1981 Sindy Outfits and Separates
A new low cost fashion range was introduced this year called Separates. They were described as “Bright colours at a pocket money price”. There were six garments in this range and unlike the Mix n Match range they did not include shoes. This new range of separates became a staple of subsequent Pedigree Sindy annual fashion releases and actually they really are rather nice especially as they faithfully reflect our fashion casuals of the day.
Sindy’s affordable 'Envelope Fashions' were now called 'Boutique' and were described as “Colourful outfits themed to Sindy’s activities”. All these outfits came with shoes.
Sindy's most expensive range of luxury outfits for “special occasions” were still the ‘Superfashions’. There were four new outfits this year.
Finally, there was Sindy’s ‘Mix n’ Match’ collection for 1981 which this year was a very tasteful set of navy blue, turquoise and white garments.
- 'Dress in Style' Ref 44403 now shown with a red on white triangular polka dot scarf (see 1976 Sindy for the original set)
- 'Jewellery Accessories' Ref 44417 still shown with the brown jewellery box (see 1978 Sindy) and
- ‘Fashion Accessories’ Re 44395 (see 1980 Sindy).
Just to note there were minor differences between the UK catalogue and the International catalogue, in particular the referencing is confusing because the International dolls have earlier references. The dolls are therefore listed using the UK reference first unless no UK equivalent exists.
Summertime Fun (International Reference 44641) (Boxed doll outfit)
But finally after much searching we found a boxed 2nd Gen version which was sold at auction in the UK in 2016 and which we are able to show you with kind permission of the auctioneers. We believe this is the same Sindy as shown on page 162 of Colette Mansell’s ‘The history of Sindy’ and we think this Sindy is correct. We know she was distributed in France by CEJI Clodrey, which was a French toy conglomerate who held Sindy’s French distribution rights. In France she was called Sindy “en Vacances”.
If anyone can provide any information to add further to our knowledge of these dolls we’d love to hear from you.
Sweetdreams (International Ref 44645) (Boxed doll outfit)
Page 162 of Colette Mansell’s ‘The history of Sindy’ shows a continental Sweet Dreams Sindy in the blue ‘Warm and Cosy’ Boutique fashion. As yet we cannot independently verify that the Sweet Dreams also came in the blue nightdress although Mansell noted it was her original outfit. If anyone can provide any information regarding whether the blue nightdress came on a boxed doll please get in touch.
Active Sindy (Ref 44664 – Int Ref 44663) (Boxed doll outfit)
Summertime Fun (Ref 44716 – Int Ref 44674) (Boxed doll outfit)
The simple basic body doll in a swimsuit introduced in 1980 was again shown in the 1981 catalogue. Sindy still wore the one-piece bathing costume made of magenta pink stretch nylon. The swimsuit was gathered between the bust and it had matching silky cord halter neck-tie straps. This outfit did not come with shoes.
Please see also the international Summertime Fun (Int Ref 44641) above which had a slightly different outfit.
Springtime Sindy aka Spring Time (Ref 44742 - Int Ref 44640) (Boxed doll outfit)
This appears to have been a re-use of the 1978 Marx Sindy boxed doll outfit (US Ref 1000 - Canadian Ref 1000F). Perhaps following the failure of the Marx Sindy it was a thrifty way to use up existing stocks. This outfit was also used for a Schuco-Gold boxed Sindy doll (Ref 14-4816). Although referred to as “Springtime” in the Pedigree catalogues, her window box label said “Spring Time”.
Sindy’s outfit was a cotton calf-length gypsy-style dress. It had a printed floral pattern with brown, dark salmon pink, steel blue and tan flowers with cream stalks and leaves on a dark blue background. It had short elasticated puff sleeves and a round elasticated neckline trimmed with cream nylon lace. The skirt had one tier and the seam was decorated with the same cream nylon lace as was used for the neckline. As a finishing touch around the waist was a woven nylon fibre belt which was stitched into the side seams of the opening at the back. The dress fastened at the back with two sewn-on round-shaped metal snap fasteners. For her feet Sindy wore round-toed court shoes. The Pedigree catalogues show her wearing white shoes, although have also seen her MIB with cream shoes.
Party Time (Ref 44743 – Int Ref 44643) (Boxed doll outfit)
Party Time Sindy was a blonde bunches doll who wore a brightly coloured dance outfit. It consisted of a stretch nylon fabric leotard with a shallow scoop neck front and deep V back with half-sleeves, and a simple unhemmed circle skirt with a turned-over waistband which fastened with one metal snap fastener. The Sindys came in one of three colours: bright blue, deep pink or sunshine yellow. She had matching ribbons in her hair and one-strap sandals on her feet.
Party Time Sindy was accompanied by a 45 rpm single record with songs by the Video Kids. “Everybody Boogie!” was on side A and “We’re Havin’ a Party” on side B.
Sadly we can only show you two of the three Sindys and we would be grateful if anyone could supply a photo of the blue Party TIme Sindy to the museum.
Styling Sindy (Ref 44744 – Int Ref 44644) (Boxed doll outfit)
Sindy Outfits and Separates
Ref 44030 – Separates
A beige cotton sweatshirt with a wide round neck, long sleeves and three printed red hearts on Sindy’s left breast.
Ref 44031 – Separates
Ref 44032 – Separates
Ref 44033 – Separates
Perhaps inspired by Daisy Duke’s plaid shirts from the Dukes of Hazard which premiered in the UK in 1979, Sindy had her own fashionable lumberjack check shirt. These long-sleeved cotton shirts had sewn-on collars and cuffs, a yoke at the front and curved shirt hemlines. They fastened at the front with two square metal snap fasteners.
We know of three variations to the check (plaid) weave and we would be pleased to know if there are any others.
Ref 44034 – Separates
Ref 44035 – Separates
Coffee Morning (Ref 44078) - Boutique
Warm and Cosy (Ref 44079) – Boutique
A full-length brushed nylon nightdress in pale blue. It had a high neck and long sleeves which were gathered at the wrists. The yolk was decorated with four pintucks and a lace edging. Two full-length pintucks decorated the front of the nightdress and the curved hem was also trimmed with lace. The nightdress fastened at the back with one metal snap fastener. The outfit came with the pair of white one-strap slippers trimmed with the blue fur.
Pony Club (Ref 44080) – Boutique
Sindy's yearly riding outfit had a pair of stretch-nylon jodhpurs with inside knee pads. This year they were made of a caramel coloured nylon with soft pale brown brushed-nylon knee pads and white elasticated stirrups. They had a sewn-on waistband made of the same fabric, a fly opening and they fastened with one sewn-on metal snap fastener. Sindy's top was a bright red stretch nylon jumper decorated on the front with a vinyl picture of a horse head and horseshoe. It had a deep V-neck and the neckline, cuffs and waistband were finished with same red nylon. It fastened at the back of the neck with one sewn-on metal snap fastener. This outfit came with a beige nylon shaped cravat which could be tucked neatly into her V-shaped jumper, a pair of Sindy's black plastic high-heeled riding boots and a long black plastic riding crop.
Funsuit (Ref 44081) – Boutique
Baby Blue (Ref 44082) – Boutique
Please see 1980 Sindy Outfits and Separates for a full description of this outfit.
Fine and Fancy (Ref 44083) – Boutique
This outfit was not shown in the International Pedigree catalogue or on the back of the Boutique packaging.
Beach Party (Ref 44084) – Boutique
This outfit was not shown in the International Pedigree catalogue or on the back of the Boutique packaging.
Work and Play (Ref 44085) – Boutique
A contemporary sweater and slacks outfit. Made of ribbed crimplene to look like a knitted jumper, the pull-on top was woven with powder blue, white and slate blue stripes. It had a wide roll-neck top, cuffs and waistband. The white cotton drill trousers had a front-fly which fastened with one sewn-on metal snap fastener. A pair of white one-strap sandals came with this outfit.
The sweater pattern is very different to that shown in the Pedigree catalogues which was perhaps a prototype.
Stormy Weather (Ref 44344) – Miss Sindy
An olive green, double-breasted trench coat with 4 small green buttons on the front, wide lapels, collar and straps around the wrists was quite authentic. It even was belted at the waist with a separate tie belt. It came with a matching beret and a contrasting yellow triangular scarf. All the garments were made of cotton. To complete the outfit was a pair of Sindy’s knee-high brown boots.
Sleep Tight (Ref 44345) – Miss Sindy
Beachcomber (Ref 44346) – Miss Sindy
Shop Around (Ref 44347) – Miss Sindy
For a busy day shopping, Sindy wore an edge-to-edge collarless red cord jacket, a white silky nylon V-neck, long-sleeved blouse which fastened at the front with one metal snap fastener, and a pair of black drill cotton jeans with the front fly which fastened with one metal snap fastener. For this outfit Sindy was given a brimmed hat made of black drill cotton with a black ribbon hat band with a small bow to add detail to one side, and the crown of this hat was intricately stitched into four segments to give it some height and structure. There was also a matching oversized black drill cotton hobo bag perfect for lots of shopping. This outfit came with a pair of black tassel shoes.
Sweetlife (Ref 44348) – Miss Sindy
Showstopper (Ref 44349) – Miss Sindy
Bride (Ref 33472) – Superfashions
There are two known variations of the overdress which have different lacy patterns as shown above. The fancier flower on the left had a plastic square-shaped sewn-on snap fastener. The larger flower pattern on the right had a metal square-shaped sewn-on snap fastener.
Bo-Peep (Ref 44373) – Superfashions
We know of two variations of this outfit. The one most commonly found is shown left which is a delicate blue and white floral print. This dress has square plastic snap fasteners. The one on the right which has a bolder blue and white tulip and daisy print. This dress has round metal snap fasteners.
Regency Girl (Ref 44374) – Superfashions
Sindy’s second period costume for 1981 was a tasteful Regency style gown and bonnet in dove grey and baby pink. At first glance, this outfit looks quite simple but on taking a closer look you can see that it was quite an elaborate creation. The floor length dove grey nylon polyester dress had a basque-shaped bodice and a ruffle hem. The bodice had a pretty shawl collar and long sleeves with band cuffs. A delicate pink nylon lace was used to decorate the dress, with a band on the top of sleeves, the edge of the shawl collar and the seam of ruffle hem. In addition two vertical rows of lace adorned the front of the skirt and were further embellished with three delicate pink, white and green embroidered, applique flowers. One applique flower was sewn to the waist and the other two at the end of the vertical lace trims where they met the ruffle seam. It fastened at the back with two square-shaped sewn-on snap fasteners.
Sindy’s pretty bonnet would have been perfect for a carriage ride or a public promenade, and in its stylised way it matches the bonnet fashion plates from the Regency era. Sindy’s brimmed bonnet was made from the dove grey nylon polyester. The brim was trimmed with the same nylon pink lace as her dress. The hat band was made of folded pink nylon chiffon with the same applique flowers as those on the dress sewn to each side of the bonnet. It tied under Sindy’s chin with long baby pink nylon taffeta ribbons.
Sometimes forgotten is this outfit included a simple A-Line floor length underskirt or slip. It was made of white nylon trimmed with a row of nylon lace at the hem. It fastened at the back with one metal sewn-on snap fastener. White tassel shoes completed this outfit.
Ball Gown (Ref 44375) – Superfashions
Accompanying this outfit was an elegant tie-on choker which we believe was a chocolate brown velvet ribbon adorned with a faux mother of pearl and gold diamond shaped decoration. This outfit came with cream round-toed court shoes.
We believe there was a variation to this outfit which had green satin ribbon bows rather than brown, but unfortunately we don’t have that to show you.
1981 Mix n’ Match Fashions
The UK Pedigree catalogue suggested that you could make over 84 different outfits from the 8 packs. Interestingly there was also a second Mix n’ Match set; an International range which were slightly different sets and consisted of just 6 packs. The International range was described as the “collect-a-range” in the Pedigree catalogue and that by mixing and matching you could make many pleasing alternatives. Confusingly, the UK Mix n’ Match packaging showed the International range on the back of their packaging but showed the shoulder bag which was not in the International range. The International packaging was not branded as Mix n’ Match.
One of the most noticeable differences was that all of the International range could be standalone outfits and included shoes; including blue tassel shoes that were not included in the UK packs although they were shown in the pack pictures. Only the UK trouser packs included shoes.
It is unknown as to whether the International packs were made available in the UK, although they do turn up from time to time from UK sellers.
Both sets will be shown below identified accordingly and hopefully we have included all of them. This was the very last year that there was a mix and match range which had been a stalwart of Sindy's fashions for five years since 1977.
UK Mix n’ Match Range
Ref 44062 – UK Mix n’ Match
Ref 44063 – UK Mix n’ Match
Ref 44064 – UK Mix n’ Match
Ref 44065 – UK Mix n’ Match
Ref 44066 – UK Mix n’ Match
Ref 44067 – UK Mix n’ Match
Ref 44068 – UK Mix n’ Match
This set consisted of a jacket and a sweater. The long-sleeved tailored boxed jacket was made from turquoise cotton. It had a sewn-on collar and turned back lapels made of the same material. The collar, lapels and front edges of the jacket were decorated with a navy blue top stitch. It fastened at the front with one sewn-on square shaped snap fastener. The navy blue stretch nylon sweater had long sleeves with sewn-on cuffs, V-neck and waistband. It fastened at the back of the neck with one square-shaped metal snap fastener.
Ref 44069 – UK Mix n’ Match
International Mix n’ Match Range
Ref 44090 International Mix n’ Match
Ref 44091 International Mix n’ Match
The white cotton ribbed towelling sweater (Ref 44066) and the turquoise cotton skirt (Ref 44064). This set came with a pair of white tassel shoes.