Storage Solutions for Doll Clothes

As I create more outfits for my Toni doll, I needed to figure out storage solutions for the little dresses, shoes, hats, and accessories. Here’s what I’m doing so far.

Doll clothes on hangers
Here’s how many outfits I was able to hang on one normal sized hanger. The small purple bag holds belts and accessories for the doll.

My sister gave me some tiny vintage hangers that are just right for hanging the dresses onto the larger hanger. Then it all goes into the closet. (I use the guest room closet, so Toni’s outfits don’t get lost in with my own wardrobe)

I quickly filled all the hangers that she gave me, so I’m shopping for more. There were quite a variety of plastic hangers in all colors for 18-inch dolls. The ones that appeal to me the most are the crafted wire hangers with the heart or the wooden hangers.

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You don’t really see the hanger that much once the dress is on it. I should probably opt for several sets of the least expensive ones, probably the plastic hangers. For some outfits, a hanger won’t work. You can clip those to the large hanger or put them in clear bags that hang. I save these kinds of bags and scarf clips from my own shopping. Keeps them out of the recycling. They work fine.

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Doll dresses stored in recycled hanging plastic bags.

Clothes Racks And Wardrobes

I also noted that there were some doll-sized clothes racks and even wardrobe cupboards. If you have someone who’s handy with woodworking, I bet they could make you one of these. Give them the hint that it would make a great birthday present for you.

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For the overflow, I’ve resorted to those cheap plastic storage boxes available at Walmart. I’d rather get her a nice doll trunk for the clothes that I don’t hang up, but for now, the boxes will suffice. I even looked at tie racks and belt racks for possible hanging solutions. The one shown here might work for Barbie doll-sized clothing but I’m not sure that the larger Toni dresses would hang right on it.

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Z is for ZZZ, Zoo, Zorro, Zither, …

For the A to Z Blog Challenge, I needed a topic for the letter Z (and that topic needed to relate to Toni dolls). Now that’s tough!

I considered going with ZZZ as Toni dolls have eyes that open and shut. Not too sure how much I could say about the eyes and sleeping. Not a whole blog post anyway.

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A trip to the zoo

That would be fun, but the nearest zoo is an hour away. We’d also have to figure out what Toni would wear to the zoo. That part wasn’t hard. Her red dress with polka dots would be just right. She looks a bit like Little Orphan Annie in it.

Instead, she had a photo session with a very friendly koala bear. Maybe he’s being a little too friendly.

Z is for Zorro

Now that would be a fun project. I probably have some black fabric to make the dashing Zorro cape and to make the mask which would just tie behind the doll’s head.

The hat might be a problem. I checked all over Amazon for black doll hats. There were black cowboy hats, black berets, black bowlers and fedoras, and black top hats. Could I take a top hat and shorten the top without making a mess of it? Doubtful. Besides, the Zorro hat should have a wider brim. Here’s one that might work.

I’m guessing by the way it looks on this woman, that it is more appropriate for a doll in size. Toni, of course, would not have that much cleavage showing.

Z is for Zither

This one didn’t work out. A zither is a type of harp that you place on your lap to play. I looked for miniature zithers but had no luck. I did find musical instruments suitable for 18-inch dolls such as the American Girl dolls. These might be a little big for my 14-inch Toni doll but work fine for the taller ones.

A Is for Annabelle

Tasha Tudor’s Classic Picture Book

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 a child. The idea of a doll having her own trunk and accessories like bonnets, fans, and gloves really intrigued me back in the late 1950s. Everyone was getting those ballerina dolls, but I wanted an old-fashioned doll just like Annabelle. My mother must have liked it too, as she sewed up a wardrobe from scraps to transform my sister’s Toni doll into one like Annabelle.

Treat your little one to A Is for Annabelle and start them on the path to enjoying and treasuring things from the past.

Belinda

The photo above shows a display in my living room back in the 1970s. There’s Toni in her silky, flowered dress. It’s one that Annabelle from the Tasha Tudor would have looked just fine in. On the Toni doll’s head is a straw hat that I found for her in Colonial Williamsburg. She’s wearing a shawl of pink embroidered silk (actually, it’s a silk handkerchief folded in half).

Here’s a trunk for your doll’s clothing

Annabelle had a vintage trunk to keep her lovely dresses in. I thought it was marvelous. You can find vintage-style trunks, either humpback or square at places like Michaels or on Amazon. For actual vintage doll trunks, your best bet is Etsy or eBay. Check at yard sales as well but that can take a long time to find the right thing.

 

The trunks shown here are from Etsy. The curved-top trunk is posted to Etsy by Malleencoin and you can read more about the red doll trunk there. The other trunk is a wardrobe style trunk as it has drawers and a place to hang the doll dresses. It is available from OldTrunksDotCom on Etsy.  Either one would make a great place to store my Toni doll’s clothes.

Amazon carries books about Tasha Tudor’s interesting life. She dressed herself and her children in clothing styles from a previous century. They lived a lifestyle that New Englanders of long ago lived. This provided the inspiration for her painting and her books.

Playing With Dolls Card

Playing With Dolls Card
by tnmpastperfect

 

This is the first post for the April A to Z Blog Challenge. Please return for B Is for Ballerina, C Is for a Cone Princess Hat (a craft tutorial), and the rest of the alphabet.