• Eva Winger

Costume Lady Sews For Herself! Upcycle #1/Current Decade!



I have always been interested in fashion. Before I sewed costumes, I used to sew clothes for myself in my teens...things I'd actually wear...mostly special occasion dresses like for winter ball or prom. Back in those days it was more affordable to sew a dress versus buying and I was an immigrant kid whose family did not have a lot of money.

My mother was wonderfully resourceful back in the 70's when DIY was still not a thing--with the exception of macrame. So I grew up seeing my mother create things from scraps like our old curtains or linens. My mother taught me how to use the sewing machine and that's all I needed to transform our family's old clothes into doll clothes.


I adore costuming. But let's face it, I can't walk out the front door and go grocery shopping in a Victorian corseted gown--even though I've been tempted. However, as much as I love costuming--going on my 4th year!--I've been itching to sew something for myself.


Since I am out and about always thrift shopping for vintage fabrics and vintage clothing to incorporate into my costume rental collections, I run across many clothing pieces that are so incredible, that I can not pass up buying---for myself.


However, there's one problem with thrift shopping for myself: things are almost never in my size. I have amassed a large collection of beautiful, fun, mostly over-sized items, that need alterations or in some cases, a major overhaul/recreate/upcycle. So in between costuming, alterations for my local area, I am finally creating for myself.


Instead of showcasing what I make for myself on yet another website and blog, I've decided to include these up-cycled re-creates in my costuming blog since that is my true business.


I look forward to posting more of my own personal recreations. Here's to my first Upcycle/ReCreate!

Project: The Summer Shift

Vision: Ruffled Shoulder Sleeves

Purchase: Oversized, shift dress with long fluted sleeves

When I saw this dress, I fell in love with the print--thin blue and white strips with tropical flowers. One problem, it was 5 sizes too big. But at $6.99 I could not pass up this Goodwill dress because of the instant up-cycled vision when my eyes engaged. I wanted a shoulder ruffled sleeved dress.


Alterations did not seem too daunting. There seemed to be plenty of fabric for me to play with. Purchased!


This striped number is what I will refashion!


I will use this dress as my pattern for the silhouette.

I reshaped the dress by placing a dress I already owned on top to create a new silhouette, and sewed up those new edge.


I remove the sleeves. I hemmed the dress an easy 10 inches and cut that extra fabric into 5 inch strips to create the ruffled sleeves.


Unfortunately I did not snap pictures along the way as I usually do with my costumes. But I am new to this blogging/Facebook/Instagram/Pinterest kinda world. I hope to learn quickly. Next time, all photos will be included : )




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