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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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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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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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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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In a Box, With Tissue Paper

In a Box, With Tissue Paper

... Recently, however, 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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Marilyn Monroe by Andre de Dienes, 1953

What Can *You* Make From Three Bath Towels?

... It looked like some sort of ultra-plush dressing gown (that's a bathrobe you can wear beyond the bathroom, for you youngsters), but I'd figure it out later, when I could examine it closely ...
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All Washed Up: Salvaging the Green Dress

All Washed Up: Salvaging the Green Dress

... First step: assess the condition, check for damage, and decide how much (time, effort, and money) to invest ...
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Costume Drama

Costume Drama

What made the sale especially memorable was the buyer's shipping address. The dress was headed to a young enlisted woman on active duty, living on a battle ship stationed somewhere off the coast of Japan. It was humbling, packing the dress and shipping it off to Cindy's APO address, along with a note of thanks, for both her purchase and her service.
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The Pink Dress

The Pink Dress

... I think most of us have an outfit we will never forget. Made by someone important to us, purchased for a particularly special occasion, or worn at a formative time in our lives, these clothes become far more to us than their fabric and stitches ...
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