Dressing the Mannequin Doll


It was a long time, four children and two house moves later that the mannequin doll came to mind. I had to have one! Fortunately I found my first Fashiondol doll in a small collectables store in Gloucester, Mass. Then another one on E-bay. I now had two dolls to dress in 1940’s clothes.

The 1940s… Mannequin Doll


When I went shopping with my mother in a department store during the 1940’s I was fascinated by the doll-like mannequins on the counter. The dolls were wearing miniature versions of adult size fashions the store was selling. I wanted my mother to ask if she could buy one of those mannequin dolls! All the dolls I knew of represented children. Did I sense that adult fashions had an edge over most of my doll clothes? It was during WWII when she gave me a mannequin doll “learn-to-sew” kit. It proved to be too hard for me so my mother tried to make something pretty from the pattern but had no luck. Later on, when I had gotten married and left home, I forgot about the mannequin doll and didn’t take it along with my other precious dolls.