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?