My vintage collection – Sindy & me Time Out: Yes we’re late, but that’s only because we care about how we look Neandra Etienne’s earliest memory of Sindy is when she was about 10 years old. She’s been hooked on collecting the dolls and accessories ever since. Here she shares her amazing collection of Sindy dolls – all in amazing Seventies-inspired outfits. When I was ten my cousin Ruth asked me what I would like for Christmas and I replied that I wanted a Sindy house. Unfortunately I never got my Sindy house, mainly because my mum never really approved of her. And even though I would collect bits of Sindy toys from jumble sales, I never actually really owned a Sindy doll. It was only when I joined eBay about four years ago that I started to collect her. To be honest I think that’s what partly drives me to buy her today, because I can. It was my primary school friend Rita that first gave me the idea to start showing off my Sindy collection on flickr. Rita is a huge Barbie fan with a fabulous Eighties-themed flickr. I felt really inspired by hers so I decided to make a Sindy one. I came up with the idea of creating little stories after visiting the Sindy in the Sixties exhibition at the Museum of Childhood, where I got a chance to interview Helen, the lady who created the exhibition. I had already collected the props that are featured, as I plan to have a totally vintage flat, so with Rita’s digital camera I shot the individual scenes in my garden. I loved the whole experience, I felt like David Bailey and Patricia Field all rolled into one. I’m so happy with how they’ve turned out and I’m very proud of what I have achieved. Time Out: Yes we’re late, but that’s only because we care about how we look Tea Time: Paul this tea isn’t going to pour itself The Maid: I call this my ironing outfit – dress made by Rita using a sample fabric Tea Times Treats: Of course we can’t take all the credit for these cakes…but we will – Rita made these outfits from a pillow case Swing Out Sister: Can’t see what all the fuss is about, swinging isn’t that hard – outfits by Rita Soap Star: And the award for the best soap actress goes to…This is the first Sindy I bought from eBay She’s in fashion: Of course I have a job, where else am I going to wear my fabulous outfits Knit one pearl one: I love knitting…it’s so fascinating to watch In Vogue: It was standing room only as, Rita unveiled her new Ritz collection during New York Fashion Week – The flares were originally dresses that Rita made into flares House poud: I get my household tips from magazines and then I hire someone else to do it. House Keeper: My role in doing the housework is very important…I’ll let you know why, when I can be bothered to care Hot off the catwalk:Rita’s new collection from her Ritz label was the fashionista’s favourite at London Fashion Week – Everything featured was made by Rita. She’s a brilliant seamstress. I gave her a pillow case and she turned it into these fabulous outfits, hence the Rita collection Hey Mr DJ: I’ve always wanted to be on the radio Girls just wanna have fun: Whoever said blondes have more fun, obviously haven’t met us – The pink floral dress is actually a skirt made by Rita. I simply added the belt to turn it into a dress Ginger Nuts: We are all in agreement, ginger is the new blonde Diet Delimma: Yes, I can eat what I want and not gain an ounce. Don’t you just hate me now…good then my work here is done Date Night Dilemma: He hasn’t called, so obviously he must be dead! Candy Girl: Like I really care what my dentist has to say Call Girl: Like I was really going to answer that Blonde Ambition: Should be enough intelligence here to make a difference to the world…if we cared – the pillow featured has been mine since I was a baby Basket Case: I wish Paul would hurry up; this basket isn’t going to take itself home – My mum’s had this basket for years. I found it in the airing cupboard 2 Responses Lya de Putti May 5th, 2010 LOVE IT! Cindy as a BRUNETTE though? I am shocked! I had a “Patches” doll too – wasn’t Patches Sindy’s tomboy sister or something? Actually, I think she “became” a tomboy when I cut all her hair off! I also loved “Pippa” dolls which were a bit smaller – they had very groovy 70s clothes too. Oh NO, I’ve just looked her up online – not another ebay obsession for me – help!!! Reply Anne May 6th, 2010 Sindy, I love her. This shows off my age but the only thing I have kept from my childhood is my 1960s Sindy Doll and her clothes. I’m inspired to get her out of the box and dress her up again. Thanks for the inspiration Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.