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Hankie Couture: Hand-Crafted Fashions from Vintage Handkerchiefs Paperback – April 5, 2011
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“From the humorous to the elegant, every one of the designs in Hankie Couture is simply amazing and a delight to look at!”
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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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this book. I bought it at the same time as Doll Couture, and am blown away by the creative details that Marsha puts into her little dresses. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Cindy Rose
The book is a "coffee-table " book - fun to browse & fun to read. I appreciate the basic pattern given at the end & the numerous tips. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
The quality is impressive. Directions were well written and I had no hard time in folding the hankies. Great product!Published 5 months ago by Afeni Shakur
I wish I had not taken so long to purchase this lovely book.
If you love to sew, if you love barbies or if you love handkerchiefs this book is for you. Read more
Love the book. Can't wait to get started on making clothes for my granddaughter's BarbiePublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
A NICE BOOK. I HAVE A LOT OF VINTAGE HANKIES AND CAN'T WAIT TO TRY A PATTERN.Published 9 months ago by S. MAIN
Love this book detailed and need to buy the paperback version to make all the things I want to makePublished 10 months ago by Makemineelegante