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In the Studio

A vintage hatbox filled to the brim with antique lace….Waiting …..

 to be turned into……

Something Magical.


Inspired by Exquisite Details from the Past

When I need a bit of inspiration, I normally turn to my collection of vintage clothing.

Some wearable, some shattered, having seen better days. 

But all of it treasured, loved and a touchstone to days past. 

When dressmaking


an art.


Crochet Envy

I don’t know how to crochet, but that doesn’t stop me from appreciating the artistry and technique of this craft.  Many of the vintage garments I collect come embellished with a touch of crochet or tatted lace, adding to their allure and loveliness.  And so, when I happened upon these vintage how-to booklets […]

It’s in the Details…..

Breathtaking Details


Work of Art

“In the Reference List is given a list of addresses of dressmakers who we know are satisfactory both as to fit and finish.  All the addresses given are places that we know personally or through friends.  All are reliable and make things that are […]

Blossoms of Hope

The Cherrybration Festival is in full swing here in Howard County, Maryland.  Down in Historic Ellicott City, shops and businesses are all in the pink to support the event, which benefits the  Claudia Mayer Cancer Research Center.

Remember that pink vintage bra I collaged in antique lace? Well here it is […]

Thinkin’ Pink

Not a hard task for me, I admit.  For the upcoming CHERRYBRATION CELEBRATION, part of the annual Blossoms of Hope event, my friend Kelli – owner of the charming Journey from Junk boutique in Historic Ellicott City, Maryland, asked me to create a little something for her to raffle off .  Proceeds […]

A Bit of Bartering

One of my favorite haunts at the MaryJane’s Farm Sisterhood chatroom is the Farmgirl Barter section.  Let me tell you folks – this is just the most awesome thing.  Earlier this month I got my feet wet by offering up some back issues of Sew Beautiful magazine that I no longer need but was sure […]

It’s an In the Heyday Giveaway!!

Isn’t this dress just to die for?   And guess what gals, it can be yours!  Shona, over at In the Heyday, is hostessing a giveaway to celebrate 100 followers (now up to 144 actually, and you can bet I am one of them).  Shona is the genius  behind the most wonderful vintage reproduction clothing line, […]

Vintage Paper Dolls

Recently this summer I was searching for treasures at one of my favorite shops, and came across this box…. 

Quite intriguing, and when I opened it up – the most wonderful set of 1940’s paper dolls!

May I introduce you to Gail and Lenora?

They have to-die-for wardrobes – classic 1940’s.  Don’t you just love […]

Retro Work Wardrobe Re-do

School’s back in session which means I have officially headed back to work, and while everyone is busy around here hitting the outlets and malls shopping  for new clothes, I decided to take a slightly different route for “updating” my work wardrobe this year.  In addition  to  making a few outfits, dresses and such to […]