From My Closet - The Better Dresses Vintage Blog

A Vintage Tribute: "L'armadio di Elia"

A Vintage Tribute: "L'armadio di Elia"

... Maryelle, with sister Christine and cousin Cinzia, had assembled a remarkable tribute, honoring Elia's life through a creative display of her beautiful, mostly home sewn, mid-century wardrobe ...
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The Lady With 400 Long-Sleeved Blouses

The Lady With 400 Long-Sleeved Blouses

... Just beyond the front door, in her mid-century home's living room, I was greeted by towering stacks of clothing arranged along a sizable sectional sofa, a coffee table, and a wing chair ...
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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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Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah!

Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah!

... Its back zipper had separated, and I could not get it to slip back together. But the dress was so pretty, and hadn't I read somewhere how to fix this exact problem? Ah! a challenge ...
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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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That's About It for the Clothes, Do You Want To See My Donkeys?

That's About It for the Clothes, Do You Want To See My Donkeys?

...my husband said, "Listen. If you get there and find his dead mother's things, that's great. If you find his dead mother, run like hell." And off we went ...
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Queen of the 60s Shift Dress

Queen of the 60s Shift Dress

... The room has no furniture, only a few large boxes pushed against the walls. In the center of the carpeted floor are three waist-high piles of clothing. I can already see desirable vintage goodies peeking from the stacks ...
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