The tennis outfit that Dusty’s wearing in the image above suited her perfectly. She was outdoorsy, athletic, and competitive. She also had a body that looked more like a real teenage girl’s body.
Dusty was fit, fun, and fashionable!
I was lucky enough to get the full gym set with my Dusty doll, which included parallel bars and a trampoline. Those accessories are almost impossible to find anymore, but back in the 1970’s, I played with that stuff for HOURS.
My Dusty also golfed — she had a retractable waist, so you could pull her back and she’d swing a golf club on her own — and she played tennis the same way, and baseball too!
My cousin, Virginia, was my favorite fashion doll playmate, and she had both Dusty and Skye, if I remember that correctly. Skye was Dusty’s African American friend, who also had a very athletic body type.
So you might be wondering what ever happened to these dolls? Why aren’t they easy for collectors to find?
Well, there’s a good reason for this. Some dolls in the 1970’s were made using a different kind of plastic that would sort of “melt” over time. I no longer own my Dusty doll, but if I did, she would probably have this same “Melty Pelvis” problem.
Here’s an photo of a World of Love doll (sorry for the nudity), where you can see this Melty Pelvis Syndrome at work:
Those globs of plastic actually stained the dolls’ clothes, if you left their clothes on, while they lay in storage. So it’s especially hard to find original doll clothes for Dusty and Skye that haven’t been damaged by this Melty Pelvis problem.
Of course there are still people who collect Dusty and Skye dolls, but I think a lot of people (myself included) don’t want to deal with all the problems associated with the Melty Pelvis. 🙁 For one thing, the doll’s leg won’t bend properly once the pelvis starts to melt like that. So your doll must forever remain standing.
But the doll clothes patterns made by Simplicity — namely this Simplicity 7737 — are still an amazing set of doll clothes patterns! And as I said, they do fit Barbie, although somewhat loosely.
In fact, I just had a birthday and this Simplicity 7737 doll clothes pattern is what I asked for, as a birthday gift. I’m adding it to my collection because I have significant memories of sewing with it.
I must say, though, that pants suit was a hum-dinger! I remember being in tears over making those collars!
The halter dress was probably my favorite of the patterns from this set. It’s absolutely beautiful, and relatively easy to make. That dress pattern taught me a lot about how to design my own ruffles.
And yes, in case you were wondering, those are supposed to be Donny and Marie Osmond dolls, but I’ll save those dolls for another blog post discussion!
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