I sort receipts for a living. For real. As a bookkeeper I have to sort through someone’s crumpled, sticky, torn, estrogen-mimicking receipts so they can be recorded. Piles and piles of receipts. And they all come to me stuffed into a gallon size Ziploc bag. I save the fun for slow work days….
Makes me wonder…. How much do I really spend in making my historical costumes? I mean, I’ve recorded a project or two before. But man, that pile of receipts would be S-C-A-R-Y!
From the fabric, underlinings, interfacing, thread, buttons, trim, more trim, more thread ’cause the first spool ran out, bias tape, hem facing fabric, hook & eyes, etc., etc., etc… SOOO much goes into a historical costume! It’s not like a vintage 1960s dress that takes just two yards of fabric, a zipper and you’re done.
Then there’s your time you put into that costume. How much are your hours worth? Gosh, that’s a whole different discussion! Add up the cost of materials and labor and you’ve got one expensive dress there.
But boy, how we love to do it!
Do you keep tabs on how much you spend on a particular costume? Are you surprised by how much money you put into your historical wardrobe?