COSTUME DOLL KITS


Costume Doll Kits "for Girls"

I've been wondering for years where all the 60s Skipper clones (and Ricky clones) you can find in the UK with glued on outfits came from. Now I was lucky to find out about the origin of these dolls. There are Costume Doll Kits which state they were "Made in England" (the dolls wear underpants "Made in Hong Kong"). The kits contain a sewing pattern, glue, fabrics, a Skipper clone doll and a stand. It was most likely also sold in France, since the back side of the box is printed in French, the manual is in English and French and so are the notes on the sewing patterns. A wonderful find and so much fun!

MOIRA from SCOTLAND

The doll has the typical Hong Kong Skipper clone body with movable arms but she isn't marked. (On the contrary to the usual Skipper clones she has breasts.) Her underpants, however, are marked "Made in Hong Kong", even though on the box the origin of the set is marked with "made in England".

 

Her stand looks a lot like the stands of the German "Peggy" and "Petra" dolls by Plasty.

MEGAN from WALES

Unlike "Moira from Scotland", Megan has a typical Skipper clone body without breasts.


Costume Doll Kits "YESTERDAY DOLLIES"

PETER PAN

Photograph courtesy of Ann-Christine Potrikus

The "Yesterday Dollies" costume kit pictured above and below was sold in 1969. It contained a Skipper and a Ricky clone doll as well as "all you require to make this beautiful doll - No sewing is necessary" ("Just cut out the pattern and glue according to the instruction leaflet"). It belongs to "Series No. 2 FAIRY TALE CHARACTERS".

Photograph courtesy of Ann-Christine Potrikus

Photograph courtesy of Ann-Christine Potrikus

Below, to the left you can see a Ricky clone doll which probably came in another "Yesterday Dollies" kit:

THE HONOURABLE AUGUSTA (20TH CENTURY)

Series No. 1 HISTORICAL COSTUMES

The doll inside the package is a Skipper clone with breasts, just like "Moira from Scotland". She comes with underpants, shoes, fabric, and a sewing pattern, as well as an instruction leaflet.

On the sides of the box it says: "A Barbara Jackman Product", and: "copyright 1969", "suitable for all ages 8 - 80", "Yesterday Dollies made in Bournemouth England".

More series No. 1 products are: COUNTESS MARIA, MADAME LOUISE, FAIR ELAINE, GAY ROSALINDA, MILADY JANE, LADY ELIZABETH, SWEET NELL