Costumes with Character ~ A Review

Out on the prairie with Pa……walking the streets of colonial America……strolling the grounds of Pemberly…as we read and study our way through history, my children love different time periods. Digging through the dress up box, creating looks of days gone by is a great way to bring history alive!  Or just to have fun.  Our dress up box is well used and I love watching the different scenarios that take place.

My children, however, would love for the dress up box to hang in their closets to wear every day.  Purchasing fabric and patterns for various time periods for several children can add up quickly. What a delight to have Costumes with Character come into our home and expand our historical wardrobes!

Golden Prairie Press

Costumes with Characters was written by Amy Puetz; a 2000 home school graduate. Amy was inspired by her own love of historical costumes to create a book that would take a simple dress and create a historical wardrobe for young ladies. One simple dress, either purchased at a thrift store or sewn at home, becomes the foundation that takes you from Colonial to the Turn of the Century (1900s).

Historical Costumes

Costumes  with Characters includes step by step instructions and pattern guides to create the accessories needed to use with your foundational dress. Pilgrim collar, Victorian bonnet, Romantic Era collar and more can all transport you from one time period to the next. The pattern guides are designed for the 16 year old young lady but you are also given helps in sizing down the pattern for smaller girls. For those who would prefer not to have to deal with the pattern guides (grids that must be enlarged), a Costumes with Character pattern book is available. Definitely a resource to consider!

Please note that Costumes with Character is more than just patterns and instructions! Miss Puetz has put together personal commentary along with historical quotes, small quizzes and lovely pictures from each time period. While a useful tool, it can also be a book to simple read and enjoy. A lovely supplement to any young lady studying through history.

Historical Costumes

Our Thoughts on the Book:

We were really excited to have this book added to our history studies. Everyone is looking forward to having an exciting historical wardrobe. The patterns are not too complicated and I will be letting my older girls keep their sewing skills in use by helping to outfit the younger girls in their favorite time periods.  We received a PDF copy of Costumes with Characters and I think this is a resource you are going to want to have in hard copy format. They only way to view it was on my desktop and with no color printer, printing out would not have the same appeal for the photographs and literature portion.  While the patterns are included, I think there is definitely value in buying the patterns. Enlarging the patterns and such can be time consuming.

I think the concept of using a foundational dress to build on for all the different time periods is a great way to expand the dress up box. Spending a bit more time on a quality foundational dress might be a worthy investment for someone who used period dress often. While we just made an outfit from the Young Republic Era, we are working on plans for what is next!



Costumes with Character E book: $21.95 but 20% off until September 1st for $17.56.

Costumes with Character Patterns: $15.00 but on sale for $12.00

Costumes with Character Printed: $37.00; $29.60 until September 1

Golden Prairie Press has many other items available so please take a moment to look around!  Costumes with Character and other books from Golden Prairie Press were reviewed by the Schoolhouse Crew. Please stop by the Crew Blog and see what others are saying!

 Disclaimer: As a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew, I received a complimentary copy of this ebook product for the purpose of review. No compensation was made. All thoughts/opinions expressed are my own.


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