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'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. ...


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!


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


Queen Iduna sewn from up-cycled fabrics and clothing.


I have always been interested in fashion. Before I sewed costumes, I used to sew clothes for myself in my teens...things I'd actually wear...mostly special occasion dresses like for winter ball or prom. Back in those days it was more affordable to sew a dress versus bu...



The bulk of Costume Take-Out's business are rentals for classical costumes such as Pioneer--4th grade, Colonial America--5th grade, Ancient Worlds (Greek, Roman & Egyptian)-6th grade, Medieval--7th grade and Renaissance--8th grade....


I was beginning to wonder when would I--a costume designer--get to dress up in a costume? Then it finally happened! My husband, Bill, and I received an invite to attend a "Great Gatsby" day party at Spring Mountain Vineyard in St. Helena, CA.

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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




Tel: 916-320-7403

Folsom, CA

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