For anyone who would like to make a Czech costume, an Americanized kroj could be the most practical. The Americanized costumes are truly lovely and, oh so practical. However, if you would like to make a reproduction of an authenthic kroj, the first step is to do your research. Look for books on Czech costumes. I found this one at Westfest at the Czech Heritage Booth. This book is in the McLennan-Hill Czech Heritage Library. I would recommend for you, look in your area for a Czech club or perhaps your local library. Another place could be Ebay. Good luck...don't be afraid to try. A handmade costume can be an heirloom you can pass on for generations. For Sarah and I, it has really been a learning experience. You really appreciate the authentic costumes, when reproducing it. Best of luck...and send me pictures of your costume. Sharon.