Costumes are a lot of fun! They challenge me to be creative, at times, too! The young man in the photo needed a costume for a summer music camp. The shirt is refashioned from a blouse that I made. I used a pattern to make the pirate vest. The pirate belt is made of a very stiff pellon, and the buckle is made of it too, but is covered in a metallic paper. Pellon and elastic were used for the eye patch.
The voyageur shirt was a requested custom garment for a gentleman who does storytelling tours. Historical re-enactments and story telling walks are great fun and educational too! Check out www.twilightwalkingtour.com, or use a search engine to find historical re-enactments near you, if you want some educational vacationing!