When you're out searching for costume ideas, if you want smooth ballroom gowns, you're pretty much stuck spending a pile of cash. For anything else, i.e. C&W, showcases, Latin costumes, college performance teams, I suspect there are some inventive wasy to get around spending too much. Can anyone share ideas of ways to assemble costumes without spending a lot? Note: If you have a costume service or website you're promoting, please post in the ads or websites forum. Thanks. I'll start: coordinating T-shirts. You can buy them in many colors from the local craft store for about $5 each.