A Two-Hanky Princess Dress

Raw Materials

Raw Materials

The Quimper Hitty human went on a sewing jag this morning, with the intention of making a new Hitty gown out of two items from the Box of Treasure…a Swiss cotton Hanky with machine-embroidered pink carnations, and a pretty pale pink linen Hanky with scalloped edging.

Bodice stitched to lining before cutting it out

Bodice stitched to lining before cutting it out

The bodice pattern is placed on the bias to capture a whole carnation flower, and cut out. Then the cut out piece is placed upside down on a plain part of the hanky on the straight grain. Then the back opening/neck edge is stitched. This edge is trimmed, and turned,  so the carnation is right side out.  the raw edges are tacked together, and only then the lining piece cut out.

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Sleeves from the corner

Sleeves from the corner

The sleeves are cut out of the corners of the pink linen Hanky.

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First Fitting

First Fitting

The sleeves are stitched to the bodice, and Rose helps Constance try it on.

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Hanky halves superimposed

Hanky halves superimposed

Half of each hanky was used to make the skirt.

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Mutton Dressed as Lamb

Mutton Dressed as Lamb

Constance  says very diplomatically that it is a very pretty dress indeed (but is privately thinking it is perhaps somewhat more suitable for a younger Hitty going through a pink princess phase)

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Click Here if you want to see some of the other uses we have made of the Box of Treasure.

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10 thoughts on “A Two-Hanky Princess Dress

  1. What a lovely dress. I have a huge stash of Hanky’s but I’m so scared to cut them…. You give me some courage.

    • Thanks! I am glad you like the dress – I had a lot of fun making it. Hopefully you can try a little Hanky-tailoring on an expendable one ..can’t wait to see what you do with your huge stash!

  2. Has Constance had her pink princess stage yet? She looks very lovely in her new gown which is beautifully tailored.

  3. Thank you for the ideas and the tutorial. Constance looks lovely but one can see that she does feel a tad self conscious in this ensemble. Altho she looks like one of her beloved Opera heroines!!

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