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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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"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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A Tip from the Clever Hostess

Potluck in a Party Dress

... 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

... I found this sparkly 1980s top at an estate sale. It looked like the beginning of something ...
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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 ...
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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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Retail Therapy (It's "Nothing New")

Retail Therapy (It's "Nothing New")

... like most people, I enjoy a cute, affordable, new thing, whether I "need" it or not...
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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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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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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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