My mother and I had to attend a charity event in town, and had to wear Edwardian-period gowns. Being the glutton for punishment I am, I made both gowns and all the accessories except for the gloves and the base straw hat my mother wore, as well as our brooches and fans. The fans were totally toys from when I was a kid playing dress up.
I'm pretty ghetto fabulous, though, and love spending as little money as possible and finding nifty ways to get rid of/use things. Here goes:
I have lots, lots, lots of wire hangers at home. They helped become the base frame for my gigantic merry widow hat, covered in scrap pieces of taffeta from an old prom gown. The fur on the hat? Totally removed off of an archaic purse from the sixties that had been in the garage forever. The feathers and fake peacock came from the box o' crap in the attic from holidays and flower-decorating my mother does.
As for my dress-- the moire taffeta was a tablecloth, creatively cut. All the velvet and lace trimming was from old dresses found 'round the house or from a bag of antique sewing scraps.
My mother's gown's moire taffeta lining is a tablecloth, the chiffon came from old curtains, the lace overlay is so old it's not even funny and came from the scrap bag, and the front panel is the last curtain I had in my master bathroom. Her hat's got more fake birds and feathers from the craft box, as well as some of her flower pins she wears on dresses. The sash on her waist and on the base of the hat is an old bridesmaid's skirt in a ridiculously tiny size, completely re-worked.
Money spent on this project? Less than $10.
Fun had making my mother dress up and wave at people? Priceless!