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March 15, 2009

A New Old Idea

Filed under: Accessories,Fabric,Phyllis — phyllisc @ 4:13 pm

em-modelingnew-dressAbout two week ago I bought this dress; I really loved it and it looked great on me even though it had a makeup stain on the shoulder.  The store gave me an additional 10% off and a little Shout took care of the makeup stain.  One thing I noticed after I wore it to work is that I put a fresh makeup stain on it, and I think it’s because this dress has a side zipper.  Then I remembered that dress shops used to have on hand dress hoods, which allow you to put a dress over your head and keep makeup off the fabric.   My dress form doesn’t have a head so you see my daughter Emma being a good sport and modeling it for us.  This is just a bag with a drawstring, I used some scraps of china silk and silk organza but really you make these out of all kinds of remnants – I think lace or tulle would be pretty too.



  1. What a great idea! And it might even keep your hair from getting messed up, too.

    Comment by J. Cochran — March 15, 2009 @ 5:52 pm

  2. This also reminds me of Comme Des Garcon’s recent show. I had no idea that there was actually a legitimate reason for putting a bag over one’s head.

    Comment by loopylulu — March 15, 2009 @ 6:59 pm

  3. In fact, I have one of these hoods, made from something akin to organdy!

    Comment by Gwen — March 15, 2009 @ 7:45 pm

  4. In a pinch, a nice big silk scarf past its working days also does the trick if you drape it over your head….not sure if my own daughter would be so obliging.

    Comment by Jen O — March 17, 2009 @ 12:10 am

  5. What a wonderful idea!

    Comment by Linda T — March 18, 2009 @ 11:29 am

  6. Looks like it would work for black flies too. 🙂

    Comment by Jimmuns — March 18, 2009 @ 9:10 pm

  7. My mother always used a large scarf to save her hair and makeup!

    Comment by Brenda — March 20, 2009 @ 1:13 pm

  8. That is amazing! I am going to go make one too. I usually put my makeup on after I dress, but with a bib/apron on top of my clothes. That looks a lot easier.

    Comment by Jeanette — May 14, 2009 @ 11:50 am

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