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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 0.6 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (198 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #286,372 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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The book itself is fine. It has a lot of inspiring ideas of how to change hankies into beautiful outfits for Barbie and her friends. I bought the digital Kindle version of the book. The problem is that the patterns don't print out to the correct size that they are supposed to be, or wont' print out at all. It is a pretty book to look at. I just wish the patterns were functional. I would welcome a remedy if anyone has one.

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Update: Nov 7, 2014
My last review was written in April 2014. Since I wrote the first review, the author contacted me and was willing to mail me the full size copy of the patterns which are in the book. That was very good of her to make good on this product. I would still recommend looking on Amazon for the printed version of this book instead of the Kindle version simply because the patterns are not usable from the Kindle book. However her original patterns and dress projects are very lovely, and she gives clear instructions for making them. So I am going to upgrade my review from two stars to four stars. I would have given it five stars except for this issue with the Kindle patterns not being usable. Buy the printed book. You'll love it.
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MARSHA, YOU ARE A GENIOUS. THE DRESSES ARE SO, SO, BEAUTIFULL, THE TEMPLATES AND THE EXPLANATIONS ARE VERY CLEAR. WELL, HANKIES ARE SO DIFFICULT TO FIND IN BRAZIL, BUT IT IS NOT A PROBLEM. THERE ARE MANY, MANY MATERIALS THAT CAN BE USED TOO, AND MAKE A NICE DRESSES. THIS BOOK LEAD ME TO A TIME WHEN THE LIFE WAS GENTLE, THE PERSONS WERE NICE, AND EVERYTHING WAS MORE CHARMING THAN NOWADAYS. I REALLY LOVED THIS BOOK.
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I like the fact that this book has actual patterns for making dresses from vintage hankies. They seem simple and do-able, too. The book is also full of pictures of numerous styles of colorful hankie dresses, hats, and parasols, opening the imagination of the reader.
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Opening the pages of Hankie Couture is like diving into a box of assorted chocolates. Each dress is different and special in its own way. As a casual collector of vintage hankies and a Barbie doll clothes maker (for my grand-daughter) my imagination was stirred by this outstanding collection of hankie fashions.
The thought of cutting into a vintage masterpiece hankie to make doll clothes may be upsetting to some, but the result surpasses the original. Now that I am inspired to sew, I can't wait to reprise my hankies into something other than one dimensional nose wipers.
Of course, I would have loved more patterns, but there are enough to get one started on the road to Hankie Couture. Anyway, all 11.5-inch dolls are not created equal (you can buy an actual Hankie Couture doll to fit the patterns),so you will probably have to make adjustments to the patterns anyway. I plan to make a muslin mock-up before I go chopping into any hankies.
I see this book as a guide to decision making when planning one's hankie dress. There are soooo many photos that I know you will be able to find a hankie similiar to one that you want to use. I have been busy studying how Marsha places her patterns and makes the best use of the hankie design.
Even if you never plan to make doll clothes, you'll have a great time looking at the beautiful designs. I have been through it three times in less than a week and see something new every time. I have shown the book to several friends and they are all on the hunt for vintage hankies for me.
While not a professional seamstress, I have whipped up my share of clothes, quilts and Barbie fashions in my day and I will say that the workmanship on these hankie dresses is outstanding. It is well worth visiting the Hankie Couture website. If you are on the fence about this book, a quick look there will help you see that this book has been a labor of love and well worth the expenditure.
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