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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"

... These artworks were created for a purpose. 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

... I headed back to the Savannah College of Art and Design's Museum of Fashion and Film (aka SCADFash) to see "Pierre Cardin: Pursuit of the Future," on through Sept. 30, 2018. 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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"Marie-Antoinette Is Dead" by Fabiola Jean-Louis

Gallery Visit - Rococo Reality Check at "Re-Writing History"

Fabiola Jean-Louis' paper and photographic masterpieces contrast the lush beauty of 18th century finery and the ugly truth of slavery ...
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Shoes exhibit at SCADFash

Exhibit Visit - "Shoes: Pleasure and Pain" at SCADFash

... Here's a review of the Shoes: Pleasure and Pain exhibit, which was chock full of amazing shoes spanning 2,000+ years! ...
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Liza of BDV at the Parthenon in 1986.

It's Greek To Me: "Noble Marbles" Lecture and Exhibit at the Carlos Museum

... On exhibit were not only several of these eye-witness testimonies, but also a few amusingly clueless depictions of the ancient sites as imagined by those who’d never been ...
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Quick & Easy Regency Hairstyle Tutorial

Quick & Easy Regency Hairstyle Tutorial

... Here's a relatively quick and easy way to fix your hair for your next Jane Austen Festival or other Regency era event. It's especially good if your hair is long, very thick, or both ...
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A Tip from the Clever Hostess

Potluck in a Party Dress

...Things are no different if you opt for modern convenience. Old-fashioned manners still count. I'd argue that your Evite's "Message From Host" section should be reserved for helpful hints, not distribution of labor ...
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For New Year's Eve, a 1920s Dress From a 1980s Top

For New Year's Eve, a 1920s Dress From a 1980s Top

... We were invited to be their guests at the venue's Gatsby-themed, black tie, New Year's Eve party. Sarah and I set about creating our outfits. I found this sparkly 1980s top at an estate sale. It looked like the beginning of something ...
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