Hankie Couture

Hankie Couture

Handcrafted Fashions From Vintage Handkerchiefs

Book - 2011
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What is Hankie Couture ? A stunningly original collection of doll-sized fashions--everything from pajamas to wedding gowns--meticulously crafted from vintage handkerchiefs. Accented with slyly witty Hankie Couture girl "philosophy," this book is a stylish showcase of 125 unique fashions and accessories. It is also a how-to guide that allows you to transform treasured heirlooms or colorful flea-market finds into one-of-a-kind fashion ensembles.

Whether it's a floral sundress that fans out as it twirls, an apron dress with a scalloped border, or a neatly pin-tucked linen dress with pearl buttons, the book encompasses a seemingly infinite variety of exquisite dresses. Neither crafters nor doll collectors have ever seen a book like this, making Hankie Couture a uniquely irresistible challenge to crafters. And with its beautiful design and kitschy lifestyle advice, this makes a great gift book.
Publisher: Philadelphia ; London : Running Press, c2011.
ISBN: 9780762440177
Branch Call Number: 745. 59221 GRE
Characteristics: 184 p. : chiefly col. ill., col. port.


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Jul 12, 2017

The photography is beautiful, the vintage hankies are gorgeous and you can really see the author's sewing talent. But... this was a little weird. The set up almost felt like a children's book or coffee table book over a pattern book. She had her brand name on nearly every page and had a trite saying for each doll's personality. "The Hankie Couture woman always feels her best when she looks her best" or something silly like that. ON EVERY PAGE. It was unsettling after a while lol, whether this was her choice or the publisher's, I don't know but I would have rather just had photos of the beautiful work she does. And then once I got to the pattern making in the back of the book, there were only like 2 patterns! Out of the dozens featured in the book! So if you're getting this to actually learn how to make all the things she does, good luck, you'll come away with a few tips and details, but not enough to do everything you see advertised.

Mar 17, 2014

Looking for inspiration in making vintage looking doll clothes? Then this is the book for you! Full colored illustrations provide lots of options for using hankies to make tons of wonderful outfits for fashion dolls. Each one has options for accessories and adaptations while giving the seamstress their own style. What I loved the most was the homage to the height of fashion doll clothes that makes me just want to make a Barbie case full of outfits.

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