When I first started this blog, I was an unemployed costumer attempting to create period gowns and costumes with very limited means. Although now employed, I still try to be as thrifty as possible. I am still "The Broke Costumer"!

In addition to posts about the outfits I make on a budget, this blog includes short research articles on fashion, history, accessories, styles, or whatever interests me at the moment.


I hope you enjoy my journey into the land of inexpensive costuming and short articles.




Sunday, April 22, 2012

The Pink Plaid is Done!



Today six of us from the Costume Guild modeled in the Creative Stitchery Guild's fashion show.  I wore my purple pleated gown (my icon picture) and my new pink plaid!  Here are a few photos from today.  The first one was taken by Val LaBore in the dressing room.  I was adjusting my ruffles.  Below, I am standing in the hall with my friend Randy, who was very brave and modeled in front of a room full of over 200 women.  I think the early 1870's remains my favorite era to sew.  I love ruffles and pleats - I am a true girly girl.  The Stitchery Guild gave out costuming awards, and  I was honored to receive the Past President's award.  I receive a gift basket full of fabric, a bobbin winder, a pattern fitting book, and a beautiful pair of earrings!  This award was for my purple gown, as it was covered in the handmade pleats!  Val wore her bloomer gown, Belle Epoque gown and her underpinnings.  Cat wore a Tudor gown and 1700's gown with wide panniers.  Randy wore two gentleman's outfits.  Mary wore Elizabethan and Edwardian gowns and Marcee wore several gowns from the Regency era to Edwardian. 

EDIT:  I forgot to post my breakdown!  Here it is:

$66    9 1/2 yards fabric ($7 a yard)
  $6    6 yards grey tassel fringe ($1 a yard online)
  $3    1/2 yard pink fabric ($6 a yard)
  $2    1 dozen buttons
  $1    pink sheet for lining (thrift store)

TOTAL      $78


14 comments:

  1. You need to walk around holding up your ruffles. That really makes the gown. :) It was gorgeous in person.
    Val

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    1. Thanks Val! (and thanks for letting me buy the fabric a bit at a time!)

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  2. I love your gown! Congratulations on winning the Past President's award!

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    1. Thanks Deb, it was a real honor!

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  3. more pics please! want to see the side views and the back!

    Very lovey.

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    1. Thank you! I want more pictures too. We were all hurrying to change our gowns for the fashion show and we got very few pics of each other. I will be wearing it again in a few weeks though.

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  4. We would also like to see your friends gowns or links to their sites. I'm glad to see how lovely your gown came out.

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    1. My friends in the show mostly do not have their own blogs. However, Val does. You can see her at http://timetravelingincostume.blogspot.com/

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  5. I need to start going to these fashion shows and walkabouts so I can see these amazing gowns up close and personal! Fabulous!

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    1. Thanks! We sure have fun doing shows.

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  6. Absolutely gorgeous!!!!
    And many congrats on winning the prize!

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    1. Thanks Lauren! I can't wait to see your finished plaid skirt!

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  7. You look so great!! Congrats on the award, such an honor.

    I have to agree I love the 1870s the best too :)

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    1. Thank you. Your dresses are pretty awesome too!

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