Reenacting is a fun and rewarding hobby. Whether you portray famous historical figures or your own fictional character, reenacting is a form of time travel for those of us who feel they were born in the wrong era. However, reenacting can be overwhelming and very expensive. I hope through this blog to help those new to the hobby, or even those veteran reenactors, to enjoy reenacting without breaking the bank. Blog posts will address things like developing your character, traditions and etiquette for different time periods, and affordable but accurate clothing options. So step back in time to days gone by...

Thursday, April 14, 2011

My First Dress!

For years now my dear friend Christine has made my dresses.
A couple weeks ago she taught me how to make my own.
All of the supplies came from thrift shops and consignment shops.
I started with the petticoat which is made from a bedskirt.
I added the tarten trim to match the dress.
The bodice and skirt are trimmed with black grosgain ribbon.
Vintage black buttons and lace collar complete the bodice.
Back view.
The bodice is lined with an old sheet and the belt was made from a vintage belt and silver buckle.
11 yards of red tarten fabric-$6
Black belt-$1
Vintage silver buckle-$15
Sheet for lining-free
Being able to say I made the dress-priceless:)!


  1. It looks great! I love being able to find reenacting stuff at thrift stores.

  2. Wow, the dress looks fantastic! You did a wonderful job! What kind of pattern did you use? And you can't beat that price. You are a very talented seamstress. Very busy lately, I see, with the flag and this dress. :-)


  3. Wee Hoo, Kim this is a Fabulous Dress!!
    And indeed a "priceless" price ;-)

    I am enjoying catching up with all your wonderful Posts and Pictures!
    How Blessed you and your Hubby are to share in such a fine time well spent.
    I just talked my hubby into attending an 1812 Ball. (He will be in civilian clothes) But he's going to go yippie!!
    Blessings Linnie