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!


Upcycled Girl's Pioneer Costume From Thrifted Square--Dancing Dress


Me, An Up-Cycler?

I did not go into a Costume Rental Business knowing that I was an Up-Cycler. That came much later.

When I started Costume Take-Out, it was more about being resourceful. I did not realize about 2 years into building my business that I was actually decrea...


Hooded Cape Up-cycled from Thrifted Chenille Draperies and Cost Analysis between Retail Cost and Thrifted Cost

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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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