton triangular inserts which fitted from the knee to the ankle which gave them very wide flares.The jumpsuit fastened at the back with two sewn-on metal snap fasteners.
The Pedigree literature showed a white belt with a gold buckle similar to the first Lovely Lively jumpsuit, but we have seen a boxed example of this doll and it did not have one. These dolls came with a golden medallion charm bracelet, white Trendy shoes and a rubber elastic headband which was red.
This outfit has caused us some head scratching. Firstly, we know there are two versions of the fabric, one is made completely of cotton fabric and the other has a shiny nylon purple top. Our original thinking was that the cotton version came first as it appears to more closely resemble the photo in 1973 and that the nylon top version was later and looked like the 1974 photo. However, we have an early Lovely Lively which came untouched from an original owner who was wearing the purple nylon jumpsuit and the owner particularly remembers getting the doll in 1973. Secondly, we have an NFRB (Never Removed From Box) boxed doll bearing the S605 reference but containing another early gauntlet dressed in the original paisley jumpsuit (see 1971 Sindy). We don’t know the reason for this, but we would guess that with regard to this particular doll and the outfit we are probably looking at some sort of transition year.
This outfit was named ‘Fun Flares’ in 1974.
Sindy Apple (Ref S633) (Boxed doll outfit)
Described as “ready to go to a swinging party” this Sindy wore a top and trousers. The all-in-one top was very fashionable at the time and was designed to look like a blouse with a short-sleeved tank top over the top. The red ‘blouse’ was made of a fine slightly see-through red nylon with long puffed sleeves finished with double-elasticated cuffs and a high turtle-neck collar (we think some of these blouses were made with a much darker red nylon). The short-sleeved tank top was made of a sunshine yellow cotton towelling material with a red felt apple emblem with a little green stalk. Large fabric motifs were very stylish in this era, so this outfit was no exception in that it faithfully mirrored the latest fashions. The top opened down the back and fastened with two sewn-on metal snap fasteners.
The trousers that we have are not the same as the trade catalogue or style leaflet, and we have four variations, there could be others (see photo below).
They had two darts at the back where they fastened with one sewn-on metal snap fastener. As you can see they were mostly based on a check theme, apart from the red pair on the far right (which we are showing because it may have been available at the end of 1973 and which was shown in Pedigree’s 1974 literature). The check patterned pairs all had sewn-in front creases and they did not have a sewn-on waistband. The plain red pair however (which we we think is later) did not have a sewn-in front crease and it did have a sewn-on waistband.
These dolls came with a golden medallion charm bracelet, and wearing white Trendy shoes and a red rubber elastic headband.
The straight-cut trousers were all made of different material and we believe this was the order of their release:
- the tartan check trousers with the large yellow squares were thick flannel cotton (1973 Sindy Style Leaflet);
- the deep red tartan check trousers with thin stripes were made of a fine cotton the same type as was used for the 1972 ‘Blazer Away’ trousers (1973 Autumn/Winter Kays Catalogue);
- the red and white gingham check trousers were made of a rougher cotton – a bit like cheesecloth (1974 Spring/Summer Kays Catalogue);
- the plain red trousers were just cotton (1974 Autumn/Winter Kays Catalogue).
The most common version is the flowery version and it is the one that is most like the trade catalogue and style leaflet. The top was made of cotton with a white flower with a pink centre cotton on a purple background. It had short bell-sleeves and a round neck. It was open at the back and it fastened with two large white plastic poppers. It was stitched with a transparent nylon thread. The bell-bottom trousers were made of a white linen cotton with faux turn-ups made from same material as the top. At the knee on the front of the trousers, pointing downwards, was a V-shaped seam detailed with two rows of a contrasting purple cotton stitching. The back leg is just one piece of the same material. The trousers had a sewn-on waistband of the same material and two darts at the back of the waist. The trousers fastened with a large white plastic popper at the back with a little opening. The trousers were also stitched with the same transparent nylon thread apart from the purple cotton detailing at the knees.
Top Pop Sindy (Ref 651) (Boxed doll outfit)
Again the one shown in the trade catalogue or in the Sindy style leaflet is slightly different in colour and the design of the top and we have never seen a version with a belt.
There are two versions of this snazzy top and bell-bottom trousers outfit, a flowery version (shown below left) and an abstract version (shown in the main photo and below).
These dolls came with a golden medallion charm bracelet, white Trendy shoes and in 1973 she is shown with a red rubber elastic headband. In 1974 Pedigree literature she is shown without a headband, but we understand she still came wearing one. We also understand that she has been found with blue headbands rather than the red shown, as can be seen above.
Much harder to find is the abstract version. The top was again made of cotton in a cream or off-white background with an abstract geometrical pattern in navy, pink, grey and gold blocks. It was exactly the same style as the flowery version but it was stitched with pink cotton thread and fastened at the back with two sewn-on metal snap fasteners. The co-ordinating bell-bottom trousers, were made of crimplene. They had the same faux turn-ups and the V-shaped seam at the front. However, they only had one row of pink cotton stitching detail. These trousers did not have a sewn-on waistband. There were two darts at the back of the waist. The trousers fastened at the back with a sewn-on metal snap fastener. The trousers were also stitched with pink cotton thread providing a contrasting stitching detail.
Walking Sindy (Ref S652) (Boxed doll outfit)
There are two skinny leg walker outfits, as is often the case, they are not the same same as the one shown in the trade catalogue or in the Sindy style leaflet. Both outfits have fluffy faux-sheepskin jackets made of a white synthetic ‘wool’ on a cotton backing. The edges of the jacket (but not the sleeves) are bound with a pink cotton binding and they are different shades.
One jacket had a raspberry pink binding and this went with a pair of multi-coloured corduroy trousers with black, green, yellow and white oval shapes on a pink background (we call them the liquorice allsorts trousers). The trousers had very straight legs with sewn-in front creases down the front of each leg. It had a sewn-on waistband and there were two darts at the back of the waist and the trousers fastened at the back with a sewn-on metal snap fastener. Under the jacket there was a long-sleeved top made of white nylon with a sewn-on stand-up turtle-neck collar. It was straight-cut and it had straight sleeves (no cuffs). It was open at the back and fastened with one sewn-on metal snap fastener.
The other jacket had a pink binding and this went with a pair of multi-coloured pastel striped crimplene trousers. The stripes were blue, aqua, pink and yellow. This trouser was also straight legged but did not have a sewn-in crease. It had a sewn-on waistband and there were two darts at the back of the waist and the trousers fastened at the back with a sewn-on metal snap fastener. Under the jacket there was a long-sleeved top made of white nylon with a sewn-on stand-up turtle-neck collar. It was again straight-cut and it had straight sleeves. It was open at the back and fastened with one sewn-on metal snap fastener.
These dolls came with a golden medallion charm bracelet, white Trendy shoes and a rubber elastic headband predominantly in red or pink, but as you can see above we have one in blue and we know it is original.
It should also be noted that no allowances were made for dressing the miniature Funtimes and whilst the outfit fitted fine because she had the same body, the shoes were very big on her smaller feet.
Sindy Funtime (aka Funtime Sindy) (Ref S676) (Boxed doll outfit)
This basic doll wore a very simple outfit consisting of a striped swimsuit (or playsuit) (incorrectly described as a sun dress in the trade catalogue) and a three-quarter width wraparound skirt made of a nylon crimplene. The swimsuit was sleeveless, and had a round neck and long-cut legs. It was made of an orange, white, petrol blue and lime green fabric with the seams overstitched with an orange thread. It fastened at the back with two sewn-on metal snap fasteners. The skirt was made of white crimplene again overstitched with orange thread providing a contrasting detail. It had a sewn-on waistband made of the swimsuit material folded over. It was decorated with two little gold painted plastic beads and fastened with one sewn-on metal snap fastener.
These dolls did not come with the golden medallion charm bracelet. They wore white Trendy shoes and a rubber elastic headband, which is shown in the Pedigree literature as blue, but as you can see from the Funtimes above it was found in red.
There is a rarer variation of this outfit where the stripes of the swimsuit are different colours, they are white, turquoise blue, lemon yellow and orange.
And also the swimsuit was manufactured with the fabric upside down.
Cosy Coat (Ref S202)
A hooded edge-to-edge navy blue vinyl coat trimmed with white faux fur with long sleeves. It fastened at the front with two metal hooks and sewn cotton for the eyes. The vinyl is same the same as that used for the 1971/12 ‘Weekend’ and 1972 ‘Blazer Way’ shoulder bags and also for the 1971/72 ‘College Girl’ waistcoat and belt. The outfit came with white plastic knee high Trendy boots. The white vinyl shoulder bag which was decorated with a contrasting navy blue saddle stitching and a navy blue cut-out applique flower was not shown in the 1973 Pedigree literature, and so we are not sure if it came with the outfit this year, but it is shown in the 1974 literature. It had a white flap which fastened with a dome-shaped white painted metal popper.
There is also a variation in a lighter purple vinyl. What is interesting to note is that the cut-out flower on the bag completely matches and is exactly the same colour as the coat (see photo left).
There are also some variations in the pinafores. Certainly we have not seen the broderie anglaise version shown in the trade catalogue and style leaflet, however we have seen a similar version for sale. As we have not had the opportunity to examine such a garment closely ourselves, we are unable to confirm whether it was an authentic Pedigree Sindy ‘Pinny Party’ pinafore. If any collectors own or have handled such a pinafore we would be very interested to hear their opinions on them.
As to the nylon lace pinafores, we have noticed that the shades of yellow sometimes vary considerably. We have seen and own pinafores which range from a deep yellow to quite a pale shade of yellow. We are unable to say with certainty whether this was by accident or design, or whether it was merely the result of different dye batches, or as a result of subsequent washing or fading over time. We are able to show you one example which we think might be a subtle variation (see photo below). As you can see a darker thread has been used in the bottom pinafore which edges and picks out the nylon flowers.
Pinny Party (Ref S208)
A very pretty outfit consisting of a long-sleeved maxi-dress with a separate lacy pinafore apron which echoed a formal Victorian-styled look. The dress was made of floral cotton, with a turtle-neck and long sleeves with double-elasticated cuffs. It fastened at the back with two sewn-on metal snap fasteners. The midi-length pinafore was made of a thick yellow nylon lace backed with yellow cotton. It had a deep square neckline, shoulder frills and a matching frill at hem. It had a square cut-away back and the sides of the apron fastened at the waist with one sewn-on metal snap fastener. The outfit was completed with a brown suedette tote shoulder bag with a cut fringe at the bottom bearing a yellow butterfly motif, and a pair of white trendy shoes.
We know of two variations of the maxi-dress. The one shown in the trade catalogue and style leaflet is the orange floral version which has yellow, white and green stylised blobby buds and flowers on an orange background. There is also a pink version which has yellow, green and white petal-style flowers, with coloured centres in yellow, green and white, and dark pink leaves and stems. Shown below.
There is also a variation to the tote shoulder bag. On some motifs there is an overspray of brown colour on the butterfly which is not evident on others (see photo on the left).
Bridesmaid (Ref S209)
The ever popular Sindy bridesmaid outfit was updated in 1973. Again this outfit was a long floral dress but now it had long wide sleeves and it was slightly more ornate than the previous version. It was made of a predominantly blue floral cotton (and it is different to the pattern shown in the trade catalogue and style leaflet). This pattern had an aqua blue background decorated with white, turquoise and dark blue flowers which had white, turquoise, dark blue or lime green centres. It also had lime green leaves and stalks. The dress had a high neck trimmed with a white nylon lace. The same lace was use to trim the edges of the sleeves and the hem, and was used as a frill down the front of the bodice and for two additional decorative rows at the bottom of the skirt below the knee. There was a white satin bow at the waist and another on the top row of lace on the front of the skirt. The dress fastened at the back with two sewn-on metal snap fasteners.
The scarf was replaced with a wide headband made of the same blue floral cotton with edges trimmed with the white lace. It fastened at the back of the neck with one sewn-on metal snap fastener.
Although they were not shown in the trade catalogue and style leaflet, the outfit came with a ‘pearl’ necklace and a bouquet. The pearl necklace had one large pearl at the centre and a medium-sized pearl either side of it. The necklace fastened with a gilt box clasp at the back of the neck. The bouquet was made of small fabric flowers backed by a white doily flower and trimmed with a length of the same ribbon as was used to decorate the dress.
This outfit came with white Trendy shoes.
There are some very pretty variations of this outfit. As you can see in the close-up photos right, this outfit was also made using a slightly different floral fabrics and lace trims (including year’s ‘Lovely Lively’ dresses.
As well as the colour variations, there are two types of tops, a thin nylon cloth version and a knitted nylon version. For more on these please see below.
This outfit is quite difficult to find in good condition. The nylon cloth version of the yellow top is really delicate and it wasn’t finished very well, so consequently it is very prone to fraying.
In addition, the fabric has a tendency to fade, particularly the cerise pink material, so it is sometimes difficult to envisage just how rich and vibrant they were originally. Please see the photos above and right which are boxed versions of the navy blue and pink outfit and of the royal blue and pink. They have been carefully taken out of their boxes to show you what we mean. The pink on the navy blue and pink variation is a very deep pink and in some light looks red. In comparison the bright blue and red fabric seems to have lasted much better over time. If you have another colour combination, do let us know!
This outfit was called ‘Zinga-Ding’ in the 1973 trade catalogue and style leaflet, but it has been found called ‘Zing-A-Ding’ on the boxes, and in 1974 it was called Zing a Ding
Zinga-Ding (aka Zing-A-Ding or Zing a Ding) (Ref S210)
Bold and brash, half hippy and half court jester, this has to be one of the defining outfits of 1973. This outfit consisted of a sunshine yellow top worn with a multi-coloured pair of bell-bottom trousers, matching waistcoat and cap. The simply cut top had long wide sleeves and a round neck. It was open down the back with a V-neck and it fastened with two sewn-on metal snap fasteners. The trousers were cimplene and were made out of two contrasting colours styled diagonally opposite on each leg. The contrasting fabric was stitched together just above each knee and the seam was decorated with yellow rick rack. It had a sewn-on waistband with two darts at the front, and it fastened at the back with one sewn-on metal snap fastener. The matching waistcoat was short and just fitted over the breast and again it used contrasting fabric for the front left and front right. The baker’s boy cap was made of four triangular sections of the contrasting material sewn together and finished with a hat band. The outfit was stitched with a red thread which also provided for a contrasting detail on the darker fabric. Although the trade catalogue and style leaflet show this outfit with white Trendy shoes, it actually came with red Trendy shoes.
We know of three variations to this outfit, one is a contrasting navy blue and deep cerise pink (shown above and below right), one a royal blue and cerise pink (shown below) and the third is a bright blue and red (shown above).
The Zing a Ding tops can be found in two versions.
Shown left is the fine yellow nylon cloth. This version is quite delicate and frays very badly especially around the arms.
Shown right is the knitted nylon version. This one lasts much and is therefore a little easier to find.
Theatre Time (Ref S211)
This outfit a long-sleeved tunic dress with a co-ordinating maxi-skirt. The tunic was made of raspberry pink velvet with a square neckline decorated with two gold coloured beads on the breast bone. The sleeves were quite fancy and were made of two pieces of material. The velvet formed a bell-shaped short sleeve, and underneath this was a long wide sleeve made of crimplene with a floral design of stylised flowers in a blue, gold, pink and white pattern. The tunic dress fastened at the back with two sewn-on metal snap fasteners. The wide maxi-skirt was made of the same material as the long sleeves of the tunic. (Again, the floral material shown in the trade catalogue and style leaflet was not the same as the outfit we actually have.) It had a sewn-on waistband and it fastened at the back with one sewn-on metal snap fastener. To complete the outfit, Sindy was given a little evening bag made of the raspberry pink velvet with a gold chain handle. It had a front flap which fastened with one sewn-on metal snap fastener decorated with a gold bead. This outfit came with white Trendy shoes.
We know of three variations which we have shown above:
- a lime green, orange, blue, pink, white and charcoal version
- a blue, pink, white and charcoal version, and,
- an orange, blue and white version.
Checker Decker (Ref S212)
A real favourite with many collectors is this wonderful skirt and waistcoat ensemble. It consisted of a brightly coloured tartan-style patterned mini-skirt and matching waistcoat made of cotton. The skirt had four sewn-in creases at the front giving it the effect of having three front panels. The skirt had a sewn-on waistband and it fastened at the back with one sewn-on metal snap fastener. The matching waistcoat was styled in a traditional tailored shape and it fastened at the front with one sewn-on metal snap fastener and was decorated with two gold bead ‘buttons’. Under the waistcoat there was a steel blue nylon blouse with long sleeves ending in double-elasticated cuffs. It had a large sewn-on pointed collar and a sewn-on white tie made from a silky nylon ribbon. It was open down the back and it fastened with one sewn-on metal snap fastener. It came with a pair of coloured nylon tights which matched the colour of the blouse and a pair of square-toed white plastic shoes with a moulded buckle, not the matching blue Trendy shoes used for the photo (see photo below of the boxed outfit ).
Gypsy Dress (Ref S121)
A pretty peasant style short-sleeved midi-dress with short puff sleeves and a frill around the hem. The dress was made of floral cotton with the same material used for the square-necked bodice and frill around the hem. The skirt was made from a co-ordinating cotton fabric. The sleeves were a finely ribbed, shiny white nylon. The dress fastened at the back with two sewn-on metal snap fasteners. The Pedigree literature shows this outfit with red kitten heel court shoes however we can’t confirm this and so we are showing it with red Trendy shoes for these photos.
We know of at least three variations and we believe there were others (if you have any please let us know). The patterns we have are not the same as the trade catalogue and style leaflet. The pattern of the skirt is the same in all of ours and is white flowers with blue centres, and yellow sprig leaves and stems on an orange/red background. The bodice and frill is normally a blue floral pattern.
The version on Sindy is the one that is most often seen.
There are two variations. The earlier version is made of a rich turquoise blue floral corduroy decorated with blue, green and purple flowers with the same colours switched for their centres, and green leaves and stems.This version has quite dainty little gold buttons on the pockets. The later variation is shown in the 1975 Pedigree style booklet and is made of pink corduroy decorated with blue, red and brown flowers with the same colours switched for their centres and for the leaves and stems. The patch pockets are bigger and made of a darker denim and the gold buttons are larger and are made of punched metal. The blouse is also slightly different, the nylon is thinner, more creamier in colour, and it is shorter than the blue variation blouse. The two gold beads at the neck are also smaller than on the blue version. We are showing both versions together so that you can properly see the differences.
Gaucho (Ref S122)
Gaucho shorts or pants were very popular in the 1970s and were an updated version of the classic capri pants. Gaucho shorts were also knee-length, but they had longer seams and wider legs. Sindy’s version were made of floral corduroy with a sewn-on waistband and they fastened at the back with one sewn-on metal snap fastener. There were two patch pockets on the front of the shorts, one on the right hip and one above the left knee. The patch pockets were made of denim and were decorated with little gold metal buttons. To go with the shorts was a long-length white blouse made of a finely ribbed white nylon. It had a sewn-on pointed collar and long puff sleeves with gathered elasticated cuffs. It was decorated with two gold beads at the neck. It opened down the back and it fastened with two sewn-on metal snap fasteners. The outfit came with blue Trendy shoes.
Bib Skirt (Ref S123)
This was a sunshine yellow wraparound mini-skirt with bib and a multi-coloured shirt. We have found three types of fabric for this skirt. One a thin cotton, the second like a denim cotton, and the third a very thick flat cotton (see photo below). The edges of the skirt were stitched with red cotton which gave it a simple but effective contrast detail. The skirt fastened at the front of the waist with two sewn-on metal snap fasteners underneath the bib. The bib straps fastened with two sewn-on metal snap fasteners at the back of the waist, they were not crossover straps like ‘Dungarees’ (see 1972 Sindy). The long-sleeved shirt was made of a multi-coloured printed cotton designed to look like a patchwork design. It had a sewn-on collar, elasticated cuffs and it fastened at the front with two sewn-on metal snap fasteners. The outfit came with a pair of red Trendy shoes.
We belive there are a number of variations of the pattern for the cotton shirt and we able to show two of them (see the main photo above and below).
If you have any others we would be pleased to show them (duly acknowledged of course).
Lounger (Ref S124)
A long-sleeved maxi-dress, probably styled on the kaftan which was very popular in the early 1970s. Although slightly later (1975) we are always reminded of Margot Leadbetter from the BBC TV series “The Good Life” when we look at this dress.
The dress was made of either cotton or nylon in a pretty pastel coloured floral or paisley pattern. There were many variations but they all followed the same basic design. It had long wide sleeves edged with a white nylon lace, and a frill around the hem which was attached to the skirt just below the knee. The bodice had an inset panel made of a contrasting polyester nylon edged with the same white lace and some had a decorative bow at the waist. The seam between the hem of the skirt and the frill was trimmed with a strip of the same inset panel fabric and was also decorated with the same white nylon lace. The dress fastened at the back with two sewn-on metal snap fasteners. We think it came with white Trendy shoes.
s you can see from the photo below, there are many variations, some have bows which are different colours and sizes, and some do not. We have looked very closely at those without bows and whilst we think that in one example the bow has fallen off, with the others it looks like they were completed without the bow trim. If you have any other variations we would be pleased to show them (duly acknowledged of course).
Sunbeam (Ref S125)
A simple red crimplene dress which looks really pretty on Sindy. The dress was above the knee and had half-length bell-shaped sleeves. It had a contrasting yellow cotton bias trim which consisted of two bands around each sleeve, one around the entire waist and a half-band just below the breast on the front of the bodice. The dress was stitched in yellow cotton thread providing a contrasting detail which complimented the yellow bands. The dress had a nylon flower with a yellow centre and a green stalk affixed to the upper left shoulder of the bodice. It fastened at the back with two sewn-on metal snap fasteners. It was shown with white Trendy shoes, but we have seen it MIP (Mint In Packet) with red.
Again there are a couple of variations to this dress to note.
Firstly, the nylon flowers came in different colours, we can show you two of them (see photo on the left).
Secondly, the necklines are cut differently, some have round necks and some have square. However it does not follow that you can attribute a particular colour of flower to a certain neckline. If you look at the main photo, the dress has a blue flower and a round neckline but if you look at the inset photo you can see the blue flower stitched to a dress with a square neckline. If you have any other coloured flowers do let us know.
Springtime (aka Spring Time) (Ref S126)
A real favourite with collectors is this pretty dress. The above knee-length dress was made of a lime green and pink striped printed cotton sprinkled with blue and and white flowers. It had half-length sleeves with sewn on cuffs and a square neckline. It had a full skirt which was stitched to the bodice in soft pleats and there was a pink plastic belt with a round gold buckle to go around the waist. It fastened at the back with two sewn-on metal snap fasteners. It came with white Trendy shoes.
This outfit was called ‘Spring Time’ in the 1974 Pedigree literature.
Fun Fashion (Ref S800)
n 1973 Pedigree released four low priced separates which was aimed at the pocket money market. At first glance when you look at either the trade catalogue or style leaflet you would think that you were getting quite a lot of outfit for your pennies, but in fact the choice of outfits was a simple sleeveless dress (shown with the blouse from ‘Smock and Blouse’ see 1972 Sindy), a long sleeved mini-dress, and the choice of two skirts (also shown with tops that were not included). None of these outfits came with shoes.
This simple mini-dress was sleeveless, had a V-neck, and was made of a cotton fabric with a floral pattern of pastel blue and pink flowers. It fastened at the front with two sewn-on metal snap fasteners. By way of a trim, on top of each snap fastener there was a little white plastic button.
Shown here on the last of the Trendys with saran hair.
This shift mini-dress was made of a red cotton. It had contrasting sleeves and a turtle-neck made of red and white cotton. There were two darts on the front of the dress from the breast to the hip shaping the dress and it was decorated with two gold beads affixed to the upper left shoulder of the dress. It fastened at the back of the neck with one sewn-on metal snap fastener.
We have found three variations of the red and white pattern. One is a criss-cross red and white gingham (see the main photo), another is a solid red and white chequered pattern (see the MIP (Mint In Packet) outfit below) and the third shown bottom right is a red criss cross check type pattern (below right).
Blue & White Striped Skirt
A very simple knee-length A-line skirt made from a cornflower blue and white diagonally striped cotton fabric. It was trimmed with a white cotton bias band sewn around the top of the skirt at hip height. It fastened at the back of the waist with one sewn-on metal snap fastener. Worn here with 1973 Gaucho blouse (Ref S122)
The 1974 version of this skirt is very similar except that the white cotton band was shifted up to the top of the skirt forming a white waistband and we will show that version in 1974.
Blue & Yellow Panel Skirt
This knee-length skirt was made of alternate aquamarine blue and yellow cotton panels. The skirt was slightly wider and fuller that the A-line blue & white striped skirt (see above) and the cotton material was slightly thinner. It fastened at the back of the waist with one sewn-on metal snap fastener. Worn here with the Walking Sindy top (Ref 12WS1)