Cute Everything, 4/7/11
“From the humorous to the elegant, every one of the designs in Hankie Couture is simply amazing and a delight to look at!”
Hankie Couture: Hand-Crafted Fashions from Vintage Handkerchiefsby Marsha Greenberg
What isHankie 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/i>/i>
What isHankie 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.
Cute Everything, 4/7/11
Vintage handkerchiefs receive new life as couture fashion for dolls.
Now that the handkerchief has gone the way of the leisure suit, vintage handkerchiefs can be found in abundance at garage sales and thrift stores. Such a windfall of brightly colored, retro-chic patterns led fashion designer Greenberg to create hundreds of miniature dresses out of them. Designed for Barbie dolls—literally—these dresses are at times clever, romantic and whimsical, and Greenberg is obviously a talented and patient seamstress. But what was the author to do with so many dresses lining her sewing room on their tiny hangers? Sell them on eBay, of course. Hankie Couture, as her line of dresses is now known, is apparently popular among collectors. Impressive as they are, creating a book based on them presents more of a challenge. Each page features a doll dressed in a particular Hankie Couture fashion, set in a tableau featuring furniture (also crafted by Greenberg) and other accessories. These tableaux are accompanied by short platitudes describing the Southern Belle-ish "Hankie Couture Woman"—e.g., "A Hankie Couture woman goes to bed each night with a smile in her heart." The book may have kitsch appeal, but it's not ironic enough to be marketed as such, nor is it written for children, who might want to learn to sew doll clothes.
Limited appeal for serious crafters.
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- 8.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)
Meet the Author
Marsha Greenberg began sewing her own fashions at the age of eleven. Her love of fabrics, colors, and patterns continued throughout the years. In the summer of 2002, after discovering a treasure trove of vintage handkerchiefs in a Pennsylvania antiques shop, Marsha made her first Hankie Couture dress--and hasn't stopped since. Her unique creations can be found on eBay and on her website. Marsha and her husband live in Encino, California.
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this great little book was a wonderful find. A great way to spend a couple of cheerful hours. The patterns are easy to follow and assemble and the results are stunning. Drag out your ratty old Barbies or her many knock off sisters and with the right handkerchief she looks like she is ready to stand in for Grace Kelly. With a couple of successes (easy peasy) under your belt you have a perfect excuse to rummage through those group antique shops that always have a basket full of old carefully pressed hankies. Happy hunting and buy the book.
I love it! I had the calendar for 2012 and this has so much more information, and just such pretty dresses!
I hope this book is about fashion because u want to get it for my sister.it looks pretty good so i might buy it.
16 pages of sample for a $15.00 book????? Come on!!!
Impressive number of options for reusing hankies. Strongly suggest as a mother-daughter or grandma-granddaughter project.
This book is a confection of wonderful creativity and style! From the lovely cover to the last page, the author provides a luscious feast for the eyes and romance for the heart. It is filled with stunning, one of a kind creations for the most discriminating and genteel of dolls and their owners. The dolls that are featured in the book were designed by Marsha and are perfect for the couture. As you can probably tell, I love everything about this delightful book!