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.
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 I might like to.
Well worth a look, if you have the slightest interest in vintage fabrics.read more
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