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.

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