From My Closet - The Better Dresses Vintage Blog

Typical edwardian hats.

Cobbling an Edwardian Hat

... Sure, you could buy an antique hat. But this was more fun. It's not difficult and requires no advanced sewing skills. It only takes time, patience, and a few supplies ...
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Women tufting chenille quilts. North Georgia, 1930s.

All About Chenille - a Book Review and a Handbag Upgrade

... enterprising depression-era women hand-tufted cotton bedspreads on their front porches, enlisting friends and neighbors to share the labor and reap the profits ...
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Making 18th Century Patchwork Pockets

Making 18th Century Patchwork Pockets

... In Colonial Williamsburg I saw something that inspired me. Something that uses up scraps, doesn't require mathematical prestidigitation, and serves a function. Turns out, you don't need a formal, printed pattern, even if you aren't all that experienced or skilled ...
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Liza in 1876 does 1776.

Time Warp... and Weft (Part 2)

... sometimes, the anachronisms we see in costuming -- whether by a wardrobe-department pro, a museum docent, or an amateur reenactor -- may not be quite so... calculated ...
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The Atlanta Time Travelers at Biltmore Estate

Exhibit Visit - "A Vanderbilt House Party - The Gilded Age" at Biltmore Estate

... used original photographs and family records to faithfully recreate the clothing worn by George and Edith Vanderbilt, their family, houseguests, and servants ...
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The Time Warp, from The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Let's Do The Time Warp ... and Weft

...Examples of costume designers playing fast and loose with history -- for any variety of reasons -- abound ...
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Making a Victorian Carpet Bag

... It easily held a picnic blanket, full-size umbrella (the weather was iffy), snacks, water bottle, and more. So handy! ...
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Mid-Century Makeover - Revamping a 50s Gown & Jacket Set

... It wasn't expensive, so I could do some experimenting using my fledgling sewing skills without taking too big a risk ...
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carry bag for my hoop petticoat

Making a Carry Bag for My Hoop Petticoat

... Don't play dress-up in hoop skirts? Doesn't matter. You can carry just about anything in this spacious, simple-to-make, easy-to-clean bag ...
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Liza at the For Home and Country exhibit.

Exhibit Visit - "For Home and Country: World War I Posters"

... They were propaganda -- a word often associated with negative intent, but in fact merely indicative of a purposeful effort to persuade ...
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Exhibit Visit - "Pierre Cardin: Pursuit of the Future" at SCADFash

Exhibit Visit - "Pierre Cardin: Pursuit of the Future" at SCADFash

... What follows are my own impressions and opinions, and lots of photos ...
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At SCADFash for Guo Pei exhibit.

Exhibit Visit - "Guo Pei: Couture Beyond" at SCADFash

... The short story is that I've never seen more exquisite garments, more beautifully made. That's saying something ...
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