I'll add this. I can't sew.... like at all. I can barely stitch up holes in fabric. However, I'm a costume builder. I do buy all my costume pieces, but I never wear it as it comes. I mix and match! I guess that could be considered crafting right?
Like this outfit for example:IMG_3777
by theshyfox photography
, on Flickr
The hat came from one place, then was contributed to by 5 other artists.
The necklace was a gift from a friend a million years ago.
The shirts were two that I got at a store in the mall also a million years ago. If I recall I bought them with a gift card.
The belt was bought for me when I was in school and part of our dress code was that we had to wear a belt at all times.
The bracelet on my left hand was one my mother gave me a long time ago.
The skirt came from my trip to France.
The boots I found on sale a few years back and I bought them for my ren costume.
The jinglies on my boots were purchased at faire.
So you see my hat, and my boots were the only things specifically bought to be part of a costume. The rest came from my own closet! :)
I'm always on the look out for my newest costume piece. I have a box in my closet where I keep all my costumes, but it needs to be upgraded to a trunk!