Feel that One Of A Kind special tingle OOAK?

I just had eBay feedback plus a lovely message from a customer. She was really happy because she spotted a surprise extra on the package I sent her: a Royal Mail 1st Class stamp featuring Sindy.

Very pleased with my purchase & for the Sindy stamp

Lovely dress, sent promptly and well packed - I especially liked the Sindy stamp

I wondered if anyone would notice the Sindy stamps – of course I hoped they would but you never know. It was just great to hear they did and were just a little bit thrilled. There’s something about a real letter with a real stamp these days. Gives you a bit of a tingle.

Royal Mail Sindy Weekender doll stamp

The only thing is, you can’t buy a single Sindy stamp – they come as part of a set of 10 Classic Toys stamps. So you might be lucky if you buy a Sindy item from ShimmyShim but I can’t promise : )

Royal Mail Classic Toys stamps 2017

I’ve been extremely busy for the past two weeks building my stand for ComicCon which will be at the Excel Centre in London Friday 25 to Sunday 27 May. Hopefully I’ll have time to write a bit more about it before the event. It’s a bit of an experiment where I’ll be showcasing some ‘Fashion Victim’ skeleton toys dressed in vintage clothes and vintage and preloved dolls. It will be interesting to see of the younger crowd like them. Hope so as I’ve spent hours working on the stand. It’s made of papier-mâché…

Meantime, I aim to list on eBay every day to keep plenty of lovely #microvintage stuff available.

This week I fished out some more cool handmade OOAK items from my collection. It is difficult to tell the difference between handmade dolls clothes and production line clothes but there are some clues. Handmade often have a bit more finishing on them whereas the factory made rarely finish the seams (and they tend to fray because of that). Hooks and eyes are generally not seen on factory made. They sometimes have thicker fabric that I imagine wouldn’t so easily go through factory machines quickly (on such a small item). Other idiosyncrasies are in the design and choice of fabric pattern. Sometimes the patterns are larger because the maker has used up fabric they bought for their own clothes, whereas the branded items will have used fabric chosen especially for the doll. And handmade doesn’t of course, always mean the item is strictly OOAK. There may be more than one made. But handmade usually means very unusual and a bit special.

Here are some of the examples (some are still available to buy in the shop).

Sindy in handmade black skirt and 70s flower power skirt
The black maxi skirt is handmade from thick nylon. The flower power skirt is probably factory made.

Buy 70s maxi skirts

Sindy in handmade purple maxi skirts
Two handmade nylon 70s maxi skirts

Buy purple handmade 70s maxi skirts

I think this jacket, scarf and dress set was made by the same person as the nylon skirts above. Passion for purple! Look at the beautifully sewn buttonhole.

Hand finished button hole on doll jacket
SOLD – OOAK hand made suit jacket in purple with scarf and dress.

The jacket is even lined with matching fabric.

Lined doll jacket purple vintage fabric
SOLD – lined jacket

The vintage fabric is super: collaged squares with painterly brushstrokes.

Tunic dress with purple vintage fabric
SOLD – purple vintage fabric dress.

More thick fabric here in a zig-zag pattern. Notice some hand stitching on the trim.

Tweedy suit for doll hand made pink brown zig zag
SOLD zig zag tweedy 70s trouser suit with hat
ooak skinny trousers
SOLD – OOAK skinny trousers
mauve boucle doll suit
SOLD Handmade suit with head band in mauve boucle fabric.

This skirt is unidentified rather than handmade. I recognise the fabric design from other dolls clothes, which makes me suspect it is not handmade. Although I haven’t been able to identify it.

Red daisies on blue pattern maxi skirt
Maxi skirt probably production made

Buy daisy flower power maxi skirt

Suspect this is handmade if only because the fabric print design is quite large.

Sindy in a kaftan with Japanese style flowers
Crazy 70s kaftan which looks a bit like a kimono

Buy 70s kaftan

This looks very 80s Pedigree in style, but I haven’t seen it identified as Sindy anywhere yet. Perhaps it is a Barbie outfit. Or is it a totally unique one-off design?

Sindy in silver 80s jumpsuit
Mystery jumpsuit

Buy gold sparkly jumpsuit

The puff sleeve of a beautifully finished green satin mini dress. The dress is so well finished that I can’t believe it was factory made. The seams are covered with green bias binding.

Detail of puff lace sleeve
Lace sleeve detail

Buy green satin mini dress

Bias binding finishing on mini doll dress
Bias binding finishing on mini doll dress

Another mini dress still available in the shop. Check the natty white belt. Unidentified could be OOAK but has a factory feel.

Pink doll mod dress white belt
Mod dress with white belt.

Buy pink mod dress with white belt

And I will end with an item I decided I couldn’t bring myself to sell this week. It is of course a very well known Pedigree Outfit called ‘Coffee Date’. I just love it.

Sindy 1965 Coffee Party oufit 12S61
Sindy 1965 Coffee Party oufit #12S61

Pedigree Sindy Pretty Pose 1975

Update May 13 Pretty Pose not so distinguishing features?

I’m now very unsure of my ID on this doll. She actually looks more like a Funtime ’74 or ’75 and I’m thinking her arms do not bend enough, and are not spindly enough to make her a Pretty Pose Sindy.

However, she doesn’t match the Petradolls website description of the next closest doll – the Funtime – either.

  • The description for the head does not match a Funtime because it is brunette and marked 033050X.
  • And the body doesn’t match a Funtime body either as it not marked OD or Hong Kong.
  • The legs don’t bend.

Her head matches the description for a 1975 Active Sindy, with the long brunette hair, high colour and the number 033050X.

So a bit of an enigma. I would be very interested to hear feedback from any longtime collectors – please comment if you have any information that would help.

Doll’s distinguishing features

  • Hard head.
  • Number marking: 033050X on back of head.
  • Bendable arms (with wires inside). Non-bendable legs.
  • High colour with quite strong blusher and red lip paint.
  • Shoulder length wavy thick hair.
  • Very long legs – this example comes up at 29cm tall.
  • Fingers and toes are very detailed.

This is a quick post to show off a doll that I’ve been told is a Pretty Pose Sindy from 1975 (since found she may not be that). She has a slightly sultry look despite her baby face.

Pretty Pose Sindy brunette 1975 portrait pink

Here she is wearing what appears to be a version of a 1975 outfit called ‘Pleasant Dreams’. The online Sindy Museum shows one manufactured by Mego
This one is very similar but it has long sleeves.

Pretty Pose Sindy brunette 1975 in Pleasant Dreams

In my pile of ironing I found another little item made from similar fabric and added it to the eBay listing for this doll.

Pretty Pose in Pleasant Dreams type top

There is also a negligee made from a similar fabric in 1974. Notice the butterflies in the fabric design.

Sindy doll negligee 1974

Buy 1974 Sindy butterfly negligee

The (possibly) Pretty Pose Sindy doll is a super model. She looks great in this bright Red Raver outfit from 1985.

Sindy Red Raver body suit and slippers on Pretty Pose

Buy Sindy Red Raver 6 item underwear set

Sindy Red Raver outfit 1975 on Pretty Pose

I also reshot several vintage hand made outfits using her as a model because they looked a bit frumpy on Mini Sindy (1965). Here’s Mini looking like Angela Merkel (who I’m sure is not frumpy by nature but doesn’t wear in a twin set that well).

Handmade lavendar 60s twin set
Handmade lavendar boucle 60s twin set (SOLD)

Compared to Pretty Pose.

Pretty Pose in handmade lavendar suit

However, Mini looks fetching in a bit of turquoise.

Hand made turquoise tweed coat (SOLD)
Hand made turquoise tweed coat (SOLD)

The (possibly) Pretty Pose Sindy would be quite rare as she was only made during 1975 and only sold in the UK. I bought her from a collector. I had no idea what price to sell her at so I decided to experiment with a reverse auction. She’s currently still for sale, although she’s such a good model I’ve been tempted to end the listing.

I would be interested to see your pictures of Pretty Pose. If you’d like to share your own Pretty Pose photos, please drop me a line.

Fingers and Toes

p.s forgot to mention the fingers and toes. They’re more detailed than later Sindy dolls with creases marked on the finger joints and little nails.

Pretty Pose Sindy brunette 1975 feet

Pretty Pose Sindy brunette 1975 hands

Pretty Pose Sindy brunette 1975 frontPretty Pose Sindy brunette 1975 back

Beach Party Sindy 1984

I’m working as fast as I can to spruce and dress a large lot of Sindys that I bought from another collector back in February. I need to get them up, on show and ready to ship. This involves a fair amount of work including running up to Bunnings (our local hardware store) to fetch Sindy size boxes from their bumper box recycling crate.

Rummaging is another large part of the job. I have various doll clothes packed in boxes and bags. They’re organised by type, rather than year. So skirts in one box, day dresses in another. And so on. This is useful for photography and picking things out to assemble as a styled photographic set, but less useful for putting together the original sets favoured by collectors. I had a tiny piece of white rope in a compartment of one of my bits boxes. And it was the key to this whole outfit for Beach Party Sindy.

Beach Party Sindy 1984 in green sun visor and polka dot blouse.

I suddenly remembered the other components of the outfit – they were squirrelled away in about 6 different hidey holes. The jeans I hadn’t really studied before (and therefore remembered) but I was thrilled to find a pair in the box labelled TROUSERS. They’re quite intriguing, with a red stitch design printed onto them.

Beach Party Sindy 1984 in green sun visor with rope belt

The sun visor is so cool and reminds me of various House of Flora designs.

House of Flora Helios Jamaican Visor side view
House of Flora Helios Jamaican Visor side view
House of Flora Helios Jamaican Visor
House of Flora Helios Jamaican Visor

I start by identifying the doll with the help of the Petra Dolls website and other delving around. Once I’ve established the year as close as I can, I try to find a matching outfit. And as any Sindy collector will know, the best place for an outfit ID is Our Sindy Museum This doll is quite unusual as she has dark, straight hair. In case you’re wondering about the yellow lips: it’s a symptom of age in some of the dolls. Some collectors do a great job of painting new make up on with acrylic paint.

Beach Party Sindy was sold within an hour. I was rather sorry to see this one go. On the other hand it’s good to keep the dolls circulating so lots of people can enjoy them. Having said that, if I could build up a collection and then start a real life museum one day that would be great fun all round. I created a museum for a day last year. Perhaps a museum for a week would be the next step. Watch this space…