While we were unpacking the weekend donations at the Op Shop I found a bag of clothes which I put aside to look at later. We don’t get a lot of dolls clothes donated so when we do I usually check them over in case there is anything to fit dolls I’m currently fixing up. This bag looked as it if it were mostly fashion doll clothing and I recognised a Sindy skirt so I thought there might be a couple of older pieces.
In the end, I took the bag home to check out because small things like that are easily lost and I don’t go to the shop on Tuesdays usually. When I unpacked it in the evening I was very surprised at what I found in there. I could see a doll and I was surprised to find that she was an older doll. She looks a lot like Naomi’s “Happy Birthday Barbie” from 1981 and apart from her hands being a little bent she is in very good condition.
The clothes were a mixed batch, some were homemade, some were tagged Barbie and some were not tagged but I think they are Mattel. Nearly all of them need a wash and most need mending. I won’t show you all of them today just the best pieces.
First of all, I found Day to Night Barbie’s suit. As you may remember I found the skirt and bodysuit in a batch of Op Shop stuff some time ago and kept them because I already had the jacket. This suit still had its hat and briefcase and is a lot less faded than the one I have. I’m not sure if it might be the repro version. I’ll need to examine it more closely.
Then I found several pink pieces which I couldn’t identify so I got my books out and after a short time realised I had some bits of Pink and Pretty Barbie’s outfit. In fact, the doll had been wearing the skirt when I picked her up. I found the pink pants, cape/skirt and short cape/hat piece and the scarf. Unfortunately, the top wasn’t there but I may find one somewhere. I was not collecting during the early 1980s so I don’t always recognise these dolls and outfits right away and this isn’t one I’d have bought for myself anyway as I preferred dolls in streetwear. However, having found most of the outfit I’d like to find the rest to complete it and an era-appropriate doll to wear it. yes, I will be buying these two outfits for myself.
I have one other piece I want to show you today because I haven’t figured out what it is. It looks like baby doll pyjamas and the top is tagged, “Skipper”. However, I can’t find it in the book I was looking in or online so far. I tried the panties on two different Skippers and they were too tight to go over their hips so I am puzzled. I doubt it would fit modern Skipper either.
Next time I will show you some of the other clothes from the bag and maybe after I’ve done some cleaning and repairing we’ll have a fashion shoot.
Update: A helpful lady at Australia Collectable Barbie 1973-2000 Facebook page was able to ID the Skipper outfit for me. It is Skipper Fashion Fantasy #4878 from 1983.