Question: What's the best way to start a dress diary website wise? I get the idea but I've never created a website before. Are there ways to do it for free? etc. Any help would be really appreciated, I'd love to start documenting my dresses.
A blog is probably the easiest way to go.
Get one of the blogs where you can tag each projects. Say you've made a Tudor dress and a Herjolfsnes garb. If you want to direct people only to the Tudor dress, you choose that tag, and the entries coming up will only be about the Tudor one. An example from my own blog:
GENERAL LINK: http://operafantomet.livejournal.com/
WITH A SPECIFIC TAG: http://operafantomet.livejournal.com/tag/peacock
I think most blogs have this option nowadays. I use Livejournal, but Blogspot.com and Blogger.com are also good options. And probably a ton more... All these are free. In some you need an extern photo server, like Flickr, Photobucket or Facebook, while others have a photo server included.
You can also get a free website, like http://www.webs.com
, but there you need to know some basic HTML.
Blogging about costumes is a lot of fun. Once you've built a decent friend list, you get interesting feedback and you can also see what other costume makers are up to. You can also keep track on when you made what. Give it a try!