Finding Toni Doll Clothes

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A beautiful 1950s Toni doll. Source: American Beauty Dolls on Flickr – Used with permission

 Vintage Toni Doll Outfits from the 1950s

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 making dresses for the Toni doll too.

I’ve featured a variety of eBay auctions and links to Etsy to help you find the perfect wardrobe for this antique doll made by the Ideal Toy Company. I don’t get a commission for showcasing these, the links are for your convenience.

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Find Hats for a Toni Doll

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This is my sister’s Toni doll with a dress made by our mother. The hat came from Colonial Williamsburg years later. (photo by Karen Kolavalli)

Be on the lookout wherever you go for possible doll hats. I found a delightful one in the weaving shop in Williamsburg VA. This was in the historic area of the Colonial capitol. The weaver demonstrated basket weaving for the tourists, but there was a counter where you could buy woven things, all from that era.

I was so thrilled to see a tiny, doll-sized hat that was just right for my Toni doll. That was years ago, so I don’t know if they still make those in Colonial Williamsburg.

Toni in Her Williamsburg Bonnet

I mentioned the straw hat that I found in Williamsburg. Here it is on the doll (her name is Belinda). The dress was made by my mother about 30 years ago. I think they go together quite well.

I prefer to dress Belinda in vintage fashions like the doll Annabelle in the Tasha Tudor book, A Is for Annabelle.

Searching eBay and Etsy for Hats

To find suitable hats for a Toni doll, search on eBay and also Etsy using the words “hats for dolls.” It doesn’t work well to put “Toni doll hats” as that brings up all the dolls who happen to be wearing hats. You can refine the search to “felt hats for dolls” or “knit hats for dolls.

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These are from SharonJoanWorks on Etsy.

Find Shoes for a Toni Doll on eBay

Some listings are for vintage Toni doll shoes and others are for new shoes. Read the auction description carefully. Just put the words “Toni doll shoes” in the search bar on eBay.

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Original Outfits for Toni Dolls

Sometimes you’re lucky when you buy a Toni doll that it comes in the dress it originally had. They have a tag inside. Unfortunately, after 60 years the dress is usually a bit the worse for wear. Keep looking as there are some in pristine shape, but with a high price to go with it.

When I bought a Toni doll last year, she arrived in a dress from the eBay seller. It was a sad looking bridal gown which I immediately wanted to replace. I saved the dress but didn’t want to display her wearing something so shabby and worn. Keep an eye on eBay and Etsy for original dresses. Sometimes, they even come with their box and their wrist tag.

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Patterns for Toni Doll Outfits on eBay and Etsy

Note the size of your doll before buying Toni doll patterns. Usually, the listing on eBay will give a size such as “for a 20″ doll” or “for an 18″ doll.” Sometimes it gives the doll’s number rather than the size in inches. Look for the P-90 or other marking on the doll’s neck and the back.

An 18″ American Girl doll pattern is for a more stocky body than a Toni doll has. Patterns for Revlon or Betsy McCall are a match for the Toni doll. Here’s the link for doll clothes patterns on Etsy.

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Will You Make Clothes for the Toni Doll?

Some people are handy and like creating their own doll clothes. Others like the convenience of buying clothes. Many collectors’ want only original outfits for their antique Toni doll. I surveyed my readers and here are the results.

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More Places to Find Clothes for a Vintage Toni Doll

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M is for More Sweet Toni Dolls

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Blonde Toni doll in a red dress.

The sweet expression on this Toni doll’s face captured my attention. She is available for purchase on Etsy from KaysVintageFavorites.

Here’s the description, “Lovely 1950’s Ideal P-93 Toni doll. … Made of hard plastic & measures 20″ tall. Sleep eyes & full head of blonde hair for play. Comes in a red pique dress with matching undies (may be original), shoes & socks. Beautiful face coloring. Great for your collection, display or gentle play.”  (I had to look up the description of pique fabric and it is knit or woven with fine ribbing.)

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Pretty Toni doll in a long pink dress.

This one is pretty in a soft pink dress with tiny flower accents. and lace. She’s a P-91. I wonder what talented dressmaker made this dress for her. She is for sale on Etsy from SassyGrannyVintage.

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Brunette Ideal Toni doll in a blue-striped dress and lacy pinafore.

What a charmer this doll is in her blue and white striped dress, all fresh and crisp. She is available on Etsy from CCandGDolls. She even has matching blue shoes.

For more information and pictures of each of these sweet Toni dolls, follow the link to Etsy.

B Is For Ballerina

As I browsed the Etsy site for Toni dolls for sale, I spied this delightful one. The Etsy shop is called Angelfare and this 14-inch doll does indeed look angelic. I was caught by her sweet expression and silky platinum blonde hair that frames her face with waves and curls.

She is a P-90 model from Ideal. She is priced at $65 and you can buy her on Etsy.

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Blonde Toni doll with a wreath in her hair.

Here’s the description in the Etsy shop:

Tiny ballerina in a violet tutu with flowers at her waist and silver ballet slippers, so ready to dance into your heart. I made a flower wreath with trailing ribbons to match and complete her costume. Her platinum hair is bouffant and original. I restrung her and found her to be in great condition clean and without any odors.

The violet tutu has a sparkly bodice and a flower accent.

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When I inquired about the doll, the seller said she gave her and some other dolls “my spa treatment-hair washed, restyled, and body cleaned before I decided how to dress her.” She sent me a photo of the dolls getting their beauty salon makeovers. How fun.

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The featured Toni doll was then dressed in a vintage costume and a wreath made for her and extra touches added to her slippers. ballerina angelfare 4

Because she is freshly restrung, she poses well. I’m sure this little ballerina will quickly find a new home.

(All photos provided by Angelfare and used with permission)