Valentine’s day is on the 14 February. So now is a good time to search out and reveal my (small) collection of heart themed fashion doll clothes.
Surprisingly hearts don’t feature much in either Barbie or Sindy fashion and I haven’t seen many good designs. However, my favourite outfit is really knockout: the 1983 “Loving You” Barbie skirt and bodice with puff sleeves (looks like a dress but it’s actually a set).
Fill the sleeves with a strip of white gauze to make them puff out.
Such a perfect confection. Sprinkles on fairy cake icing.
I have one of these on eBay right now.
In a reverse mirror of the Loving You dress is, a rather horrible handmade dress I’ve dubbed the ‘shock frock’. It does have a certain appeal. Like an old threadbare teddy with one dangling eye. I might try and rescue it one day: a piece of ribbon around the waist to cover the wonky waist line, clean hems and gather the bottom of the sleeves to make them puff.
In the same vein, this gauzy skirt. It looks as though it’s part of a wedding dress. Unidentified.
Second favourite in my collection is a beige Sindy sweatshirt with 3 emblazoned hearts from the 1981 Sindy Separates collection.
Maybe a favourite because I’d love to wear a life size version of it. It reminds me of fashion label PPQ that my sister occasionally modelled for in the 90s when she was friends with the founder, Amy Molyneaux. They did a few things with sweatshirt fabric – can’t seem to find any examples online though.
I like that sleeve seam diagonal from neck to underarm. It makes a more rounded shoulder. It’s the three overlapping hearts that make the design brilliant. Just that simple overlap gives the graphic loads of character and animates it slightly.
Next up a summery number originally from a catalogue pack for fashion dolls (most likely Littlewoods).
This may be from the same pack?
This shape of dress – fitted bodice and flared skirt seems to be very fashionable at the moment. I have a lovely human sized one by Damsel in Distress available now on eBay in UK sizes 8, 10 and 14.
Not sure about these two. Probably Barbie but the one on the left has something of a MyScene look.
The hearts seem incidental on this pink Barbie Fashion Fun jumpsuit from 1984.
This is a little outfit for a Pippa 6 inch size doll. It’s part of the rather grandly named ‘Monaco Collection’. The pattern reminds me of sticky back plastic for kitchen tiles – but in a good way. It’s one of the pinafore and dress combinations that I wrote about in 70s Victoriana
And here are a few T-shirts which lack imagination really…
But might look good with a pair of cheeky shorts.
If you liked these, some feature in my Valentine themed ‘On the Rail’ print which is available as a Valentine card or a print in my shop.
FYI the white sweatshirt with the zig-zag applique ribbon is 1984 Sindy Fantasia (it went with a pair of green shorts).
5 February 2018