In a Box, With Tissue Paper

Posted On: Aug 28 2014 | 3 comments

If you visit the Better Dresses Vintage Facebook Page you know I've been cobbling together a variety of outfits to wear to various costumed events, reenactments, and casting calls. Much of this act...

Lining an Edwardian Reticule

Posted On: Aug 25 2014 | 3 comments

I recently purchased this lovely Edwardian hand-embroidered linen reticule* from this Etsy shop. The friendly owner told me it had belonged to her grandmother.  It was in perfect condition, but ...

Events and Adventures - 8/13 thru 7/14

Posted On: Jul 23 2014 | 0 comments

I try to visit as many exhibits, lectures, and events related to vintage, fashion, design, style, and history as I possibly can. Sharing my experiences with you is a big part of the fun. Sometimes...

The No. 1 Ladies' Costume Designer - BDV Interviews Jo Katsaras

Posted On: Jun 07 2014 | 8 comments

I recently discovered the charming 2008 HBO series “The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency,” based on novels by Scottish author Alexander McCall Smith. Jill Scott plays Mma Precious Ramotswe, a fledgli...

Vanity Unfair -- What's Up With Modern Sizing?

Posted On: May 17 2014 | 6 comments

I saw this pretty skirt featured in the most recent issue of InStyle: Looks like wallpaper. Right up my alley. I suspected it would be too short and have no hem allowance, but Loft is nearby so ...

Silent Movie - The Loves of Pharaoh

Posted On: Apr 26 2014 | 2 comments

Recently, my vintage-loving friend Kat and I joined an eclectic and enthusiastic crowd at Emory University's beautiful Carlos Museum for a free presentation of the restored 1922 Ernst Lubitsch sile...

Exhibit Visit - "Fashionable Silhouettes" at the Mint Museum

Posted On: Apr 08 2014 | 3 comments

Needing a break from routine, this past Saturday morning I hopped in the car, stuck a Book on Tape* in the player, and drove to North Carolina. I'd recently learned that Charlotte's Mint Museum has...

The Lady With 400 Long-Sleeved Blouses

Posted On: Mar 21 2014 | 0 comments

Here's another in our series of Vintage Stories, recounting the colorful characters and captivating histories we encounter in our search for vintage treasure: When you visit our Recommended Link...

Behind the Scenes at the Biltmore Hotel

Posted On: Mar 14 2014 | 0 comments

I recently joined the Atlanta Preservation Center. As happens in many forward-looking boomtowns, Atlanta has seen the demolition of too many beautiful, irreplaceable buildings, structures, and land...

Going for Baroque - an Interview With Kat Peng

Posted On: Feb 15 2014 | 3 comments

I met Kat last October at Sunday in the Park, an annual Victorian street festival at Atlanta's Historic Oakland Cemetery. Not yet registered for the costume contest and dangerously late, I was ne...

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