*Be in a hurry.
*Choose fabric you already know probably isn’t appropriate for the project (but look how well it coordinates with the trim!).
*Don’t prewash the fabric.
*Be arrogant enough to think that just because you have made oodles of complicated Victorian era costumes, surely you can easily do one from a ‘less challenging’ era.
*Don’t study the pattern or instructions ahead of time.
*Don’t make a muslin.
If you follow these simple steps, you too can have a costume that will fit terribly, look hideous, and end up in the trash can. Have fun!
I adore the Victorian era but I live in the 21st century. I strive for authenticity but not to the point of obsession (usually). Unless the TARDIS shows up, I'm only ever going to have to 'look' the part. Sometimes close enough really is good enough.