Let's talk about Francie, Barbie's Mod cousin. Francie was sort of an intermediate between Barbie and Skipper. Barbie was big, Skipper was small, Francie was in the middle, and none of them could share clothes! Not that it mattered, since Mattel kept all three girls supplied with plenty of brightly colored duds. Unfortunately for young collectors like me, that was many years ago. In that time Barbie and Skipper have changed many times, and Francie was phased out completely. Thus in order to gather together a nice wardrobe for my doll, I either have to make my own clothes or pay through the nose for vintage duds. I can sew, knit, and crochet, but it's time-consuming and sometimes I'm not in the mood to wait.
No problem. It just so happens that some of Barbie's modern clothes fit Francie's body nicely. My favorite things to put on Mary Anne (my Francie-bodied doll) are the budget clothes, the simple shift dresses that don't have accessories. They look surprisingly good on Mary Anne.
So...if any of y'all have Francie dolls and don't sew, don't have a lot of money, and/or don't like to wait, this is a good way to flesh out her wardrobe.