Preemie Outfit #8 – Sundress with Bonnet

A pretty sun dress for a pretty preemie.


1984 Preemie Clothing Series Summary

Description

There are 3 pieces to this outfit

  1. Cotton pinafore-type sundress. The sleeves, dress hem, and peter pan collar are one colour, and the remainder of the dress is another. A line of lace runs around the bottom of the pinafore section and around the neck. There is a white satin bow in the front middle just below the collar.
  2. Bloomers that match the colour/pattern of the sleeves.
  3. A bonnet with a bow on top and lace around the fringe. It is the same colour/pattern as the ‘pinafore’ section of the dress.

Footwear: Regular shoes and socks

Picture of preemie outfit #8 in three pieces, the bonnet, dress and bloomers. It is mint green with green rose buds and white pinafore area.

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 an 8D OK that is pink with pink buds, not yellow with yellow buds) 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

> There are variations in the lace based on the factory. I have found that the P factory uses one lace, the OK and CC factories use another, and the FW and SS factories use another.

> I have found one example of this outfit with a velveteen bow. I am unsure if this was added later, or if it’s original. I do not have any information for it. Do you have anything similar?

Preemie outfit 8 with an off white dress with yellow flowers and whit edging and a matching bonnet. it has a gold velveteen bow on the front.

> Mimic Outfit: #708 – This outfit is structurally identical to outfit #8 but doesn’t come with a bonnet. In addition, the pinafore is the coloured/patterned section, instead of the sleeves, bloomers, and collar, which are white. The pinafore section fabric has flower cutout patterns in it.

Preemie Outfit #7 – Dress with Bloomers

Dressing like the big kids!

Main graphic with a pink background and black text that says "#7 Dress with Bloomers". It has an AA preemie wearing a blue version of this outfit and regular shoes.


1984 Preemie Clothing Series Summary

Description

There are three pieces to this outfit.

  1. Matching bloomers with lace at the leg holes. The lace matches the lace at the sleeves.
  2. Matching bonnet with lace frill. Both types of lace are used in the frill.

** I have found an exception where the lace at the yoke matches the lace on the rest of the dress. It is an FD dress, but I have a second FD dress that is ‘correct’. At this point, this appears to be a factory fluke.

Footwear: Regular white 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 7F OK that is pink, not mint green) 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

> There are variations across factories in the lace patterns. The OK and P factory used the same lace. The FD factory uses different lace entirely. The SS factory appears to use the large yolk lace from the OK set and the smaller lace from the FD set. These trends were determined using a small sample size and are most likely slightly inaccurate.

> Mimic Preemie Outfit: #707 – The outfits are structurally identical to outfit #7 except that they do not have lace at the leg holes and do not come with a bonnet. They also come in several colours that the #7 outfits did not (e.g. white with multi-coloured hearts)

Picture of a version of outfit 707 that is white with multicoloured heart shaped polka dots. Has a watermarket that says "Kats Cpk"
Photo courtesy of Kat Pershouse.

#15 Bib Dress

Most of our kids are too old for bibs, but we love this outfit anyway!

Main graphic with a blue background and black text that says "#15 Bib Dress" with two kids bracketing it. The first doll has red double ponytails with blue eyes and a #3 head mold and is wearing a pink gingham dress with a white giraffe bib. The second is a butterscotch double braid with blue eyes and a #2 head mold, wearing a blue dress with flower 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: Lil Lollipop
Alternate Name: Giraffe Bib Dress (Ref #3, p.387)

Description:
Cotton dress with a peter pan collar edged with piping and matching bloomers. It comes with a white lace fringed terry cloth bib that generally has a giraffe patch on it. It generally came with regular lace-up shoes and socks. Very occasionally, it came with Mary Janes.

Outfit 15J, OK. Blue dress with yellow, white, and red flowers. The peter pan collar is white with red piping. Over top is a white bib with lace edging and a giraffe applique in the middle.
Outfit 15J, OK
Outfit 15T PMI, white with peach flowers, without the bib.
Example of dress without the bib

This outfit was sold from 1983 until 1985, most likely no longer. It was sold on both 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 15C OK that is green gingham, not pink 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

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

  • lace
  • patch used on the bib – Jump to Plentiful Patches Pt.2
  • collar piping colour
  • look of the patch

> Mimic outfits: USA versions are very similar except, their collar piping appears to be consistently white. The giraffe patches look different. (see below)

Pink and white gingham bib dress with bib. The bib has a giraffe applique on it that is silver, red, and yellow.
USA Version, courtesy of Jodi’s Punki Patch

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

> This Tsukuda/Triang-Pedigree dress can easily be confused with a bib dress. It, and similar other plaid dresses, can be found on Tsukuda and TP kids and are their own series of outfits.

Red, blue and black plaid dress with matching bloomers. There's two buttons at the neck.
Photo courtesy of Stephanie Blum.

Other Information

> The giraffe patches are subtly different. For example, on some, the tail of the giraffe points straight up, the embroidery lines are thicker, and there’s less space between the front and back legs.

Pictures of three giraffe appliques, each being subtlety different. They are Jesmar and USA factory appliques.
Photos courtesy of Nicole Sorensen Barnes and Jodi’s Punki Patch.

> The bib with a lamb on it may have come on Coleco OK kids as well as Tsukuda kids (see above). For more information visit: PTP: Patch Particulars (Pt. 2)

> A long-time collector believes that the plaid material (i.e. 15H)  was introduced later, around 84-85ish and that they introduced new patterns for the bib dresses over time. She believes that they stopped making them in 1985-86. (Leah Salt FB Conversation; Feb. 6, 2019)

> This bib is very unusual. I do not think it’s a Coleco bib, maybe it’s an aftermarket?

Photo courtesy of Grace Jones.

> These outfits were produced by Playmates under the brand, Sunshine Kids. They are aftermarket outfits that are often confused as TSU outfits. For more information on the patches, visit PTP: Patch Particulars (Pt. 2).

#13 Square Yoke Dress

This outfit came on my first kid and holds a special place in my heart.

Main graphic with a grey background and white text that says #13 Yoke Dress", brackted by two dolls. The first is an auburn single ponytail with brown eyes and #2 head mold wearing a green and white gingham dress. The second is a brown double braid with brown eyes and #2 head mold wearing pink and white horizontal stripes.

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: Morning Glory
Alternate Name: Yoke bib dress (Ref#3, p.395)

Description:
Basic cotton dress with a square-shaped yoke of pleated nylon with a bow and eyelet trim. (Ref#4, Vol. 3 Iss. 80, p.3). It came with matching bloomers, regular lace-up shoes, and socks. Very occasionally, they came with Mary Janes.

Outfit 13F P. Blue dress with matching bloomers. The dress is blue with small white polka dots. The yoke is white shadow striped square shape, edged with lace and ribbon and has a ribbon bow at the peter pant collar.
Outfit 13F, P

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 13J OK 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.

Variations

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

  • fabric shade/colour
  • ribbon colour

> Mimic outfits: The Mattel 15th Anniversary kids came with a slightly different version of this dress where the yoke itself comes off, almost like a bib. Outfit #659 came out in 1986ish and is the mimic version of this outfit. The yoke is more frilly and the bow velveteen. Outfit #149 is a transitional outfit that most likely only came packaged.

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

#11 Ducky Dress

One of the most popular outfits!

Main graphic with a green background, black text saying "#11 Ducky Dress" and two dolls. One is a lemon double ponytail blue eyed #2 wearing a white knit ducky dress with pink stripes. The second is a red double braid, blue eyed paci #6 wearing a yellow knit ducky dress with white and blue stripes.

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: Winter Warmer

Description:
Knit dress with matching bloomers. Two wide stripes run parallel to the hem of the dress, and it has a duck applique on the skirt. It generally came with Mary Jane shoes and socks. Very occasionally, it came with lace-ups.

Outfit 11E, P. Purple knit dress with matching bloomers. There are two wide pink stripes around the skirt and a duck applique on the skirt.
Outfit 11E, P

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 an 11A KT 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.

This outfit does not appear to have been made by the primary factories CC or SS.

Variations

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

  • stripe colours
  • yarn colour/shade
  • applique used (other than a duck)
  • location of applique

> Mimic outfits: The Play Along 25th Anniversary edition of this outfit is baby blue and looks more like the early button dress version from the front. (see below) Take note that there are very good aftermarket versions of this outfit. They are often confused with CPK brand.

> There were many variations made by foreign factories. The Tsukuda factory also made knit outfits that could be confused as a Ducky Dress from afar. For information on identifying a Jesmar version, jump to Identifying Jesmar Clothing

Other Information.

> Button Ducky Dress: The earliest iteration of this outfit only came out in early 1983 and is therefore considered hard-to-find. It closes at the back with three buttons and has a different look for the sleeves and neck. Many of these early outfits are also Hong Kong outfits. The white version is considered the hardest to find.