Toni Doll Fashion Parade
Toni and the Leather Mini-Skirt
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
Do You Own a Toni Doll?
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The Full-Length Sweater Dress for the Toni Doll
Toni Doll Sizes
14 inches tall
16 inches tall
19 inches tall
21 inches tall
23 inches tall
Outfits for the Toni Doll
Doll Dressmaking Tutorials by Virginia Allain
- Doll Princess Dress from a Scarf
Dress a vintage doll elegantly with some simple items you have around the house. I'll show you how to make a princess crown from some silver packaging foil, a skirt and train from a scarf and the dress top from a wide ribbon. Since no sewing is...
- Doll Princess Dress and Cone Hat
It's fun to make doll clothes with odds and ends that you have around the house. This no-sew outfit turns your doll into a princess.
- Make a No-Sew Doll Sari
With a scarf and some other material, you can create a sari outfit for your doll. She'll look quite elegant and international wearing this dress from India. It's easy, you don't even have to sew.
- No-Sew Doll's Sundress
I bet you have all the supplies on hand to make this easy doll's sundress. No need to get out the sewing machine or even the needle and thread. If you have scissors, glue, an old short-sleeved shirt, and some double-stick tape, then you are ready...
- Make a Little Black Dress for a Doll
It's fun to make doll clothes with recycled materials. Here's an outfit made from an old sports bra and some netting. My tutorial walks you through the steps.
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
More about Toni and Her Fashions
- Toni - an Ideal Doll from the 1950s
The Toni doll by the Ideal Doll Company came out in 1949. It was a few years later, that my sister received her Toni doll for Christmas. I had a ballet doll but developed a strong preference for my sister's Toni doll. She wouldn't trade, but I did...
- Finding Toni Doll Clothes
If you own a Toni doll from the 1950s, you're probably looking for just the right clothes for her. The original outfits from that era are adorable. There were dresses, socks, shoes, underwear and accessories. One can find the vintage patterns for...
- A Is for Annabelle: A Doll's Alphabet
Who can resist Tasha Tudor's lovely illustrations? This ABC book starts with Annabelle, the antique doll, and goes on to show her bonnet, cape, and wonderful clothes and accessories. I loved this book when I was little. The idea of a doll having...
- Make Doll Clothes without Sewing
Have fun making outfits for a doll without using needle and thread. Make use of things you have around the house like scarves or a sock. Check out the easy steps for making cute doll clothes.
- Toni Dolls
When I was a child, my favorite doll was a Toni (R) doll. She had blond hair that I could style, she was more beautiful than I could ever imagine being, myself... and I loved her. As an adult, thinking I had outgrown my dolls, I decided not to keep..
Steamer Trunk to Hold Doll Clothes
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.
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