Vintage dolls in vintage dresses

walking dolls from the 1960's
walking dolls from the 1960’s

This week I have been re-dressing a few of my older dolls. I don’t have a big stock of spare clothing for them so sometimes things just get swapped. A project for this year will be to find just the right outfit for several dolls who have been waiting a long time.

I decided that two of my walking dolls should get a change of clothes and as I don’t have nice well-fitting outfits for either of them I dug out some vintage baby clothes that I had acquired from somewhere. They are too large for the dolls really but with the help of a sash for one and a piece of elastic for the other they at least have nice clean dresses to wear. The brunette doll is wearing a white cotton dress with smocking on the front. I tied the waist with some vintage ribbon. She needs some repairs and one day I hope I’ll be able to take her to the Dolls Hospital.  Marilyn, my Pedigree walking doll, is wearing a pale yellow cotton baby dress, yellow knitted cardigan and booties. Before you ask I did not make these. They came with another doll I think. Marilyn has quite a few body issues too and one day I’d like to get her properly restored. She has the typical flirty eyes of a Pedigree doll and still has her teeth which is not bad at her age. Marilyn was named after her late owner. She was sold to me by the owners best friend who had kept her friend’s dolls for ten years before she could bring herself to sell the collection. The seller told me via email that this particular doll had similar colouring to her friend Marilyn so the name seemed appropriate.

Vintage baby dresses
Vintage baby dresses

Theresa is my oldest large doll. She is a twenty inch baby doll marked made in England on her back. Her head is hard plastic, her body is a thin plastic and her arms a thicker rubbery vinyl. I was around three years old when she was given to me I think so she would be circa 1960. Theresa had been wearing the yellow dress, cardigan and booties that I gave Marilyn to wear so she needed a new outfit as well. Theresa is another old doll with body issues. The worst is a crack on her head so I keep her in a bonnet to prevent it getting worse. When I took her cardigan off I found that one arm had become detached but luckily although the arm socket was a bit damaged I was able to carefully manoeuver it back in. Theresa’s dress is a white embroidered baby dress in a very flimsy material which might be nylon. I’m not quite sure. I like this first picture of her because she looks rather surprised that I took it. In the second one she is posing with her own dolly, a rag doll made for me by my mum out of a pink dust cloth. Her elephant teething ring was mine when I was a baby.

Theresa in a vintage dress.
Theresa in a vintage dress.
Theresa with her Raggedy Ann doll made by my mum.
Theresa with her Raggedy Ann doll made by my mum.

Theresa’s spot in the doll room is sharing a pram with her “brother” Kader baby Christopher who is a replacement for my childhood doll. I will show you a bit more of the two of them another day.


    • I gave away a lot of my old dolls just keeping favourites but I regretted it later and that is probably what started me collecting, trying to find some of those childhood dolls again and then dolls that I wanted but didn’t own as a child and then just anything that caught my eye.


      • I have a couple of dolls stashed in an attic far away that I may never see again. I got them to fill the regret of leaving my originals behind. But then life changed again.

        PS I caught myself picking up very thin knitting needles in a thrift store this week. But no. 😉


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