Welcome to Crissy's Closet!
There is probably no need to tell you that the Ideal Toy Corporation created several year's worth of clothing for Crissy and her friends and family. All of us advanced collectors LOVE the fantastic, imaginative names they used.
I will list all outfits by year. You will also see how the outfits were sold.
This collection represents two decades of collecting. Once again, please do not ask me to sell parts of my archive. I will then have to replace the item.
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In 1969, Ideal created clothes for Crissy only, as Velvet wasn't born yet! The outfits were named The Groovy Jumpsuit, The City Pants Look, The Turned On Mini, The Fun Fur Cape, The Bold Blazer, and The Sleeper Bells. Notice that to be correct, one should add the word "The" in front of each outfit name. After we take a closer look at Crissy's outfits (and don't forget that the other big girls could wear them too), the reader will be linked to another page for a look at the Velvet sized clothing line. These very earliest 1969 and 1970 boxed outfits did not come tagged with the Crissy tag. Not until the orange card outfits appeared in 1971, will the collector start noticing that Ideal tagged the Crissy fashion line-up. However, any early outfits that ended up being leftover stock that were carded on orange header cards won't have tags either.
But before we immerse ourselves completely into Crissy's 1969 fashion line-up, the collector may like to go here to see how the boxes of very early 1969 outfits were named. These boxes are very unique and this website is quite privileged to feature them!
Here is the counter display for early outfits. Counter displays are very hard to find. Each early boxed outfit was wrapped in orange tissue like Crissy was in her original box.
The heavy cordouroy The Groovy Jump Suit could be found in two different variations. They could be a light green or a lime green. You will notice that each green came with its own variation of blouse too. The lime green jumpsuit had a floral print blouse. The light green jumpsuit came with a green polka-dot blouse. Interestingly, The Groovy Jump Suit did not have snaps in the back. One could either tie it at the neckline or tuck the ends under the back of the jumpsuit! Curious!
This set was sold with lime green shoes.
The City Pants Look can be found in cotton-woven material and also a synthetic material. The synthetic pants have a tendency to oxidize from blue to plum. This outfit was sold with black shoes.
The Turned On Mini was sold with either somewhat rare gold shoes, or one could find it with orange or black shoes too.
The Fun Fur Cape came in the common hot pink version as well as a pale pink version and a forest green cape too. Don't let anyone tell that these are JC Penney catalog exclusives. They aren't. All colors could be purchased in nearly any store all over the US and Canada. It was sold with black shoes.
Here are the other versions of The Fun Fur Cape.
The Bold Blazer is probably the hardest to find outfit in a complete state. One should get a skirt, blazer, a scarf (came in several variations), and a scarf ring. There are many variations to the scarf ring. This was sold with black shoes.
The below illustrates another variation on the scarf for this outfit.
The Sleeper Bells can be found in several shades of yellow, in cotton woven fabric. However, one might be lucky enough to find this set in the synthetic shiny version too. This outfit was sold with white shoes.
In 1970, Ideal issued three new outfits, The Peace Poncho, The Seventies Satin, and The With It Knit. They used The Sleeper Bells, The City Pants Look, and The Turned On Mini from 1969 in the 1970 collection. They were also sold in small boxes as pictured above. Here are the three new outfits:
Don't be surprised if you find several variations in the top for The Peace Poncho. Here is a chartreuse top with matching ric-rac, the same with pink ric-rac, a floral top, and a wonderful lime-green top. The necklace can be smooth or embossed with a wood tone in the plastic. This was sold with black shoes.
The Seventies Satin can be found in a paler cinnamon color or a dark brown color or anything in between. This is one of those outfits that will oxidize into other color variations. It was sold with white shoes.
Above: Here is a very hard to find version of The Seventies Satin being modeled by a genuine Canadian issue Crissy. When purchased in Canada, it might even look like this! One notices immediately that it is brown, has no dots, and that the scarf is constructed differently. Did you see that long collar? Cute stuff!
Here is The With It Knit! Sold with white shoes, one can find the scarf in many variations, including a scarf made with the same print as one of the scarfs from The Bold Blazer. Also, the scarf ring, which actually was sold attached to the sash, can be found in several styles.
Probably the hardest to find scarf variation of The With It Knit is this one; it is made of the fabric that the first Sears exclusive marabou gown was made of (see bottom of page 4).
Unfortunately, this example has faded a bit, due to being laundered in its past.
This is a picture of a second example of this hard to find scarf that sold on eBay the first week of 2008. It commanded a rather high price. The colors are still brilliant on this one. (Right)
This picture is provided courtesy Mark Herr of Hakes.com.
Many thanks Mark!
We appreciate your generosity.
The 8068-9 deal that Ideal offered to retailers (that would include the outfits above) were shipped in a larger cardboard box. My friend Tim K. supplies these photos (below):
There's alot more!! Click on these links to progress through Crissy's collection of clothes, year by year.
All photography and text, (c) December, 2005, by Beth-Ellen Colvin
Last update: September 3, 2010