Preemie Outfit #13: Elephant Romper

The preemie version of the elephant romper.

Main graphic which has a baby blue background and black text which says "#13 Elephant Romper" and a picture of a cabbage patch preemie wearing a mint greet romper with elephant applique and a white hat.

1984 Preemie Clothing Series Summary

Description

This outfit consists of a short-sleeved romper with no legs and a white cotton cap. The romper has a white cotton yoke with a white peter pan collar and two white buttons. The sleeves are also white cotton. The rest of the outfit is another solid colour and is either cotton or corduroy.

Picture of preemie outfit #13, elephant romper 13D CC which is vivid blue.

Footwear: Regular shoes and socks

This outfit was most likely sold only from 1984 – 1985. Some packaged versions may have sold later than that.

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

If you have an outfit that is not recorded here or does not match my information, (e.g. you have a 13A P that is pink, not vivid blue) 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

> As the chart clearly shows, all the P factory outfits are made of corduroy. The rest are all cotton.

> There are some colour differences between the CC (Taiwan) elephant patches and the others. Refer to the picture. For more information on the patches, visit PTP: Plentiful Patches Pt. 1

Pictuer of the elephant patches on 3 different preemie elephant rompers, a light blue OK, yellow SS, and vivid blue CC.
Can you spot the differences?

> Mimic Outfit: This outfit somewhat mimics the look of the 1983 Regular Series outfit #7, the Elephant Romper.

Picture of outfit #7, the elephant romper, from the 1983 regular series. It is light blue with a white shirt.

Other Information

I have only seen one example of this outfit coming with the ‘wrong’ patch. Thank you to Sean Goins for the information. For more information on the patches, visit PTP: Plentiful Patches Pt. 1

PTP: Wonderful White Shirts

Oh no! An elephant romper without a shirt! What ever will you do??

A plain white cotton shirt comes with the Elephant Romper outfit (#7) and the Corduroy Suit (#5). All of those that came with the Elephant Rompers have decorative navy-blue zig-zag stitching around the hem of the sleeves and the neckline.
The white shirts that do not have decorative stitching are a clear minority and only came with the Corduroy Suit. The Corduroy Suit generally comes with the plain shirt but could have come with both.

So far, it appears that if the jacket in the Corduroy Suit is the tagged piece in the outfit, the shirt is pure white; if the shirt is the tagged piece, it has blue stitching. I have no data to back this up. In my personal experience so far, both of my plain white shirts have been with KT outfits. Comments are very welcome.

UPDATE: The white shirts started coming out on KT kids in the Cord suits very early. WE now have evidence of one on a triple HK KT kid.

Identifying Factory

The zig-zag decoration on the shirt can be used to identify the outfit’s factory of production.
This is useful because, in many cases, it is the romper or the jacket that is the outfit piece that is tagged, not the white shirt. If the white shirt is missing or becomes separated from the rest of the outfit, it is difficult to know which white shirt can replace it.

Some of the factories appear to have a distinctive look to the zig-zag pattern used on the white shirts. If you match the pattern to a factory, you can match a shirt to a shirtless outfit.

The pictures below are the factory patterns that I have confirmed. If you have a #5 or #7 outfit that you know came together and is from a factory not seen below, I would appreciate pictures.

For PMI factory information visit Unique Accents: PMI

If you have a shirt that does NOT match the patterns here, I would welcome the information. It may be that a factory produced two different stitch patterns, or it may be that the patterns used for the two outfits are not the same.

Factory information that I know I am missing:

  • LF
  • WW
  • IC
  • FW

PTP: Unique Accents: PMI

One of these things is not like the others, one of these things just doesn’t belong.
~ Ernie, Sesame Street

The 1983 series outfits that the PMI factory produced (letters S and T) were unique in several ways. One of them is the colour of the trim and thread used to accent the basic white shirt and the white blouse.

The White Shirt

The basic white shirt came with the elephant romper outfit (#7) and the corduroy suit (#5). Most of them came with a decorative navy-blue zigzag stitching around the sleeve hems and the neckline. Some factories can be identified by the characteristics of this zigzag stitch, but that is a different post!

The unique thing about PMI white shirts is the COLOUR of the decorative thread. Unlike the other factories, the colour of the thread matches the colour of the outfit itself.

The PMI factory created two versions of each 1983 outfit (that they made; they didn’t do all of them). So, there are four white shirts with decorative zigzag stitching that isn’t navy blue.  I know of these two, do you know of the other two?

Also, if you have these outfits and know, can you provide complete codes for them? I don’t know if either is S or T.

The White Blouse

Like the thread on the white shirts, it’s the rick rack on the blouse in the ruffled overalls outfit that is a colour match. Once again, I have one of the two PMI outfits, but I don’t know the complete code. Do you have this outfit or the other PMI outfit? Can you send me pics?

Bonus Pics!

I am still looking for information on PMI versions of the following outfits. If you have them, please send tag pictures!

Frilly A-line Dress (#4)
Corduroy Suit (#5)
Elephant Romper (#7)
31 Tracksuit (#8)
Square Yoke Dress (#13)
Bib Dress (#15)
Denim Romper (#16)
Sailor Suit (#20)

#7 Elephant Romper

A bewildering array of colours, fabrics, and patches on a relatively simple outfit.

Main graphic with a bright red background and black text that says "#7 Elephant Romper" and two dolls. One is a wheat fuzzy with blue hands and a #2 head mold wearing a yellow romper and whtie shirt. The second is a lemon fuzzy with blue eyes and a #2 head mold wearing a blue corduroy romper with a duck applique.

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: Short Stuff
Alternate Name: Coloured Romper (Ref#4, Vol 3, Iss. 8, p. 3)

Description:
Romper with, most likely, an elephant patch on the bottom right side above the leg opening. Some versions have velcro at the crotch, allowing the outfit to be removed like an infant for changing. A white shirt with blue decorative stitching is worn underneath. (see Variations info below.) It came with regular shoes and socks.

Outfit 7H, OK. Butter yellow elephant romper with elephant applique and a white shirt with blue zig-zag stitching at the hems.
Outfit 7H, OK

This outfit was sold from 1983 until at least 1986. 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 7D OK that is green, not blue or a 7C made from cord, not cotton fabric) 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.

It appears that each letter could be made using different fabrics. In order to keep it straight, and not make the above spreadsheet even more confusing, I’ve added the one below. It indicates which fabrics I’ve found the outfit made in, and which factory made them. Again, if you have an outfit that is missing from below, please let me know.

Outfit Colours ( as recorded above)

This outfit was not made by the primary factory SS (that I am aware).

If the tag is in the shirt, please be absolutely sure that the outfit came together before sending pictures. The shirts can be switched very easily.

Variations

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

> There is some controversy around the white shirt. Jump here for information on which outfits used them and for identification information. Wonderful White Shirts, Unique Accents for PMI Shirts

> Mimic outfits: The 25th Anniversary version of this outfit is pink and came only on girls. For more information, visit 25th Anniversary CPK Outfits
     

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

Other Information

> The clothing tag will be in either the shirt OR the romper, not both.
> It looks the best with a diaper on.