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.

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.


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.


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.


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.