Bridesmaid Envy for Barbie and friends

You know me and my love for vintage wedding hankies. The hand embroidery is incredible! But to find a wedding hankie embroidered in color is truly rare. So I used this hankie to make a bridesmaid dress to coordinate with the wedding dress already in my shop. The waistband and bow are made from sage green silk tissue taffeta to make the peach and pink flowers pop. I think the bride may be just a little jealous. Available now in my Etsy shop.

June Wedding for Barbie and friends

Wedding season is upon us, so I figured it was time to pull out my stash of hand embroidered wedding hankies. It’s so hard to see the incredible detail of these hankies in mere photos, but suffice it to say, this dress is covered in gorgeous embroidery. I added a waistband and bow of blue silk tissue taffeta, and a veil of antique net lace. Fair warning: I’ll be posting this dress in my Etsy shop at 8:30pm EST.

Another custom order

Here’s a photo of another custom dress I just finished from a rare multi colored hand embroidered wedding hankie. Decided my new doll should get a chance to model this one. I think the green in the dress brings out her green eyes.

Middleton for Silkstone Barbie, Poppy Parker, and Victoire Roux

This dress is inspired by the lovely summer dresses we’ve seen worn by Kate Middleton, AKA the Duchess of Cambridge, recently. Sewn entirely by hand from a vintage hand embroidered wedding hankie, this style features a scoop neck, fitted bodice, bell sleeves, and a fit and flare skirt. Tiny Swarovski pearls accent the neckline and button the back. A removable silk sash accents the waist. Available now in my Etsy shop.

OOAK face mask from vintage wedding hankies

I was organizing my fabric yesterday and discovered I have a lot of leftover scraps of vintage hand embroidered wedding hankies. The embroidery is so special, I just couldn’t bear to throw out the scraps. But I didn’t have enough left of any one hankie to make Barbie an outfit.

My niece is getting married next month, so I decided to see if I could piece together a face mask for her to wear at the reception. Turns out, I had enough scraps for 2 masks. So I made one for the bride and one to sell. Where the hankie scraps overlap, I stitched them together with little pearl beads. I lined the mask in white silk tissue taffeta, and added some vintage lace and a silk flower for even more detail. Available now in my Etsy shop.

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Alice for Skipper

Since both Barbie and Francie got dresses made from vintage wedding hankies and blue silk, I decided it was only appropriate that Skipper got one too. For Skipper’s dress, I added vintage lace and pearl buttons down the front of the bodice with a sweet bow at the neck. Available now in my Etsy shop.

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Alice Blue for Francie

Francie needed a new dress, so I chose a vintage hand embroidered wedding hankie in blue and white for the skirt and lined it in blue. I used coordinating blue silk tissue taffeta for the bodice and waistband. Now she’s ready for that afternoon tea party.

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Garden Party for Silkstone Barbie, Poppy Parker, and Victoire Roux

I’m in love with vintage wedding hankies. I can’t imagine how many hours it took someone to embroider these intricate designs by hand.

Of course the challenge of using these hankies for doll dresses is you only have an 11” square of fabric to work with. So if you want to make a design with a full skirt, you have to get creative. Once the skirt is cut out, there’s very little of the hankie left to make the bodice. So this time, I decided to make a wrap bodice using both the hankie and some silk tissue taffeta. I’m in love with how it turned out.

This fashion is available now in my Etsy shop.

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