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Hankie Couture: Hand-Crafted Fashions from Vintage Handkerchiefs
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 heirloo...more
Paperback, 184 pages
Published April 5th 2011 by Running Press
(first published January 1st 2011)
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I picked this because it made me think of my grandmother, who made a lot of doll clothes. I thought I'd leaf through it quickly. I was not expecting to be utterly charmed by the dresses, but oh, I was! Vintage hankies are one of my weaknesses and I'm rarely without one tucked into my bag- but all I use them for is, well, you know. I never thought to dress my dolls in them. Wait, I don't have dolls. Or the ability to sew. But this is one of those books that, while I was reading it, made me think...more
I loved this book! The doll clothes showcased here are beautiful and I also loved seeing the pictures of the original handkerchiefs. But it was more than a collection of gorgeous, well-styled photographs--to me, it also doubled as a style/fashion book, even if I can't wear the doll clothes myself :-) I also love the little quotes that go with the pictures. What a classy book!
Such gorgeous dresses and sweet quotes! I want to be a Hankie Couture woman! Or at the very least look for some vintage hankies to make my own hankie couture dresses with the patterns in the back of the book. Fun and fashionably inspiring!
This book caught my attention when I walked by the library shelf and I was intrigued by the possibility of someone using vintage handkerchiefs to dress up dolls. I may never indulge in this "hobby" but interestingly enough, I know a friend who would get a huge kick of this book and would probably embrace the idea! This book just goes to show that hobbies are endless and imaginative people will always find a way to reduce, reuse, and recycle to create new projects.
May 25, 2011 Phair rated it 5 of 5 stars
What a clever book. In the prefatory sections the author comes off as a little self-congratulatory but after l looked at the fashions she created I will allow that she well deserves high praise. We recently had a display of vintage hankies at my library and all exclaimed over the beauty and delicacy of these relics from a more genteel past (some of the displayed items belonged to my Mom and grandmother). What an interesting way to bring these items out of the dark bureau drawer and create somet...more
So unique it kind of defies description. Lovely, really lovely book of Barbie doll sized clothes made from vintage hankies. I have a whole box of vintage hankies I was going to make a quilt from and never have. I also do not like sewing for this doll size, I wish it had been for the 18" American Girl size doll. But I guess you wouldn't get as much of an outfit on a bigger doll. Still pretty pretty book for all kinds of collectors and sewing enthusiasts.Darling!