When Mark and I went to Williamsburg for Christmas, I came away with one big thing – costuming inspiration! I have long been a fan of historical costuming. I dream of wearing a huge gown with layers of petticoats/hoops/whatever. I don’t have any real need to wear these – the closest I’ve ever come to being a reenactor is one week at an SCA event with my high school best friends, and I don’t have any historical or really old characters.
But I love historical styles, and I love costumes in general. I’m not a stickler for perfect historical accuracy, though. I like the old fashioned feel of things. If I make myself something, it may or may not be “accurate.” My goal is simply to enjoy whatever I make. Hopefully I won’t make serious reenactors cringe with that, but I make costumes because I love them, and for no other reason.
By the time the weekend was done, my souvenirs were two patterns, a book on costuming at Williamsburg, and an annual pass to the historical area. So maybe, if I do ever make myself a gown, I’ll find some reason to wear it.