I am also thankful to learn that young seamstresses are being cultivated in Australia.
“Sew Sista” teaches basic sewing techniques to children in the area of Brisbane, Australia.
We can only describe our experience of teaching your girls (sometimes boys) as joy. Our small classes of six (five for machine sewing) allow us to give them time to watch and learn the simple sewing techniques we are showing them. We ALWAYS have fun, we ALWAYS make friends, we ALWAYS finish our projects.
Bing Cherries, dress for Barbie!
Linen doll dress with appliqué flowers sewn from three vintage tea towels! It has tiny white stitches on every flower and leaf. Square neck bodice has bust darts and two snaps in the back. Matching hat has ribbon that matches all the colors in the appliqué. Tote bag has eight hand-sewn flowers around the top and has two handles. It fits 11.5 inch Barbie, the custom designed Hankie Couture doll, and similar-sized dolls, by Hankie Couture in April 2015
I have some wonderful news to share!
Coming in September 2014 . . . is my NEW book of 124 dresses and nine patterns for 18-inch dolls, titled Doll Couture!
I designed the dresses from vintage hankies and tea towels, cross-stitch tablecloths, antimacassars, bedspreads, ruffled doilies, crocheted doilies, embroidered table runners, table napkins, pillowcases, placemats, antique laces, cocktail napkins, and a curtain valance!
See too the debut of my own 18-inch doll, which has the same body size as American Girl dolls!
My doll, Truthful Tara, is on the book cover!
You can see photos and the story of Truthful Tara on my website and in my next blog post. (more…)
Over the last several months, I have had a chance to peruse Marsha Greenberg’s book, Hankie Couture, and I am so pleased to have had the opportunity to see her work and read about her passion for hanky clothing designs for dolls! What a treat it has been to see so many gorgeous hanky inspired outfits with such intricate details that are truly works of miniature art!
Hankie Couture is a very well laid-out book with a plethora of gorgeous, colorful photos that are grouped together quite elegantly. In every detail of this book, you can see the personal and thoughtful touches that Marsha put into it, and I believe that this conveys how she also uses those same personal and thoughtful touches in her hanky designs. Various designs–whether they be whimsical, classical, or vintage–are all showcased with delightful quotes and background stories. There is a lovely variety of styles for daywear, evening wear, and even sleepwear! In addition, many of the designs shown have matching purses, hats, and even parasols! No matter your taste in doll clothing, you will certainly be able to find outfits to fit your own personal style preferences.
Everything about the book is tastefully done…from the overall layout, to the descriptions given for various styles of outfits, to the wonderful use of color throughout the book, including all of the fabulous photos shown. There is even a “how-to” pattern included with helpful hints in creating your own hanky dress! Marsha’s joy in creating these tiny masterpieces and her desire to share this joy with others is evident from the first page to the last. I highly recommend this book…it has been just a delight to read and has been an inspiration to my daughters and me. –Carmen
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