I remember watching the Sound of Music when I was a child. I loved the music, the story… the marionettes! But I was especially intrigued by the thought of Maria making play clothes for the children out of curtains. I thought about that as I took scraps of cloth to make clothes for my dolls. Later on, I saw the old classic, Gone with the Wind, and watched another resourceful lady make a velvet dress from curtains.

So when it came time for me and my daughters to move out of our bridesmaid and thrift store dresses into Civil War Ball gowns of our own, it was probably no surprise that, as we began to look for material, I thought of – curtains! The fabric is already trimmed, and as an added bonus, it was already hemmed too. My youngest daughter finished her dress this summer, and my girls and I wore our dresses to the Civil War Ball last weekend. So when it comes time for you to think about making your own ball gown, you might want to consider – curtains!

Who knows… maybe you’ll even get to meet Abraham Lincoln!