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 Hats

Today is National Hat Day. The last few days, we were hunting for better storage solutions for Toni’s hat collection. The girl is a bit of a fashionista and has accumulated quite a few hats. Since this was a special day, we rounded up all her hats to store in one place.

Here’s a sampling but that’s not all of them.

I rummaged in my closet to find a belt hanger that didn’t work for me. It made a good rack for some of the hats. Then I remembered a zippered case that a set of sheets came in. It was clear on the top so you can see the hats inside easily. Even with those two storage solutions, there were hats left over.

Storing the hats for Toni doll.
More of Toni’s hats.

Don’t tell Toni that I said this, but I think she’s getting a little carried away with the hat obsession.

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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