In 1962 or 1963, when I was 9 or 10 years old, I received a Canadian Reliable Tammy doll as a Christmas present. She was given to me by my Auntie Ev and Uncle Treb. I used to pour through the little booklet hoping and wishing for some of the "store bought" outfits, but I believe I only ever got one of them - "Sweater Girl".
My Mom and I used to make her clothes. Mom had 3 Tammy patterns so Tammy got an extensive wardrobe consisting of dresses, pj's, skirts, pants, tops and even a beautiful black velvet skating outfit.
Over the years, clothing and accessories got lost or given away before each move when my military father got posted, until I had nothing left.
Therefore, in 2002, I was VERY surprised to find my original (naked) doll in a box in the basement. I really don't know how I managed to hang on to her.
So I thought I would do some research into this doll and I discovered a whole Tammy world out there. At first I was only going to buy her an outfit so she wouldn't be naked anymore, but 1 outfit became 2 and so on, and so on. Then I wanted to have her family and friend dolls..... Well, you can see where this is going.....YUP....I caught the collecting bug and in 2010 I have TWO Ikea glass-doored bookshelves FULL of Tammy dolls, clothing, accessories and toys.
And you know what? I'm LOVING IT! I have so much fun - it's like reliving your childhood plus having a treasure hunt.
So this blog is dedicated to Tammy - the Doll You Love to Dress.
I will be posting my Tammy items but this will take some time. I have to retake some photos (my original photos were lost in a computer crash.
But meanwhile, here is my original Tammy wearing an original outfit and shoes.