Category: accessories

Accessories for the budget costumer

Making historical costumes can require significant investment in time and money. But what completes a costume and makes it look more authentic is accessories, and these need not be expensive or even difficult to acquire. These are just a few that I have noticed and I may post again if I see more.


A must-have accessory for ladies and gents, particularly at balls. Kitten Damour sells satin, fishnet and lace gloves in black and white. For evening wear, Costume Box has a range of elbow-length gloves.

Fans and Parasols

A good place to look for cheap fans and parasols is websites that sell wedding favours. Such as Favours Plus, JJs House and Pink Frosting.

Hats and Shoes

These are perhaps the most expensive, but what helps is doing research as well as keeping your eyes open. I recently purchased my dancing slippers for the regency from Big W, they were ballet flats. The same with hats which can be easily decorated with ribbons and artificial flowers.

Regency bonnet on a budget

For our Parramatta Park high tea I wanted a Regency bonnet I could do quickly and cheaply to match my lilac coloured Regency gown. I based mine off this blog.

I started with a straw hat that I got from a $2 shop. Got the flowers from the same place too and I’m tempted to make some more hats just so I can go back there and get some more flowers.lilac_bonnet1

I cut a section off the brim of the bonnet and hand sewed some gathered fabric. In hindsight, I probably should have used more fabric and I will next time. Don’t make the same mistake I did.lilac_bonnet3

After that I attached some ribbon around the edge with a hot glue gun and covered my mistakes there with some lace. lilac_bonnet4

I then finished it off with some more ribbon. Several layers of some translucent mauve ribbon and some more ribbon on top to tie it on. Then the flowers, tying them together with some more ribbon and lace.lilac_bonnet5

I was quite satisfied with the results but I’m sure I can do better next time.