Toni’s Tuxedo

I ordered a batch of boy doll’s clothing so my Toni doll could have some slacks. Of course, the American Girl and Boy dolls are stockier and taller than my P-90 Toni. That means I needed to adjust them to fit her.

Here’s one outfit that came in the batch of clothes. It’s supposed to be a tuxedo, but I saw potential to convert the three pieces of the outfit into other looks.

As you can see, the slacks are too long and loose. The sleeves to the jacket reach well past her fingertips, so it was of no use unless I worked some magic on it.

Using the Shirt

The sleeveless shirt was long enough that my doll could wear it as a dress. Granted, it is more mini-skirt length sort of like the mini-dress that Jean Shrimpton made famous back in the 1960s. All it would need is some taking in of the seams on each side to create the A-line.

Converting the Slacks

The slacks would require taking in the inseam and shortening the legs. That sounded like a lot of work, so I opted for a totally different look as you can see below.

Toni in black outfit.

The loose-fitting pants got a quite different look when pulled up above her bust. I left the pants legs as-is for a harem pants look. I could put elastic in the hem to emphasize that. The black lace goes over her shoulders and down each side of the harem pants.

I haven’t decided yet what to do with the black jacket. I’ll leave that for another day. If you have a larger Toni doll, the outfits might work without having to remake them. Here’s where I got them (Amazon). There were 6 outfits in the batch.

Storing Toni’s Ballgowns

People usually dress their vintage Toni doll in the dress styles worn by little girls in the 1950s and 1960s. The gathered skirts and short sleeves look cute on this doll. My doll has ventured into a wider range of attire from evening gowns to costumes to slacks and clothing from earlier eras.

I was able to get doll-sized hangers for her clothes but those didn’t work for storing her ballgowns. Then I found this method of hanging those long dresses.

Solution for storing a doll’s ballgowns.

I like that this fits over a hanger that you already have. The fabric sleeve Velcros together with the clips dangling down. This is sold on Amazon to hold lots of baseball caps. I should get 4 of these for my spouse to hold all his caps.

For my use, I got these to hold doll dresses. Although I have doll-sized hangers for the dresses, the ballgowns and strapless dresses won’t hang on a hanger. These clips take care of that. Hanging each dress on a separate clip keeps them handy for wearing. Here’s a solution for little girls with a big wardrobe for their dolly or for a doll collector.

Toni in her homemade prom dress.

If you want to see the details on this hanging option, here’s the link to it on Amazon. It’s called a Hat Organizer. There are 2 of the sleeves in a package, so you can hang your dolls’ evening gowns, slacks, or other items that won’t work with an ordinary doll hanger.

Toni’s New Hats

WhooHoo, I found some new hats for Toni and at a very reasonable price. They are actually miniature hats for photo ops for babies or cute dogs, but why not for dolls as well.

Toni in her new pink hat.

The crown of the hats are not large enough to fit down over her head, so they sort of perch on top. This is shown on my Toni p-90. Each hat is glued to a hair clip so it easily clips to her hair at whatever angle you think most attractive.

The colors are soft pink, deep rose pink, black, dark blue, scarlet, and deep purple. That should suit a lot of outfits in her wardrobe with a matching color or as a contrasting accent color.

Each hat has some netting, feathers, and a flower. I experimented with turning up the brim on one hat, just on one side. It changed the look a little and I could glue it in place to keep it like that.

 Mini Hat, Decorative Hair Clips (6 Colors, 3.2 in, 6-Pack)Mini Hat, Decorative Hair Clips (6 Colors, 3.2 in, 6-Pack)