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

Monday, April 16, 2012

Titanic Weekend

The San Diego Costume Guild got together on Saturday, April 15th and appeared at the Del Mar Antique Show in Edwardian costumes.  There was quite a group of us as you can see from this picture. I barely finished my Secret Santa dress in time for our event.  I will be wearing this dress again when the guild goes to the Natural History Museum to walk through the Titanic Artifact Collection on May 5th.  I didn't get the hat done that I was supposed to wear with this dress, so wore my huge foofy one!  Here are a few photos of my dress: