When I was five years old Mattel offered a free trade in deal so I sent in an off brand doll and got a Twist and Turn Barbie in return. Of course that doll was white, but here Christie models an outfit that has lasted longer than my first Barbie or any of my other dolls.
I’m very proud of the fact that I still have the original shoes.
My mother was an accomplished seamstress.
She made the coat on the left and the skirt on the right.
Must have been Christmas 1970 when I got Brad and Christie.
I got the lace outfit at the same time.
I still think the shoes are the bomb.
I made six or eight of these black suits for my brother’s action figures as a Christmas present when I was about 12. The turtleneck shirt used to be a sock.
The snooty, rich characters in our stories always wore this outfit which Ningyoboy’s Closet on Flickr identifies as “Golden n Glamour” from 1965.
Unfortunately I have lost the brown elbow length gloves that made it the last word in elegance and sophistication. I still have the original shoes, though.
And to think this seemed like a scandalously short skirt back in the day!