Unboxing a Treasure for St. Patrick’s Day

This St. Patricks Day I celebrated by purchasing a unicorn! Join me as I unbox my treasure at the end of the rainbow.

I bought myself a unicorn and it arrived in time for St. Paddy’s Day! Join me as I unbox the treasure at the end of the rainbow.

Spoiler Alert! Only scroll down if you know what the unicorn is!

Meet Mateo Lucas (blue) and Patrick Dante (green).
Patrick is wearing my unicorn outfit!
How appropriate for St. Patrick’s Day.
Of course, what else was I going to name him? After all, he’s all about the green!

Shoes: Knit Booties

Knit booties came with a small number of very specific outfits, but which ones? Find out!

Jump to: CPK Shoe Summary

A pair of white knit Cabbage Patch kid knit booties.

Knit booties were manufactured by Coleco from 1983 to 1987. However, the characteristics varied by factory.

I do not have any examples of Hong Kong period booties, so I do not know if there are any significant differences.

Yellow and white booties came with one regular-sized outfit, and white booties came with several preemie outfits.

Variation

So far I know that booties were manufactured by the following factories:

  • OK
  • P
  • KT (only made Bubble Romper booties)
  • PMI (only made Bubble Romper booties)
  • IC (only made Bubble Romper booties)
  • SS (only made preemie booties)
  • FW (only made preemie booties)
  • CC (only made preemie booties)
  • FD (only made preemie booties)

It seems that each factory used a different knitting pattern. You can see visual differences between them. I have one pattern that I cannot associate with a factory, but I think it might be the CC factory. I am still missing examples of many factories. Do you have them?

The booties also appear to come in two different sizes, but I do not know why. It would make sense that the larger ones were for the #9 Bubble Romper outfit and regular-sized kids, while the smaller ones were for the preemie outfits. However, I have seen the smaller-sized booties in yellow, which never came with the preemie outfits.  

Three OK factory knit booties, all of various sizes. The middle is white, the other two are yellow.

Finally, there is a Play Along 25th Anniversary version of the Bubble Romper outfit. These booties look like OK factory booties, but the yarn is thinner and finer.

Yellow Play Along 25th Anniversary Cabbage Patch Kids Bubble Romper knit bootie.

Other Information

I have never seen booties separately packaged like other CPK shoes.

Foreign factories did produce booties. The Triang-Pedigree are a lot like P factory booties.

BSeries Preemie Outfit #506 – Kitty PJ’s

Let your preemie curl up like a cat in this cute onesie.

Main graphic with mint green background and black text that says "BSeries Preemie outfit - B506 Kitty PJ's". there is also a peach version of the outfit on it.

B Series Preemie Outfits Summary

Description

This is a footed velveteen onesie. The yoke is coloured/patterned and quilted, with lace running along the bottom and a cat patch on the left breast. The feet are also coloured and have a pom-pom. There is an arched Cabbage Patch Kids patch on the left leg. It closes down the front with a long strip of Velcro.

Footwear: n/a

White version of outfit B506 with a red and white striped yoke and feet.
Photo courtesy of Kat Pershouse.

This outfit was sold only on dolls manufactured in 1985 and later.

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 B505D SS that is purple, 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

> Mimic Preemie Outfit Series: #716 – Terry Cloth Preemie PJ’s. These are structurally the same as the Kitty PJ’s but have no cat patch, are not coloured at the feet, do not have pom poms, and, of course, are made of terry cloth.

Picture of outfit 715. It is pink with a white with pink rosebuds yoke.
Photo courtesy of Felisa Ruth Echevarria

> Outfit #136 – This outfit is structurally the same, except that the yoke has two bows, there is only a small square CPK patch on the left side, and it is made of cotton.

Picture of outfit 136. It is blue with white with blue rose buds at the yoke and feet. It has the water mark "Kat's CPK' on it.
Photo courtesy of Kat Pershouse.

> BBB Outfits – There are several terry-cloth BBB outfits that look very similar to this outfit.

BSeries Preemie Outfit #505 – Teddy PJ’s

All ready for bed! What a cute set of Pajamas for a special overnight.

Main graphic with purple background and black text that says "b Series Preemie Outfit, B505-Teddy PJ's". There is also a picture of a preemie cabbage patch kid wearing a blue PJ set with pink accents and a teddy patch.

B Series Preemie Outfits Summary

Description

Cotton two pieces PJ’s – The top closes up the front and has a bow in the middle and one at the neck. The front closure, neck, and sleeve hems are all white. Coloured rick rack runs up either side of the front opening, and the left side has a teddy patch and an arched Cabbage Patch kids patch. The bottoms have footies and rick rack around them. The entire thing is the same colour.

Footwear: n/a

Set of light blue cotton PJ's consisting of a top and bottom. The accent rick rack is pink, the bows white. It has a teddy patch and a CPK patch.

This outfit was sold only on dolls manufactured in 1985 and later.

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 B505D OK that is purple, 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

> Mimic Preemie Outfits: #715 – Plain cotton preemie PJ’s. The most obvious differences are the lack of a teddy patch and rick rack. In addition, there is only one bow at the neck.

Picture of a bald preemie wearing a mint green plain set of PJ's.
Photo courtesy of Donika Jordan.

BSeries Preemie Outfit #B504 – Bubble romper and blouse

This outfit is one of the finest among this series but it can be confusing to match the pieces.

Main title graphic with a picture of the outfit on it, in purple with hearts. The text is black and says "B Series Preemie Outfit, B504 - Bubble Romper and Blouse". The background is light blue.

B Series Preemie Outfits Summary

Description

This outfit consists of three pieces. The first is the cotton bubble romper with overall type top half. The overall bib has three horizontal ribbons running across the bottom and a bow on the right side. An arched Cabbage Patch Kid patch is on the right side of the bib as well. The second is a blouse with a single large ruffle at the shoulder. Finally, the bonnet matches the pattern/colour of the bottom of the bubble romper and is edged with lace.

Many of them are patterned and coloured in various shades of purple, making it difficult to make sure they actually go together.

Footwear: Regular white shoes and socks

Photo courtesy of Jodi Punki Patch.

This outfit was sold only on dolls manufactured in 1985 and later.

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 B504D SS that is not the same as mine) 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

> 1984 series preemie outfit #9, Bubble bottomed romper (one piece)  

> 700 – Series Mimic Preemie Outfit: This outfit is structurally the same but did not come with a bonnet and has no ribbon decoration. Instead, it comes with the arched CPK logo centred on the overall bib. In addition, the blouse is a solid colour with no shoulder ruffle.

Picture of a diamond gingham version of the romper with a plain white blouse underneath. The pattern is in light purple.

Note: I do not have the code for this outfit verified. If you have it, I would very interested in pictures!

> Outfit 135: This is a one-piece outfit that LOOKS like it is two pieces. There are no ribbon accents and no arched patch, only a small square CPK patch indicative of the later outfits. It comes in many different patterns and colours.

This outfit looks to be two pieces but is one piece. The bottom, shoulder ruffles, straps and neck are dark red, the bib is a vibrant blue and the 'blouse' sleeves and chest area are white with a pattern fo red, blue and green objects.
Photo courtesy of Jodi’s Punki Patch.

BSeries Preemie Outfit B503 – Fancy gown with hooded blanket (that ties)

Very similar to preemie outfit #3, this one is fancier and much harder to find!

Title graphic with a picture of a doll wearing the outfit adn the text "B Series Preemie Outfit, B503 - Fancy Hooded Blanket and Gown". It has a mint green background.

B Series Preemie Outfits Summary

Description

This outfit consists of a cotton gown with a high-low bottom and matching blanket. There is a line of lace down the middle front of the gown and at the neck and armholes. The bottom has a single line of lace around the front and a double set that is visible from the front, running along the back half. There is an arched Cabbage Patch Kids patch on the right breast.

It comes with a matching cotton blanket that has a lace-edged hood sewn into it. The lace around the hood area is very large. The hood can be tied closed around the doll’s neck with two ribbons. The blanket is edged with lace and can also be tied around the doll’s waist with white ribbons.

Footwear: Knit booties

Picture of a preemie with lemon looped tuft and green eyes wearing a purple version of the outfit. It is sitting on a couch.

This outfit was sold only on dolls manufactured in 1985 and later.

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 B503G SS 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.

Variations

> 1984 Series outfit #3 Gown with a hooded blanket 

Other Information

> Although I do not have enough of these outfits recorded, I think there may be variations in lace and structure between factories.

BSeries Preemie Outfit #B502- Fancy Hooded Gown

A hood to keep your little one warm, and more lace then ever before!

Main graphic that has a pink background and black text that says "B Series Preemie Outfit B502 - Fancy Hooded Gown". It also has a picture of a blue version of the outfit.

B Series Preemie Outfits Summary

Description

Bunting bag with attached hood. The hood is one colour/pattern, and the remainder of the outfit is another. There is lace around the armholes, the hood, and the edges of the yoke. There are also three large rows of lace around the bottom of the bag. The hood opens at the back to allow it to be put on the doll. It ties closed with a white ribbon.

Almost all of them have a curved ‘Cabbage Patch Kids’ patch on the breast. Right now my THEORY is that only the OK factory didn’t use the patch.

Footwear: Knit booties

This outfit was sold only on dolls manufactured in 1985 and later.

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 B502D SS that is pink, not 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.

Graphic of a spreadsheet that shows which outfits I have recorded and which I do not.

Similar Outfits

> 1984 Preemie Series outfit #2: Hooded Gown
The obvious differences between the two outfits are the rows of lace on the bottom and the CPK patch.

BSeries Preemie Outfit #501 – Velour Bunting Bag

Soft and warm, this velour bunting bag is beautiful on any preemie.

Main graphic. It has a blue gradient background and black text that says "B Series Preemie Outfit, B501 - Velour Bunting Bag". It also had a picture of a preemie cabbage patch kid wearing the velour bunting bag outfit in mint green.

B Series Preemie Outfits Summary

Description

This outfit is a velour bunting bag with an attached hood. They are all solid colours. They have lace trim accented with a ribbon that runs around the sleeves, the hood, and the bottom. The hood tightens with a ribbon. Most of them have a curved logo patch on the right breast, but not all.

Footwear: Knit booties

Pink and peach versions of the B501 velour bunting bag outfit. They both have green Cabbage Patch Kids patches on the breast.

This outfit was only sold on dolls manufactured in 1985 and later.

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 B501G SS 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.

Graphic of a spreadsheet that indicates which outfits I have recorded and which I do not.

Similar Outfits

25th Anniversary Bunting Bag Outfit: Although the colours are different, these outfits are very similar. For more information, visit 25th Anniversary Outfits.

BSeries Preemie Outfits

The second, and fancier, line of Preemie clothing!

For basic information on preemies and their outfits, jump here.

1984 – First Series of Preemie Clothes
1985 –  B Series (This Post)
1987 –  Preemie Mimic Series (707 – 716) (Future Post)
1988-89 – Random outfits in the 100’s (Future Post)

A picture showing all 6 B series preemie outfits. All are on dolls except one.

What’s with the code?

I am unsure what the B stands for. I theorize it indicates that this was the second series of outfits, but I have no proof of that. These outfits have a 500s number as they were produced in 1985. For more information on this, jump to: What are Clothing Tag Codes

Some of the codes were put on the tags with stickers. It may be they were reusing leftover tags from other outfits until the correct tags were available.

Picture of a cabbage patch preemie outfit tag from the BSeries where there was a sticker over top of the code.

The Outfits

NOTE: These outfits do not have conventionally agreed-upon names. Therefore, the names used below were created by me purely for the sake of expediency to distinguish one from the other.

There are six B Series outfits, and they were made predominately by the SS factory. However, some are OK, and some are WS. All are Chinese factories.

I do not have enough information to propose ‘primary’ factories at this time; however, so far, outfits J and K appear to be primarily from the WS factory.  Based on my research to date, it seems that letters A, B, C, and I were not manufactured. The highest letter I’ve found is K.

Picture of a spreadsheet that shows what outfits have been recorded for a specific BSeries outfit. It is an example of what the greyed out sections look like.
Example: The greyed-out lines are those that I do not believe had outfits manufactured.

Almost all the BSeries outfits have the curved Cabbage Patch Kids applique on them. I have only seen one or two that did not !

Summary List

NOTE: These outfits do not have conventionally agreed-upon names. Therefore, the names used below were created by me purely for the sake of expediency to distinguish one from the other.

B501 – Velour Bunting Bag

B502 –  Fancy Hooded Gown

B503 – Fancy Hooded Blanket and Gown

B504 – Bubble Romper with Blouse

B505 – Teddy Bear PJ’s

B506 – Kitty PJ’s

Preemie Outfits #15 and #16

Just in time for winter, warm knit outfits for your preemie!

Main graphic that is mint green with black text that says "#15 & #16 Knit sets". It also had a picture of two doll outfits, both knit.

1984 Preemie Clothing Series Summary

These two outfits only came packaged. They never came on dolls. They are similar to the 1984 Knit outfits that were produced for regular-sized kids, except that they were produced at the FW factory (Chinese), not the EX factory (Taiwanese). They were most likely sold only from 1984 – 1985.

Outfit #15 – Sweater and Pant Set
This outfit consists of a long-sleeve tri-colour striped sweater and a pair of white pants.

Outfit #16 – Scarf Outfit
This outfit consists of a white shirt with coloured trim, a pair of pants in the same colour, and a thin scarf that is white and colour striped.

Footwear: They did not come with any foot covering.

Version Information

I have recorded all the available versions of this outfit. There were only two of each. However, I could use pictures of the following:

  • A ‘piece’ shot of the yellow scarf outfit
  • The purple scarf outfit in the box
  • Both of the sweater outfits in the box

For details on the pictures required, jump to Taking Clothing Tag Pics.

Graphic of the spreadsheet that shows which outfits I have recorded.