Sunday, July 20, 2014

The bucket list, part two


Here are the other separately sold swimsuits for Barbie and her family up through 1989.  I don’t have enough reference materials to give you an accurate list from 1990 to 1999.

Barbie
1961 923 Barbie Doll Accessories
1962 (no stock number) Helenca Swimsuit
1964 (no stock number) In the Swim
1964 1605 Barbie in Hawaii
1964 1608 Barbie Skin Diver
1975 (no stock number) Sears Olympic Fashions
1976 Sears Best Buy 9683 bikini and long cover-up
1978 Sears 2061 vacation ensemble bikini (also includes a blazer, slacks, skirt, blouse, hat and shoes)
1982 (stock number unknown) Summer Splash
1983 5541 Beach Party (one of 12 Fashion Fantasy outfits)
1984 4801 Fun in the Sun (one of eight Fashion Fun outfits)
1985 9623 Water Sports (one of four Fashion Playsets)
1985 7908 Fun in the Sun (revised, with new stock number, one of eight Fashion Fun outfits)
1986 2623 Heart Family Beach Outfits, mother and daughter
1986 2093 Fun in the Sun (revised, with new stock number, one of eight Fashion Fun outfits)
1987 2867 Fun in the Sun (fourth time around, Kmart exclusive)
1987 3148 Heart Family Water Fun set for the mother, father, boy and girl

Francie
1967 1292 Summer Coolers
1971 3454 Summer Number

Ken
1963 (no stock number) Snorkel Gear
1964 1404 Ken in Hawaii
1964 1406 Ken Skin Diver
1976 Best Buy 9130 yellow and blue slacks, windbreaker and trunks (One of six Best Buys for him that year)
1978 Best Buy 2241 Hawaiian shirt, trunks, sandals and tank top (One of six Best Buys for him that year)
1979 Best Buy 2795 trunks and jacket (One of six Best Buys for him that year)
1986 2624 Heart Family Beach Outfits, father and son

Skipper
1990 Trendy Teen 714-1 (one of six Trendy Teen sets; the sexiest Skipper swimsuit ever)

SuperSize Barbie
1979 2276 Swim & Beach Fun

Tutti
1968 3614 Sea Shore Shorties

Another bucket list item, this time, almost literally

As little girls (late 1960s-early 1970s), my sisters and I owned only one swimsuit at a time, and sometimes we would wear them to the pool for two summers in a row.  Likewise, our Barbie and family dolls each only had one swimsuit--the original outfit in which they were sold.  So I was always puzzled when I looked through the clothing booklets and saw additional swimsuits for sale for the dolls.  Why did they need them?
Of course, as an adult who usually has three bathing suits at any one time, I understand now!
This blog is about separately sold swimsuits for the dolls.  Obviously there are many more; these are the ones that I own.
Some of the photos were taken in my mother’s yard.  The two dolls on the wooden ledge were on my apartment balcony.  The rest of pictures were shot at the baby pool at Dickman Pool in Sayler Park in Cincinnati.
Unless otherwise noted, the dolls and outfits are from the same year.  Many of the outfits came with accessories which I either don’t own or have not included in the photos.
And, yes, these pictures are another bucket list item, images I had in my head as a little girl but it took me decades to get all the stuff together to capture them on camera.  And with all the water, the word “bucket” is almost a literal one!
So what is happening in each of the photos?


1960s 
Skipper and Tutti have temporarily abandoned the rest of the Roberts family at the beach to explore the boardwalk.  Skipper has set down her beach bag and Tutti has already lost a shoe.

1966 brunette Bendable Poseable Tutti, 3603 Sand Castles (It also came with socks, a pail and a shovel.)
1967 redhead Bend Leg Skipper, 1938 Beachy-Peachy (It also came with a yellow metal headband.)













1970s #1
Barbie (far right) is giving scuba diving lessons to Skipper, Francie, Kelley and Ken.
1974 SunSet Malibu Skipper, 7848 Beachy Bits for Sunny Fun (One of two Get Up N Go outfits, it corresponds with Barbie’s Dazzly Duds.  It also came with a maxi dress, slacks, shorts, headband, halter top and a tiny yellow handkerchief.)
1973 SunSet Malibu Francie, 7710 Perky Fashions for Sand N Sea (One of three Get Up N Go outfits, it also came with a maxi dress and blue sunglasses; hard to find.)
1974 Yellowstone Kelley, with hair cut short.  7788 Dazzly Duds for Beach Days (One of seven Get Up N Go outfits, it also came with fins, mask, snorkel and skim board; and corresponds with Skipper’s Beachy Bits.  This is a truly beautiful outfit.)
1970 Bendable Leg Ken, 1435 Shore Lines (This also came with shorts and a mask; corresponds with Scuba Do’s.)
1970 redhead Living Barbie, 1788 Scuba Do’s  (It corresponds with Ken’s Shore Lines.)








1970s #2

PJ and Skipper are dreaming of the Olympic swim team, while two Barbies and Jamie are taking it easy on the deck or mat of 7795 Barbie’s Pool Party.  Only the 1975 version from Sears came with the vinyl mat.
1975 SunSet Malibu Skipper, 7274 Gold Medal Olympic swimsuit (One of six Best Buy outfits, it also came with a towel.)
1975 Free Moving Barbie, 7424 Regatta on the Sea (One of 20 Best Buy outfits for the year, it also came with yellow slacks.)
1976 Deluxe Quick Curl PJ, 1975 7271 Gold Medal Olympic swimsuit (One of seven Barbie Gold Medal outfits, it also came with a striped towel and gold medal. The swimsuit also appeared in the Sears Olympic Fashions set.)
1976 Ballerina Barbie, whose crown is hidden under her hat, 9664 Sears Vacation Outfits (It also came with a halter top, maxi skirt, pool wrap, bikini bottom and purse.)
1972 redhead Walking Strolling in Style Jamie, 1970 1511 Sears Fashion Bouquet red bikini top plus the skirt from 1975’s Best Buy 7206  (Fashion Bouquet set also came with a spring coat, dress, three-piece suit with sleeveless top, scarf, sunglasses and shoes.)





1980s
The 7145 Bubbling Spa from 1984 is the most popular pool of the 1980s.  Also being used are 1983’s 1478 Dream Furniture Barbecue and 1480 Dream Furniture Patio Recliner and Serving Cart.  Tracy won’t go in the water because she is too fragile and Spectra can’t go in the pool because she’s afraid she’ll rust!


1980 Sun Lovin’ Malibu Skipper with straight legs, 1409 Beach Party (One of four Fashion Favorite ensembles, it also came with a red minidress and white sneakers.)
1989 Style Magic Barbie with really bad hair!, 1988 My First 4581 (One of nine My First outfits, it looks like a tutu, but it’s not.)
1981 Pink N Pretty Christie, 1939 Beach Dazzler (One of eight Fashion Favorite outfits; it also came with dark pink snap strap heels and a cape coverup.)
1984 Sun Gold Malibu Skipper, 4876 Pool Party (One of six Fashion Fantasy ensembles, it also came with a red sweatshirt and red sneakers; Skipper’s 20th anniversary outfit.)
1980 Springfield High Tracy, 1391 Beach Party (This is one of three Fun Teen fashions.  As for Tracy, the elastic inside her has rotted and she is collapsing, literally, unfortunately.)
1987 Out of this World Spectra, 3615 Sunsuit (This is one of 11 separately sold and surprisingly revealing outfits sold for Spectra.)



1990s #1
Ken and Barbie have to hurry to rescue Fashion Friend before she tips over!
1991 Kmart Fashion Friend Party Teen, (no stock number) Fashion Favorite (One of eight Fashion Favorites, the towel and tote bag are next to the pool.  The chaise longue is from 1992’s 2141 Barbie Splash N Fun Raft.)
1991 African-American Costume Ball Ken, (no stock number) Active Wear (one of six Active Wear sets)
1994 Gymnast Barbie, 11290 Raft Really Floats (One of four Floatin’ Cool swimsuits with inflatable pool toys, it also came with a bowl containing grapes, bananas and an apple.)



























1990s #2
Arco Mattel sold numerous pool and water playsets during the 1990s.  Here are the pool, diving board, float, yellow ring and yellow beach ball that came with 1990 7426 Arco Wet N Wild Pool Set; plus the purple ring and ball that came with 1992 2141 Arco Splash N Fun Raft; and the beach chaise from 1990 7427 Wet N Wild Surf Set.
1990 Wet N Wild Skipper, Walgreens Fashion Starter 721-5 (This was one of two outfits sold for Skipper at Walgreens and it also came with a camera.  A blue version of Trendy Teen 714-1, it also came with a bright pink knit top.)
1994 Sun Jewel Shani, 10754 Goin’ to Hawaii (One of four Dream Vacation travel ensembles, it also came with a suitcase that’s impossible to open and sunglasses.)
1993 Caboodles Barbie, 3619 Romantic Sailing Adventure for Two (One of four Great Date sets, it was sold with white clam diggers for Barbie, plus a blue striped shirt, white shorts, sunglasses, white sneakers, a silver chain and a captain’s cap for Ken.) 
1994 Happy Meal Whitney, 10746 Swimsuit, Shorts & Top, Plus Beach Gear (One of four Feeling Fun outfits, it also came with a pink T-shirt and black-and-white checked shorts.)
The flying discs on the diving board came with the outfits that Barbie and Stacie are wearing.




1990s #3
Pocahontas and Barbie brought almost everything they own to the strand!  This is all they hauled to the beach:  the yellow life ring, two champagne(!) glasses, flying disc and a bottle of soda from 1990 7426 Pool Set; plus the umbrella and stand, jet ski, flippers, scuba mask, sailboard and beach chaise from 1990 7427 Wet N Wild Surf Set.
1996 Color Splash Pocahontas, 1995 (no stock number) Pocahontas Swimming Dress N Play plastic mat, seashells, crown, bag, skirt and one-shoulder top (One of four Dress N Play outfits; this one also came with two fish, moccasins and a comb.)
1995 Teacher Barbie, whose eyes, lips and earrings match her clothing, 13018 Rain Slicker and Beach Bag’s tote.  13020 Windbreaker and Rain Hat’s vest and swimsuit. (Two of four Yacht Club outfits.  Rain Slicker also came with a yellow raincoat, blue miniskirt, white knit tank top and white sneakers.  Windbreaker also came with a hat and white sneakers.)





Some details I discovered as I set up the scenes.
The 1970s pool is the most attractive of all of Barbie’s pools.  The instructions say to fill the pool only halfway with water, but what little girl (or big collector girl) wants to do that?!  The Sears mat does not stay flat on grass, nor does the floor of the pool.
The Fashion Bouquet bikini is not the same as brunette straight leg Midge’s two-piece.  The 1970 version is skimpier.  Midge’s swimsuits have white elastic, while the 1970 bikini has matching color elastic.
Neither the jet ski from from the Surf Set nor the float from Raft Really Floats will support a doll in the water.  The chaise longue from the Splash N Fun Raft will hold a doll but will tip if the water gets too rough.  You have to place a shorter doll such as Stacie or original Skipper onto the floats for the Pool Party or the Wet N Wild Pool, and then hang their hair over the edge of the pool for ballast in order for the floats to not tip sideways.
You can stack the two tables that come with the Dream House’s 1480.
There are only a few bubbles blown up each time one uses the pump of the Bubbling Spa.  Being hard plastic, the spa is the sturdiest of the pools and the best one to take outside.  It is heavier and can squish down the grass.
The scuba mask that comes with the Surf Set has square left and right sides plus slightly rounded upper and lower sides, while the mask that comes with Ken’s Active Wear outfit is a true oval.
I don’t know how sturdy the Wet N Wild Pool is on a flat concrete surface, but it is terrible to set in the grass!  The sides really flop over!
Regarding the dolls and outfits that actually went for a swim:  The wet clothing did NOT shrink!  But the hair of the dolls that have really long thick tresses, such as my Gymnast Barbie, took almost 24 hours to dry completely.
I don’t think Mattel planned for this to happen, but the 1991 Fashion Favorite lavendar swimsuit gets transparent when it gets wet.
Despite its name, Swimming Dress N Play is not meant for water, as the cloth is felt.  Also, there are no panties under the little skirt.
Fashion Friend and Pocahantas need to be careful, or they could get arrested for public indecency....
Last but not least, the word is "longue", not "lounge".



Saturday, July 12, 2014

My Korea souvenir doll

I learned a new word yesterday, hanbok.  Wikipedia said it can refer to both generic Korean traditional clothing or more specifically for the outfits worn for festivals and special occasions.
I discovered this word when I read April Perlowski's blog about some doll items she had purchased recently in Korea.  Here is a link to her blog, Of Dolls:
http://aprilperlowski-ofdolls.blogspot.com/2014/07/liv-has-hanbok.html
When I read her new column, I kind of freaked, because I own a doll wearing a hanbok that was very similar, although not identical, to hers.  However, my doll is 32 years old.
This doll was bought in 1982 at the Korean exhibit at the World's Fair in Knoxville, Tenn.  I don't remember what I paid for her, but I doubt it was more than $5.  I was in college in 1982, and had not yet started Barbie collecting.  However, I was already thinking about doll collecting, and had acquired several souvenir dolls of various types in the early 1980s.
After I read April's most recent column, I Googled "Korea souvenir dolls" and looked at many photos of dolls in hanboks, so these are very commonly found dolls, but I did not find one like mine.  The dolls were of umpteen types of textiles and materials.
My doll is 9 inches tall, and glued to a wooden stand about 1/4 inch high.  She has never had a name.  Her head is hollow but it feels like papier-mache or a heavy woven fabric and looks like a Bradley doll head.  (Perhaps Bradley also manufactured these doll heads and bodies?)
I believe her outfit is made of polyester satin, and there is thick mesh under her skirt to keep it stiff and "poufy."  The outfit is glued together and cannot be removed.  The little tube behind her neck to hold her ribbons in place is a birthday candle!  Her hair is hundreds of strands of black (polyester or cotton?) thread that must have taken a long time to get in place.
The stand is covered in black satin.  Those are not manufacture's markings on it but rather just an interlocking pattern like what is printed in gold on the hem of her skirt.
She did not come in a box, as I would have kept it.  There are no markings on her or her stand anywhere.
April's column was about a separately sold outfit that she had purchased in Korea that was way too small for Barbie but almost fits a Liv doll.  I am wondering if this outfit would fit a contemporary Skipper or a Francie.  It looks too broad for an original, SuperTeen or Teen Fun Skipper.
These photos were taken on the balcony of my apartment.  Don't worry, she usually stands in a much safer, sunlight-free, spot!

Friday, June 27, 2014

Fun in the Sun times four



The last year for the Best Buy outfits was 1982.  The Best Buys were replaced by the Fashion Fun outfits, which were sold from 1983 to 1987.  During their first two years, each of the outfits were named.  With one exception, none of the outfits were carried over into the next year.
This exception was a swimsuit/sarong combo called Fun in the Sun.  Here are its three versions in the clothing booklets, each time with a new stock number!



4801 from 1984, with a swimsuit shown in flag blue and orange-red.
7908 from 1985, with a swimsuit shown in a deeper blue and a wild print.
2093 from 1986, with a swimsuit shown in yellow and red, and a shorter sarong with a sailboat print.
I've also seen photos on the Internet for 1987's 2867.  The packaging shows Tropical Barbie in her original swimsuit, and these 1987 versions were probably Kmart exclusives.
There were color variations each year, so I have idea how many versions of this swimsuit actually exist.

July 19, 2014:  I have an update for this column.  I had forgotten I had one of the 1987 swimsuits, because it is on a doll I have for sale at etsy.  I placed it on 1987's Dancing Rocker DeeDee.  This set is sky blue and white.  The swimsuit is a little skimpy in fabric, which is why I crossed the ties in front of her neck.
Here is the link for the listing.
https://www.etsy.com/listing/158654430/1987-dancing-rocker-deedee-barbie-friend?

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

another article defending Barbie

I really like this new article defending Barbie dolls.
http://www.xojane.com/issues/i-think-barbie-is-a-great-role-model-for-young-girls
Usually I will find an article that talks about how Barbie dolls caused the downfall of girlhood, and the comments following will defend the doll.  Ironically, this article and its comments are just the opposite!

Monday, May 26, 2014

misunderstood outfits


Some Barbie and family outfits are promoted and/or photographed incorrectly.  The way the outfit is laid out in its packaging, or the way the doll is shown dressed in it in the clothing booklet, can be misleading.  Not until you, the buyer, remove the clothing pieces from their box and dress the doll do you realize the purpose of the outfit.
Or, the doll shown in the outfit in its promo materials is not the best figure to wear it.  You may see the dress in the booklet and think it is unattractive and ignore it at the store.  Not until a different doll dons the dress do you discover that it’s actually darling!
These are some of the items that I think have been misidentified.  I’m showing you the ones that I photographed (they've got asterisks), and am simply listing the rest.

Barbie
1.  *1969 #1479 Leisure Leopard.  In the clothing booklet, Barbie is wearing this, with that middle piece hanging between her legs.  That separate piece looks like a huge saggy yellow diaper reaching to her ankles.  Not only does it look stupid, it looks uncomfortable and how on Earth do you walk in it?  The 1969 Sears Wish Book has a different picture, of Julia wearing it with the yellow piece off to the side.  You realize this is the correct way to wear it, and it’s meant for the African-American dolls, because the color combination really sets off their smooth dark skin.  Twist N Turn Julia in #1479 Leisure Leopard.
2.  1969 #3043 Hair Fair two curls.  This hairpiece with the barrette is not meant to be worn on the side of the head, as if it were one set of Nellie curls.  Instead, put the barrette through the hair in the upper back of the head, making a ponytail.
3.  1969 #3043 Hair Fair curly bun.  This is a chignon.  Put it atop the head of a blonde doll who’s wearing a ballgown.
4.  *1976 #9155 At the Supermarket.  This was an unnamed Best Buy in the US, was named Al Supermercarto in Italy and Statdbummel/City Spree in Germany.  Here, SunSet Malibu PJ models this shopping outfit. 
5.  *1977 Best Buy #9622.  This dress, plus Skipper’s #9710 Casual Fashion and Ken’s Best Buy #9703, are hideous in their packaging.   Once you put them on the doll, you figure out their purpose.  These are Christmas outfits, circa late 70s.  Note that Barbie’s and Skipper’s dresses are reminiscent of long wool skirts with knitted vests and polyester satin blouses.  Ken looks bundled up for the night as well.  Funtime Skipper in Casual Fashion and SuperStar Barbie in Best Buy #9622.
6.  1980 #1372 Slip on N Tie Evening Gown/Slinkeroo.  This looks like a skin-tight, flimsy, sheer evening gown.  Not even the person at Mattel who named it seems to have realized that this is a swimsuit cover-up!
7.  1982 Best Buy #3633.  At first glance, you think this is a bland, too-tight flapper dress.  In Europe, its name is Indian, which indicates that it is actually a Native American costume.

8.  *1984 Fashion Extra #4914.  The shorts are obvious.  But what is that white thing with the ties?  It’s NOT a bra or bikini top.  It’s a sun visor!  The outfit is meant to be worn with one of the T-shirts from Fashion Extras #4910.  Once you put the shorts, shirt and visor on the doll, you’ll realize that this is a very sexy women’s softball uniform, and the wearer is probably the pitcher.  Great Shape Barbie in Fashion Extras #4910 and #4914.
9.  *1985 Fashion Extras #9870 (shirt) and 7960 (shorts and tie).  You think the tie is a belt or boa.  It looks best as a headband, as shown by a second Great Shape Barbie.
10. *1985 B Active #7915.  A cute knit dress with a full skirt?  No, it’s a pink knit bodysuit with full skirt and ballet slippers.  In other words, it’s for practicing ballet.  Astronaut Barbie in B Active #7915.   
11.  1986 #2192 Glamorous Dressing Gown.  Since this is shown in the 1986 booklet with the other Dream Glow gowns, you might assume it is also a long dress.  Actually, it’s a peignor with a long robe.
12.  *1986 B Active #2184.  Do you know who looks best in this long pink dress with the huge turtleneck?  Grandma Heart!  The dress is very matronly.  I nicknamed it “Mother of the Bride” a long time ago.  http://twitpic.com/e4sna4
13.  1986 #1170 Disco Mice.  You can’t go to a nightclub in this--the bouncer would burst out laughing and never let you in!  It’s a sweatshirt with print stretch pants, and it’s for bed!

14.  *1987 Jewel Secrets Barbie, Ken, Skipper and Whitney, and their separate outfits,  #1859 Ruby Rose of Rio, #1860 Island Secrets, #1861 The Secret of Pleasant Manor, #1862 Whitney’s Ruby Rose, #1863 Island Secrets (Skipper) and #1865 Pleasant Manor (Ken).  The dolls and their costumes with masks are not for Halloween but rather for Mardi Gras.  In fact, the accompanying story booklets talk about Carnivale.  Jewel Secrets Skipper in her original outfit, Jewel Secrets Whitney in her original outfit, Two Jewel Secrets Kens in their original outfits, Jewel Secrets Skipper in #1863 Island Secrets and Funtime Barbie in #1862 Whitney’s Ruby Rose.  (The mask goes with the Ruby Rose gown.)
15. 1988 #3313 A Day at the Mall.  I guess if you were rich and famous and wearing this Beverly Hills outfit on Rodeo Drive, no one would say anything.  But for us peons, this print knit top and pants are meant to be worn to bed.

16. *1991 Costume Ball Magic Barbie and Ken, and Barbie’s separate outfits.  The two dolls and four costumes, #7763 Ballgown or Gorgeous Mermaid, #7764 Ballgown or Glamorous Genie; #7765 Ballgown or Beautiful Bunny and #7766 Ballgown or Fabulous Bird, just like their Jewel Secrets counterparts, are designed for Mardi Gras, not Halloween.  African-American Bathtime Fun Barbie in #8866 Fabulous Bird.
1992 Barbie and Ken #2969 Prince and Princess Fashions for the Costume Party.  See my comments about Jewel Secrets and Dance Magic.
17. *1999 Fashion Avenue #23365 very sexy halter top and short skirt of black with turquoise trim.  I had to try this on a couple of dolls before I found one that it suited.  The bizarre Talk with Me Barbie looks good in it, and with a little finagling you can get her "button" to fit inside the keyhole collar.  Is this a drunken Hollywood groupie outfit?  Or a streetwalker outfit?  I prefer to think of it as lingerie.



Skipper
18. *1969 #1975 Sunny Suity. This sure is fancy for a sunsuit to wear at the beach.  Not to mention that Skipper's a little old to be wearing a sunsuit.  And why does this come with a mob cap?  Am I the only one who thinks this is a funky teddy pants set for bed with wild slippers?  A 1969 blonde Twist N Turn Skipper is wearing it.
19. *1970 #1733 Rik Rak Rah.  The blue loose-fitting bodysuit is easy to find but the overskirt is a tough one.  The set is always listed as a playsuit.  Actually, it’s for cheerleading, even though the outfit never came with pompoms.  Living Skipper in the rompers for Rik Rak Rah.
20. *1970 #1738 Fancy Pants.  I've come to the conclusion that this is a stage costume.  Not even a Brady or Partridge would wear this in public.  It's shown by a blonde 1970 reissued straight leg Skipper.
21. *1972 #3372 Fun Runners.  I’ve had this outfit since I was a little girl, and never knew what the mismatched scarf was for until last year.  The outfit is always pictured with a doll wearing the scarf and sunglasses covering her head.  I bought a toy horse last year and went looking for jeans outfits for my dolls to wear while riding, and about fell over when I figured out that this outfit is neither for running nor for sitting in an open convertible.  It’s for horseback riding!  The scarf goes around Skipper’s neck to protect her from the dust!  It took me 40 years to discover this!  Pose N Play Tiff in Fun Runners.
22. *1974 #7775 Raining Flowers (its name in Sweden was Blomster-Regn) isn't a long granny gown.  As you can see 1973's Quick Curl Skipper modeling it, it's a nightgown that is made of cotton that looks like flannel.
23. *1975 Growing Up #9023.  At first impression, the wide straps of the red bandana dress look like the top of the dress, the middle part looks like a waistband and the length makes you think it is a maxi dress.  But once you put the dress on a Growing Up Skipper doll, you notice that, even with breasts, GU Skipper doesn’t fill out the straps.  Pull up the straps higher around her neck and tie them.  The waistband becomes a bodice and the skirt becomes midi-length.  It becomes a much more sensible and comfortable calf-length sundress.  Growing Up Skipper in #9023.
24. *1976 #9166 Warm Weather Weekend Wardrobe.  Whoever named this ensemble at Mattel must have been blind! The heavy slacks, jumper, long-sleeved blouse and matching cap, and knee socks were obviously meant to be worn to school during autumn.  Modeled by another SunSet Malibu Skipper.
25. *1981 Fashion Collectible #1943.  After trying this dowdy blue thing by itself and with several outfits, I’ve come to the conclusion that it is simply a bathrobe with a waist tie!  It won’t stay shut so it can’t be a spring coat or a blue coatdress.  It fits better on the taller Growing Up/SuperTeen dolls.  It’s too long for the original 9-inch dolls.  1982 Western Skipper in Fashion Collectible #1943 and #4878 Sweet Dreams from 1984.

26. *I am also showing you some other late 70s/early 80s Skipper outfits that are meant for the taller girls.  1979 SuperTeen Skippers in Fashion Collectible #2806 (blue and yellow) from 1979 and Best Buy #2236 from 1978 (pink).
27. 1982 Best Buy #3780.  This isn’t a play outfit with a fringed tunic and jeans.  It’s actually a Native American costume.  See Barbie Best Buy #3633.
28. 1986 So Active #2235.  Another outfit whose identity has been revealed overseas.  In the United States, it’s just listed as a nameless exercise outfit, but in Europe it is called Squash.  There is a corresponding Barbie outfit, So Active #2183, which I assume is also for playing squash.
29. *1986 The only doll I am showing in her original outfit is Music Lovin'/Tempo Skipper, sold only in Europe.  Music Lovin'/Temp Barbie, Ken and Skipper were redressed Sun Gold Malibu dolls wearing knit jumpsuits and handmade yarn sweaters and carrying Walkmans. Although never advertised as such, they are supposed to be joggers listening to music while they run.
1988 Teen Fun #5874.  It’s pajamas, not an exercise outfit.
30. *1990 Cool Tops #9080.  The lace skirt, the shiny flats and the decal on the T-shirt indicate that this isn’t a party dress, but rather that it’s designed for a tap dance performance.  African-American Cool Tops Skipper in Cool Tops #9080.
31. 1993 High School #3629.  The lace is too filmy to be worn out in public as a party dress, but the fanciness of the shiny purple bodice makes the dress too elaborate for a nightgown.  Perhaps this is a stage or talent show costume.
32. 1993 un-numbered Trendy Teen with pink torso, white lace sleeves and skirt made of layers of tulle.  This outfit is pictured in a tiny magazine that came with several Skipper ensembles.  The caption above it reads “Love to Dance.”  This indicates that it is a tutu.

Kevin
33. High School #2472.  Dear God, what IS this thing?  What adolescent boy would go out in public in a bright blue T-shirt under purple striped shorts with suspenders?  I’ve decided this is a stage costume, and that Kevin is playing either Friedrich or Rolfe in The Sound of Music.