When you spend a decade of a 24-year life working for the local Renaissance Festival, you don’t so much acquire a costume as a wardrobe. A good portion of mine is made by me, and what isn’t made by me is still largely handmade. For example, my new pants:
You know, I think I’ve had the fabric for these almost as long as I’ve been sewing on my own. They were originally made as wrap pants, but I wasn’t a huge fan of how they looked. This version is a pair of drawstring pants with further drawstrings running on the outside of each leg, so that I can gather it up. I rather like the baggy, blousey, not-very-neat look- it seems very pirate to me.
Other things in the above outfit which are handmade: my sword, which was reconstructed from a leaf spring by James, my hat, which was reconstructed from a big floppy garden hat by me, and the corset, which comes from the fantastic Damsel in this Dress (I want this one, and this one, and this one).