From My Closet - The Better Dresses Vintage Blog

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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More Regency Regalia: Cobbling a Costume for a Jane Austen Event

More Regency Regalia: Cobbling a Costume for a Jane Austen Event

... Once I had my gown and a bodiced petticoat to go underneath, I set about completing the outfit. I needed a purse, a hat, and a pelisse or spencer ...
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Go Big or Go Home: Trimming an 18th Century Hat

Go Big or Go Home: Trimming an 18th Century Hat

... What I discovered was that just about anything goes. Ribbons, flowers, birds, feathers, fruit, wheat. You name it ...
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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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Making a Regency Bonnet

Making a Regency Bonnet

... Always looking for new dress-up opportunities, I contacted JASNA to see what Atlanta-area events might require head-to-toe Regency finery ...
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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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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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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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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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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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