Fashion Doll Friday: Palitoy Tressy


Today’s Friday Girl is a rerun. I realised that we had not featured Tressy as a Friday Girl for quite some time although the Tressy’s have been around in other posts. This one belongs to Naomi and is a first edition high colour Tressy. You can see she still has the amazing, bright blue eyes that those early Tressy dolls had. Tressy is wearing a vintage homemade outfit from a collection of them that Naomi bought some years ago. In the top picture, she is wearing a pale blue shift dress. This is a genuine Tressy shift dress but originally she would have had a pink one. My platinum blonde Tressy had a lemon yellow dress. Palitoy manufactured Tressy under licence from American Character between 1964-1969.

These are old photos as the Tressy and Tammy family dolls are currently still packed up awaiting a new display space.

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  1. I’m very fond of my Tressy – a rebought one as mine got lost in a house move 20 years ago. I think mine had a blue dress though, not a pink one for mid brown hair. Would that be right? Lovely to see her. I wish I had more of the original outfits. I’ve seen a very snazzy black and white coat that I can’t remember from the 60s.

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    • According to what I’ve read the platinum blonde, which mine was had yellow, the brunette pink and the strawberry blonde which looks more like golden brown to me, had blue. I daresay there were variations though.

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  2. She does indeed have brilliant blue eyes. And her hair is beautiful, too. I have a soft spot for Tressy so lovely to see her featured in the Fashion Friday post.

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    • Fashion Doll Friday tends to be very Barbiecentric because i. have more Barbie’s than anything else but I try to give the vintage dolls a turn. Sindy was up a few weeks ago so I see a Tammy day on the horizon

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    • I imagine so. Ideal also made a Tressy a different type of doll but with a grow hair feature. Tressy is not really a girls name although it is a whole lot less weird than some in use today.

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  3. I don’t know too much about Tressy. I like the brown coat outfit. For some reason, she reminds me of Jackie Kennedy in that outfit. She has that sophisticated look.

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    • The coat likely dates from that era. I’m not an expert on Jackie’s fashions but I daresay she had something in that style. The fashion doll designers tended to follow real fashions of the day.

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      • Oh Tressy! I love Tressy and have quite a few in my collection. I love the brown coat so 60s. I don’t have many of the fashions for her though as most of mine were found in the nude, back in the late 80s and early 90s when i could find them at a local market.
        anyway nice to see her and i’m looking forward to the tammy one!

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      • I only have a couple of genuine Tressy outfits. I never had many as a child. We had a lot of Faerie Glen and other generic outfits. Tressy stuff is hard to find at a good price here.

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  4. I love Tressy ,and wish my older sister would have passed one along. I never even heard of her until I read your blog! I have thankfully found them in several E-bay lots, they are the best! I only have the 65-ish red dresses for them as that must be more common. Plus her lil sis Cricket.(redressed in a Takara Jenny outfit). All mine are ash blonde, But one day wish for a blonde or Black haired or even AA type.Great seeing this gal again! Great Blog! .

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  5. Yes, most of my Tressy Dolls are dressed in hand knitted outfits or unknown similar cotton outfits. I forgot I have two of lil sis dolls, too, but I prefer Tressy. I don’t find them now to buy and haven’t bought a Tressy since mid to late 90s, but the one’s I do have I love them very much.

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  6. I have issues 1,2,3 and 4 Tressy in my collection. I had issue 3 as a child, she was called Super Tressy and her hair could be dyed and then washed out again. The one I have now is a replacement and seems to be the hardest one to find. I have issue 1 Tressy with golden blonde hair and a similar face to Naomi’s Tressy. My issue 2 Tressy is my cousin’s. Issue 4 I found in a charity shop for 99p, still wearing her original top but missing the skirt. I later got the skirt on EBay. I have a couple of Tressy outfits, also bought on EBay but Tressy stuff is hard to find and quite expensive when you do.

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    • They really were not made for very long compared to Sindy or Barbie. When I first saw photos of the 2,3 & 4 Tressy’s I could hardly believe they were the same doll. The last ones are so different from the original.

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  7. That’s so true, I didn’t know the first issue existed until I started collecting. It was my cousin who introduced me to Tressy when we were kids and I now have the her childhood Tressy in my collection. Again with Sindy, I didn’t know about the sixties ones, I’m a Seventies child so I’m more familiar with the Seventies dolls. Although I have a few Hasbro Sindys, I’ve given them different names. To me, Pedigree Sindy was always Sindy. Hasbro Sindy looked too much like Barbie (Mattel thought so too!) but I like to examples of all the different types hence having them in my collection. I do have a MIE 1960s Sindy and also “new look” Sindy with her twist waist. She was given to me by my cousin, the same cousin who gave me her Tressy doll.

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    • I’m the opposite. I had only ever seen Ist edition Tressy until I became a collector. The Pedigree Sindy’s are the real Sindy’s to me too but I’m more familiar with th 60s ones and they are the ones I mainly collect.

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  8. I like them all, they are like generations in a family, or cousins at a family reunion. G.I. Joe and Action Man are kind of like that as well as Paul..everyone unique and fun. I used to put same series like these in matching shirts like they were at a family reunion, till I could find home-made’s or better clothe for them. I love the make up Tressy’s because they resemble Mary make-up..and the other Tressies for their lovely faces/hair gimmick. Strangely enough in a parts lot I got a lone head, and as she wasn’t suitable for the Misty body she came with put her on a franken-tammy w/ a Pepper head. Her pony-tail plug is missing so her hairs styled to cover the hole. I put her on the Tammy Body and she’s just as lovely just plus sized.Love her just as much and she didn’t take a trip to the land-fill.

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  9. I can’t believe it! My Tressy’s might get a new (well new -to-me) lil sister,well not so little but younger .My FIRST Palitoy Tressy from 1969! Don’t know what I will dress her in but I do have one dress that has a Tressy Tag,a summer dress. It may be American Character but it’s better than an other red sheath.It is worth turning 59 this month to tick this off- my wish-list!

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