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.
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.
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.
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.
I chose to pair a fabulous hand embroidered wedding hankie with sky blue silk tissue taffeta. This mock wrap dress features a contrast bow at the waist and a one shoulder detail. Available now in my Etsy shop.
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.
I recently found this stunning wedding hankie with lovely blue hand embroidery. I used the corners of the hankie to make this delicate skirt and then paired it with a blue Dupioni silk peplum blouse. Includes magnetic rhinestone brooch. Available now in my Etsy shop.
Wedding hankies embroidered with colored threads are rare. This one with pink roses is especially nice. I paired it with pink handkerchief linen for the drop waist bodice, bow, and pillbox hat. Rhinestone brooch included. Available now in my Etsy shop.
Here’s an elegant 1950’s inspired wedding dress complete with pillbox hat and veil. Skirt and hat are made from a vintage hand embroidered wedding hankie. Bodice is made from silk tissue taffeta. Available now in my Etsy shop.