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...

Monday, July 18, 2011

Pink Brocade and Lace

Well another dress is finished and made it's debut
at our Pick Pocket Plantation tour today.
The pink, actually it's more of a mauve, brocade fabric was on the discount fabric rack at Walmart for $1.50 a yard (the dress needed about 7 yards plus the lining fabric which was also $1.50 a yard but only required about 2 yards).
I used a Simplicity pattern and trimmed the sleeves with some leftover tea stained lace from a previous project.
The frog closures ($3 for both) are also tea stained and the bodice is trimmed in a pearl trim (also leftovers).
The chemisette is an antique piece found at a local antique store for about $12.
 Altogether the dress has about $35 invested and a couple of days time.
 Don't forget to consider leftovers from previous projects when sewing a new project as it helps reduce costs greatly:).


  1. I love it! it's beautiful and it looks awesome on you....I wish I could sew like that. great job! have a nice evening! hugs, jennifer

  2. You look so pretty in your gorgeous dress. Like the shorter sleeves.

  3. O MY!! What a fantastic job you did !!
    Such beautiful fabric!!
    You look lovely in it!!


  4. LOVE the dress. What a talented seamstress you are! And the price to make it, so inexpensive. Can you imagine what it would have cost back then. You would love the Paris flea markets, they are swamped with vintage and antique fabrics that would lend themselves very well to your creations!