|07-12-2010, 12:14 AM||#1|
beer + costumes
Join Date: Jan 2009
Database of historical costuming resources - long term WIP
So, I'm pretty stoked that we've now got a historical costuming forum! To celebrate, I'm starting a Compendium of Knowledge for online historical costuming resources. This is by no means a comprehensive list, nearly all of my experience is with 19thc women's clothes. Feel free to add your own links.
[b]Shopping: commercial patterns[b]
Truly Victorian: http://www.trulyvictorian.com Probably the best commercially available Victorian patterns for women. Recommended for beginners, since all patterns include detailed fitting instructions.
Laughing Moon Mercantile: http://www.lafmoon.com Men's and women's patterns from the mid 19th c up through the Edwardian era.
Past Patterns: http://www.pastpatterns.com Men's and women's patterns from the 1780s through the 1940s. They also sell re-prints of original period patterns.
J.P. Ryan: http://www.jpryan.com Men's and women's patterns from the Georgian era. Expensive, but I hear they are worth it.
Sense & sensibility: http://www.sensibility.com Women's and girl's patterns from the Regency, Romantic, Edwardian, 1910s and 1940s. Best known for the Regency patterns, and highly reccommended for beginners because of the detailed instructions and some photo tutorials on the website. Website also includes a database of extant dresses and fashion plates.
Reconstructing History: http://www.reconstructinghistory.com Men's and women's patterns from the Medieval era to the 20th century. Website also has many useful article, and they're expanding their inventory to include period correct materials and supplies.
[/u]Ageless Patterns:[/u] http://www.agelesspatterns.com Re-prints of original period patterns. Proceed with caution, these have minimal instructions, come in a single size, and are not for the faint of heart.
Lynn McMasters: http://www.lynnmcmasters.com Hat patterns from many eras. The website has useful hatmaking articles and Lynn's beautiful portfolio.
Mantua Maker http://www.mantua-maker.com Women's patterns from the Renaissance to the Victorian era.
Shopping: Supplies, materials, and accessories
Timely Tresses: http://www.timelytresses.com Bonnets and supplies for the 19th century.
Reproduction Fabric: http://www.reproductionfabric.com Cotton fabrics in reproductions of prints from the 18th through 20th centuries.
Farthingales: http://www.farthingalesla.com (LA store) http://www.farthingales.on.ca (Canadian store) Corset making supplies and more
Vena Cava: http://www.venacavadesign.co.uk UK based corset supplies and more
Judith M. Millinery: http://www.judithm.com Stuffs for making hats
Fugawee: http://www.fugawee.com Reproduction shoes, stockings, and buttons from the 18thc and Civil War
Jas Townsend & Son http://www.jas-townsend.com Pretty much anything you could want for the 18thc.
Free patterns and how tos:
Elizabeth Stewart Clark: http://www.elizabethstewartclark.com/gamc/index.htm Mid 19th c tips and tricks, and a handful of patterns.
La Courtouiere Parisienne: http://www.marquis.de Many free patterns and tutorials from many eras. Mostly for women, but there are a few men's things hidden in there too.
Demode database of real women's clothing: http://demodecouture.com/realvict/ Links to photos of extant clothing from 1600-1919
Koshka the Cat: http://www.koshka-the-cat.com Mostly a portfolio site, but the webmistress also shares detailed photos of antique clothing, fashion plates, and photos.
Many, many museums: Too many to list. A lot of big museums have photos of their collections online. Think of a well known museum, google it, and see if they have anything relevant to your interests on their website.
eBay: http://www.ebay.com Yes, eBay. You can usually find fashion plates, antique clothing, etc on eBay, and save the images to your computer for free research. However, proceed with caution, the seller could mis-represent the product or just have no idea what they're talking about. Still, fashion plates are pretty safe.
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|07-13-2010, 01:17 PM||#2|
Join Date: May 2002
Folkwear Patterns has some good historical patterns. I have personally used the Korean Hanbok pattern, and found it very helpful and easy to follow. Like the Reconstructing History patterns, Folkwear Patterns include some historical notes, but they are not always as comprehensive.
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|07-14-2010, 08:45 AM||#3|
Join Date: Feb 2010
You forgot the 'n' in the link for Laughing Moon Mercantile. It should be lafnmoon.com
And thanks for posting all these. ^^
Convincing myself I actually like sewing again...
|07-17-2010, 02:51 AM||#4|
Harmless Historical Nut
Join Date: Jul 2005
Here are some of my favorites.
Under the category of supplies...
www.fabrics-store.com - best place to get 100% linen at a good price, bar none.
Vogue Fabrics - lots of fantastic fabrics sorted by both specialty and content as well as some harder-to-find notions like corset-making supplies (can we say "front closing busks"? I knew you could!).
Tandy Leather - lots of useful leather-working supplies, including belt buckles and blanks.
Under the category of research...
The Timeline of Costume History at the Costumer's Manifesto - lots and lots of image reference for time periods from ancient Egypt all the way through the 20th century.
The Renaissance Tailor - lots of info on source material from period and some tutorials on measuring and drafting patterns.
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|07-19-2010, 04:40 AM||#5|
Join Date: Nov 2006
Awesome new historical costuming forum is awesome.
Medieaeval Miscellanea a.k.a. 'Period Patterns': they have a lot of medieval and renaissance patterns and some tudor and elizabethan too. I read these patterns are historically accurate.
|07-22-2010, 03:03 PM||#6|
I second the Elizabeth stewart clark page, wonderful ladies full of information about late 1840s to late 1860s
|07-23-2010, 10:25 PM||#7|
Join Date: Jul 2010
Very helpful links- thanks!
|08-04-2010, 04:18 PM||#8|
Join Date: Feb 2009
Seconded on JP Ryan and Renaissance Tailor being fabulously useful, and good that somebody mentioned Folkwear.
The Costumer's Manifesto is another compendium of links, some more useful than others.
La Couturiere Parisienne-- A German site (don't ask) with lots of tutorials for garments from various times and places. The link is to the English version. The kimono-making tutorial is a good one, as long as you know that it's for a women's kimono. The western-wear tutorials are much better.
Sewing commissions are on hold, but I still do custom pattern-drafting. PM for details.
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Last edited by Garen : 08-04-2010 at 04:59 PM.
|08-07-2010, 10:12 AM||#9|
*swish swish stab*
Join Date: Jun 2009
Elizabethancostume.net-has tons of information about period clothing, including tutorials on pattern drafting and places to by period accurate supplies.
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|08-08-2010, 06:53 AM||#10|
Join Date: Jan 2003
Free online patterns:
Create a couture inspired gown
Now this is great, instructions, pattern and layout all able to be printed at home
Cutter's Practical guide. Men's patterns from tailcoats to military uniforms.
Thompson's Universal System, by Mrs. F. E. Thompson, c.1899. Women's patterns of 1899
The Ladies Tailor, Vol. XXVII. No. 3. March 1911, London.
Thornton's International System of Ladies' Garment Cutting (London, c.1912)
Patterns and Pictures from Maurice Leloir's Histoire du Costume (17th to 19thC)
18th Century Clothing Patterns
Women's Clothing Patterns and Household Design Templates from St. Petersburg's "Neva" Magazine 1905-1913
Other Over Printed Patterns For Download
Tara's Historical Patterns from Antique & Vintage Clothes
Danish museum patterns
http://tidenstoej.natmus.dk/index.html (just click the first date then "naeste" to see the next costume and then the thumbnails for different views and patterns)
Enlarging historic patterns
Historic patterns from the above site
Modern drafting for 16thC bodice
17th C. Polish Lithuanian Commonwealth Costume
16th and early 17thC diagrams
16thC cutting books
Elizabethan corset generator
Waterfall drapery (yes mine but it's online and free)
half circle skirt (yes mine but it's online and free)
can can petticoat (yes mine but it's online and free)
|08-23-2010, 11:21 AM||#11|
2+2=4 *slap* 2+2=5? *pat*
Join Date: Jun 2005
Alpha, just letting you know that your La Courtouiere Parisienne link is missing an e at the end of marquise... so the link you have up there now takes you to a completely different site. Just thought you should know so you can change it ^_^
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|09-27-2010, 12:30 PM||#12|
Join Date: Jun 2006
Margo Anderson's Historic Costume Patterns
Seems to be mostly Renaissance with some Tudor. I have heard wonderful things about these but not used them myself.
|10-20-2010, 07:26 PM||#13|
Join Date: Jul 2007
Reconstructing History is opening a store in Easton, PA. The address is 526 Northampton St. in the Mercantile Building. The grand opening is November 7 from noon to 6 pm. So if your in the area stop by.
|02-08-2011, 07:03 PM||#14|
Guardian of Fun
Join Date: Aug 2007
I found 3 patterns for men's coats that may be of interest to those into historical costuming. They were linked today in my Threads newsletter and are hosted and generously shared by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Visit the link to view the garments and read about materials used, size, and the history.
|01-04-2013, 10:40 AM||#15|
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