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Toni Doll Fashion Parade

Updated on April 4, 2015

Toni and the Leather Mini-Skirt

My sister sent the sweater for Toni, but she needed a skirt to go with it. I cut up a black leather golf glove to make the mini-skirt. By removing the fingers of the glove, I still had enough leather for a short skirt.
My sister sent the sweater for Toni, but she needed a skirt to go with it. I cut up a black leather golf glove to make the mini-skirt. By removing the fingers of the glove, I still had enough leather for a short skirt. | Source

Making Clothes for a Vintage Toni Doll

I've been having a lot of fun assembling outfits for the 1950s Toni doll that I have. Originally the dolls produced by the Ideal Toy Company came with a short dress typical for that era.

My doll is quite eclectic in what she wears, and much of it depends on what odds and ends I have on hand to turn into clothing. I like to repurpose things and generally avoid sewing if I can.

If you have a Toni doll too, check out the ideas and tips I've gathered here. In some cases these can be adapted for the American Girl dolls. Those are larger with a bigger waist, so you would have to adjust the outfits for that.

Enjoy my Toni doll fashion parade.

1950s Toni Doll Commercial - See the Original Dresses Worn by the Dolls

Toni Doll Wearing an Off-the-Shoulder Top and Chiffon Skirt

The butterfly print skirt is actually a scarf. Follow the link to see how to make a no-sew skirt from a scarf. The top for this outfit is the leather golf glove again. This one retains part of the thumb from the glove to make the one-sided top.
The butterfly print skirt is actually a scarf. Follow the link to see how to make a no-sew skirt from a scarf. The top for this outfit is the leather golf glove again. This one retains part of the thumb from the glove to make the one-sided top. | Source

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The Full-Length Sweater Dress for the Toni Doll

My sister sent this knit dress for my doll. Since I have the P-90 which is the shortest Toni doll, it seems too big on her. I'm thinking it would fit the P-93 Toni better. It's probably is a dog sweater. Look for cute outfits in the pet section.
My sister sent this knit dress for my doll. Since I have the P-90 which is the shortest Toni doll, it seems too big on her. I'm thinking it would fit the P-93 Toni better. It's probably is a dog sweater. Look for cute outfits in the pet section. | Source

Toni Doll Sizes

Doll Number
Doll Size
P-90
14 inches tall
P-91
16 inches tall
P-92
19 inches tall
P-93
21 inches tall
P-94
23 inches tall
 
 
Find out more about the Toni doll at the Doll Reference page on Vintage Ideal Toni Doll and Clothes 1949-1953

Outfits for the Toni Doll

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Where to Get a Toni Doll

If you're lucky, you might inherit one from your mother or grandmother. If not, check in antique stores and on eBay.

Here's Toni's Current Wardrobe

I couldn't hang all her outfits as I ran out of hangers, so some are stored in decorative boxes.
I couldn't hang all her outfits as I ran out of hangers, so some are stored in decorative boxes. | Source

Steamer Trunk to Hold Doll Clothes

American Girl Doll Furniture: Kit's Dresser Trunk
American Girl Doll Furniture: Kit's Dresser Trunk

Although this is listed for the American Girl dolls, I'm sure it would work fine to hold Toni's dresses, skirts, shoes and hats. Some of the dresses won't stay on hangers, so they could be stored this way.

I could also look at the craft supply stores like Michaels to see if they have an unfinished small trunk that I could fix like this. That might be a lot less costly.

 

© 2014 Virginia Allain

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      Cindy 3 years ago from Pittsburgh Pa

      Lots of great info on dressing your collectible dolls and you sure make it look fun!

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      Karen Kolavalli 3 years ago from Lexington, Kentucky

      That was a lot of fun to read! Great photos, too.