The bit I liked best though was dressing Sindy up so that she was ready to act out whatever scenario I had invented. I remember the treat of being able to pick a new Sindy outfit in the shops, choosing something to fill the gap in her wardrobe. I played with Sindys in the early 1980s so there were some top quality outfits. I remember a red puffy ballgown designed by the Emmanuels which will have been from the time that Charles and Diana got married. I think it had a black velvet floor length cape too.
Some of my favourite Sindy outfits were ones that my mum knitted for me. One came via Father Christmas and was a lemon yellow suit with a pencil skirt, a crossover cardigan and a matching hat trimmed with a blue flower. She also knitted some ra ra dresses, one was short and red and yellow, one was long and blue and peach. I have all these in a box, all my Sindys, all their clothes, all the furniture, all the chicken legs.
So when I entered the London Fashion and Textiles Museum to see the exhibition covered in this post I was surprised to find a small display of 1960s Sindys. I loved seeing this array of 1960's fashions on such a small scale. Sindy was first produced in 1963 by Pedigree Toys. She has been through many incarnations since and my Sindys of the 1980s look a bit different to the 1960s ones. I think it is amazing how well her outfits followed fashion and some great ones are shown in the following photographs. No wonder she was known as the doll you love to dress.
The Sindy doll to the left is Sindy as she was when first launched, in her 'Weekenders' outfit of a stripey top, jeans and trainers. To the right is Miss Mod. You can see several fashions on here, white patent boots, baker boy caps, capes, coloured trousers and Springtime patterned blouses (1964). The houndstooth checked cape is from 1963.
The scene is set in London in the Swinging Sixties. Here we have lots of mini dresses and skirts, geometric styles, two tone, Mondrian checks, monochrome, tunic tops and polo necks. The Two Tone dress is from 1968 as is the Mini Gear outfit of the balck polo neck and green skirt. The dress at the front is Op Art and the one behind to the right is Miss Cortina (1966).
Some psychedelic fashions here, I like the Trendsetter (1969) dress at the front and the trousers and blouse. Also a PVC coat, Mary Quant style florals and large buttons. The mac at the front is April Showers.
Look at the record player in the foreground! The dress on the left is called Dream Date (1963). I really like the mini dress Career Girl (1968) on the right. I would wear that if it were in my size.
Two fantastic suits to finish with. Psychedelic Town and Country (1968) on the left and corduroy (1967) on the right. Town and Country came with a matching skirt. Look at the lovely Mod scooter in the background.
This site is fascinating and was where I found the names of some of the Sindy outfits featured.