From My Closet - The Better Dresses Vintage Blog

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 ...
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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! ...
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Lecture -  "On Cameos: From Antiquity to Present"

Lecture - "On Cameos: From Antiquity to Present"

... modern machinery is electrified, while the ancients used a pedal-powered system similar to a treadle sewing machine ...
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Liza at Biltmore for Dressing Downton

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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In a Box, With Tissue Paper

In a Box, With Tissue Paper

... I've been buying both reproduction and original antique garments and accessories. Not for collecting. I intend to wear and use them ...
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Lining an Edwardian Reticule

Lining an Edwardian Reticule

...  I was determined to do a fine job and most important to "first, do no harm."  ...
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Events and Adventures - 8/13 thru 7/14

Events and Adventures - 8/13 thru 7/14

...exhibits, lectures, and events related to vintage, fashion, design, style, and history ...
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Fashionable Silhouettes at the Mint Museum
Going for Baroque: an Interview With Kat Peng

Going for Baroque: an Interview With Kat Peng

... I was mesmerized. By the time it was over, and she'd won "Best Historical Costume," I was fascinated ...
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