Blog Contents:

  1. Blogging--A Job for Me?

  2. Pure Grit Boot-Camp

  3. Stressful Delight

  4. My Website Analytics

  5. A New Layer of Work

  6. Time To Bare My Soul: Enochlophobia

  7. Time For 'Make Believe': Napa BottleRock Music Festival

  8. 1980's Scott McClinto...



After recovering from my daughter's high school graduation party, on May 23rd, where sushi platters covered every available inch of 'counter real estate' inside the house, and the constant supply of fresh pizzas coming out of our pizza oven in the backyard, and...


  • I am one wordy lady. I realize that my posts are very long.

  • The writing is more for me--I am creating content for a book in a couple of years.

  • The pictures are all for you!

  • So you can skip the blah, blah, blah and get to the Upcycle/Refas...

Am I The Only One?

About a year 4 years ago, well before I began my journey of Upcycling clothing for myself--which started last summer 2019, interrupted by long pauses with my DIY costume blogging-- I starting looking for others who were interested in the same hobby.


I've been confused for a while...not knowing the difference between Upcycle versus Refashion. I've used the word Upcycling when referring to the costumes I make from thrifted textiles. But now that I am doing more clothing recreation, I wonder sometimes if the...



I've sewn continuously for 5 years, bouncing from a regular sewing machine to my serger, and back to the sewing machine when the stitch was required. My husband even bought me a rolling chair so I did not have to get up anymore for a quick baste or serge. ...

When I purchased a Missoni-like dress, I wanted to challenge my style. The dress was ok, not great, at best 'meh'. It went straight into the donations bag until a flash of Pinspiration! Turn the dress into a Puffy Sleeve Blouse. I upcycled and refashioned the P...


I Have Some 'Splaining' To Do...Why I Lean Female

About 70% of the costumes I make (and there are almost 1,000 pieces adding roof weight to my garage loft!!) are made for female characters. Of the female characters 50% are for girls 3rd to 8th grade, and 20% Women's cos...


DIY Victorian/Civil War Bonnet made for Emily Dickinson costume for 5th grade Wax Museum. All items are Upcycled from Thrifted Textiles. You can make this bonnet too!


I was invited by my parents to go party with them for 2020 NYE. I needed a dress, but did not want to spend a lot of money, so I upcycled a gold metallic tiered skirt into a Copy-Cat Anthropologie Dress. Come see how I did it!

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Blog posts might be too long for your kiddos, but showing them a Pin is a great way to still show them the UpCycling process.

Hi! My Name is Eva Winger and I love to Up-Cycle from Thrifted materials. This obsession led me to build a local, historic costume rental business for the last 5 years.


Now I have more than enough pictures and storie to blog all about  the adventure of making these Earth Friendly/Green costumes that do not sacrifice luxury, or quality just because the material is someone's cast-off.


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Eva Winger




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