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The Ideal Crissy's family and friends are anticipating a wedding.




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1971 Movin' Grovin' Crissy goes from dirty to clean, Crissy is now "spit and polish". This was the first Crissy to have a posing waist.




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Ideal Doll Corp.'s 1971 Crissy. Movin' Grovin' Crissy is wearing her original orange midi dress with matching panties and Ideal #5223 orange boots. Crissy also has her original 1971 box.




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Ideal Doll Corp.'s 1981 Velvet is a new-issue of the 1970s Velvet.



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Ideal Doll Corp.'s 1970 Velvet. Two of Crissy's cousins, 15 1/2 inch Velvet. Both of their heads are marked 1969, Velvet was released in 1970. The white dress is handmade by Jo Hannah and is a replica of the 1983 reissued dress made by Ideal. The two-tone pink and lace dress is an original 1971 Movin' Groovin' Velvet dress.




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The 1983 New Issue Crissy is 15 1/2 inches tall and came with the same white dress as Velvet in 1983. The 1983 Beautiful Crissy was made with the old Velvet molds and has red hair and a ring on her back instead of a button and knob. Her white sleeveless dress, trimmed with pink, white lace, pink ribbon sash, white t-strap shoes (original outfit) This doll came with a white ribbon instead of a pink ribbon at the waist of her dress. The White dress with pink lace trim, pink ribbon at waist was homemade by Jo from vintage fabric and trims from making a pattern off of the original dress.




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Dina was introduced in 1972. She is one of the popular "grow-hair" Crissy family by Ideal. She is Brandi's little sister and another California cousin of Crissy's. Dina has a deep tan and sun streaked hair. She is not wearing her original clothes. Dina is 15 1/2 inches tall and Velvet's clothes will fit her even though they probably prefer different styles.




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Velvet's Little Sister, later known as Cinnamon. Velvet is Crissy's cousin. This 1971 "Velvet's little sister" has beautiful red grow-hair, and is 12" tall, she is part of the popular "grow-hair" Crissy family by Ideal. Velvet's little sister is wearing her original clothes and shoes from 1971. She lived in Bastrop, Texas when she was younger.




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1973 Beauty Braider Velvet with her lavender hair styling device. Velvet is wearing her original lavender print dress with matching velvet sash and panties of the same print. Matching lavender T-strap shoes are original although she has one shoe that came with her and another that came with the black Velvet doll; one has a matte finish and one is glossy.




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Crissy has a brand new dress and now she is trying to decide which shoes to wear.




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Crissy's new dress is just about ready for her. She has been very patient but is ready to wear her new clothes.




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Crissy has a new dress and it is made from fabric that was bought in 1982.




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1971 Mia, Velvet's beautiful friend and playmate. Mia is wearing her original clothes, a light blue bubble romper with a white Peter Pan collar trimmed with lace and a tiny navy blue bow and her matching light blue t-strap shoes. Mia is 15 inches tall and was made only as a white doll.




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1969 first issue Beautiful Crissy in her original dress. The black shoes Crissy is wearing are not original, she came with orange shoes. Her dress is an orange mini dress with orange lace overlay and an orange flocked bow at the neckline, orange underpants to match dress. Orange bow-flat shoes would complete her original outfit.




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This is 1970 Velvet (straight waist) in yellow knit fleece robe (homemade by Jo from altered Simplicity Pattern #5276). The t-strap flats in bright aqua color are Velvet's.

Velvet's hair was extra frizzy at the bottom of her ponytail so her Aunt Jo decided it was time to try a hot water perm. She used an empty thread spool and some tissue paper to roll it. Then after holding it with a garbage bag tie she poured hot water on it followed by super cold ice water. She unrolled it and in the photograph it is drying. It looks like her hair did curl but we will see for sure when it gets all dry. It will probably be too loose a curl but should look much better than when it was frizzy.

Velvet is wearing a thin yellow baby fleece robe. The fabric is a thin baby fleece. The fabric was Mary Jo R's and is fairly old. The fabric matches the yellow bow that came off of baby clothes in 1971. The robe is a little long on Velvet but it looks pretty cute being long and snuggly.




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It's the weekend and Crissy is comfortable working around the house in her jean's made by Jo from a flowery denim and her white blouse.




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Two Crissy's are still hanging around up in their Aunt Jo's sewing room waiting to get new clothes. They didn't get any made today but maybe tomorrow.




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Here is Crissy in her new pantsuit made by her Aunt Jo. The fabric is from 1969. It's a wild print but it so depicts the late 1960s and early 1970s. Crissy loves it!




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Brandi's Aunt Jo finished making the lavender bridesmaid dress. When Brandi tried it on it looked too short and she didn't like it so her aunt added a lace edge on the bottom. Tressy decided to ask Brandi to be her bridesmaid because she didn't want to ask her twin sister. Brandi is Crissy's California Cousin and she was introduced in 1972. She has painted eyes and a California tan.




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Here is Crissy in her newest Crissy outfit. The fabric is from the 1970s. When Crissy got tired of wearing this outfit she gave the blouse to 1983 New Issue 15 1/2 inch Crissy who wore it as a dress. She gave the red pants to another Crissy who wanted to wear them with her blue blazer.


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Tressy is excited that her Aunt Jo is finally making her bridal gown. She is being fitted for the first time and anxiously awaits the finished dress.




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Tressy's bridal gown is finally finished and she loves it. Her Aunt Jo did a wonderful job when she made it for Tressy. Her bouquet is made from 1970s flowers.




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Kerry is Crissy's Irish Cousin. She is 17 1/2 inches tall with green sleep eyes and pearl blonde hair. Kerry has on her original clothes, her original shoes (dark green bow-flats that are so hard to find). Her hair is perfect and does not look frizzy on the ends,it looks and feels like brand new hair. She doesn't have any marks or scratches on her at all. She doesn't look like she ever had her clothes or shoes off or her hair combed. She has all her eyelashes and perfectly clear eyes. She has the old and smaller flower turn knob on her back. Her Elephant Romper suit has the original tie.




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Crissy is wearing her 1970s "With-It Knit" dress. Everyone likes this good looking white dress that has a crocheted look. Crissy likes to wear her white boots with this dress.




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Six Crissy girls just had their showers and shampoos and are ready to get dressed to look their best.




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1969 Crissy loves her new suit. Jo made her gold colored shell from 1967 fabric and the suit from 1969 fabric. Crissy's beehive hairdo is right in style.




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By 1972 Velvet's little sister was known as Cinnamon. A new reversible green dress made by her Aunt Jo is one of Cinnamon's favorites.




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1972 Look Around Crissy in her original green plaid long dress.




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1970 Gorgeous Tressy, straight waist, in pants made from Kays yellow orange polka dot 1970s fabric. Mary Jo R's vintage tan lace was used for the poncho with Jos 1967 tan fabric for shell under poncho. The outfit is homemade by Jo from Simplicity pattern #9138. Tressy is wearing a pair of original black bow-flat shoes.




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Crissy lost her voice.




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Crissy's voice box.




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Black Magic Hair Crissy. The Magic Hair Crissy was introduced in 1977 after three years of no new Crissys. The Magic Hair Crissy is made from a completely new mold and is very different looking from the previous Crissys. She does not have a grow hair feature. Magic Hair Crissy came in both a white doll and a black doll.







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