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Mimi’s Vintage Beauty Philosophy

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"Going Out" by Norman Rockwelll

I so enjoyed writing about my paternal grandparents in Part I and Part II of this series, and I promised to share at least one more post about my grandmother’s beauty regimen. Well, as I got thinking back over my memories of Mimi, I realized there were actually quite lot of things to write about, so I’ve got at least three posts before I’ll finish off. Today’s will be my grandmother’s general philosophy of loveliness. It’s one that rings true with me all these years later, and I think its wisdom is timeless. I hope you enjoy this blast from the past that still resonates today! Read more…

Natalie’s Toddler Regency Dresses

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Matching girls's Regency dresses

I made two Regency dresses for my daughters to wear for my sister-in-law’s wedding. They are 11 months, and 2 years old. Sizes one and 1 and 2 fit perfectly, though they are both on the small side. I used a 100% cotton from Wal-Mart. I made both dresses with the “drawstring” look. I really like how easy they were to put together and to get on and off. I also think the gathering across the bodice made the cotton a little dressier for a wedding. Read more…

Rebecca’s 1940s Swing Dress

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1940s swing dress pic 2

I have always been inspired by vintage fashion since I was a young teen and thought the clothing so glamorous and practical compared to modern fashions today. As a young woman I wanted more dresses in my wardrobe, so in 2010 I sewed up Jennie’s marvelous swing dress pattern for the first time. Since then I have completed two swing dresses from the pattern and always get compliments when I wear them. Read more…

Katie’s 1780s Easter Dress

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This was my first experience with Jennie’s GORGEOUS patterns! I love the easy, common-sense instructions, the appendices and the history included. My 8yr old’s gorgeous Easter dress is my favorite project I’ve ever made. I’m already in progress with two other Georgian patterns for he,r and I cannot wait to fill her closet (and maybe mine) with these beautiful dresses! Read more…

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