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1982 Sindy Outfits and Separates

1982 is a very interesting year for Sindy as it is a crossover year with the 2nd Gens gradually being replaced by a new doll, the ‘Sad Face’. Collectors call these Sindys ‘Sad Faces’, because they have pretty faces, big sad eyes and a sort of wistful expression. They are lovely dolls with great hair and sewn-in eyelashes. These dolls have slightly more detailed hands and feet than 2nd Gens, with more defined fingernails and toes. There are two versions of the sad faces. Both are popular with many collectors.

 

The first type were made in Hong Kong (shown above left), they have smaller, hard heads and their hair can sometimes be quite coarse. Perhaps due to the difficulty in stitching such a small, hard head, these dolls often have luxuriant, voluminous eyelashes. Always warm a hard head before removing it from her body or you will be liable to break the neck which will remain firmly in her head!

 

The second type were made in Britain and China (shown above right) and their heads are softer and their hair silkier. The Hong Kong doll does look smaller in comparison to this doll because of the different head size, but their bodies were similar.

 

Although some Hong Kong hard head dolls have “Hong Kong” on their backs below the waist, it needs to be noted that these dolls were assembled in a variety of locations, and we have some mint hard head dolls which do not have the Hong Kong marking. Indeed, some soft heads can be found on Hong Kong bodies. In addition, Sad Faces have occasionally been found on 2nd Gen bodies and vice versa. Pedigree was focused on production for the mass toy market, not creating collectors’ items, and they used what they had.

This year also saw the introduction of a new short-haired Sad Face Sindy, the first short-haired doll since 1976. Many believe she was introduced due to the enormous popularity of Diana, Princess of Wales with her short hair style. She is colloquially referred to by collectors as the ‘Lady Di’ or ‘Princess Di' Sindy. As Lady Diana married in 1981, we will be calling this doll ‘Princess Di Sindy’. We have only seen this doll with blonde or brunette hair and we would be interested to know if anyone has seen an auburn version? Both hard head and soft head Princess Di Sindys can be found.

All the Sad Faces are marked 033055X with “Sindy” in a raised block on the back of their heads. One more thing to note, the Sad Face heads can get very ‘sweaty’. This is natural reaction of the plasticisers used with these models aging over time and migrating and evaporating on the surface of the head. It is worth just keeping an eye on that, and if you can’t bear to wash your doll’s head and maybe lose her factory set hair, do give her head a wipe now and then with a little soap and water on a cotton wool pad.

 

There is plenty of opportunities for variations for Mint Boxed Doll collectors with 2nd Gens being replaced with Sad Faces. This is why you can find NFRB (Never Removed From Box) dolls in 1982 outfits and packaging using both 2nd Gens or Sad Faces. With this in mind, the box dolls and outfits this year will be shown on both 2nd Gens and Sad Faces.  

 

Turning to the outfits:

  • Separates - the budget clothing selection without shoes was given a new range.
  •  A new next tier of outfits were introduced called "Funfashion" in the trade cataloges, although the envelope packaging was printed "Fun Fashion". This simple range was marketed as having “the colour, style and excitement that spells YOUNGFASHION”.
  • The Boutique range was still available and was a little more upmarket that the first two tiers with some accessories.
  • Miss Sindy was still the next tier up from Boutique and these outfits were slightly more complicated and had much nicer accessories.
  • Sindy's most expensive range of luxury outfits with “A little nostalgia, a dash of class, some romance and a lot of style” were still the "Superfashions". The boxes were printed "Super Fashion". There were four new outfits released in the UK, with an additional international outfit.
  • This year also saw the introduction of a new Scenesetter outfit to accompany Sindy's new Motorcycle (Ref 44384). We will show the Motorcycle with the Scenesetters but we will also show the outfit here.

 

Sindy's previous fashion accessories packs were still available:

  • 'Dress in Style' Ref 44403 which appeared to revert back to the original combination of two pairs of boots in white and brown, a pair of brown tassel shoes, yellow slip-on mules, blue one-strap sandals, and red round-toe court shoes. For Sindy's head there were two plastic Alice bands in brown (or possibly black now?) and white, and a red triangular headscarf (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).
  • They were joined this year by a new unamed set which came in a little printed plastic bag and which is shown below.


The outfits still faithfuly follow the fashions of the time, but they are not without some issues. Some clothes are cut very tightly indeed and are quite difficult to get on and off a Sindy. Labels appear to be non-existent even in mint outfits. Fastenings are mostly round metal snap fasteners with a few square metal or plastic square fasteners mostly on the international dolls. Very noticeable this year is the number of corroded or missing snap fasteners even on mint packaged outfits, and mainly found with the budget items. Probably, there was a bit of cost cutting going on here to keep the price points low.


This year saw the introduction of Sindy's cowboy boots which were reused over the next few years for some of her outfits. We also see in the introduction of two new pairs of shoes, her flat loafers and her peep toe shoes in the fashion accessories plastic bag shown below.

 

In 1982 the UK and International boxed dolls had different references, as did some of the outfits. The dolls and outfits will continue to be listed in order of their reference.

Funtime (International US Ref 44641) (Boxed doll outfit)

































This Sindy is the International US doll which we first showed in 1981 Sindy Outfits and Separates. We have speculated that the original American dolls were also 2nd Gens but at some point they were switched over to the new 1982 sad faces, but retained their original outfit and reference, so rightly this should be shown as a 1982 doll. This Sindy doll was sold in the United States by Wesco International Inc under license to Pedigree.

 

She was a simple basic body Sindy wearing a swimming costume and a wraparound skirt. The one-piece bathing costume was 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 came with the pretty cotton wraparound skirt which had pink and blue flowers with green leaves and stems on a white background. It fastened at the waist with a metal snap fastener and was tied with a pink grosgrain ribbon belt. Interestingly, these Sindys appear to have worn their skirts back to front as is shown by this mint doll. These Sindys wore a pink ribbon in their hair and with a pair of white round-toed court shoes for their feet.

Fair Sindy (aka My Fair Sindy) (Ref 44707 - International Ref 44717) (Boxed doll outfit)


































Despite being named “Fair Sindy” in both the UK and International Catalogues, the boxed doll was actually labelled “My Fair Sindy”.

This was a beautiful, boxed doll described as “A classic beauty in a fine Edwardian gown”.


Made of figured nylon satin with a fine leaf pattern this was an exquisite floor length gown. It was a beautiful teal blue which contrasted well with the bright white figured nylon netting and lace. The scoop necked fitted bodice was made of the teal blue material with a white net vertical figured yoke which was generously trimmed with a white patterned lace. It had an upright lace frill collar at the neck and with a wider flower-patterned flourish of white nylon lace around the edge of the bodice neckline. The puffed leg-of-mutton sleeves were teal blue satin to the elbows with a tight sleeve of figured netting to the wrist ending in a trim of the same white nylon lace that was used for the collar around her neck. The hem of her full A-line floor-length skirt was trimmed with the wider flower-patterned white nylon lace used for the top of her bodice neckline. It fastened at the back of the neck and above the waist with two sewn-on square snap fasteners.

The outfit was completed with a matching teal blue satin floppy hat with a white taffeta ribbon hatband with a bow at the back.

 

We do not know what shoes this Sindy wore and would be grateful for any advice on that detail. The catalogue pictures show white round-toed court shoes, is that correct?

 







As Colette Mansell spotted in ‘The History of Sindy’ the ‘My Fair Sindy’ dolls were also dressed in a pink version of this outfit and she surmised that this was a rare version. To be honest over the years we have seen a number of the mint boxed dolls in the pink outfit, so we wonder if to keep up with demand Pedigree switched to also packaging the pink gown version of this outfit which was a Superfashion outfit called ‘Fair Lady’ (Ref 44376) omitting the matching parasol. A full description of ‘Fair Lady’ is given below.

Rain and Shine (Ref 44708) (Boxed doll outfit)

“Rain or Shine

There’s an outfit for Sindy”



Sindy was ready for any weather with this sweet double outfit.


When the weather was good, she had her charming and practical yellow cotton sundress decorated with blue and white flowers and red embellishments. The dress was a pull-on strapless design with an elasticated bodice edge and waist and a straight skirt. Her marching short-sleeved bolero jacket was edged in royal blue shiny nylon around the neck and front edge of the jacket and around the sleeves.

When the weather was poor, Sindy was ready with her lightweight royal blue shiny nylon raincoat (the same fabric that was used the edges of her bolero jacket). Her raincoat was A-line in shape with long sleeves and a hood. It fastened at her neck and waist with two sewn-on round metal poppers, and it had a separate matching sash belt for her waist.

The raincoat came with a matching faux umbrella made of the royal blue shiny nylon with a white plastic handle and spine. The edge of the umbrella was nicely finished with a black braid trim. This outfit came with a pair of white round-toed court shoes.

Outdoor Girl (Ref 44709) (Boxed doll outfit)





































Designed for sightseeing, shopping or just relaxing, Sindy was given a simple sleeveless wraparound dress. The scoop-neck bodice was made of burgundy red nylon and the skirt was a flowery cotton printed with burgundy, lilac and green flowers. The dress was tied at the waist with a nylon ribbon which was attached to one edge of the wraparound dress. This outfit came with a pair of Sindy’s white one-strap sandals.

Skater (Ref 44710 – International Ref 44720)





























The glorious Sindy Skaters are a joyful addition to any collection. Roller Skating was all the rage in the 1980s and so naturally we have a Sindy Skater in a lovely representation of the lurex roller fashions of the time.

 

Sindy wore a sparkly lurex two piece. The top had short sleeves and a round neck and was fastened at the back with two square shaped metal fasteners. It was adorned with a metallic lightning bolt decal on her right breast. Her cropped leggings had a sewn-on waistband and a side vent at the bottom of each leg so she could readily accomplish her roller dance moves without any restriction. The leggings fastened at the back of her waist with one square shaped metal fastener. Around her waist she wore a matching silver lamé sash belt.

 

Sindy wore the latest in portable personal stereos, a yellow plastic moulded cassette player on a belt with matching mini headphones that were attached together with a white cord.

 

Her skates were different to the catalogues which look like prototypes. In reality they were yellow moulded plastic roller boots with a black plastic plate, toe stop and black wheels with silver patterned bearings. When she needed a rest from roller skating, she had a pair of white one-strap sandals which are shown of the gold lurex clad skater below left (they were not the yellow pairs shown in the catalogues).

 

The Sindy above is wearing an aqua blue and silver version but there are many others. For the variation collectors, this doll provides opportunities to collect a number of different coloured sparkly outfits as there are also different versions with gold and silver lurex and lamé.

We would love to show as many of the variations of these skaters as we can. If you have a Sindy Skater in her complete outfit, please do get in touch. All 2nd Gens and Sad Faces are welcome!

Active Sindy (Ref 44711 – International Ref 44721)



























This was an interesting year for the ballerinas. The UK and International catalogues noted that this year Active Sindy had a new box. In addition, the UK catalogue noted she had “a glittering new outfit as an alternative”. This outfit choice does not appear to have been available for the International Actives.

 

So firstly, Active Sindy was still available in the pink ballerina outfit that was introduced in 1977 and which we showed again in 1981 Sindy Outfits and Separates. A short-sleeved leotard made of white stretch-nylon, with a scoop neckline to the front and deep V-shaped back trimmed with a white satin binding. For her legs a pair of thick white nylon fishnet tights. Her tutu was made of four layers of deep pink honeycomb netting with an additional top layer of a very fine white translucent netting trimmed at the hem with white nylon lace. The waistband was made of a white nylon binding, and it fastened at the back of the waist with a velcro strip fastening. Sindy's ballet shoes were made of moulded pink plastic, and she wore a pink ribbon in her hair.

 

The new alternative Active Sindy outfit is shown above. It was a silver and white ensemble. A short-sleeved leotard made of thin silver lurex, it still had the scoop neckline to the front and deep V-shaped back, but it was simply hemmed without the satin binding. For her legs she was given a pair of white nylon opaque tights. Her tutu was made of four layers of white honeycomb netting with an additional top layer of a very fine white translucent netting trimmed at the hem with white nylon lace. The waistband was made of a white nylon binding, and it fastened at the back of the waist with a velcro strip fastening. Sindy's ballet shoes were made of moulded white plastic, and she wore a white ribbon in her hair.

 

Colette Mansell in “History of Sindy” says blonde Sindy was sold in the Pink Ballerina outfit and it was the brunette and auburn Sindys who wore the new silver and white outfits. This is not actually the case. Blonde Sindys can also be found NFRB (Never Removed From Box) in the new outfit with 1982 packaging.

Quickchange (aka Quick Change) (Ref 44712) (Boxed doll outfit)


























Although called “Quickchange” in the UK Pedigree Trade Catalogue, the Sindy Box was printed “Quick Change”.


This Sindy made a first appearance in the children's ATV 'Tiswas' 'Telly Selly Time' commercials slot as early as October 1981 (wearing the amethyst lurex). However, she didn't make her Trade Catalogue appearance until 1982.


Sindy was shown in the catalogue in her rather glamorous silver lamé trouser outfit which consisted of a silver lamé square-neck camisole top with matching shoulder straps. It fastened at the back with two squared-shaped metal snap fasteners. Her matching straight-legged, pull-on trousers were elasticated at the waist. For her waist a matching sash tie-belt which was just hemmed along the long edges but simply cut at each end. Not shown in the catalogue was her brilliant white satin bomber jacket. This was a padded jacket with a honeycomb stretch nylon used for the round collar, cuffs and waistband. The front edges of the jacket were bound with a silky nylon binding. It did not have any fastenings. Sindy was given white one-strap sandals for her feet.

 

There was a variation outfit for Quickchange which was just as nice. Made from a rich amethyst coloured lurex the outfit was the same as her silver lame ensemble apart form the following differences. The top fastened with two round-shaped metal snap fasteners. The trousers were much tighter fitting on the legs compared to the lamé. The belt was a fitted belt with a round-shaped metal snap fastener at the back rather than the silver sash tie-belt. She also had the white bomber jacket and white one-strap sandals.

This was a blonde Sindy and she came with 3 hair colouring sticks together with a colour change stick and instructions on how to colour her hair. The colour would wash out from Sindy's hair using soap and water, however the instructions did say that the longer the colour was left in, the harder it was to remove, and suggested that the colour was not left in more than 24 hours. New sets of colour sticks could be puchased from Pedigree's Service Department for 75 pence.


We don’t have a complete set of the hair colour sticks and we would love to show them if anyone still has them please?

Sindy also came with a spare head model for practising on (an excellent way to use up those old 2nd Gen heads).

Sunshine Sindy (Ref 44713) (Boxed doll outfit)







































In her simple picture cardboard box, this basic body swimsuit clad Princess Di Sindy was ready for her holidays with a new one-piece swimsuit made of blue and white striped stretch nylon. The swimsuit was gathered between the bust and it had white silky cord halter neck-tie straps. This outfit did not come with shoes, but this year she was given a pair of her orange wraparound sunglasses.

Sindy Dancer (Ref 44714) (Boxed doll outfit)

Dancer (International Ref 44719) (Boxed doll outfit)































Described in the catalogues as a “modern ballet outfit”, surprisingly this appealing outfit was given to a basic Sindy with the usual twist waist and bendable legs. This “contemporary outfit” was described as being also suitable for keep fit, gymnastics and jogging when the skirt was removed.

 

The outfit consisted of a scarlet red pull-on stretch-nylon, sleeveless leotard with a deep V-back, matching stretch nylon scarlet pull-on tights, and a matching nylon scarlet short wraparound dance skirt. The skirt was embellished with red, white and blue taffeta ribbons which were plaited together and sewn to the waistband with the ends left loose to create a tie belt for the skirt. This skirt can be hard to find in good condition because the skirt was unhemmed and can ladder, whilst the ribbons themselves sometimes fray badly or become discoloured. This outfit came with a pair of Sindy’s white plastic ballet shoes.

Happy Days (International Ref 44718) (Boxed doll outfit)

































Sometimes wrongly identified as an Outdoor Girl variation (see above), this boxed doll was an international release. Unlike Outdoor Girl this was a separate basic swimsuit and a wraparound cotton skirt with a curved hem. The cornflower blue stretch nylon swimsuit was gathered between the bust and it had matching silky cord halter neck-tie straps. The wraparound cotton skirt had a flowery cotton print of blue, orange and grey flowers. The skirt tied at the side of the waist with sky blue nylon ribbons which were attached to waistband. This outfit came with a pair of Sindy’s white one-strap sandals.

Sweet Dreams (International Ref 44724) (Boxed doll outfit)

Bedtime Sindy (UK uncatalogued) (Boxed doll outfit)




























The international sleeping eyes Sindy was given a very sweet pyjama set for 1982 which is slightly different to the set shown in the trade catalogue. Whilst this outfit was not shown in the UK Trade Catalogue, we do know that it was sold in the 1982 Autumn/Winter Kays Home-Shopping Catalogue as ‘Bedtime Sindy’ using a basic, non-sleeping eyes doll (shown above).

 

The round-neck top was made of light blue floral-patterned netting (similar to that used for the 1979 Sindy ‘Sweet Dreams’ nightdress and the 1980/1981 ‘Baby Blue’ underwear). It was lined with a baby blue fine waffle-weave nylon. Sewn around the neck was a wide ruffle trimmed with blue and white nylon ace. The ruffle was stitched under each arm forming short batwing sleeves. A thin baby blue nylon bow was stitched to the top just below the neck. The top fastened behind the neck with one square-shaped white plastic snap fastener. Sindy’s cropped pyjama bottoms were made of the baby blue fine waffle-weave nylon. They had an elasticated waist and were elasticated at the knee and trimmed with the same blue and white lace as the top.

 

The international catalogue showed this outfit with her slippers which were one-strap sandals trimmed with blue fur but we can’t confirm that. The Kays Catalogue outfit came with a pair of Sindy’s closed-toe slippers trimmed with blue fur. We would be keen to know what slippers the international outfit had please?

 

We know of two variations of this outfit. There is a light blue and a darker blue version of the lace trim.

Western (International Ref 44748)

Made to appeal to the North American market, this doll was part of a series made by Pedigree and distributed by Wesco in the USA. They were called “Western Sets for Sindy”.

We know of five products:

1. The Western Gift Set which included Sindy in her western gear, her western rodeo horse and three barrels (Ref 44582) which we will show in 1982 Scenesetters.

2. Sindy’s Western Horse (Ref 44854) which we will show in 1982 Scenesetters.

3. My Fair Sindy, Western Horse ‘n’ Buggy (Ref Unknown – can you help?) which was not shown in the Trade Catalogue.

4. Sindy Goes West – which was an international Superfashion outfit (International Ref 44382) see below.

5. Western a boxed doll which was originally produced in 1982 packaging without a name on the box but referenced as 44748. It was subsequently repackaged in 1983 packaging and was simply named “Western”. She was not shown in the 1982 International Trade Catalogue but she was shown in the 1983 edition.

 

Western Sindy wore the same outfit as the Western gift set but it was just the boxed doll. It was a western-styled cowboy outfit. This outfit had straight legged jeans with two patch pockets to the rear, a sewn-on waistband and a fly opening. Red stitching detail was used to provide front faux waist pockets, to pick out the front fly opening, and to further decorate the leg side seams, the waistband and the rear patch pockets. The jeans fastened at the front with two sewn-on square metal snap fasteners.  Around her neck Sindy tied a red cotton neckerchief scarf and for her feet she had a pair of her new brown cowboy boots.

Sindy's cowboy shirt is interesting, and we believe there is a 1982 and a 1983 version (shown above in the main photo is the 1983 version).

The 1982 version (shown left) was made of a softer brushed cotton with a red, white and black plaid pattern.

The 1983 version (shown right) was made of a crisper poplin-type cotton with a red and white gingham pattern.
Both variations of the shirt, had long sleeves with a sewn-on collar and white cuffs It had a stylised western yoke made of white cotton with a brown cotton trim. The white cotton was carried over the shoulders to the back of the shirt where it had a single point yoke made of the white cotton trimmed with the brown cotton in keeping with the tradition of these shirts. It fastened at the breast with one square metal snap fastener.

Out on the range Sindy had a brushed nylon fringed tan waistcoat. For her legs a pair of brushed nylon fringed tan chaps which were attached to a matching belt with a gold buckle. The chaps fastened at the back of the waist belt with one square metal snap fastener and each chap wrapped around Sindy’s leg and fastened on the outside under the side-fringe with four square metal snap fasteners.

The boxed 1982 and 1983 'Western' Sindys wore a stiff, molded and felted 'cowboy' hat. It was toffee brown in colour with a slightly darker brown silky ribbon hatband. It was elasticated so it would stay on Sindy's head. It is different to the hat Sindy was given for her 'Sindy Goes West' (International Ref 44382) which is shown below.

McDonald’s Sindy (Ref Unknown)















































This was a blonde basic Sindy. She wore an authentic replica of a McDonald’s Uniform as worn in the early 1980s. The McDonald’s uniform was widely recognised and was an extension of their branding to include their employees. She wore a tan brown long-length cotton shirt with a sewn-on collar, shirt sleeves, shoulders plus back yoke, and front placket opening made from tan brown and white striped cotton. The edges of her shirt were stitched with a contrasting brown cotton and with the famous McDonald’s Golden Arches logo printed on her left chest. The shirt fastened at the front with two metal snap fasteners. Her pull-on, straight-legged trousers were tan brown cotton, with a pintuck seam down the front of each leg. The trousers were also detailed with the contrasting dark brown stitches, and as an extra touch there were two parallel rows of white stitching down the side of each leg.

She wore the iconic McDonalds peaked cap made of white nylon with a band of tan brown and white striped cotton above the peak to match her shirt. The back of the cap was elasticated, through which Sindy’s pony tail could be pulled through. A McDonald’s Golden Arches logo was printed on her left side of her cap.

 

For her feet, a pair of Sindy’s white round-toed court shoes. Of course, no open-toes in the food service industry!

This Sindy was made for a McDonald’s executives convention in the USA in 1982. This would be in keeping with the fact that she is a 2nd Gen and could probably be obtained economically as Pedigree sought to use up its old doll stock. This doll did not come with a box but in a sealed plastic bag.

Unfortunately the dolls arrived late and McDonald's refused to accept the delivery, so they sat in a warehouse until 1985 when they were dicovered by ‘The Doll Company’ of West Palm Beach, Florida. They sold these rarities through an advertisement in the 1985 February/March issue of ‘Doll Reader’ for just $15 including postage.

John Menzies Sindy (Ref Unknown)
































Perhaps as a way to use up the 2nd Gen dolls, we believe these Sindys are 1982 dolls They were exclusive to John Menzie and the Sindys were sold in simple window boxes for £1.99. In keeping with John Menzie’s Scottish heritage, whilst these dolls wore simple, sleeveless, shift sundresses, the fabric used was printed with sweet little Scottie dogs and flowers. There was a brunette and a blonde version of these dolls.

 

Brunette Sindy (shown above left) wore a navy blue print dress with white Scottie dogs and pink flowers. She had a white ribbon tie belt and wore blue one-strap sandals.

 

Blonde Sindy (shown above right) wore a red print dress with white Scottie dogs and blue flowers. She had a yellow ribbon tie belt (the one pictured above is a replacement) and wore red one-strap sandals.

 

Simple, but very pretty dolls and we wish we could buy one for £1.99, or even £7.20 at 2021 prices!

Sindy Outfits and Separates

Separates

Shoes are models' own.
The 1982 Separates are quite interesting. This year saw more complete outfits, although they remained quite simple. There are also variations here both in the garments and in the packaging, which perhaps points to different manufacturing locations and/or reuse of existing packaging.

Ref 44040 – Separates
























Pegtop tight fitting trousers made of drill white cotton trousers with a red cotton pintuck side seam and a sewn-on waistband which fastened at the front with a round-metal snap fastener. Sewn onto the waistband there were two belt loops for a red taffeta nylon belt with a large round ‘gold’ belt buckle. These trousers are very similar to the white trousers used for the Separates in 1981 (Ref 33031). The way to tell them apart is the 1982 version has belt loops.

Ref 44041 – Separates














This red sweater was very different to the plain red one shown in the Trade Catalogue. It was made of red brushed nylon with a round neck and long sleeves. It had red ribbed cotton for its collar, cuffs and waistband. It was decorated with a vinyl plastic, padded decal of a windsurfer. It fastened at the back of the neck with a round-metal snap fastener.

Ref 44042 - Separates
























A blue bomber jacket. This was a padded jacket with white ribbed stretch nylon used for the round collar, cuffs and waistband. It was decorated with a horizontal red and white ribbon trim across the front of the chest and around each sleeve just above the elbow. The front edges of the jacket were bound with a red nylon binding, and it fastened with three round-metal snap fasteners at the neck, beneath the horizontal stripes on the chest and at the waist.


There is a variation to this bomber jacket which used a red, white and blue ribbon trim.

Ref 44043 – Separates
























Described as a sports shirt and shorts set, this was a pair of chambray blue cotton shorts and a co-ordinating blue and white short-sleeved shirt. The shorts were knee-length with a sewn-on waistband and stitched turn-ups. They fastened at the front with a round-metal snap fastener. The short-sleeved shirt had a small turndown collar and was decorated with a patch pocket on Sindy’s left breast. It fastened down the front with two round-metal snap fasteners.

44044 – Separates























This sweet little cotton skirt suit is sometimes confused with City Shopper (Ref 44296 – see 1977 Sindy Outfits and Separates), probably because it uses a red coloured background printed with floral pattern and is similar in style.

 

The shirt had short sleeves, a sewn-on collar and turned-back lapels. It fastened down the front with two round-metal snap fasteners. It tucked into an A-line skirt which was stitched down the front of the skirt creating a faux front-vent. It had a sewn-on waistband, and a tie-belt which was attached to the back of the waistband where the skirt opened. It fastened at the back with a round-metal snap fastener.

We know of three variations. All the ones we have found so far have a red background with a pretty floral pattern.

Indeed the skirt suit on the left is a variation within a variation, the belt is made from a completely different patterned fabric.

We would be keen to know if there are others.

44045 - Separates

























This was described as "skirt and tube top”. We would probably recognise the top as a ‘boob tube’, but that was probably far too risky a name for a doll’s outfit. The boob tube was made of sky blue and white horizontal-striped stretched nylon which was hemmed top and bottom and stitched up the back to create the tube. It looks similar to the material used for 'Sunshine' Sindy's swimsuit Ref 44713 - see above, but that's a slightly darker blue stripe. The accompanying midi-skirt was made of white drill cotton with a sewn-on waistband and two panels at the front. The front seam was decorated with navy blue stitching and was indented at the top to pick out the fly opening. Blue stitches were also used to pick out the front faux hip pockets. This skirt fastened at the front with a round metal snap fastener.

Fun Fashion

Beachgirl (Ref 44100 - Intenational Ref 44110) – Fun Fashion
































'Beachgirl' was a baggy short-cut woven cotton T-shirt which came with a pair of cropped trousers and a pair of shorts. Perfect for those days on the beach where you completely misjudge a wave and you end up with soaking trousers. Quick swap over and you are ready to continue your beach walk with a dry bottom. 

 

Her short-sleeved T-shirt was made of cotton, woven with three horizontal stripes of sky blue, light red and purple. It had a round neckline and sewn-on sleeves. It opened down the back where it fastened with two round metal snap fasteners. Her cerulean blue cotton cropped trousers had a sewn-on waistband and a side vent at the bottom of each leg. It had a fly opening and fastened at the back with a round metal snap fastener. The white cotton shorts were knee-length with a sewn-on waistband and turn-ups. The front of shorts had little front pleats sewn into the waistband They fastened at the front with a round-metal snap fastener. Light red thread stitching was used to decorate the side seams and to create faux hip pockets on the front of the shorts. The shorts fastened at the back with one round metal snap fastener. This outfit came with a pair of Sindy’s blue one-strap sandals.

Summer Showers (Ref 44101 - International Ref 44111) – Fun Fashion



























This was a pale pink, plastic mac. Similar to her Rain and Shine raincoat (Ref 44708) see above, her mac was A-line in shape with long sleeves and a hood. It didn’t have any fastenings apart from the matching sash belt. It came with a pretty vinyl-covered shopping bag decorated with blue, pink and white flowers with green leaves on a navy blue background. The bag had a pair of matching pink cotton handles. To keep her feet dry, Sindy was given a pair of her white knee-high boots. This outfit did not come with a white umbrella which was shown in the Trade Catalogue.

An interesting aspect of this outfit is the packaging. To avoid leaving holes in the plastic mac, this outfit was stuck to the backing card with the small square-shaped sticky pads rather than being sewn on.

Carefree (Ref 44102 - International Ref 44112) – Fun Fashion





































Made of strawberry pink nylon crepe with figured vertical stripes, this trouser suit would probably be classed as dressy casual. The sleeveless top was a loose-cut design with a crew neckline which had a binding of with same material. It opened down the back where it fastened with two round metal snap fasteners. The matching trousers were straight-legged and had an elasticated waist. For her waist, Sindy had a silver lamé tie-sash belt which clinched-in and shaped her top. This outfit came with red round-toes court shoes which clashes a bit with the stawberry pink fabric.

We think there may have been more than one type of metallic silver sash belt for this outfit, and we would be keen to hear from anyone who has this outfit still in the packet or who has it mint from the packaging.

Disco Glitter (Ref 44103 - International Ref 44113) – Fun Fashion
































A super gold-glitter, black lurex swing dress with a scooped neckline, half-sleeves and a glorious circle skirt. It fastened at the back with two round metal snap fasteners. For her neck, Sindy was given a gold braid choker which fastened with a square piece of Velcro. For her feet she was given a pair of brown tassel shoes (which seems a very odd colour choice to us).

There is a variation of this dress which has a deep V-neckline both at the front and the back of the garment. Both necklines are machine hemmed and we have more than one of each dress so we know this is not a later modification.

Lazy Days (Ref 44104 - International Ref 44114) – Fun Fashion
































A heather coloured knitted pull-on jumper with a boat shaped neckline and long sleeves. It had a stand-up neck, cuffs and waistband made of the same knitted material. It was decorated on the front with two diagonal stripes of black velvet ribbon; one straight and one with a curve. The outfit came with a pair of tight-fitting raspberry crimplene trousers with an elasticated waist. Completing the outfit was a little dolly bag made of the raspberry crimplene with a black cord handle and a wool tassel. The accompanying shoes were a pair of white one-strap sandals.

Highland Girl (Ref 44105 - International Ref 44115) – Fun Fashion





























A pretty little tartan ensemble for Sindy. The top was a simple loose-fit, round-neck, sleeveless white cotton blouse which was open down the back and fastened at the back of the neck with a metal snap fastener. The cotton tartan patterned skirt was styled as a wraparound kilt, with a flat front panel which was unfinished and instead had zigzag cut providing a fringe effect. The back of the skirt was pleated. It had a sewn-on waistband of the same material and it fastened at the waist with metal snap fastener. For Sindy’s neck was little triangular scarf which was designed with end longer than the other so it could be tied neatly to one side of her neck. This outfit came with red round-toes court shoes.

 

We know of two variations. The darker tartan was fastened with round metal snap fasteners. The lighter, redder version was sewn with square metal snap fasteners with an extra fastener at the bottom of the skirt. These variations are different in size. The outfit worn by the 2nd Gen is bigger and it is very difficult to dress the 2nd Gen with the blouse worn by the Sad Face as the sleeve holes are too small for the top of her arms. The redder kilt worn by the Sad Face is also shorter. We would be interested to know if there are other variations or what other differences you have noticed?

Boutique

Free ‘n’ Easy (Ref 44120) – Boutique


































This was a simple sleeveless, shift dress with two panels at the front and a sewn-on collar and turned-back lapels. It was made from a very attractive multi-coloured floral-patterned cotton (which is different to that shown in Trade Catalogues).  It came with a raspberry cord tie belt. For her feet either a pair of white one-strap sandals, or a pair of white slip-on mules, or white round-toed court shoes were included. All three shoe types have been found MIP (Mint in Packet) with this outfit.

Pony Club (Ref 44121) – Boutique




































This year, Sindy's budget conscious riding outfit was a pair of stretch jodhpurs with a faux shirt and jumper top. Her jodhpurs were made of a light tan coloured nylon with soft toffee coloured brushed-nylon knee pads with a lighter contrasting stitching. They had a sewn-on waistband made of the same fabric, a fly opening and white elasticated stirrups. They fastened at the front with one sewn-on metal snap fastener. Sindy's top was a bright sunflower yellow nylon jumper. It had a brown and white cotton lapels at the neck with matching sewn-on fabric cuffs, giving the impression of a jumper worn over a check shirt. The waistband was made of the sunflower yellow nylon, and the jumper fastened at the back of the neck with one sewn-on round metal snap fastener. This outfit came with a pair of Sindy's black plastic high-heeled riding boots and a long black plastic riding crop.

 

This outfit was also used for the Pony Club Gift Set (International Ref 44853) which we will show in 1982 Scenesetters and for the Horse, Outfit and Equestrian Set sold through the 1982 Autumn/Winter Kays Catalogue.

Tender Touch (Ref 44122) – Boutique































This year Sindy got a new delicate set of pink lingerie. The set included a pink nylon lace bralette with ribbon straps and an elasticated back.  Her half-slip had a slit at each side and was made of a flowery white nylon lace which picked out the flowers with a shiny pink thread. The hem was trimmed in a pink and white lace. There were two pairs of high-leg, high-waist panties made of a silky nylon with a flourish of lace at the waist. They were pink with pink lace and white with pink lace. The outfit came with a pair of white one-strap sandals.


Our MIP (Mint In Packet) outfit is beautiful, but there are issues with it, the bra is far to big (and had to be adjusted) and the pink pants are cut very tightly and were very difficult to put on for the photo. We would be interested to learn of your experiences with this outfit.

Dream Boat (Ref 44123) – Boutique
































A strapless charcoal grey, thin crimplene floor-length nightdress was the focus of this little outfit. It was elasticated at the top of the bodice and around the waist. The skirt had a slit at each side and both the top of the bodice and the hem was trimmed in a pale pink nylon lace. Accompanying the nightdress was a lacy edge-to-edge short-sleeved bed jacket made with the same white and pink flowered nylon lace as was used for the Tender Touch half-slip (Ref 44122) see above. All the edges of the bed jacket were trimmed in the pink and white lace that was also used for the Tender Touch half-slip. This outfit came with a pair of Sindy’s pink fur trimmed slippers, both closed-toe and open-toed versions have been spotted MIP (Mint in Packet).

Evening Out (Ref 44124) – Boutique































For a night out Sindy was given a maxi-skirt and long-length blouse made from a silky chocolate coloured shiny nylon. The skirt was A-line in shape with an elasticated waist. The matching blouse had a V-neckline and long sleeves with elasticated cuffs. The neckline, the edges of the front of the blouse and the end of the sleeves were trimmed in a coffee coloured nylon lace (similar in style but in a different colour to the lace used for the Dream Boat (Ref 44123) nightdress. This was a wrapover design which was secured with a gold braid belt fastened at the back with a square of velcro. It was the same braid as was used for the Disco Glitter (Ref 44113) choker. For her feet, a pair of brown tassel shoes.

Blue Skies (Ref 44125) – Boutique



































This was an all-in-on jumpsuit made of medium blue azure coloured cotton. It had sewn-on, turned-back cap sleeves, a sewn-on collar and turned-back lapels and straight legs. It fasted at the front with one round metal snap fastener. The outfit came with a navy blue ribbon tie belt. For her feet were either a pair of blue one-strap sandals or blue slip-on mules, both shoe types have been found MIP (Mint in Packet) with this outfit. As a matter of interest, this was a rare appearance for blue slip-on mules as they were not normally featured with Sindy outfits.

Miss Sindy

April Showers (Ref 44361) – Miss Sindy



































A charcoal grey, double-breasted trench coat made of thick drill cotton was the centrepiece of Sindy’s coat outfit. It had a sewn-on collar with reverse lapels, a storm flap over her left breast, straps around the wrists of her long sleeves and a vent at the back. It was decorated with 4 small black buttons on the front and was belted at the waist with a separate thin tie belt. The coat fastened at the front with two metal snap fasteners. It came with a matching brimmed hat made of the same drill cotton and the top of the crown of this hat was stitched into four segments to give it some height and structure. The underside of the brim was lined with soft brushed cotton which was patterned with a navy blue and red check pattern on a fawn background. The outfit came with a match check scarf and a big brown corduroy shopping bag. To complete the outfit was a pair of Sindy’s knee-high brown boots.

Riding Out (Ref 44362) – Miss Sindy


































Sindy's premium riding outfit was a pair of jodhpurs with a faux shirt and jumper top and a padded gilet. Her straight-legged jodhpurs were made of a light grey coloured nylon with knee pads made of the same material. They had a front-fly opening and fastened with one sewn-on metal snap fastener. Sindy's top was a red brushed nylon jumper with matching stretch nylon used for cuffs and waistband. This riding jumper had sewn-on lapels made of tartan cotton to again give the impression of a jumper worn over a shirt. On the chest was a vinyl horse head and horseshoe similar to 1981’s Pony Club (Ref 44080). The jumper fastened at the back of the neck with one sewn-on round metal snap fastener. The outfit was completed with a black cotton gilet. The outfit came with a pair of Sindy's black plastic high-heeled riding boots and a long black plastic riding crop.

Warm ‘n’ Cosy (Ref 44363) – Miss Sindy






























Sindy would indeed be warm and cosy in this bedtime outfit of a nightshirt and bathrobe. Sindy’s knee-length nightshirt was made of red and white cotton striped cotton. The round neck was trimmed with white nylon lace, and it had a deep, half-placket opening down the front where it fastened with one round metal snap fastener.  It had long, full sleeves bound at the wrists with the same striped fabric and a shirt-tail hemline. The ankle-length, wrapover bathrobe was made from bright butter yellow, cotton towelling. The neckline and front edges of the robe were bound with white binding and edged with red and white cotton trim. The full-length sleeves had wide rolled-back cuffs which were also decorated with the red and white cotton trim. The bathrobe fastened with a matching towelling tie belt. The outfit came with a white, brushed-nylon, spongey duck embroidered with pale blue and pale pink thread, which was stitched to Sindy's bathrobe. This outfit came with a pair of Sindy’s white slip-on mules covered in the yellow towelling.

Lingerie (Ref 44364) – Miss Sindy






























Made from a white polyester nylon and trimmed with blue and white lace it had four items of lingerie. There was a white lace bra which was gathered at the bust. It had thin white grosgrain ribbon straps and it fastened at the back with one round, metal stap fastener. The high-leg pants were made of the white polyester with white picot elastic around the waist. This set included a pull-on full slip. It was made of the white polyester and was trimmed with the blue and white lace at the top of the bodice and around the hem. The slip had the same white grosgrain ribbon straps and a deep knee-high flounce. Completing the lingerie set was a cute white polyester romper which also had the same white grosgrain ribbon straps and a blue and white nylon lace trim around each leg. It was gathered at the bust and it fastened at the back with one round, metal stap fastener. This outfit came with a pair of Sindy’s open-toed slippers trimmed with white fur.

Rodeo (Ref 44365) – Miss Sindy


































This outfit was probably a tie-in to Sindy’s Western Sets which were also issued in 1982.

 

Sindy’s Rodeo shirt was made of a soft brushed cotton with a red and blue check pattern on a white background. It had a sewn-on collar and wide sleeves with sewn-on cuffs. It was decorated with a horizontal white woollen fringe which was stitched in one piece across the front of the chest, the arms and back of the garment. The shirt fastened at the front above the fringe with two sewn-on metal snap fasteners. Her high-waisted trousers were a dark chambray blue cotton. They had a sewn-on waistband and had a fly opening and they fastened with one round, metal stap fastener. Her trousers did not have the white side-stitching shown in the Trade Catalogues. This set came with a pair of Sindy’s new white cowboy boots.

Although not shown in the Trade Catalogues, this outfit came with a soft white felt hat with a wide brim and a high circular crown. It can be difficult to style and was quite shapeless.

Springtime (Ref 44366) – Miss Sindy



































A midi-length pale green skirt suit was the centrepiece of this outfit. Made of a soft drill cotton, the tailored jacket had a sewn-on collar, turned back lapels and long straight sleeves. It fastened at the front with two sewn-on metal snap fasteners. The matching A-Line midi skirt had a sewn-on waistband and two stitched-down pleats to the front. The skirt fastened at the back with one round, metal stap fastener.

Under her jacket, Sindy wore a cotton pale peach-cream coloured sleeveless blouse with a matching ribbon tie neck. It fastened at the front with one round, metal stap fastener. This outfit came with a brown velveteen messenger bag. It was edged with a cream cotton binding. The handle was also made of the same cream binding and the deep flap fastened with one round, metal stap fastener. For her feet, a pair of brown tassel shoes.

Super Fashions

Fair Lady (Ref 44376) – Super Fashion

































This was a boxed outfit but it was also used for the Fair Lady (My Fair Lady) boxed doll (Ref 44707 - International Ref 44717), but without the matching parasol.

 

Made of figured nylon satin decorated with little crosses this was also a floor length gown. It is almost identical to the Fair Lady boxed doll outfit. It was a shimmering pink contrasted with bright white figured nylon netting and lace. The scoop necked fitted bodice was made of the pink material with a white net vertical figured yoke which was generously trimmed with a white patterned lace. It had an upright lace frill collar at the neck and with a wider flower-patterned flourish of white nylon lace around the edge of the bodice neckline. The puffed leg-of-mutton sleeves were pink satin to the elbows with a tight sleeve of figured netting to the wrist ending in a trim of the same white nylon lace that was used for the collar around her neck. The hem of her full A-line floor-length skirt was trimmed with the wider flower-patterned white nylon lace used for the top of her bodice neckline.

 

The outfit was completed with a matching pink satin floppy hat with a white taffeta ribbon hatband with a bow at the back. It also had a pretty faux parasol made of the pink satin gathered around a white plastic handle and spine (which is similar to the one used for the Rain and Shine (Ref 44708) boxed doll umbrella). The parasol was edged with white nylon lace and tied with a white taffeta ribbon bow. The outfit came with white one-strap sandals.

Window Shopping (Ref 44377) – Super Fashion



































Perfect for that special shopping trip to Harrods this was an upmarket jacket and skirt outfit. It was made of a coffee and cream houndstooth-patterned thick cotton which was brushed on the inside of the fabric. The jacket was collarless, straight sleeved, and cropped in length with the hem slightly curved at the front. It fastened with two round metal snap fasteners at the neck and at the hem. The narrow A-line shaped skirt was stitched from four pieces of the houndstooth fabric with a kick-split to the front and back of the skirt, It had a sewn-on waistband and fastened at the back of the waist with one sewn-on round metal snap fastener.

Beneath the jacket, Sindy wore a sleeveless cream cotton blouse with a sewn-on high collar trimmed with cream lace. It fastened at the back of her neck with one sewn-on round metal snap fastener. This outfit had some very nice accessories; a brown fake fur stole made from a long rectangle of fabric, a brown velvet ribbon belt with a gold buckle, and a brown felt envelope clutch bag which fastened with a square of velcro. Obviously, Sindy was obviously going to get everything delivered so no need for a shopping bag! For her feet, a pair of brown tassel shoes.

Wedding (Ref 44378) ­– Super Fashion

































Sindy’s wedding dress for 1982 was a dreamy outfit.  It was another underdress with a see-through overdress. The full-length underdress was quite fancy and made of white satin with a high-waisted bodice with two darts beneath the bust. The top of the bodice was edged with white nylon lace, and it had two white grosgrain ribbon shoulder straps. The underdress fastened at the back with two sewn-on round metal snap fasteners. The overdress was made of a white spotted voile. It had a round neck, long sleeves elasticated at the wrists, and a knee-length flounce around the skirt. The neck, cuffs and the top and bottom of the flounce were trimmed in the same white lace as the underdress. Sindy’s veil was very 1920s looking, a simple string of white pear beads were attached to a short net veil which was elasticated along the top edge to fit around Sindy’s head. She carried a bouquet of pale pink fabric flowers; the backs of the petals were white and the flowers had yellow stamens. The finishing touch to the bouquet was trailing white grosgrain ribbons. This outfit came with white round toed court shoes.

Evening Dress (Ref 44379) – Super Fashion
































This was a Victorian styled evening gown made from a rich burgundy satin. It had an unusual shoulder design, a cross between a Grecian neckline, but with wide shoulders like a shawl. The shoulders were sewn to the centre of the fitted bodice above the bust at the front and to each side of the bodice at the back where it fastened. The bodice had two sewn darts beneath the bust and it was decorated at the front with line of tiny black-hued transparent beads at the top of the bodice in line with the sewn-on shoulders. Four of the beads were sewn down the front of the bodice giving the impression of buttons. The dress had a full skirt with a calf-length flounce of the same burgundy satin. The dress fastened at the back with two sewn-on round metal snap fasteners. The outfit came with a dove grey, crochet-style woollen shawl with a fringe.

Made from the same beads as on her dress, Sindy had a bracelet and matching necklace with a faux diamond centrepiece.
This outfit came with black-one strap sandals.

Sindy Goes West (International Ref 44382) - Super Fashion



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This outfit was almost identical to the boxed doll outfit Western Sindy (International Ref 44748 ) see above. The difference was the stiff felted hat was substituted with a soft dark brown felt version to fit flat in the box.

 

To recap, Sindy wore a western-styled cowboy outfit. This outfit had straight legged jeans with two patch pockets to the rear, a sewn-on waistband and a fly opening. Red stitching detail was used to provide front faux waist pockets, to pick out the front fly opening, and to decorate the leg side seams, the waistband and the rear patch pockets. The jeans fastened at the front with two sewn-on square metal snap fasteners. The red, white and black plaid soft brushed-cotton  long-sleeved shirt had a sewn-on gingham collar and white cuffs. It had a stylised western yoke made of white cotton with a brown cotton trim. The white cotton was carried over the shoulders to the back of the shirt where it had a single point yoke made of the white cotton trimmed with the brown cotton in keeping with the tradition of these shirts. It fastened at the breast with one square metal snap fastener. Around her neck Sindy tied a red cotton neckerchief scarf and for her feet she had a pair of her new brown cowboy boots.

 

Out on the range Sindy had the brushed nylon fringed tan waistcoat. For her legs a pair of brushed nylon fringed tan chaps which were attached to a matching belt with a gold buckle. The chaps fastened at the back of the waist belt with one square metal snap fastener and each chap wrapped around Sindy’s leg and fastened on the outside under the side-fringe with four square metal snap fasteners.

The boxed outfit came with a dark brown hat with a wide brim and a high circular crown. It was made of stiched felt pieces. It did not have a hatband. Similarly, to Rodeo (Ref 44365) see above, owners describe it as rather shapeless.

There is also a variation shirt to this outfit which was a poplin-type cotton with a maroon and white gingham pattern. Unfortunately we are unable to show this version, and would be grateful if someone could provide a photo of this?

Motorcycle (Ref 44384) Scenesetter Outfit





































Although shown in the 1982 Trade Catalogue, the outfit that went with Sindy's new Motorcycle was not actually specified in writing until 1983. The only item mentioned was the crash helmet.

Sindy was given a bright red, shiny nylon, one-piece racing suit. It had a small sewn-on collar and elasticated cuffs and ankles. The front of chest was decorated with a bright yellow chevron made from grosgrain ribbon which was sewn to the front of the outfit. The same ribbon was used to decorate the back with a horizontal stripe in line with her shoulder blades. The racing suit opened down the front where it fastened with two sewn-on round metal snap fasteners.

For her head Sindy had a white plastic open face motorcycle helmet with a peak. The crown was decorated with a thin red vertical sticker from front to back. For her feet, Sindy had a pair of her bright yellow trainers.

Coat hanger and Shoe Pack (Ref 44493)
















This was a little plastic bag ‘impulse purchase’ set. It included six hangers (the same as used for Gown Rail - Ref 44387, see 1980 scenesetters). There were four pairs of shoes in this set and as a selling point the Trade Catalogues noted “INCLUDING THREE NEW STYLES”.


The shoes were not exactly the same as photograph in the Catalogues. They were a pair of Sindy’s cream round-toed court shoes, her new brown cowboy boots, a new pair of blue peep toe shoes and a pair of red flat loafers. This was the first appearance of the Sindy’s peep toe and loafer shoes.

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