#511 – Portrait Dress

Every collector wants the portrait dress that looks like them, or one of their kids. Which one is your unicorn?

Main graphic with grey background and black text that says "511 Portrait Dress". It also has a brown haired, brown eyes, brown single ponytail girl wearing the grey version of this outfit.


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

Description

This outfit consists of a dress and solid coloured tights. The dress has an embroidered patch of a CPK (from the waist up) that is wearing a CPK Logo Dress. The patch has pigtails and two ribbon bows. The hair, eye, and dress colours change for each version of the dress. The trunk and skirt are made of fleecy sweatshirt material and the sleeves, are a different material and striped.
This outfit came with mary jane shoes.

511D OK - Grey dress with white and grey striped sleeves matched with white tights. The dress has a patch of the CPK on the front who has red hair and is wearing a blue dress.
511K

Coleco started selling this outfit in 1985. It likely ended production no later than sometime in 1986. If it is found on later kids, it was likely because the company was 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, I would like to hear from you. Information is best sent in the form of pictures. For details, visit Taking Clothing Tag Pics.

Spreadsheet showing the outfits that I have recorded, and their details.

Variations

This outfit was made by the P and OK factories. There seems to be a significant amount of variation between factories when it comes to the hair, eye, and dress colours used. Kat Pershouse has created this very helpful and easy-to-follow chart. I assume that all the outfits that match visually, for example, the two mint greens 511D, are an OK version and P version. I don’t have enough data yet to know about the ones that are not the same.

Graphic page that lays out the OK factory version of this dress against the P factory version of the dress.

According to Kat Pershouse “The OK factory ones are the common colours and the P factory ones are HTF colours. The P factory ones stripey material is more course, while the Ok stripey material has a looser weave and is softer. Also, the embroidered girls/decal on the Ok factory seems to be sewn into the waistband, whereas on the P factory it’s not sewn into the waistband.” (FB Thread, Mar. 19, 2020)

Similar Outfits

Logo Dress: This is a variation of the outfit that came out later. For details, visit 511 Portrait Dress (Post Coming Soon).

Long looped lemon haired girl with blue eyes and a paci wearing a purple logo dress with purple tight.s She has one mary jane shoes and there is a bow in her hair.

Toddler Outfit: This is a later Coleco Toddler outfit (code unknown) that looks somewhat similar.

Other Information

> Fun fact: A prototype version of this outfit can be seen in the 1985 Coleco Catalogue (p. 2).

Picture of a single pony brown-haired girl with brown eyes wearing a light pink prototype version of the portrait dress. The 'portrait' has red hair and is outlined with red stitching. The dress is baby blue.