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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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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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A Strap to Fasten My Antique Parasol

A Strap to Fasten My Antique Parasol

... It would need to be attractive but inconspicuous, made of period-correct materials, and not hamper the mechanism or damage the lace ...
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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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Dirty Lowdown: Why (and How) I Clean Everything

Dirty Lowdown: Why (and How) I Clean Everything

... it shows you just how much dirt can be trapped in the fibers of a seemingly clean dress ...
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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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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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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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Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah!

Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah!

... hadn't I read somewhere how to fix this exact problem? Ah! a challenge ...
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The Pink Dress

The Pink Dress

... I think most of us have an outfit we will never forget ...
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