I received this really neat e-book from Golden Prairie Press. It is called Costumes with Character ($21.95). You can also purchase the printed book for a little more. The book, written by Amy Puetz is filled with costume ideas. My daughter loved it. As my neighbors know, she LOVES dress up. Some days she changes clothing 4-5 times!
In the book Costumes with Character, Amy shares many different patterns you can make easily at home. She also gives tips on how to take one basic dress and with a few accessories, change the whole look. Personally I like that she also gives a short 1-3 page history of the different time periods, along with questions. She does include the answers! :) My daughter especially liked the dresses from the Romantic Era (1820-1848). Many of her tips are on adding an apron, scarf, hat, vest, etc. that each change the look just enough to make a big difference in the appearance.
Her other favorite of course is the Victorian Era (1890s). She loves the ruffles and hats! And of course she owns a parasol or two! I think she would have loved to live in one of these time periods.
You can also order the Pattern Book from Golden Prairie Press. All of these books are on sale right now, through Sept. 1st so if you hurry over you can get them at an even better price.
Now, I just have to share this with you. We have not actually created any of the costumes yet, but we are going to! My 11 year old, the one who likes to dress-up, talked her father into helping her write a short play for the family to act out. They chose some of their favorite characters from books and such and designed a play. It is called, "Sherpop Holmes Meets Habit and Costello". As you can tell it will be slightly humorous. It includes:Sherpop Holmes, Habit and Costello, Spollyanna, Nancy Snooze, Maria Von Sappe, and Anne of Blue Fables. Amazing! I get o video tape the whole thing. Sherpop Holmes is seeking to find out, who's on first! I can't wait to see the finished program! Anyway, we will use some of the costume ideas in our play! Super!
Now neighbors, take a minute and visit some of the other Crew Members to see what they are saying! Some of them reviewed other books from Golden Prairie Press!
Disclaimer: As a member of the TOS Crew, I received this product, at no cost to me, in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are mine.