Thanks! Let's see . . .I believe the entire look only cost me roughly $18. Because I had the two blouses already that were given to me. For the skirt, I got the red from the thrift-store (it originally came from bed sheets) I just added it to a black pencil-skirt. and then $10 for the top hat that I just decorated. ^_^ All that to say that I love thrift-stores and I don't "hoard" clothes for nothing. The mechanical arm was just some piping and hinges that we threw together.
Good point I've done simple things like make shorts from old jeans and I did a bit of textiles at school, but I need to find some free time, find the sewing machine and get going good luck with all of your future work