#5 Corduroy (Mostly) Suit

Warm and comfy, let the boys out to play!

Main graphic with a bright yellow background which says "#5 Corduroy Suit" and has two dolls. The first dolls is sitting inside the cardboard liner. He is bald with blue eyes and a #3 head mold. He's wearing a blue cord outfit with a teddy bear applique, a white under shirt and white knit hat. The second doll is wearing the same except his suit is beige.

Suggested reading: An explanation of the 1983 series of outfits that the swing dress belongs to. Jump to: 1983 Series – The 1st CPK Clothes

Original Name: Going Bye-Bye
Alternate Name: Teddy Suit (Ref#4, Vol. 3 Iss. 8, p.4)

Description:
Corduroy (mostly) suit which consists of a jacket and pants. The jacket buttons up the front with three buttons and has a teddy bear patch on the left breast. The matching pants have a square silk CPK patch label on the back bum. There is a white shirt underneath, either completely white or with navy-blue stitching. (see Variations.) It comes with a knit white hat with a pompom, socks, and regular shoes.

Outfit 5B, KT factory. Shows the four separate pieces of the outfit including the knit hat, corduroy suit jacket with teddy applique, white cotton shirt and corduroy pants.
Outfit 5B, KT

The outfit is generally made in a cord material but occasionally comes in a heavier felt-like material. Chinese factories made cord outfits and Taiwan factories made felt-like outfits. For a list of which factory codes based on location, visit: Info on Factories and Companies

This outfit was sold from 1983 until 1985, most likely longer. It was sold both on kids and packaged, starting in 1984. There is evidence that some stock of this outfit was still being sold off as separately packaged outfits as late as 1987. (Ref#4, Iss. 5, p.4)

Version Information

My goal is to find every version of every outfit that was produced. Below is a record of each version of this outfit that I have, up to the date indicated. To understand clothing codes and factory variations, please refer to the suggested readings below.

Suggested readings: 1st Blog – Why do this project?, What are Clothing Tag Codes, 1983 Series – The 1st CPK Clothes

If you have an outfit that is not recorded here or does not match my information, (e.g. you have a 5A P that is green, not yellow) I would appreciate hearing from you. Information is best sent in the form of pictures. For details on the pictures required, jump to Taking Clothing Tag Pics.

As far as I know, this outfit was not made by the primary factories CC or SS.

Variations

> The following are observable differences between outfits produced at various factories.

  • fabric (e.g. IC cord is of a different texture)
  • colour (shade)
  • hat knit pattern
  • look of the bear patch (Jump to Plentiful Patches Pt.2)
  • location of the patch
  • buttons

> There is some controversy around the white shirt. Jump here for details: Wonderful White Shirts, Unique Accents

> There’s a 25th Anniversary version of this outfit. It came only on girls. For more information, visit 25th Anniversary CPK Outfits.

> There are several variations of this outfit made by foreign factories; however, the Jesmar factory did not manufacture this outfit.
      Triang Pedigree, Courtesy of Jamie Osterbuhr

Other Information

> Some pants close along the inner leg seam with Velcro; some do not.
> The patch can be different. (e.g. duck) Jump to Plentiful Patches Pt.2
> Girls only wore the pink version (5D) of this outfit. (Ref #3, p. 402)

Courtesy of Samm Thompson.

#4 Frilly A-line Dress

Frilly frocks that are fabulous!

Main graphic with a army green backround, two dolls wearing dresses and saying "#4 Frilly A-Line Dress'. The first doll is and AA double ponytail with brown eyes wearing a blue dress and the second is a wheat poodle double-ponytail with green eyes and a #5 head mold wearing a yellow dress with yellow rosebud pattern.

Suggested reading: An explanation of the 1983 series of outfits that the swing dress belongs to. Jump to: 1983 Series – The 1st CPK Clothes

Original Name: On Holiday, Apple Blossom
Alternate Name: Lacy Yoke Dress (Ref#4, Vol. 3 Iss. 8, p.4)

Description:
Cotton dress with rows of frilly lace and a small rose patch at the yoke, in one of two patterns. (see below) The lace used at the yoke is also used at the sleeve, leg and dress hems. The dress came with matching bloomers, Mary Jane shoes, and socks. Very occasionally, it came with lace-up shoes.

Outfit 4N, CC. Mint green or light green frilly A-line cabbage patch dress with white lacy yoke and trim.
Outfit 4N, CC

This outfit was sold from 1983 until 1986, maybe longer. It was sold both on kids and packaged, starting in 1984.

Version Information

My goal is to find every version of every outfit that was produced. Below is a record of each version of this outfit that I have, up to the date indicated. To understand clothing codes, factories and variations, please refer to the suggested readings below.

Suggested readings: 1st Blog – Why do this project?, What are Clothing Tag Codes, 1983 Series – The 1st CPK Clothes

If you have an outfit that is not recorded here or does not match my information, (e.g. you have a 4F P that is green, not pink) I would appreciate hearing from you. Information is best sent in the form of pictures. For details on the pictures required, jump to Taking Clothing Tag Pics.

Variations

> The OK and KT outfits for letters A to D have a patterned yoke with only two rows of lace and a small rose patch. The P versions of A to D are white, with four rows of lace. The remaining letters are the same as the P factory outfits.
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> There is a USA version with a slightly different neck area and different lace.

> There were many variations made by foreign factories.
     For information on identifying a Jesmar version, jump to  Identifying Jesmar Clothing

> There are some excellent aftermarket copies of this outfit. They can be easily confused with the real CPK outfits.

Mint green frilly dress in a Little Mommy Doll Fashions box by Shillman. one of the best aftermarket replicas.

#3 Shoulder-Tie Dress

So many colours, so many variations!

Main intro graphic with a grey background. There two dolls wearing Shoulder-Tie Dresses and the words "#3, Shoulder-Tie Dress". One doll is a butterscotch double braid #2, with blue eyes wearing a blue dress and the other is a red haired double ponytail #5 with blue eyes wearing a yellow and blue dress.

Suggested reading: An explanation of the 1983 series of outfits that the shoulder-tie dress belongs to. Jump to: 1983 Series – The 1st CPK Clothes

Original Name: Summer Sweetie

Description:
Cotton dress with a peter pan collar, ties at the shoulder, attached ‘blouse’ top, and bloomers. The blouse is one colour/pattern and the remainder of the dress and the bloomers are another pattern/colour. The hem of the leg holes and sleeves have matching cotton lace. It generally came with white socks and regular shoes. Very occasionally, they came with Mary Janes.

Outfit 3C, OK factory. Yellow and white gingham shoulder-tie dress with white blouse area with yellow rose buds.
Outfit 3C, OK

This outfit was sold from 1983 until 1985, most likely longer. It was sold both on kids and packaged, starting in 1984.

Version Information

My goal is to find every version of every outfit that was produced. Below is a record of each version of this outfit that I have, up to the date indicated. To understand clothing codes, factories and variations, please refer to the suggested readings below.

Suggested readings: 1st Blog – Why do this project?, What are Clothing Tag Codes, 1983 Series – The 1st CPK Clothes

If you have an outfit that is not recorded here or does not match my information, (e.g. you have a 3C OK that is pink and white gingham, not yellow and white gingham) I would appreciate hearing from you. Information is best sent in the form of pictures. For details on the pictures required, jump to Taking Clothing Tag Pics.

Variations

> Mimic Outfits: There are 2 Coleco outfits that are similar, it was used for aPlay Along 25th Anniversary outfit, and the USA factory produced this outfit.

> There were many variations made by foreign factories. The Tsukuda factory used them on their twin sets. For information on identifying a Jesmar outfit, jump to  Identifying Jesmar Clothing

#2 – Sleeper

Produced for only a short time, sleepers are adorable!

Main graphic for the #2 Sleeper outfit post. It has a purple background with two dolls wearing sleepers. One dolls is a bald, blue eyed, paci kid wearing a aqua sleeper and the other is a wheat looped girl with green eyes and freckles, #2 head mold, wearing a pink and white striped sleeper.

Suggested reading: An explanation of the 1983 series of outfits that this outfit belongs to. Jump to: 1983 Series – The 1st CPK Clothes

Original Name: Nightie-Night (Ref#4, Vol 3 Iss. 9, p. 6)

Description:
Terry cloth sleeper that velcros up the front, a bear patch on the left breast, and a pom-pom at the toes (generally). Many also have some form of lace decoration (refer to variations below).

Outfit 2J, Hong Kong production. Yellow and white striped sleeper with a teddy bear applique on the left breast. It Velcro's up the front and has white pom poms on the toes.
Outfit 2J HK

Originally Sleepers were sold in 1983 on boxed kids. Around June of 1983, they started being sold packaged, with socks and shoes. Presumably, they were sold until the stock ran out. They were no longer being produced by early 1984 at the latest. (Ref#4, Vol 3, Iss.8, p. 4; FB conversation with Leah Salt, April 2019) However, there is evidence that some stock of this outfit was still being sold off as separately packaged outfits as late as 1987. (Ref#4, Iss. 5, p.4)

Version Information

My goal is to find every version of every outfit that was produced. Below is a record of each version of this outfit that I have. To understand clothing codes, factories and variations, please refer to the suggested readings below.

Suggested readings: 1st Blog -Why do this project?, What are Clothing Tag Codes, 1983 Series – The 1st CPK Clothes

If you have an outfit that is not recorded here or does not match my information, (e.g. you have a 2D OK that is pink, not purple) I would appreciate hearing from you. Information is best sent in the form of pictures. For details on the pictures required, jump to Taking Clothing Tag Pics.

10 dolls, mostly bald, dressed in the sleerper outfit. They are laid out in a circle with a stuffed mouse in the middle at their feet.
For more information on my completed sleeper collection visit: My Little Dreamers

Sleepers were not manufactured by the primary factories CC, SS or PMI. The PMI and foreign factories did not start manufacturing until after production of the Sleepers ceased.

Variations:

> There appear to be three lace patterns used on Sleepers. The pattern appears to be factory specific, rather than gender-specific, as many collectors have speculated.

Version 1: Full – KT factory and P Factory
     – lace down either side of the velcro and around the collar              
Version 2: Partial – KT Factory
     – lace around the collar and sleeve hems             
Version 3: No lace – OK Factory
     – They used no lace at all.

Spreadsheet detailing which Sleepers with the various lace layouts that I have recorded and which I do not.


> Mimic Outfits: Similar footed sleeper-type outfits were created for preemies, Sipping Kids, and BBB‘s but this is the only 16″ outfit of its type.

> The crotch closure depends on the factory. The OK and KT factories do not open where the crotch meets the front closure, whereas the P factory outfits open entirely.

Picture of two CPK sleepers, one blue and one pink and white striped. The blue is an example of the entirely open crotch, the other an example of one that does not open entirely.

Other Information:

> The patches used can vary. The teddy bear patches on the sleepers are yellow and gold colours whereas the teddy bear patches on the Cord Suit(#5) tend to be in shades of brown and dark beige.
> Sleepers were sold on bald dolls, both boys and girls. This was one of the only outfits that had bald girls. (Ref#4, Vol 3, Iss. 8, p. 4)

#1 – Swing Dress

The first outfit, the Swing Dress. There’s so many different patterns!

Opening graphic with two dolls wearing Swing Dresses, one is a wheat poodle double ponytail #1 kid wearing a yellow and white dress. The other is a red double ponytail haired, blue eyes #2 wearing a blue and white dress with a red tie. It says "#1 Swing Dress".

Suggested reading: An explanation of the 1983 series of outfits that the swing dress belongs to. Jump to: 1983 Series – The 1st CPK Clothes

Original Name: School Days
Alternate Name(s): A-line Dress, Sailor Dress (Ref#4, Vol 3, Iss. 8, p. 3)

Description:
Cotton A-line dress with a sailor collar and long cotton ties. The collar and sleeves are edged with white lace. The dress was paired with either white or red tights (Ref#4, Vol 3, Iss. 8, p. 3) and generally came with white Mary Jane shoes. Very occasionally, they came with lace-ups.

Swing dress 1H, made by the IC factory. It is solid yellow with a red tie and red tights.
Outfit 1H, IC factory

This outfit was sold from 1983 to at least 1985. I believe it may have been found on kids later, but this was most likely the company using up old stock.

Version Information

My goal is to find every version of every outfit that was produced. Below is a record of each version of this outfit that I have, up to the date indicated. To understand clothing codes, factories and variations, please refer to the suggested readings below.

Suggested readings: 1st Blog – Why do this project?, What are Clothing Tag Codes, 1983 Series – The 1st CPK Clothes

If you have an outfit that is not recorded here or does not match my information, (e.g. you have a 1D OK that is pink and white gingham, not green and white gingham) I would appreciate hearing from you. Information is best sent in the form of pictures. For details on the pictures required, jump to Taking Clothing Tag Pics.

I have not recorded any primary factory CC versions of this outfit.

Variations

> The following are observable differences between outfits produced at various factories.

  • elastic in the sleeves
  • tie material
  • tie colour/shade
  • lace
  • piping at the collar
  • colour of the collar

> Mimic Outfit(s):

#655 – Mimic Swing Dress – The bow is smaller and different.

Picture of outfit #655, an outfit that mimics the swing dress. It is purple and white.
Courtesy of Jodi Punki Patch.

#504 – Sailboat Dress – This dress has a different collar, rick rack decoration, a sailboat patch, and matching bloomers. It came out in 1985.

> There were many variations made by foreign factories.
     For information on identifying a Jesmar version, jump to  Identifying Jesmar Clothing

Other Information

There are more PMI Swing Dresses than there should be. Jump to An Abundance of Patterns for details.

1983 Series – The 1st CPK Clothes (and link list)

The outfits that started it all.

Shortcut to 1983 Individual Outfit Links list

When Cabbage Patch Kids came out in 1983, each was wearing one of 18 outfits. These outfits came in a variety of colours and patterns, but there were only 18 to choose from.  (Ref #4, Vol. 3 Issue 9/10/11, p. 6)

The 1983 series of outfits worn but a group of kids who are sitting on stairs, allowing the outfits to be visible.
The 1983 Series outfits.

A 1983 catalogue that appeared to have prototype outfits in it named each outfit. However, over time collectors have created new names that better describe the outfit, allowing for easier identification. For example, the outfit below was originally called the Snuggle Suit but is generally called a Bubble Romper by collectors. (Ref #4, Vol. 3 Issue 9/10/11, p. 6)

Picture of a 'bubble romper' outfit. It consists of a yellow knitted sweater that ties closed at the neck, a white cotton romper with pink rose buds underneath, and yellow knitted booties.

Primary Factory.

As explained in an earlier post ( What are Clothing Codes?), each outfit came with a code that consists of a letter and a number. The numbers represent the outfit type, and the letters represent a specific fabric pattern or colour combination. With this series, certain letters seem to have been produced primarily by certain factories. I call these the Primary Factory for each letter. For example, the KT factory produced the letters A and B for all 18 outfits, I think. Here are the primary factories, as proposed, at this point:

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However, outfits were often produced by multiple factories, not just the Primary Factory. For example, I know that outfit 7A was produced by primary factory KT, and also by the LF, P, and OK factories. Below, we know that 2C was produced by two factories. Can you figure out which ones?

Graphic showing the code and factory outfits I have recorded for the sleeper outfit, as an example of what the record looks like.
Sample layout showing which ‘versions’ of the outfit that I have recorded. Make sure your outfit matches both code and factory. If it doesn’t, I likely need to record it.
ANSWER: 2C is produced by both the OK and KT factories. It may be produced by more, but I am unaware of them at this time.

In addition, not every letter was produced for every outfit. For example, the Sleeper (#2) only goes to letter K. Letters L to R (CC and SS primary factories) were only used for packaged outfits, and apparently, the Sleeper was not sold separately. Also, it was not manufactured by the PMI factory because the factory began production after they stopped making the Sleepers.

Factory Variation

The outfits produced by primary factory SS (P, Q, and R) are often close copies of earlier letters, making them difficult to identify. For example, if I had the red and white check Swing Dress (#1) recorded, you might think you didn’t need to check the one that you have. Unfortunately, I have the 1G (factory P) version, and yours is the 1Q (SS factory) version of the outfit, which I need to record. Consequently, checking to see if I have something recorded based on the code and factory is superior to using a description of the outfit.

A graphic showing how the SS factory outfits match previous letter outfits, using coloured spreadsheet lines.
Example: SS factory outfits matched with previous letter outfits.

We need to record all of the factories that made each outfit, as there are often differences between them. These differences can then be used to identify an outfit by factory, which may help to identify the possible factory of the kid wearing it or let you know if you need it for a specific kid. These differences can include but are not limited to, differences in:

  • fabric colour/pattern
  • small changes in the structure of the outfit
  • fabric type
  • silk tag placement
  • stitching pattern
  • thread colour
  • buttons
  • lace/edging material
  • size

Below is 1Q, as made by three different factories. Can you spot the differences?

Picture of three red and white gingham swing dresses. One each from the WW, WS and SS factories. They all look slightly different.
Difference: outfit structure, tie fabrics, red colours, size, lace pattern, elastic at sleeves, type of silk label

Potential Problems

Finally, just to make things difficult, some clothing tags, primarily those from the P and PMI factories, came with the codes on stickers that can wash off. Of the two, P factory tags like those below, are the most difficult to recognize as they do not actually have a P on them. However, even without code information, knowing which factory an outfit is from is a step in the right direction. (Jump to: What are Clothing Tag Codes)

Shoes.

As for shoes, they were specific to the outfit. In general, each outfit came with certain shoes, but there were only four options: Sneakers, Mary Jane’s, lace-up shoes (sometimes called lace-ups or high tops), and knit booties. Occasionally, as this is Coleco and they don’t stick to their own rules, kids will come with ‘unusual shoes’ for an outfit. For example, sometimes you will find dolls in the Bubble Romper with regular lace-up shoes.

Shoes that came with these outfits are labelled with the factory inside, about 1″ from the heel. They generally say ‘HONG KONG’ but were most likely produced in China, unless they came on an early 1983 doll. Like with the clothing, the shoe factory should match the dolls factory. If the doll is KT, the shoes should be KT.
For more details, jump to: Shoes – An overview and reference links

Casual Wear Line – Packaged Outfits

This is the only other line of clothing that came out in 1983 and all of these outfits came packaged. They did not come on boxed kids. For more information jump to Casual Wear Line (1983).

Outfit Summary Shortcuts

Below are shortcuts to information about each of the 1983 series outfits. This information includes the versions s that I already have recorded and those I am still looking for information on. Each outfit will open in a new tab, allowing for easier navigation while you work.
I would appreciate any help you can provide and accept tag/code information at any time.

For information on taking clothing tag pictures in order to assist with the research project, jump to: Taking Clothing Tag Pics

undefined #20 Sailor Suit

#19 There Isn’t One!

undefined #18 Striped Jogging Suit

undefined #17 Heart Dress

undefined #16 Denim Romper

undefined #15 Bib Dress

undefined #14 Pinafore Dress

undefined #13 Square Yoke Dress

undefined #12 Ruffled Overalls

undefined #11 Ducky Dress

undefined #10 Windbreaker Outfit

undefined #9 Bubble Romper

undefined #8 31 Tracksuit

undefined #7 Elephant Romper

undefined #6 Kitty Jogging Suit

undefined #5 Corduroy Suit

undefined #4 Frilly A-line Dress

undefined #3 Shoulder-Tie Dress

undefined #2 Sleeper

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PTP: The Twin Outfit That Isn’t (It’s BBB)

This looks like a twin outfit, but it isn’t!

A while ago, I noticed a BBB outfit that looked a lot like the knit twin outfit. Recently, I obtained tag information from Angel K. Freely and was gobsmacked!

Her BBB outfit had twin outfit tags!

Pictures comparing twin outfit tags with the BBB mimic twin outfit tags.
Orange tags courtesy of Angel K. Freely.

Now, I knew the outfits looked similar, but I never thought they would be this similar! The similarities are not difficult to see. Take a moment and compare.

What is difficult to see is the feet of the BBB outfits. The footies in a regular BBB outfit have an additional piece of circular fabric, like a sole. The twin BBB outfits just have a seam . . . It looks like they’ve just sewn the bottom of the pant legs together!

I thought BBB outfits were ONLY produced by the SS and WS factories. I had no record of any BBB outfit being produced anywhere else, but I found out later I was wrong. A few BBB outfits were Made in Thailand (BBB Series 2002s) and an even smaller number were made at the P Factory. It has now been confirmed that these ‘twin’ BBB outfits came on BBB’s labelled as P factory. (Update Apr. 2024: FB Conversation, Sarah Strain, March 2024)

I do not know if these P factory BBB’s wore clothing from other factories, or JUST these BBB twin outfits. I do not know if these BBB twin outfits came on kids from other factories. Do you?

Jodi, from Jodi’s Punky Patch, helped me gather information and photographs for this post and observed that we only have evidence of this outfit coming on boxed kids. I have not yet documented an example of this outfit in a package,

Boxed BBB wearing the orange mimic twin BBB outfit.
Courtesy unknown

The knit twin outfits came in five different colours, and so does this outfit. I have tag confirmation of all but the letter F.

I theorized that the factory had a lot of the knit material left over and needed to do something with it. At the time, no other clothing lines being produced would have welcomed an outfit made of knit fabric, except the BBB’s. I think that’s why they made a BBB outfit, instead of something that they could more easily put on P factory kids.

For more detailed information on Twin outfits see, Twin Outfits, Part 1.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day 2020!

Baby Luck and his friends Lorenzo, Bethany, Ellyn, and Dylan would like to wish you a Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

What is your favourite good luck green outfit and who’s wearing it? Post a picture and let us see! The bigger the party the better!

May the sun shine, all day long,
everything go right, and nothing wrong.
May those you love bring love back to you,
and may all the wishes you wish come true!

Source
Picture of 4 cabbage patch kid dolls wearing green and white outfits and one small green Care Bear, Lucky Bear.
Baby Lucky and his friends Lorenzo, Bethany, Ellyn, and Dylan would like to wish you a Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

The Perfect Mismatch (Mtaching Pt. 2)

Generally the doll factory and the outfit factory match, these are the exceptions.

(A Match Made In . . . .the Factory: Matching Part 1)

The consistency with which the doll tag and the outfit tag factories matched changed starting in 1985. Many continued to match, but not all. Here are the ‘situations’ in which you might find a match that doesn’t match!

Situation 1:

From 1986 to 1988 (ish), the most common situation resulted from an overabundance of specialty outfits that were not selling (high $) and a lot of pieces coming from foreign factories that had shut down. In this situation, you might get an OK kid, in a P factory twin outfit, in a single kid box. (Ref. #5, Issue 4, p. 5) Or maybe, a set of P dolls, in IJ animal costume sleepers (Ref #3, p.104), in a twin box. Or even a pair of Jesmar dolls, in PMI World Traveler outfits, in a twin box!

Some of these outfits were made by factories that did not produce kids, only packaged outfits that were never intended to be sold on kids.

Situation 2:

A similar situation happened with outfits originally designed for specific kinds of kids. For example, occasionally you will find Cornsilk and Talker outfits on regular kids from 1987 onward. This doesn’t occur as often as situation one, but it does happen. This situation could also be the result of in-store outfit switching.

Situation 3:

IC kids were made in Taiwan and, according to their side tags, which are numbered IC to IC7, there may have been at least eight factories. However, there are NO clothes with IC# on them. However, several Taiwanese factories did produce clothing: AX, CY, FD, HP, WW, HRS.

I have evidence that IC kids came wearing IC, AX, and other Taiwan factory clothing. The same has been discovered about the UT factory. Although UT kids could come with UT clothes, they also came dressed in AX and WW clothing. (Jump to: AX and the UT Kids)

In addition, IC kids came wearing specialty line outfits that were made at other Taiwanese factories (HRS, CY, FD), so their tags would not match. For example, Western Wear and All Star kids. (Ref #5, Issue 3, p. 5)

Situation 4:

Hong Kong Tags. Some Hong Kong Kids had no factory indicated on their tag. In this case, for MIB kids, it can be assumed that if the kid is OK, the outfit is OK. However, if the outfit is not original to the kid, it is either P, OK or KT. (Ref#3, p. 28) My personal experience with HK outfits leads me to believe they will be either OK or P, as the tags themselves more closely resemble OK and P tags, rather than KT tags.
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Situation 5:

Twin outfits are all P factory. However, some were put on OK kids. In this case, the tags would not match.

Situation 6:

There is evidence that ‘Made in USA’ outfits did come on boxed kids. There are no ‘Made in USA’ kids, so the tag cannot match in this situation.

Situation 7:

It appears that some SS factory outfits came on MIB regular-sized kids. As the SS factory did not make any regular-sized dolls, there will be a mismatch between the kid and the outfit. I’ve confirmed this on one OK factory HK doll.


For more information on clothing codes, jump to: What are Clothing Tag Codes
For information on how to locate clothing tags, jump to: Where are clothing tags located?

A Match Made in . . . the Factory (Matching Pt. 1)

How do you know if an outfit originally came with the doll? Here’s the first step to finding out!

There is no way to know what outfit originally came on a doll. The choices were made randomly. However, you can match the production year of the doll to the production year of the outfits, and in some cases, the factory information.

1983 – 1985ish: A Match!

Coleco dolls produced from 1983 to 1984 (and some stuff in 1985) generally came with clothing made at the same factory. So, if the doll was OK factory, the outfit and shoes were also OK factory.


            KT Boy                      OK Girl

Dolls wearing 500s outfits which came out in 1985 also matched factories.

The 500 series outfits on dolls, sitting on stairs, to display the outfits.

However, I know of at least one collector who admits to taking kids out and switching clothes AT THE STORE, so even if you bought a kid from the store and it didn’t match, that doesn’t mean it didn’t originally come with the correct outfit!

Series Specific Pairs . . .

Some lines of kids had specific clothing created just for them. In many of these cases, the dolls and the outfits always match. There may be two factories producing them, but there is always a match.

Talking KidsOK 
Circus KidsP, KT 
World Travelers
WT White shirts
OK, PMI
CC, SS
Designer LineP 
1st Cornsilk Series (160s)OK, KT 
300s Cornsilk SeriesOK, KT, P
Baby outfits (BBB)SS, WS Exceptions: #1, #2
PJ Series (689-694)KT 
720s series Cornsilk and
regular kid outfits
KT
760s Cornsilk seriesP
Growing Hair KidsP, KT 
ToddlersOK 
KoosasOK, KT 

Continued in: Part 2: A Perfect Mismatch!