My mother, Gail Lee Martin, applied her creative skills to make dresses for my sister’s Toni doll. This was many years ago when we faced a bleak Christmas. All the gifts that year were homemade. Homemade with love.
She used remnants left from sewing clothes for her six children and from making curtains for the drafty Kansas farmhouse we lived in.
Over the years, she did lose part of her eyelashes from one eye and most of the pink in her cheeks was scrubbed away over the years. Somehow she broke the tip off of one finger. Perhaps we dropped her on the sidewalk in a moment of carelessness.
My mother made some old-fashioned dresses for Belinda that have sort of a literary flair. The green dress above makes me think of Jane Austen’s Regency fashions. There’s a blue plaid one that makes me think of Dr. Zhivago and another that reminds me of Scarlett O’Hara’s green dress in Gone with the Wind.
The red dress shown below gets displayed every December as Belinda dresses for the holidays.
That was the Christmas that we were all making presents for each other. Can you imagine helping six children make gifts for each other? Where did she find the time to fashion all these outfits for Belinda?
I liked this blue dress a lot, but she also had a Cinderella-style dress of off-white brocade trimmed with lace. That was made with the remnants from our living room curtains.
Here’s Toni in Her Dress Made by My Mother
Sorry, Sis, for showing you in your hair curlers. There’s the Toni doll under the Christmas tree. She’s wearing the ivory satin dress with lace overskirt that Mom made for her. It’s a beautiful outfit that Marie Antoinette would have been proud of.
Did you have a Toni doll? What doll was your favorite?
(This post was cross-posted from my mother’s memory blog: Discovering Mom)