Costume building is very expensive and sometimes buying all the materials and taking the time to figure out how to make something (not including buying a pattern) is even more expensive than just buying the item you want.

  • For instance, hoops for an early Victorian thing. I might as well buy them. Even if I don’t make my ball gown this year with a big hoop, I know I want a hoop dress one day.
  • A pretty lace parasol is something I’d rather buy than try to make. I probably can re-cover a parasol with lace but I don’t think I will.

I’ve got plans to go to the The Labyrinth of Jareth Masquerade Ball this summer- and I’m hoping everything works out so I can go- so I have to start putting together an idea for my costume. I haven’t done a lot of fantasy stuff so I’m excited to get going. And look what I found!

  • A unicorn head piece! Yeah, again, I might be able to figure this out but it’s unlikely. Give me fabric and I’ll make something but this is not my forte. I have no idea what kind of costume I’d make to wear with this but it’s so fun!

Of course, there’s also the Steampunk Weekend that includes hands-on workshops and a catered ball that I’m going to and I need a mask but I don’t think I’ll try making it. I might try to coax a friend to make it for me.

One day, I’d love to buy a pair of American Duchess shoes! Oh yes. That’ll be the day! I only ever hear good things about these shoes.

Of course, I want more and more fabric and lace and trims for all these costumes I’ve got planned.

What does your sewing wish list have on it?