New Clothes for Old Dolls

I went to an estate sale within very close walking distance, and immediately noticed these Kai pinking shears. They were on a small table right by the front door!  Before I bought the Kai shears I went home for a scrap of fabric to bring back and test them out, and they were sharp, easy to use, and cut beautifully.

Kai pinking shears


I also came away with this vintage and charming embroidered tea towel.

Glory of the house tea towel2

I was happy with what I bought.  But then, because the sale was so close, I went back the next day to see if there was anything else I might want, and to see what I could get at a marked down price.

I noticed that that the former lady of the house had a large number of dolls, doll clothes, and doll parts, all in a jumble in boxes.  Some were expensive collector type items, and others had obviously been played with by a little girl or girls.  I started picking out some little rubber dolls about 4 inches tall, the type that would be used in a dollhouse.  I estimate these dolls date from the 1950s or 1960s.  I didn’t know anything about the dolls, but as soon as I showed an interest, a woman asked me if they were valuable, and another said “You got all the best ones”. Ha!

This red haired family was in good shape.  The mother appears to have her original dress. Unlike the other dresses, her dress is stitched and hemmed.

Red Head Doll Family

The dark haired couple were played with more, and their tattered clothing was clearly homemade.  The baby just had a piece of fabric wrapped and tied.

Rubber Doll Family grungy

I was keen to spruce them up, and set myself the challenge of making them new clothes.

The woman doll was easy to dress.  I used a scrap of rayon fabric left over from a previous refashion, and I painted her shoe.

Brunette Doll old and new dress


The gent was harder for me to dress, as I had never made pants. The fabric scrap I used for his pants frayed badly, making them hard to hem.

He cleans up well!

Brunet man redressed


They’re ready for their own photo shoot.

Brunette Doll RedressedThey live in a beautiful land where the flowers grow very big!

A piece of eyelet made a new dress for the baby.

Rubber doll Family redressed

Much improved!  A well dressed nuclear family circa 1960.

And they lived happily ever after in their magical doll land.

7 thoughts on “New Clothes for Old Dolls

    1. Stitch It Again Post author

      Dolls have always interested me, so I enjoyed dressing them. It’s sad to think that the towel was hidden away in a cabinet for decades. I’m displaying it on the oven door and enjoying it.

  1. Stitch It Again Post author

    I hadn’t planned on it. I think the others look fine, but the dark haired couple were too grungy. Maybe the girls’ dresses? They can wait – I’d rather get to work on dressing myself!

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