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, July 28, 2011

From Rags to Riches

Recently I was asked to make a period outfit for a young lady of thirteen.
The outfit began with a trip to Goodwill where I found this checkered bedskirt
 (I actually got two of them).
As you can see Lizzy is helping with the presentation:).
I found a lovely white blouse at another thrift shop.

Here is the final result.
I made the skirt from the bedskirt and then used some blue fabric leftover from another project to make the belt.
I altered the sleeve cuffs and added some lace to the white blouse.
Altogether the price tag is low:
$6 for both bedskirts,
$2 for the blouse,
nothing for the leftover blue fabric.
I am going to make her a matching petticoat from the other bedskirt and a shawl from the leftover ruffles.
What thrifty projects have you completed lately?


  1. Wow!!!! Love this!
    I am so jealous of your talent....I'm mediocre at sewing, at best. I also love how your husband's Victorian suit turned out! I'll have to show it to my husband. He's always saying he wished that the clothes that men wore in the Victorian period were still worn today because he thinks they look so cool!

  2. Wow!!! Its so beautiful!! (: I love it!! (:

  3. You are so talented! This is a cute outfit you have created out of bedskirts!

    You're an inspiration.

    I haven't created anything.....shucks.

  4. It is just fabulous! you will be making a certain young lady very happy with what you created. I wish blogging had come into being many years ago when I was a teen and was visiting my father's family in IL for the bi-centennial of their town, and we all had to dress up in period costumes. You would have done wonders for my sisters and I!! Have a great day. I am sooo enjoying this blog and all the wonderful costumes you post about. ~Debby

  5. Oh just PERFECT!!! BEAUTIFUL!!
    What a blessed gal she will be!

    Blessings from Linnie

  6. You do such a beautiful job. looks like you are really in that period of time. I love seeing your efforts. Richard at My Old Historic House

  7. I love it would go so well with the rest of my dress up things .

  8. So extremely innovative - and impressive, what can be done when one looks at 'stuff' differently! I've taken a cue from your imaginative inspiration -Thank you