#503 – Velour Jogging Suit

Warm and luxurious, our kids love showing off their moves in this velour jogging suit. Don’t forget the headband!

Main graphic showing the name of the outfit "503 Velour Jogging Suit" and a wheat single ponytail poodle girl wearing a purple version of the outfit.


Summary of 500s Series outfits and a list of the outfits: The 500s Series

Description

Two-piece velour outfit. The top looks like a regular long-sleeved top except that it has a pair of white shorts made of sweatsuit material attached to the bottom. The ‘shorts’ are trimmed with a ruffle, have decorative stitching, and have the curved Cabbage Patch Kids Logo on them. The ‘top’ has small white ruffles at the shoulders and white trim on the sleeves. The bottoms are made of the same colour velour fabric and have white trim at the ankles.
As this outfit is so oddly constructed, people will often put it on the doll wrong. Sometimes the pants have been pulled up over the ‘shorts’.
This outfit came with a terry cloth headband and pink striped sneakers.

Coleco started selling this outfit in 1985. It likely ended production no later than sometime in 1986. It may be found on later kids, 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. To understand clothing codes, factories, and variations, please refer to these posts: 1st Blog – Why do this project?, What are Clothing Tag Codes?, Factories and Companies

If you have an outfit that is not recorded here or does not match my information, (e.g. You have a 503D OK that is yellow, not pink.) I would like to hear from you. Information is best sent in the form of pictures. For details, visit Taking Clothing Tag Pics.

Factory Variation

As I only have three factories recorded as producing this outfit, there is very little factory variation to note. The only difference I can observe is in the curved CPK logo and the thread patterns on the shorts. There seems to be som difference between China factory outfits and Taiwanese outfits in those two areas.

Other Information

> Fun fact: A prototype version of this outfit can be found in the 1985 Coleco Catalogue (p. 4). As far as I am aware, they never produced this colour.

Picture from the 1985 Coleco Catalogue showing a prototype version of the Velour Jogging Suit, outfit #503.

> Washing Warning! Be careful when washing these outfits; some of the colours run horribly! The red is notorious for this.

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