I thought I’d just talk about the costumes I can recall making in my life.  I’m sorry I don’t have pictures, but some of them were from my costume shop days in college, and who knew I’d ever be blogging about them?  (What was a ‘blog’ back then anyway?)  And the rest of the pictures I might have are on a flash drive…somewhere…not where it belongs…  So, here are descriptions of some costumes I’ve made:

17th century French characters (for Moliere’s play “Tartuffe”)

This included good old-fashioned breath-restricting corsets for the 5 gals, calf falsies for the 9 guys (apparently well-developed calves were, um, highly valued by 17th century Frenchmen?), underdresses and overdresses with stomachers, knickers, vests, overcoats, lots of lace and embroidery and jewels and frou-frou everywhere–on the cuffs, the shoes, the hankies, the walking sticks, the wigs–everywhere!

Shakespearean garb

My co-costume mistress and I made pumpkin breeches, tunics, dresses, and a costume for Shakespeare’s only dog character (from “Two Gentlemen of Verona”).  The guy who played the dog wore a union suit with commercial mop heads stitched all over it.  He was one hot dog after each rehearsal and our one performance!  But our professor thought our idea for the costume was very clever.

Wendy Darling (from “Peter Pan”)

This was actually a flower girl dress I made for my daughter for some friends’ wedding, but after the wedding it became her “Wendy dress” (which is actually a nightgown in the Disney movie).

Colonial miss

My daughter was really into dress-up at this stage.  The dress I used began as a bride’s attendant dress my mom wore at her sister’s wedding.  It had a round neck, v-waist, deep ruffle hem, and dolman sleeves.  I converted it once, for a Blue-Gray Ball my husband and I attended before we were married.  Then my daughter started eyeballing it, and I converted it yet again.  It became a square-necked gown with lace bell sleeves, lace-trimmed (mock) bodice, and scalloped ruffle hem.  You’d never know the original and the current dress are one and the same!

Calvin (from Calvin & Hobbes comic strip)

This required only a red t-shirt and a black Sharpie marker…easy peasy.  Boys are so much easier than girls!

Dolly Madison

My daughter and I put this one together with thrift store finds.


See other posts in this blog for more about these colorful costumes.

Peasant for “Aladdin, Jr.”

One of my little Munchkin friends was later in a production of “Aladdin, Jr.” as a peasant, and as part of the treasure in the Cave of Wonders!  That was fun!

Renaissance gal

Apparently, my daughter is still into dress-up.  = )

Female Hobbit

Yep.  A must-have for seeing “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” in the theatre.


When “Tangled” is your favorite Disney movie, and you’re going to meet Rapunzel at Disneyland, you simply must have a proper dress for the occasion.  This one was really fun to make!

Have you made any fun costumes?