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, October 3, 2011

From Thrift to Treasure!

I found this old prom dress at a local thrift shop for $1.
While most people see a dress I see satin and chantilly lace!
Calvin was kind enough to model the dress for effect:).
Another thrift shop find was this straw hat for $2.50.
It may look like a straw hat to most but I see something more!
Calvin helped once again by modeling the hat:).
So what do you do with an old prom dress and a straw hat?
Make a bonnet, of course!
After cutting up the dress and straw hat I covered the new bonnet base with the lace and satin.
Then I added feathers, silk ribbon, flowers made from dress scraps, and a black sheer bow on the back.
And voila!
A new bonnet for less than $10!


  1. It is beautiful!!! That's one of my favorite colors. You have such talent! Hug my sweet Calvin for me. SC

  2. I love how you take thrift store finds and remodel them. How do you cut you straw hats? Can you maybe show how you do this? I would love to do this myself.

  3. wow that's amazing! I agree with Patience, a tutorial would be much appreciated :) and also could you take some pictures of you wearing the hats and bonnets? I would like to see what they look like on someone :)