I thrifted this silk/rayon devore velvet (cut velvet) scarf last month at my local thrift store for $3.99. After watching a few episodes of the new season of Downton Abbey, I made it into a Downtown-inspired dress (with the help of a long slip).
From this scarf - (fold it into a quarter of the size and cut a hole on the top for the head):
To this dress - add a ruby long slip and a self-made satin belt:
What do you think? Is it too costume-like to go out for dinner dressed like this?