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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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More Regency Regalia: Cobbling a Costume for a Jane Austen Event

More Regency Regalia: Cobbling a Costume for a Jane Austen Event

... Once I had my gown and a bodiced petticoat to go underneath, I set about completing the outfit. I needed a purse, a hat, and a pelisse or spencer ...
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Go Big or Go Home: Trimming an 18th Century Hat

Go Big or Go Home: Trimming an 18th Century Hat

... I started reading up on the proper way to trim such a hat. What I discovered was that just about anything goes. Ribbons, flowers, birds, feathers, fruit, wheat. You name it ...
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Repairing an Antique Blouse

Repairing an Antique Blouse

... It was the collar I worried about. The stitches attaching its satin-covered boning framework were mostly gone, leaving the whole thing collapsed and disheveled. I had to do something ... 
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Making a Regency Bonnet

Making a Regency Bonnet

... Always looking for new dress-up opportunities, I contacted JASNA to see what Atlanta-area events might require head-to-toe Regency finery ...
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Going Solo to the Summer Soiree

Going Solo to the Summer Soiree

... I wasn't going to let my lack of a dance partner or a partner-in-crime stop me from attending a mid-Victorian ball. Mr. BDV and Sarah were both unavailable, so I decided to go solo ...
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Another Reticule Rescue

Another Reticule Rescue

... I tore away the shattered chiffon lining, wondering why someone would have used such sheer fabric to house drawstrings. I hesitated before snipping the original, tiny, hand stitches. But my mom warned it would be too bulky if I left them ...
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Making Movies: My First Year as an Extra

Making Movies: My First Year as an Extra

... I've never aspired to a career in acting. Nope. I'm in it for the clothes! And whenever possible, the dancing. Above I'm working on a Madmen-era party scene in a TV series set in modern day. That's my own original 50s Gigi Young dress ...
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Lecture -  "On Cameos: From Antiquity to Present"

Lecture - "On Cameos: From Antiquity to Present"

... The only difference between hand-carved cameos made today and those made in antiquity is that modern machinery is electrified, while the ancients used a pedal-powered system similar to a treadle sewing machine ...
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Exhibit Visit - "Dressing Downton" at Biltmore Estate

Exhibit Visit - "Dressing Downton" at Biltmore Estate

... An excited gift-shop employee, captivated by the exhibit and my outfit, asked: "Is this what you used to wear?" To which I responded, laughing: "How old do you think I am?" ...
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Repairing a Vintage Hand Fan

Repairing a Vintage Hand Fan

... The shards had torn through the silk in several spots of nearly every section. Some were hanging from one edge. Others had completely detached. Sob ...
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Making a Parasol Bag

Making a Parasol Bag

... I'd seen a single example of a parasol bag, and that was for at-home storage. But that didn't mean a carried version never did or could exist. Surely some enterprising woman had whipped one up back when, right? ...
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