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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!”

About 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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Running Press (April 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762440171
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762440177
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 8.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (182 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #324,921 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By mlk2 on April 9, 2011
Format: Paperback
Somehow my review for this book was originally attributed to another book about vintage handkerchiefs...I hope this time I get it right...

This book is more a coffee table/inspiration type book than a "how to" book, but then again, it never purported to be anything but. Marsha Greenberg simply wanted to share her love of vintage handkerchiefs and dolls and has done it in a way that is both aesthetically pleasing and thought provoking.

The imagery is lush and the accompanying text is delightful. If one is looking for a "how to" in creating doll clothing from vintage handkerchiefs, then this is NOT a book for them. While there are some patterns they are scant and the doll size served is not apparently mentioned. But as a book for inspiration, this book is certainly a winner!

For the intermediate to experienced seamstress, this book provides a wondrous jumping off entrance into the realm of doll haute couture. However, beginning designers and/or those looking for step by step instructions will be disappointed.

If you can just revel in Greenberg's pure design inspiration, then you will not be disappointed. However, if you are looking for a "how to" book, you will be disappointed.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Hiroko Raikes on September 30, 2011
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As soon as I read the first sentence of the introduction starts with Marsh's passion, "I love, love, love creating, deigning, and sewing," I knew that this book would be great! Turning the pages was like witnessing magic. Marsha transformed small pieces of vintage hankies into beautiful, sophisticated, elegant and gorgeous outfits and accessories for 11-1/2" fashion dolls. The photos are breathtaking. They clearly show the details of each outfit. Marsha is extremely talented in clothing design. She skillfully used the vintage hankies' prints and embroideries to create stunning couture clothing designs. She also includes basic patterns & construction instruction to help you start to create your own designs. I love, love, love this book! You'll, too!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Joyce on April 20, 2011
Format: Paperback
Years ago I made little dresses from vintage hankies and linens for my daughter's dolls, but I've never seen anything as fabulous as the ones Marsha makes and displays in this book! Each little dress is a masterpiece. The creativity and ingenuity she displays in these doll's clothes is astounding. Since I have dozens of vintage hankies, I immediately tried out her patterns. I'm finding they run larger than the typical barbie dolls that my grown daughter played with, so I've altered and redrawn the patterns....and dusted off my old patterns to use with hankies too. That's OK though, because this book seems to be first and formost an inspiration book, not a pattern book, and it definitely delivers plenty of inspiration!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Viv on August 10, 2011
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This book would be a feast for anyone's eyes. The photograhy and layouts are excellent. Each design communicates more than fashion and technique. The hankies and designs look like they were created for each other. While there is not a pattern for each design, the patterns included are representative and the accompanying pictures and instructions make them easily executable for even budding seamstresses willing to spend the time and experiment. They have been designed for 11 1/2 dolls and dolls are available from the website listed in the book. There is a design by design listing in the back giving details of how each design worked with the pictured hankie. This is so valuable for those making designs from their available hankies. I saw book featured in a magazine and immediately ordered it from Amazon. I was not disappointed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alena on May 15, 2011
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This book is so cute! It takes a real creative individual (like Marsha Greenberg) to, not only come up with the idea to make doll dresses out of handkerchiefs, but to also write a book about it. I happen to own one of Marsha Greenberg's Hankie dress, and I admire the craftsmanship and detail she puts into her work. The book is also so much fun to read and look through, I will recommend it to anyone.
Kudos to Marsha and may there be many more Hankie dresses and books!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 28, 2011
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I agree 2000% with the complimentary comments re: this book. It IS visually appealing and a "shopping boutique" for our imaginations. Looking at these creative dresses that Marsha Greenberg has stitched with love in her heart and an eye for the teensy waistlines of these dolls is joyful even if you don't want to use the pattern and make one yourself. Any lover of vintage hankies and beautiful fabrics, doll collector or person with an eye for design will enjoy the attributes of this book. The world is crazy-fast and there is so much going on that is jarring, upsetting and frustrating. I have picked up this book and gone to a quiet corner of the house and spent a peaceful hour cruising through the beautifully laid out pages full of soothing colors and little dresses that make me want to be 11 1/2" tall with that hourglass figure. Why?...so I can wear the dresses, of course!

I have been a fan of Marsha Greenberg for several years and was thrilled when I heard that she was publishing a book showcasing her beautiful 11 1/2" Barbie-sized dresses. I have many, MANY of her dresses and the dolls come to life when I put a new dress on them. I can't imagine ever having the patience to make one of these hankie dresses myself, but I am so appreciative of Marsha's creativity, enthusiasm and patience. Every little button, adornment, ribbon, etc., is hand done by Marsha.

I love this book because it is visually lovely and a peaceful page turner! I appreciate the fact that her accompanying "words of etiquette" echo a time when manners and feminine attire were the norm. Her Hankie Couture girls would NEVER cell-talk or text while visiting with a friend who is at the same luncheon table! I have purchased a couple of copies of her book and will give my little granddaughter one soon.
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