A closeup view of the hat and spats from my new costume, which can be seen here
And a tutorial
for making your own custom spats can be found here
. If you make some, please send me pics, I'd love to see them!
I've never made a hat or spats before, but both are patterns I designed myself. They didn't turn out exactly as I would have liked, but for a first try they turned out pretty good.
If you're interested in trying out a little millinery, there is a great buckram hat kit at Judith M. Millinery Supplies
that I used. (I didn't buy the book, though, so I can't tell you how good it is.)
[EDIT: Because I get this question (a lot)- my Victorian boots are from Sheplers, a western wear store. The beautiful thing about Sheplers is that all their Victorian boots, in any height, even with lace inlay, are the same price. Since they are
real leather, they are $110 USD (they do go on sale a lot, though, so if you time it right they're $100). You can find their selection here
. Only one warning: They are dancing shoes, which means that they don't need breaking in, but it also means they have thin soles. An insole will fix this problem nicely, though.
If you're not as picky as me and don't mind patent leather (i.e., plastic), you can search "Victorian boots" in the search engine of your choice and find a nice selection of boots for around $30-40 USD.]