1983 Sindy Outfits and Separates

In 1983 Sindy’s branding got a makeover. Her heart logo was updated to a stylised swing tag logo with a blonde Sindy wearing a white polo shirt, blue trousers and white pumps striding purposefully in front of a pink heart. Sindy’s name was now underlined indicating confidence and self-assurance. 

The dolls were packaged in deep pink and white striped boxes with an acetate window with the name of the doll picked out in white on the box. 

Outfits now used window box packaging on navy blue and white board. Apart from the ‘International’ range, the outfits were sewn onto a navy blue and white striped backing card, and then these assembled outfits were placed on the navy blue and white striped printed board and a raised moulded acetate window was glued on top. The packaging bore the name of the range picked out in white. On all the packaging, apart from the ‘International’ range, a small photograph of Sindy wearing the outfit was affixed to the bottom right corner of the package window.

Her accessories were packaged in moulded acetate boxes glued to mauve and white striped card. The accessory packaging did not include a name on the front.

Whilst some believed that the makeover was long overdue and necessary to reinvigorate the brand; others felt that the move away from Sindy’s traditional rhodium pink packaging affected her brand recognition, and futher noted that Barbie continued to maintain her own pink presence

Irrespective of how you might feel about the packaging, 1983 is a real joy. Maintaining the brief that Sindy dressed as we do, here is a lovely snapshot of those exuberant fashions that we really wore. Heavily influenced by the clothes worn by Princess Diana, and by the post-punk and new wave pop culture; fashions were stylish and fun. Big sleeves, ruffles, chunky knits, vibrant colours, metallic fabrics, coloured tights, we wore these and so did Sindy.

This was the year of the ‘sad faces’ including three Princess Di Sindy boxed dolls. Two Princess Di Sindys were used for the simpler boxed dolls, ‘Party Girl’ and ‘Holiday Girl’. All the other new boxed Sindys were accessorised boxed doll sets. These accessorised sets very much focused on girls’ interests; pop music, hair and beauty.

‘Fashion Faces’ in particular was very popular and towards the end of 1983, as the stock of sad face head moulds was used up, a new head mould was introduced for the ‘Fashion Faces’ boxed set.

These not so sad face Sindys have beautiful faces. They had a thinner bottom lip and a paler flesh tint. In fact, these doll heads were the palest of all the 1980s Sindys and were used for other boxed dolls in later years. For the want of a better description, we will be calling these the ‘thin-lipped’ Sindys. Their head markings were 033055X with “Sindy” underlined in a raised box above the number.

 

The ever-popular Active Sindys (the ballerinas) were now predominantly sad face Sindys. They retained the 44711 (International Ref 44721) reference and were available in both the pink and white tutu colour combinations. The international Western Sindy was also still available in the new rebranded packaging and their head moulds are the first glimpse of the new 1984 dolls which we will cover in more detail on that page.

Turning to Sindy’s outfits, there were the usual different ranges according to price:

  • There was a cute ‘International’ range which was not shown in the UK Trade catalogue and which were not sold here. Described as “Colourful co-ordinated separates at real budget prices” these were the simplest of outfits. They were very simple, but quite stylish designs. Some were standalone outfits, others were separate garments. None of these outfits came with shoes. There were six little sets in all.
  • The ‘Separates’ range was replaced by the new ‘Casuals’ sets. They were described as “An up-to-the-minute range of low-priced, colourful casuals”. These were all standalone simpler outfits without shoes or additional accessories. There were six sets in the range.
  • The ‘Fun Fashions’ introduced in 1982 were not carried forward to 1983, and instead the ‘Boutique’ range was expanded to twelve outfits. These outfits were fancier than the ‘Casuals’ range and included shoes. There were two collections in the Boutique range “New Year” and “Spring” with six outfits in each. They were described as “young fashion with colour style and excitement”. This range had titles for each outfit, rather than just a description of the garment, and some of these outfits are very nice indeed.
  • The new ‘Collection’ range replaced the previous ‘Miss Sindy’ outfits. They were next tier up from ‘Boutique’ and these outfits were more complicated and had accessories. They were described as “Fashionable outfits for many occasions, with accessories for added play value”. There were six outfits in this range.
  • The top of the range ‘Superfashions’ were renamed ‘Classics’ and described as “Real elegance, fashion and style – luxurious classics”. These were the most expensive Sindy outfits. These were lovely and quite extravagant accessorised outfits. There were four outfits in all.

Sindy’s fashion accessories were updated and expanded in 1983. There were:

  • Two shoe assortments,
  • Four Fashion assortments, and
  • Four Scenesetter assortments.

All our packaged accessory sets are “Made in Hong Kong”. In keeping with our custom, we will show all those sets which Sindy could wear on this page.

Most of the outfits from 1983 had square, sewn-on plastic poppers, although some of the ‘Collection’ and ‘Classic’ ranges did have the round, sewn-on metal snap fasteners. There are hardly any labels in these clothes, although Beautiful Bride has a paper label with black print saying “Made in China”. Apart from the ‘International’ range which all state “Made in Hong Kong” on the packs, the packaging on the other outfits state “Made in China”.

For a detailed description of this boxed doll see 1982 Sindy  1982 Sindy Outfits and Separates

Western (International Ref 44748)

The Western themed international Sindy was still available, repackaged in the new rebranded packaging wearing her new red and white poplin cotton shirt.

The 2nd Gens who were predominantly used for ‘Western’ Sindy (although we have spotted a couple of Sad Faces over the years), was replaced by a new head mould which we will cover next year.

Party Girl (Ref 44762) (Boxed doll outfit)

This Princess Di Sindy, available as a blonde or a brunette, was dressed in a simple, but pretty sailor suit inspired dress, echoing the sailor suit dresses worn by Princess Diana herself.

Made from navy blue and white striped printed cotton, this dress had straight half sleeves, and a ruffle frill at the hem. It was embellished with a separate white cotton sailor collar trimmed with a navy satin ribbon with long streamers, which could be tied into a bow at the front of Sindy’s chest. Thoughtfully, the collar was attached to one side of the front of the dress, so it didn’t get lost. The dress fastened at the back with two metal square-shaped snap fasteners. Plastic fasteners have also been spotted. For her feet, Sindy had a pair of her white slip-on mules.

The thing to bear in mind with the Sad Faces (and actually with all Sindys), is there is more than one head mould. This doll was often manufactured in more than one country and in multiple locations, with different vinyl mixes (hence hard heads and soft head sad faces), different painting templates and different workers stitching their hair and eyelashes, and so there are variations. Over time the Sad Face evolves as head moulds are remade, with some of the later dolls looking more like 1984 dolls such as the boxed doll on the left, she almost looks like a ‘Cut n Style’ doll, but she isn’t. Pedigree was in the business of selling as many dolls as possible and there are manufacturing differences. That’s what makes sad faces and the Princess Di dolls so interesting to collect.

Holiday Girl (Ref 44763) (Boxed doll outfit)

As the title suggested, this was a beachwear outfit worn a blonde Princess Di Sindy in the Trade Catalogue. Very occasionally we have seen brunette versions over years, but whether these were original or redressed dolls we can’t say. We would be pleased to hear from anyone who has a boxed brunette ‘Holiday Girl’.

The swimsuit was made of jade, green stretch nylon, rounded at the front and curving down at the back. It was decorated at the top of the bodice with two contrasting narrow strips of cream and lilac satin ribbon. It fastened at the back of the neck with two lilac ribbons which were attached to the front of the swimsuit. The edge of the lilac cotton wraparound skirt was trimmed with the cream satin ribbon making for a pretty contrast to the swimsuit. The waist of the wraparound skirt was gathered and sewn with the same cream satin ribbon, which also formed the ties for the skirt.

This set came with faux brimmed straw hat with a white elasticated chin strap, a pair of green wraparound sunglasses, and a moulded grey plastic radio cassette player. For her feet Sindy had a pair of white one-strap sandals.

Pop Singer (Ref 44766 - International Ref 44776) (Boxed doll outfit)

Worn by a blonde Princess Di Sindy, this outfit was the epitome of an early 80s pop chick.

Sindy wore an chic oversized, knee-length, shirt dress made from a yellow and black polka dot cotton. The dress had a mandarin collar with a high yoke and drop-shoulders. Its fashionable balloon sleeves were elasticated at the wrist. The dress fastened with two plastic snap fasteners, and it is an interesting dress because it can be worn with the dress opening at the front (which was how Sindy wore it in the box) or with the opening at the back.

The dress was worn with a very fashionable wide clinch boho belt with a smaller buckle strap attached. Sindy’s was made of a wide strip of black taffeta ribbon with a narrow strip of black taffeta ribbon stitched at each end to the middle of the wider ribbon. A gold coloured faux mini-buckle threaded onto the smaller taffeta ribbon. The belt fastened at the back with black velcro.

For her legs Sindy wore a pair of black stretch nylon tights which were worn with yellow tassel shoes. A taffeta black bow attached to a headband made of black elastic completed the look.

Three different widths of black taffeta ribbon were used for Sindy’s headband and her two-strap clinch belt.

Pop Singer was accessorised with an electric guitar and organ. There are two colour combinations for these musical instruments.

The guitar had a black vinyl plastic guitar strap, and the guitar body, neck, headstock and tuning pegs was moulded from either one piece of mauve or red plastic. A multi-coloured sticker affixed to the front of the guitar provided the volume and tone controls, bridge, pickups, strings and fret detail.

The body of the electric organ was moulded from either one piece of mauve or red plastic. It stood on 4 detachable slim yellow plastic legs. A multi-coloured sticker affixed to the front of the organ provided the key board and sound controls detailing.

Normally, the red guitar is found with the mauve keyboard, and the mauve guitar with the red keyboard.

We have also seen all mauve and all red musical instruments, but as yet we have not seen these MIB (Mint in Box).

Lastly, we know of three variations to Sindy’s dress. 

Show left, from left to right: a deeper orange-yellow and black polka dot print, the more usual yellow and black polka dot print, and a yellow dress with a much bigger black polka print.

Hairstylist (Ref 44764 - International Ref 44774) (Boxed doll outfit)

This was the only accessorised box set which included auburn and brunette Sindys as well as blondes.

Sindy was ready to style hair dressed in her practical, red cotton coverall jumpsuit. The jumpsuit had elbow length sleeves with stitched cuffs, a sewn-on collar and turned-back revers creating a smart neckline. She also had two sewn-on mechanic-style patch pockets at her hips for all those bits and pieces she might need whilst working. The jumpsuit fastened at the front with one sewn-on plastic popper. Completing the look was a yellow and green web belt, with a gold-metal square buckle, it fastened at the back with a velcro square. Sindy wore red slip-on mules and her hair was tied back with silky pink ballerina ribbon.

Her hairstyling accessories were:

  • A navy blue, floral cotton shoulder length styling-cape decorated with savoy blue, coral pink and red flowers with green leaves and flower centres. It fastened at the neck with coral pink taffeta ribbon ties.
  • A Sindy hairbrush.
  • Two sets of cream plastic crimping plates decorated with moulded hearts and four round rubber bands to hold them in place.
  • Six cream plastic curling rods with attached clips.
  • A clear plastic setting lotion bottle with a light pink plastic bottle top, which was originally filled with red setting lotion. The setting lotion in this bottle has long since evaporated but it still contains remnants of it at the base of the bottle.
  • A clear plastic puffer spray bottle with a light pink plastic squeeze puffer atomiser.

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Hairstylist came with a double folded six page instruction leaflet which, strangely, had a drawing of Sindy with only one eyebrow (see top left). The instructions also suggested that when the lotion ran out, you could style Sindy’s hair with water, and could even use two or three drops of cochineal to colour the water. Given that cochineal can be used to permanently dye clothes, this does seem to be an odd choice. Given the number of discoloured styling capes that can be spotted today, it would appear that this instruction was faithfully followed by some budding hairdressers!

Fashion Faces (Ref 44765 - International Ref 44775) (Boxed doll outfit)

Sindy’s last accessorised boxed doll set related to beauty, hair and make-up. She was a blonde-haired Sindy.

She wore a very pretty, white nylon gauze, gypsy-style midi dress which was very fashionable at the time. For added detail, the white fabric was woven with slightly shinier, white vertical stripes. The wide neckline was elasticated and could worn off the shoulder, it was trimmed with a wide ruffle of white nylon lace. The waist was elasticated, and the skirt had three tiers. The seams of the two middle tiers were decorated with white nylon lace threaded with a two strand gold braid. The dress fastened at the back of the neck with one sewn-on metal snap fastener. As a finishing touch the dress had a plaited, gold braid tie belt. Around her neck Sindy wore a gold-coloured metal choker with three round beads: a large bead in the centre with a small bead either side. For her feet she wore white, round-toed court shoes.

‘Fashion Faces’ Sindy was a very popular doll. At some point during 1983, as the Sad Faces ran out, she was substituted by the new thin-lipped Sindy (shown left).

Her beauty accessories were:

  • A creamy coloured plastic beauty case moulded in the shape of a scallop with a Sindy ‘S’ on each side at the hinge. Inside the lid was a heart shape stick-on mirror and the case contained 3 washable felt pens for colouring her hair and 3 make-up pencils for her face.
  • A round, cream coloured plastic tub of real cold cream make-up remover covered with a transparent plastic insert. The tub had a screw lid with a gold Sindy ‘S’ on the lid.
  • Two creamy plastic hair combs decorated with a moulded heart.
  • Two matching hair slides, also decorated with a moulded heart.

There are two variations to the gold braid plaited tie belt. A thicker, darker gold version and a much thinner, light golden coloured version. Shown above side by side are two International dolls showing the thick and thin belts. The later thin-lipped Sindy (main photo) was also bought wearing the thicker gold braid plaited tie belt. We would be interested to hear what you have?

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‘Fashion Faces’ also came with a simple folded four page leaflet.

International

Shoes are models’ own.

There were six sets in the ‘International’ range. Two complete outfits and four separate garments. As a budget range, they were quite simple in their design and manufacture. None of them came with shoes.

Trousers and Belt (International Ref 44150) – International

A pair of straight-leg light blue cotton trousers with an elasticated waist and white stitching down the outside seam of each leg. The belt was made from white barley twist cotton cord, knotted at the ends.

Shirt and Shawl (International Ref 44151) – International

A fine cotton white shirt dress printed with a white polka dot. It had a sewn-on collar with small turned-back revers and sewn-on short sleeves. It opened down the front where it fastened with two metal snap fasteners. The red and white narrow striped cotton shawl (or scarf) was triangular in shape and hemmed along each edge. Sindy could fashionably tie it around her waist.

Tartan Skirt (International Ref 44152) – International

A soft cotton midi-length skirt made of a light blue, dark blue, khaki, wheat and white tartan. It had a sewn-on waistband and a flourish of white nylon lace at the hem. It opened down the back where it fastened with three metal snap fasteners.

Sweat Shirt (International Ref 44153) – International

A bright red, brushed nylon top. It had a round neck and short sleeves. The neck, sleeves and waistband were finished with red ribbed cotton. It fastened at the back of the neck with a metal snap fastener.

Bermuda Shorts and Top (International Ref 44154) – International

The camisole top was made from a rectangle of navy blue, red and white striped cotton. It had narrow navy blue taffeta ribbon shoulder straps and it fastened at the back with two sewn-on metal snap fasteners. The co-ordinating Bermuda shorts were made of red seersucker cotton. It had a sewn-on waistband and faux turn-ups whereby the fabric was simply folded over and stitched. The waistband had three belt loops made of narrow red taffeta ribbon; two at the front and one at the back. The shorts fastened at the back with one sewn-on metal snap fastener. A length of white narrow taffeta ribbon was included as a tie belt.

An Interesting aspect of this Mint in Packet (MIP) outfit is that the stripes on the camisole are on the vertical, however the catalogue shows the stripes on the horizontal. We would be very interested to know what others have found with this top.

Striped Jacket (International Ref 44155) – International

A simple casual jacket made of blue and white striped cotton. It had long sleeves, a sewn-on collar and turned-back revers. It had a small square breast pocket.

Casuals

T-Shirt and Trousers (Ref 44001) - Casuals

The T-shirt top was made of a very dark navy blue and white striped, knitted cotton-nylon blend. It had a round neck and sewn-on short sleeves. It opened down the back where it fastened with two sewn-on plastic press fasteners. The emerald green, straight-leg cotton trousers had turn ups, a fly front and a sewn-on waistband. The trousers fastened at the waist with a sewn-on plastic press fastener.

This outfit did not come with shoes.

Some photos of this outfit showed a red tie-belt at the waist, but we have this Mint in Packet, and it was not included with the set.

T-shirt and Pedal Pushers (Ref 44002) - Casuals

A cute top and cropped trouser set. The T-shirt top was made of white knitted cotton printed with narrow blue, red and yellow stripes. It had a bateau neckline and sewn-on short sleeves. It opened down the back where it fastened with two sewn-on plastic press fasteners. The bright red crop trousers had a sewn-on waistband decorated at the front with two white plastic buttons. The legs of cropped trousers had a side-split at the calf, decorated with two white thread cross-stiches with the thread tied into a bow at the hem. The pedal pushers fastened at the back of the waist with a sewn-on plastic press fastener.

This outfit did not come with shoes.

Swimsuit and Jacket (ref 44003) - Casuals

This set consisted of a scarlet red one-piece bathing costume made of stretch nylon. The swimsuit was gathered between the bust and it had white silky cord halter necktie-straps. The co-ordinating oversized jacket was made of red and white striped cotton. It had long sleeves, a sewn-on collar and turned-back revers. The jacket had two large square pockets at the hip and a smaller square breast pocket decorated with faux, green cotton breast pocket handkerchief.

This outfit did not come with shoes.

Matching Skirt and Top (Ref 44004) - Casuals

Made of white cotton muslin, this skirt and top was embellished with a printed blue floral cotton fabric. The sleeveless top had a sailor’s collar made of the blue floral fabric, trimmed close to the edges with a yellow silky cord. It opened down the back where it fastened with two sewn-on plastic press fasteners. The matching skirt had an elasticated waist, and the blue floral fabric was used to create a pretty ruffle with the yellow silky cord used to decorate the seam.

This outfit did not come with shoes.

The blue and white floral fabric used for this set was a reuse of the material used for the floral dress and hat of 1981 Bo-Peep.

This is our Mint in Packet ‘Shorts Suit’ carefully opened for this photo, but still stitched to the backing card. As you can see, the belt is a lovely light green colour, although the buckle stitching is a darker green. The ribbon is neither faded nor discoloured, it is the same colour front and back, and behind the stitched buckle seam.

We always thought this belt was a darker green until we looked closely at our own. Could it be a factory substitution? We have seen darker versions, but they are not ours to show and we would be keen to know what you have?

Shorts Suit with Belt (Ref 44005) - Casuals

A blue cotton, short-legged jumpsuit with sewn-on short sleeves, and a sewn-on collar and turned-back mini-revers detailing. The sleeves and jumpsuit legs had faux turn-ups where the fabric was folded over and stitched. The jumpsuit fasted at the breast with a sewn-on plastic press fastener. Sindy’s pull through belt was made of green nylon ribbon with a double ring buckle made of gold-coloured metal.

This outfit did not come with shoes.

Printed Dress (Ref 44006) - Casuals

Sindy’s T-shirt dress was made of white knitted cotton. It had a simple V-neck and cap sleeves. It fastened at the back with two sewn-on plastic press fasteners. The front of the dress was printed with three palm trees.

This outfit did not come with shoes.

Boutique

Party Time (Ref 44010) Boutique – New Year

A very pretty pink and purple ensemble reminiscent of the swashbuckling eccentricity of the New Romantics with its ruffled blouse and satin jodphurs.

Sindy was given a pretty, loose fitting, nylon silk, pastel pink blouse. It had a high square yoke, long sleeves, and a stand-up collar. The full sleeves were pleated at the arm holes and gathered at the wrists to create frilly cuffs. The stand-up collar was sewn with small pleats to create a ruffle. It opened down the front where it fastened with two sewn-on plastic press fasteners. It was a very versatile blouse. It could be worn loose over trousers or a skirt, and it could also be worn back to front and look equally as good. The co-ordinating jodhpur-style trousers were made of purple moiré polyester satin. The trousers had a sewn-on waistband and fastened at the back with one sewn-on plastic press fastener. This outfit came with a pair of purple one-strap sandals.

Pony Rider (Ref 44011) Boutique – New Year

Sindy wore a multi-coloured, chunky knit jumper made from black, blue, green, mushroom and white acrylic wool. It had a sewn-on V neckline, and long sleeves. The jumper was stitched so that the pattern on the sleeves blended into the jumper pattern at the armholes. The jumper fastened at the back of the neck with one large white painted metal popper. For her legs Sindy had a pair of camel coloured, corduroy jodhpurs. The jodhpurs had a sewn-on waistband and fastened at the back of the waist with a sewn-on plastic press fastener. For her neck, Sindy had a yellow crimplene nylon triangular scarf, which was folded over and stitched along each hem. This outfit came with a pair of Sindy’s black plastic high-heeled riding boots and a long black plastic riding crop.

Dreamtime (Ref 44012) Boutique – New Year

The first of Sindy’s bedtime outfits for 1983 was a cute camisole and cropped trouser pyjama set. The white cotton fabric was printed with pink, turquoise and yellow flowers and leaves, in a faux broderie anglaise pattern. The camisole was made from a rectangle of the fabric decorated at the top with white nylon lace threaded with a deep pink silky ribbon. The same deep pink ribbon was used to make the camisole straps. It was open at the back and fastened with two sewn-on plastic press fasteners. The cropped pyjama bottoms were made from the same patterned cotton, and were elasticated at the waist, and at the bottom of each trouser leg. The position of the elastic at the bottom of each leg provided for a little ruffle and sewn to the hem was a decorative flourish of white and pink nylon lace. This outfit came with a pair of white slip-on mules, covered with pale pink faux fur.

Bright ‘n’ Breezy (Ref 44013) Boutique – New Year

There were two jumper (or sweater) dresses in the Boutique range this year.

The first was a multi-coloured, acrylic wool, knitted dress with a rollneck and long sleeves. The dress was indeed bright, with stripes of red, white, black, light blue, yellow and royal blue. It was cleverly cut so that the stripes on the sleeves matched dress and blended into the dress stripes at the armholes. It came with a pair of bright red, narrow ribbed, nylon tights. A pair of Sindy’s white knee-high boots completed the look.

Little Things (Ref 44014) Boutique – New Year

A new underwear set for Sindy using deep yellow and lemon accents. As usual, there was a bra, two pairs of panties and a half slip. The bra was made of white brushed nylon with a deep yellow nylon lace trim around the top of the bra and between the breasts. The bra had narrow white satin ribbon straps and it fastened at the back with one plastic press fastener.

The panties were both cut in the same shape with elasticated waists and a lace trim around each leg hole. One pair matched the bra and was made of white brushed nylon with a deep yellow nylon lace trim around each leg. The other pair was made of lemon brushed nylon with a white nylon lace around each leg. The half-slip came to below Sindy’s knees and was made of a white nylon netting patterned with lemon wavy lines. It had an elasticated waist and was trimmed with white nylon lace at the hem (the same lace as used for the lemon panties). To finish the ensemble, Sindy had a pair of white slip-on mules, covered with lemon faux fur.

Keeping Fit (Ref 44015) Boutique – New Year

A turquoise towelling fitness outfit which consisting of a sweatshirt, jogging bottoms, sweatband and trainers. The sweatshirt had a wide boat shaped neckline and was trimmed with a contrasting white rick around the armholes. It had a sewn-on neckline, cuffs and waistband made from the same turquoise towelling and it fastened at the back of the neck with one plastic press fastener. The jogging bottoms were elasticated at the waist and around each ankle. The set included a matching turquoise towelling sweatband and a pair of Sindy’s yellow trainers.

Smarty Pants (Ref 44016) Boutique – Spring

Following press photos of Princess Diana wearing knickerbockers in the early 1980s, the style saw a brief resurgence in popularity. Teamed here with another 1980s classic, the bolero jacket, Sindy’s outfit was a sumptuous on-trend outfit perfect for a night out.

Sindy wore a purple moiré polyester satin camisole. The camisole was made from a rectangle of the fabric with the same fabric used to make the camisole straps. It was open at the back and fastened with two sewn-on plastic press fasteners. For her legs, a matching pair of knickerbockers with a sewn waistband and sewn-on knickerbocker bands at the knee. The knickerbockers fastened at the back of Sindy’s waist with on sewn-on plastic press fastener. On top of her camisole Sindy wore a cotton bolero jacket made with a cerulean blue printed pattern decorated in a floral paisley style with old gold, purple, light blue and white colours. The front of the jacket was lined with a beautiful gold lamé, basket weave fabric. The jacket had elasticated, elbow-length puff sleeves.  A long gold lamé, basket weave tie belt completed the look. The belt was sewn along the long ends and the ends were unsewn and fringed. This outfit came with a pair of purple one-strap sandals.

Candy Stripe (Ref 44017) Boutique – Spring

We have found descriptions for this outfit, which describe either a dungaree or a jumpsuit and in fact either name works. However, as ladies of a certain age, we definitely remember this style, and we knew them as Andy Pandy dungarees.

Sindy’s pretty candy pink, nylon seersucker, Andy Pandy dungarees was a loose-fitting garment with tapered legs and no bib. The front and back of the dungarees were cut the same shape, with two over the shoulder straps stitched to the front of the top. Each strap fastened at the top of the back with a plastic press fastener. The coordinating blouse was made of candy pink and white striped cotton. It had long sleeves elasticated at the wrists, and a high neck ruffle. It opened down the back where it fastened with two plastic press fasteners. For this outfit Sindy was given a pair of white slip-on mules.

Frosty Pants (Ref 44018) Boutique – Spring

The second jumper (or sweater) dress in the Boutique range this year.

This was an Aran style, cream acrylic wool, knitted dress with a rollneck and long sleeves. It came with a pair of navy blue stretch nylon tights and co-ordinating cream round-toed court shoes.

Cocktail Party (Ref 44019) Boutique – Spring

Another costume dressing-up trend of the early 1980s were hareem pants and yes Sindy had a pair.

This outfit matched a pair of magenta cotton hareem-style trousers with a matching waistcoat. The trousers had a sewn-on waistband with pleats at the waist and a fly opening at the back combined with sewn-on ankle cuffs which gathered the legs. It fastened with one plastic snap fastener at the waist. The matching cotton waistcoat had an open front finished with points. The white nylon crimplene blouse was knitted with a silky fleck. It has a high neck and a jabot attached to the front of the blouse made from white nylon lace. This blouse had leg of mutton sleeves, finishing with a flourish of the white nylon lace around each wrist. It was open at the back and fastened with two sewn-on plastic press fasteners. For this outfit Sindy had a pair of white tassel shoes.

Metallic Mover (Ref 44020) Boutique – Spring

A gorgeous faux leather bomber jacket and mini skirt made of a metallic old gold PU coated fabric.

Sindy’s bomber jacket had a stand-up collar, long sleeves elasticated at the wrists and an elasticated waist. Her matching A-Line mini skirt had a sewn-on waistband and a fly front where it fastened with one sewn-on plastic press fastener. Under her bomber jacket, Sindy wore a silky red nylon blouse. It was sleeveless and had a sewn-on loose, round neck collar made from the same material. It opened down the back and fastened at the back of the neck with one sewn-on plastic press fastener.

Although Sindy’s shoes in the catalogue were shown as red round toed court shoes, the outfit actually came with red loafer shoes. We have also seen it Mint in Packet with red slip-on mules. We would be interested to know what anyone else has found?

Disco Date (Ref 44021) Boutique – Spring

Another style trend from the 1980s was the Ra-Ra (aka RaRa) dress and so of course Sindy had one.

Sindy’s dress was made from viridian green, soft nylon jersey. This sleeveless dress had a round neck at the front dipping to V at the back. It had a drop waist attached to two overlapping flounces for the skirt. It fastened at the back with two sewn-on plastic press fasteners. The dress was accessorised with a silver lurex fishnet belt which tied in a bow and a matching pair of silver lurex fishnet tights. A pair of white one-strap sandals completed the look.

We know of two fabric versions of this outfit:

The first matches the photograph in the catalogue (shown main photo above). The cape is made of a cocoa brown wool with a light fleck in it. The scarf and trim on the underside of the brim of the hat is a woven, multicoloured brown, coffee and mocha tweed. This Cape fastened with three plastic snap fasteners.

Shown right is the variation made of a dark brown wool. The scarf and trim on the underside of the brim of the hat uses a cotton fabric with a dog tooth pattern woven with liver, chestnut and mocha coloured threads. This cape fastened with three round metal snap fasteners.

Collection

Autumn Days (Ref 44130) – Collection

This year’s coat was a calf length cape. It was made of a brown woven wool fabric. It had a stand-up collar. A nice decorative feature was the attached scarf. One end of the scarf was stitched to the back and neckline of the cape with the rest of the scarf hanging loose so that it could be thrown over Sindy’s opposite shoulder.

The cape fastened with three snap fasteners at the front of the cape. She had a matching brimmed hat made of the same brown wool, with the underside of the brim sewn with the same co-ordinating fabric as the scarf. The crown of this hat was intricately stitched into four segments to give the hat shape. A pair of her knee-high brown boots accompanied this outfit.

There are also two interesting variations of the tweed scarf version which comes with different coloured knee-high boots. Shown left tan coloured boots  and right caramel coloured boots.

Alpine Sports (Ref 44131) – Collection

The centrepiece of Sindy’s new skiing outfit was a white stretch nylon bodysuit. An all-in-one garment with long sleeves and which enclosed the feet. It had navy blue ribbed nylon cuffs and a matching turtleneck. It fastened at the back with a strip of velcro. Her coordinating quilted anorak was made of red nylon with navy blue ribbed nylon cuffs, collar, and waistband. The front edges of the anorak were trimmed with a navy blue cotton binding. White and navy blue narrow satin ribbons decorated the front of the upper chest and around the upper arms of the anorak. The anorak fastened with three round metal snap fasteners.

The outfit came with a pair of orange plastic ski boots with each moulded with laces, lacing rings and a tongue. At the toe and heel of the boot were moulded tabs which could be slotted into toe and heel bindings on Sindy’s new black plastic moulded skis. The deck of the ski was decorated with black and red stripes. A pair of moulded black plastic ski poles completed the set. The ski poles had moulded handles, baskets and tips.

We had always assumed that the tights for this set were a brilliant white, so we were surprised on opening this mint box to discover that the tights were actually a creamy-white. Surprisingly, worn on Sindy, they look really nice and much better than we expected. Much softer looking and very complimentary to the rest of the outfit.

French Collection (Ref 44132) – Collection

Sindy’s premium underwear range was gorgeous. Made from a shiny lilac polyester nylon, this was a six-piece set plus a pair of slippers.

The bra was made of the lilac polyester stitched between the breasts, and decored with white nylon lace along the top edge. The bra had narrow lilac satin ribbon straps and it fastened at the back with one metal press fastener. As an alternative, there was a lilac camisole top made from a rectangle of the lilac fabric decorated at the top with a white nylon lace. A narrow lilac satin ribbon was used to make the camisole straps. It was open at the back and fastened with two sewn-on metal press fasteners.

This set had two pairs of pants. The first pair was lilac polyester French knickers with an elasticated waist and with the same white nylon lace trimming each leg hole. The second pair was a pair of shiny royal purple, textured polyester high leg panties. This pair just had an elasticated waist.

The knee-length, generously cut half-slip, was made from the lilac polyester. It had an elasticated waist, and the hem was stitched with a flounce of floral patterned, white nylon lace. A pair of creamy-white nylon stretch tights was a new addition to Sindy’s lingerie, and a pair of white slip-on mules, covered with lilac faux fur completed the set.

Dressage (Ref 44133) – Collection

A real favourite amongst Sindy horse-related collectors is this very authentic dressage outfit with its shadbelly coat. A shadbelly is a formal riding coat used for fourth level dressage and above. But, it may also be used for formal occasions in the fox hunting field, and it is used in hunter-jumper events. Shadbellies are characterized by their unique vintage design, which includes long fitted tails, and three or four fastening buttons. It was a style of coat first made popular by Beau Brummell, a leader of fashion in Regency England at the beginning of the 19th Century.

Sindy’s shadbelly coat was made of black drill cotton. It had long straight sleeves, a sewn-on collar and turned-back revers. The tails of the coat were lined with the same black drill cotton, and the chest of the coat was decorated with four small black buttons. It actually fastened with two sewn-on metal snap fasteners. A nice finishing touch was a Union Jack sticker on Sindy’s left breast. In keeping with tradition, Sindy wore a pair of white stretch nylon breaches with sewn-on knee pads made of the same white stretch nylon. These breaches were knee-length with a sewn-on waistband made of white cotton bias binding. The breaches fastened with one metal snap fastener.  Sindy had a white stock (cravat) for her neck made of unhemmed, shiny ribbed nylon. She also had a black, elasticated hair net to keep her hair neat and tidy. A pair of her black knee-high boots completed her outfit.

Some collectors believe that this outfit came with a riding top hat because it looks so right with this outfit. But this is not actually the case, as shown left. The top hat came with ‘Sindy’s Gig’ (Ref 44519) and ‘Gig and Horse’ (Ref 44520) see 1982 Sindy Scenesetters

An interesting aspect of this outfit is the packaging itself. Great care was taken to match the attaching thread of the backing card to the colour of the garments.

Ahoy There (Ref 44134) – Collection

Another nautical themed outfit. 

Sindy was given a fashionable cropped open-front blazer, with curved hems at the front. It had long straight sleeves and a sewn-on sailor collar. The blazer was trimmed with narrow navy blue satin ribbon above the hem of each sleeve and around the collar. The blazer fastened with a bow made of ribbon ties from the same navy ribbon. Accompanying the jacket was a pair of white drill cotton knee-length tailored shorts with turn-ups. The shorts had had a fly front, a sewn-on waistband and fastened with two metal snap fasteners at the front of the waist.

Under her blazer Sindy wore a red and white, horizontal striped, stretch nylon bandeau top with narrow white satin ribbon shoulder straps. Her top fastened at the back with two sewn-on metal snap fasteners. The outfit was accessorised with a white felt sailor’s boater trimmed with a narrow red satin ribbon hat band with streamers. She carried a red linen sailor’s kitbag decorated with narrow navy blue satin ribbon sewn with a Royal Navy ‘Executive Curl’ motif, and a co-ordinating straight white satin ribbon. The bag had a silky white cord drawstring.

The finishing touch was pair of Sindy’s blue round toed court shoes.

Sportstime (Ref 44135) – Collection

A really great sports kit, with a new tennis outfit, which was good because Sindy had been wearing the same tennis dress since 1966. Her new tennis outfit was less formal, but it was still white in keeping with Wimbledon’s rules that players must wear garments that are almost entirely white. A tradition that remains to this day.

This was a two-part outfit, a track suit and tennis gear. The track suit was made of cotton jersey. The body and sleeves of the jacket were pale blue with the yoke (front and back) and the collar a contrasting yellow. The jacket had sewn-on cuffs and a drawstring waist which use a narrow pale blue satin ribbon as drawstrings. The jacket fastened down the front with round metal snap fasteners. The pale blue jogging bottoms had an elasticated waist and sewn-on ankle cuffs. Sindy’s new tennis shirt was made of crisp white cotton. It had short sleeves, a sewn-on collar and turned-back revers. It fastened at the breast with one sewn-on plastic popper. The sleeves were trimmed with a strip of narrow, yellow satin ribbon, tying it back to the tracksuit. Sindy’s tennis skirt was made of white drill cotton. It had a sewn-on waistband and featured a centre front pleat. The hem of the skirt was trimmed with the same yellow satin ribbon as the shirt. It fastened at the back of the waist with one sewn-on plastic popper.

Beneath her skirt, Sindy wore a pair of white cotton sports knickers with an elasticated waist and leg holes. A pair of white trainers completed the look.

Sindy got a new tennis racket made of cream plastic with moulded strings and a handle. She was also given two new yellow plastic tennis balls (shown here in the orginal sealed plastic bag). Interestingly, the International Tennis Federation had introduced yellow tennis balls into the rules of the game in 1972, as they were more visible to television viewers. But it wasn’t until 1986, that Wimbledon switched to the yellow balls.

We know of two variations for this outfit.

The first version shown in the Sindy trade catalogue and above, was made using a blue cream and red tartan for the overskirt and shawl.

The second version shown right was made of a forest green, blue, red, white, and yellow tartan for the overskirt and shawl.

Classics

Pioneer Days (Ref 44140) – Classics

This outfit carried forward the western theme from the previous year and was a lovely, quite complicated outfit.

Sindy was given a white cotton blouse, printed with a faux broderie anglaise pattern. It had a high neck made of white cotton lace, long leg of mutton sleeves which were edged with the white cotton lace at the wrists, and as extra detailing the white cotton lace was used as a trim around the front and back of the yoke. The blouse opened down the back where it fastened with two sewn-on plastic press fasteners. The A-Line, calf-length underskirt was made of the white cotton printed with the faux broderie anglaise pattern, and it was trimmed at the hem with the same white cotton lace as the blouse. The underskirt had a plain white cotton, sewn-on waistband and it fastened at the back of the waist with one sewn-on plastic press fastener.

The full, soft cotton tartan overskirt fastened at the front, where front edges were hemmed and decorated with four small red buttons. The overskirt had a sewn-on waistband and a flounce around the hem, made of the same tartan material. The skirt fastened at the front with a plastic popper at the waist and another further down the skirt. A nice design feature of the skirt was it was cut shorter than the underskirt, so that the lace of the underskirt was on show. The tartan fabric was also used for a generous triangular-shaped shawl, hemmed along the long edge, and simply cut and fringed along the short edges. This outfit came with a pair of Sindy’s black cowboy boots.

The blouse and underskirt were really very pretty, and could be worn as an outfit too.

Night Time (Ref 44141) – Classics

As the name suggests, this was a premium nightwear ensemble.

This outfit was made from a narrow striped blue and white seersucker cotton. The dressing gown was beautiful; it was floor length, with long straight sleeves, and a shawl collar. The shawl collar was made from a soft, silky white polyester with the edges of the collar trimmed with a light blue and white nylon lace. The same lace was used as a trim on wrists of the sleeves. The dressing gown was elasticated at the waist and a length of narrow light blue satin ribbon was stitched to the back of the waist to make a tie belt. 

The nightdress was floor-length with a shirt tail hem. The top of the bodice was elasticated and trimmed with the blue and white nylon lace. It had the same narrow light blue satin ribbon used as shoulder straps. 

Sindy’s toiletries bag was a dolly bag with a drawstring handle. It was made from the same blue and white seersucker cotton, lined on the inside with white brushed nylon. It was gathered at the top and threaded with the same narrow, light blue satin ribbon for the drawstring. This outfit came with a pair of white slip-on mules, covered with pale blue faux fur for her slippers.

This outfit came with a coordinating towel made of pale blue cotton towelling with a white wool fringe, and a pink rubber hot water bottle.

We know of two variations for this outfit.

The more usual gold and green & silver thread in a floral trellis pattern netting overdress and stole was the one shown in the Trade Catalogue, and this is shown above.

However, there is also a really lovely variation which is a simpler, but very effective gold and silver thread pattern shown right.

Both are beautiful.

 

Gala Night (Ref 44142) – Classics

Sindy’s evening dress for the year was a floor length two-layer gown, made from black polyester satin covered with black netting woven with a gold and a green & silver thread in a floral trellis pattern. Sindy’s black polyester under-dress was strapless, and the black netting layer was sewn to the waist, the back seam, and to the hem of the skirt. It was the netting which formed the actual bodice of the dress. The bodice of the gown had a round neck bound with black polyester binding, and it had elbow-length, elasticated puff sleeves.  The gown fastened at the back with two plastic snap fasteners.

Accompanying the dress was a long rectangular stole made from the patterned black netting. It was unhemmed. For Sindy’s hair was a cream plastic hair comb moulded with a flower. A pair of black one-strap sandals came with the outfit.

The hair comb is worth noting. You sometimes see the ‘Fashion Faces’ comb with the simple moulded heart sold as the “Gala Night’ hair comb. However, this comb is quite ornate with a very pretty flower design.

Beautiful Bride (Ref 44143) – Classics

With echoes of Princess Diana’s wedding dress, Beautiful Bride was truly beautiful. Don’t forget that this outfit was probably designed in 1982 for an 83 release, hence the strong influence of her memorable wedding dress.

Made of an ivory white moiré polyester taffeta, this wedding gown had an oval scoop neckline bound with an ivory white polyester binding. The neckline and bodice were trimmed with two generous layers of white nylon floral lace adorned with a large ivory white satin bow at Sindy’s breast. The gown had puff sleeves, with an elasticated, ruffle frill at the elbow trimmed with white nylon lace and decorated with a matching bow. This gown had quite a short bodice and around her waist was tied a white nylon taffeta belt with a bow at the back. The plain ivory white moiré skirt was one of Sindy’s widest, and it was trimmed at the hem with a simple white nylon lace. The dress fastened at the back with two sewn-on plastic snap fasteners.

Sindy’s white, stiff nylon net veil was a full half circle, gathered in the middle of the diameter and sewn to a strip of white cord and plastic holding eight diamanté jewels to form a headdress. Each end of headdress was attached to an elasticated cord to fasten the veil to Sindy’s head. The rest of Sindy’s veil was trimmed with the same white nylon lace as the bottom of her wedding gown.

Sindy carried the biggest of all her wedding bouquets, just like Princess Diana. Sindy’s flamboyant bouquet was made of blue artificial flowers sewn to a blue fabric-covered wire frame. The centre piece was large poppy-like blue flower made from a shaped and moulded polyester fabric with a slight shine. There were three layers to this flower, each layer was cut into five petals, arranged to look like a multi-petaled flower and then affixed to the wire frame with a blue plastic bud in the centre. The three trailing wire frames were decorated with shaped and moulded blue satin flowers. Each flower had four petals and was fixed to the frame with a white pearlized bud. The end of each wire was finished with two of the blue buds to match the centrepiece flower. White ribbon streamers completed the bouquet (the streamers here are replacements as the original was in poor condition).

For this outfit Sindy wore a pair of her white round toed court shoes.

Just as Princess Diana’s gown influenced wedding fashions, so did her bouquet according to “The Lady”, a respected British weekly magazine that has been in continuous publication since 1885. Well known for their articles on etiquette, they noted:

“The 1970’s saw brides carrying small designs, Diana it seems started what became the bridal bouquet trend of the 1980’s – big and beautiful! The style we now call the ‘Shower bouquet’ is still seen almost 40 years later with modern brides.”

Princess Diana’s shower (or now increasingly known as a cascade) bouquet was big; it was 42 inches long and apparently weighed approximately 2 kilos.

If you are interested in British royal wedding bouquets, The Lady’s online article can be read here: https://lady.co.uk/royal-wedding-bouquets-diana-meghan

Accessories

Sindy’s accessories were expanded this year.

There were two new shoes packs and four sets in the ‘Fashions Assortment’ (Ref 44381) series, however we will show ‘D. ‘Hair care’ on the scenesetters page which is where we normally show hair care sets. 

We are however including pack ‘A Riding Set’ from the ‘Scenesetters Assortment’ (Ref 44383) because we show sets that Sindy wore on this page.

The second set comprised:

  • a pair of pink ballet shoes
  • yellow trainers
  • white one-strap sandals, and
  • a pair of red tassel shoes.

It also included the three ‘Gown Rail’ (Ref 44387) hangers.

Shoes Assortment – Accessories (Ref 44408)

The first set comprised:

  • a pair of white ballet shoes
  • blue one-strap sandals
  • brown round-toed court shoes, and
  • a pair of cream slip-on mules.

The set also included three of Sindy’s 1980 ‘Gown Rail’ (Ref 44387) hangers.

Fashions Assortment (Ref 44381)

A. Evening wear

This set included:

A silver lamé evening shoulder bag. This lovely bag was lined with Active Sindy’s silver lurex leotard fabric. It had a gold metal chain, and a gold jewel and thread loop fastener.

A choker made of black velvet ribbon and tied around the neck. It was embellished with a diamond shaped, gold edged decoration with a silver metallic hologram centre. It is very similar to the 1981 ‘Ball Gown’ (Ref 44375) choker, although that version used chocolate brown velvet ribbon.

A gold braid plaited tie belt (it’s not quite the same as the thicker ‘Fashion Faces’ (Ref 44765) belt shown above, this one is slightly thicker and shorter than the boxed doll version (see above).

Three gold-coloured metal chokers;

  • one with three round beads, a large bead in the centre with a small bead either side like the ‘Fashion Faces’ (Ref 44765) choker,
  • one with a single large round gold bead, and
  • one with three medium sized gold beads alternating with three small white pearlised beads.

B. Leisure time

This set included:

Sindy’s ‘pop’ bottle and one blue plastic jug and two matching beaker-type glasses.

A pair of big round amber sunglasses.

A Bankers/dealer’s visor made of flexible, green PVC bound along the top with a white polyester binding attached to a strip of white elastic at the back of the head.

A pair of blue wraparound sunglasses.

A bottle of Sindy’s suntan oil, and

Her SLR camera and strap.

C. Haberdashery

This set included:

A blue cotton triangular scarf hemmed around the edges.

A navy blue and red web belt which fastened using gold-metal square buckle.

A cream fabric backed vinyl belt with a fancy gold-metal buckle.

A choker made of chocolate brown velvet ribbon and tied around the neck. It was embellished with a diamond shaped, gold edged decoration with a silver metallic hologram centre. It is very similar to the 1981 ‘Ball Gown’ (Ref 44375) choker.

A pink fabric backed vinyl clutch bag with a flap which fastened with a chrome-coloured dome-shaped popper.

Scenesetters Assortment (Ref 44383)

A. Riding Assortment

This set included:

  • Sindy’s crop
  • A black felted riding hat
  • Two silver stirrups
  • A pair of Sindy’s high-heeled riding boots