Queen Elizabeth I of England Costume

Queen Elizabeth I of England Costume

Halloween is my favorite holiday, a day I can show people my vision and talent! I’ve always have been a fan of the Baroque time period; I knew that would be the perfect inspiration for a Halloween costume! As I did my research, I felt it was best for me to choose to be Queen Elizabeth … Read more

Union Civil War Soldier Costume

Union Civil War Soldier Costume

Fighting for my right to have candy! Ty has loved all things civil war since we took him to Gettysburg at age 4. Not many kids choose a battlefield over Disney World. His costume took flight on a trip to a Gettysburg thrift shop. I found a ladies wool jacket and knew the Union were … Read more

Homemade Renaissance Costume for my Boyfriend

Homemade Renaissance Costume for my Boyfriend

I had been dating my boyfriend for a few weeks when he invited me to a LARP event, because I liked making costumes and he thought it would be something that would interest me. However, he was the one who needed a costume. The tricorn hat (complete with massive ostrich feather) was one I had … Read more

Beautiful Girl’s Victorian Beach Bather Costume

Beautiful Girl's Victorian Beach Bather Costume

Sally Sells Sea Shells! This Victorian Beach Bather costume is my child version of a costume that I made for myself a few years ago.  In my vast stockpile of fabrics , I still have a few yards of the red/white stripe fabric remaining ,so I decided to make our little girl a beach bather costume … Read more

Scary Headless Marie Antoinette, Louis XVI and Executioner Costumes!

Scary Headless Marie Antoinette, Louis XVI and Executioner Costumes!

I wanted to make a wonderful themed group costume for me, my younger brother, Aidan (6) and my sister Justine (9). I knew it had to something special and memorable. We settled on Marie Antoinette, her executioner and Louis XVI. They were really excited to help me work on it. My brother’s executioner costume was … Read more

The Original 1% – Rococo Masquerade Couple Costume

The Original 1% - Rococo Masquerade Couple Costume

It all started with the purchase of a bunch of fancy tablecloths from a reuse store here in the bay area.  I couldn’t pass it up because there was so much yardage!  Banquet tablecloths for $7 each.  So I knew I wanted to do something big and billowy. These are based on period fashions from … Read more

Easy and Creepy Edgar Allen Poe Costume

Easy and Creepy Edgar Allen Poe Costume

Edgar Allen Poe is one of my favorite authors. Like most people, I was introduced to him at an early age in English Literature class. The first thing I read was The Raven, followed by his other infamous title, The Telltale Heart. I had already read some modern horror stories at that age, and could … Read more

Coolest Classy Victorian Parisian Lady Costume for Women

Coolest Classy Victorian Parisian Lady Costume for Women

My dear husband took me to a dance held by the UTA campus’s library staff (those cheeky librarians!) called “An Evening in Paris: Dancing at the Moulin Rouge.” We knew there would be a costume contest, and he and I both love any excuse to dress up. Fortunately, the hubby already owns a kilt suit, … Read more

Handmade 18th Century Duchess of Devonshire Costume

Handmade 18th Century Duchess of Devonshire Costume

Georgiana Cavendish was the Duchess of Devonshire during the 18th century.  She was famous for her role in politics, fashion, and philanthropy.  She was immortalized in film by Keira Knightly in the movie The Duchess in 2008. In the movie she wore a beautiful striped zone front robe a l’anglaise.  As soon as I saw it, … Read more

Coolest Beheaded Anne Boleyn Costume

Every year our school has a Book Day and the children come dressed as their favourite book character. As they have been learning about the Tudors and

Every year our school has a Book Day and the children come dressed as their favorite book character. As they have been learning about the Tudors and my daughter is a big fan of the Terry Deary Horrid Histories books, she wanted to go as Henry VIII’s second wife, Anne Boleyn. I decided it just … Read more

Coolest Queen Elizabeth I Costume

Homemade Queen Elizabeth I Costume

I made this Homemade Queen Elizabeth I Costume for a costume party at work. The crown is made out of wire and paper mache with fake pearls and jewels hot glued onto it. The wisk is coat hangers covered in fabric and the rest of the costume is made of fabric. The front of the … Read more

Coolest Homemade Musketeer Costume

Homemade Musketeer Costume

Supplies needed for the Musketeer Costume: 1 roll of duct tape safety pins two matching blue pillow cases 1 pair of brown boots 1 pair of bell bottom jeans long sleeved white collared shirt tan vest belt cowboy hat large feather I created the design on the pillowcases by tracing the shapes on card stock … Read more

Coolest Homemade Clara Burton Nurse Costume

Homemade Clara Burton Nurse Costume

My daughter really wanted to be either Florence Nightingale or Clara Barton, civil-war era nurses – because she read about them at school. This Clara Burton Nurse Costume came out really well, adapted from a Simplicity pattern. Most of the adults at the homes knew who she was, but all the kids didn’t have a … Read more

Coolest Historical Dress Costume

Homemade Robe à la Française Costume

This is a “homemade” costume, one which is a little complex in structure, but overall isn’t complicated in sewing technique. The costume was made by using historical patterns from 1750-1760, resized to fit my own measurements. The costume constitutes a total of 10 layers, which you can’t see under the gown itself but which are … Read more

Coolest Colonial Girl Costume

Homemade Colonial Girl Costume

Hi everyone! When I was in fifth grade, we had Colonial Day. It was too late to order a costume, so my mom made me a homemade Colonial girl costume. My hat was made of a cylinder-shaped pillow case tied with a black ribbon around my chin. I wore a black shirt and leggings. On … Read more

Coolest Homemade Neo-Victorian Ghoul Costume

neo-victorian ghoul

My Neo-Victorian Ghoul Halloween costume was almost completely handmade. The only piece on view that I didn’t make was the corset. The parasol was trimmed and the mini top hat was made completely from scratch, using metal mesh to sculpt it. I sewed the overskirt completely from scratch, and the underskirt was made from a … Read more

Coolest Homemade Female Pirate Wench Costume

Homemade Female Pirate Wench Costume

For this Homemade Female Pirate Wench Costume, I was more than a little inspired by ‘The Redhead’ from the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disneyland…however,as it was a last-minute costume (I had only two days to make it as I’d just been invited to a Pirate Party that weekend)I didn’t happen to have any … Read more