But….But… What will I wear?!

There are several hire options for costumes, if you choose to have something elaborate.  However, you can have a ton of fun making outfits from things you have at home, or have collected from the op shops!  Here is an example of a regency outfit from an op shop:

For the ladies..

For the gentlemen..

For ladies opera length gloves you might want to check this link:






Costume hire options in Ipswich include:

A Personal recommendation from the illustrious Mr Stevens:

I have been speaking to Ann Marie (owner) of Casablanca Costume Hire at 4 Lobley St Ipswich (road beside Caltex Service station opposite Bremer High School). Phone 3812 0202.  Please tell family and friends that Ann Marie is extremely helpful and friendly and if they want to chat about any aspect of costumes for the ball to call her.

Mon 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Tue 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Wed Closed
Thu 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Fri 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sat 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Sun Closed

Cambrian Society costume hire:

10 South Station Road
Booval Qld 4305

They are open from:

Wednesday 5:00 to 7:00 PM,

Friday 4:30 to 6:00 PM,

Saturday 9:00 to 11:00 AM. The Cambrian Society has quite a few costumes suitable for a Historical Ball.

Here is another costume place…  http://www.costumeco.com.au/M/Medieval-Princess.html

Find them at: 356 Ipswich Rd, Annerly, Qld 4103

Phone: (07) 3393 1010

Monday to Friday 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Thursday 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM

Saturday 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Or you could visit Brisbane Costume Hire – at 266 Kelvin Grove Rd, Kelvin Grove – open Mondays from 9:30 AM to 6:00 PM,

Tuesdays 9:30am to 5:00pm

Wednesday 9:30am to 5:00pm

Thursday 9:30am to 5:00pm

Friday 9:30am to 5:00pm

Saturday 9:00am to 4:00pm and Sundays closed.

The Cinderella dresses, or even Glinda would be alright, although the ones at the Cambrian Society are prettier 🙂 I couldn’t find any pictures of Men’s period costumes here.

Costume Hire in Toowoomba, at 515 Alderly St, phone (07) 4635 0966.

Here are some articles on making a lady’s Regency dress/outfit.

Dress one

Dress two

Ladies’ Regency Costume

And, in case you were curious, this is what our first costumes looked like:



Curls, gloves, and ribbons (above) are generally considered essentials for the ladies of our household.




In this picture you can see this lovely model has a gloves, a fan and a reticule (small bag) – typical ball accessories. She has also had her hair curled in rags, and pearly beads tied up in it. (This picture is from a different ball to the one above it.)


This is my dress… we added a looooong ribbon under the bodice, which was tied in a bow, and held in place with a brooch. Ballet slippers, gloves and a shawl finished off my costume for this ball. Simple, huh?


For this costume (above) Your Gracious Hostess cut off some trousers (from an opshop!) just below the knees of Your Gracious Host, and added some ribbon or bias binding to cover the edges. Then she cut away the front of the jacket, and sewed the spare trouser legs onto the back for tails. Mr Host is also wearing support/surgical stockings, his fob watch (non-essential, but adds to the look), a cravat – a thin, white scarf, I think – and a top hat from eBay, along with the white shirt that he just had anyway.


Happy hunting, folks! Can’t wait to see what you come up with. 🙂


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