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Research ResourcesThe websites and blogs below I've found to be especially rich in primary materials, such as sewing manuals, photographs, paintings, and diaries, or in secondary materials, such as costume histories or articles.
Primary Texts and Images, Including a Few Patterns
- Adams Family Papers: searchable text for 1734-1829, but much of interest with Abigail and her sisters is only through 1786. John and Abigail Adams letters 1762-1801. Both resources unimaginably rich look into 18th century New England life, plus travelogue-like information while JA and AA were in Europe in the 1780s.
- Album containing early fashion plates, from 1760-early 19th century. British Museum, accession number C,4.1-468.
- Antique Pattern Library Needlework books, PDF format
- A Compleat English-german, German-english Dictionary. Johann Georg Christian Fick. English-German part; German-English part. (~1802)
- Barbara Johnson's fabric album. Fabric samples, fashion plates, and etc., from 18th and 19th centuries. V&A.
- Chronicling America A simply indispensible archive of key American newspapers, 19th and twentieth centuries
- Constance Howard Resource and Research Centre in Textiles. Textile archive, VADS.
- A dictionary English, German and French. By Christian Ludovici, Johann Bartholomäus Rogler
- Digital Collections, Duke University: Rich with primary resources
- Electronic Swatchbook: almost 2,000 samples from the Powerhouse Museum's swatchbooks.
- Empress Josephine: some of her gowns and mantles and accessories from Malmaison. From Madame Guillotine's blog
- L’Encyclopédie, Diderot and Alembert (see separate section below)
- A Frolic Through Time's Fashion Plate and Photo Sources My own listing of the sources for photos and fashion plates that I use most
- LACIS Museum of Lace and Textiles In California, which also offers online exhibitions and catalogs, with images in high detail. The Lacis store is a well-known source for lace and needlework supplies.
- L'Art de la coëffure des dames françoises, avec des estampes où sont représentées les têtes coeffées... par le sieur Legros Coiffures from 1768. Also, the supplement, same year: Supplément de l'Art de la coëffure des dames françoises, par le sieur Legros.
- Leeds Museums and and Galleries Collections Including the Satires and Caricatures of Lady Hertford, French textiles, costumes, more
- The Lewis Walpole Library Large collection of prints. Searchable, zoomable.
- Mary Antoinette's Court Dress, video and transcript from Royal Ontario Museum. Dress with embroidery, ribbon applique, spangles, pastes.
- Massachusetts Historical Society online collections: letters, diaries, newspaper, legal and additional resources, especially for 18th century. Rich hunting grounds for understanding dress, culture -- including social norms -- and events as they happen views.
- Millinery: Theoretical and Practical (1909)
- Modens historie - Tidens tøj. From Nationalmuseet, Denmark. Phew, it's back, although a little less complete than the late lamented old site. Modes et usages au temps de Marie-Antoinette, par le comte de Reiset. Livre-journal de Madame Éloffe, marchande de modes, couturière lingère ordinaire de la reine et des dames de sa cour. Ouvrage illustré de près de 200 gravures, dont 110 grandes planches, 68 coloriées. Fabulous book with both plates, descriptions, commentary. Two volumes, begins 1787. On Hathitrust.
- Napoleon.org, including Napoleonica(R) Research Online Research texts, bibliographies, online exhibitions, and access to Napoleonica: La Revue (scholarly
- Nathan Bailey's Dictionary, English-German and German-English. Part 1 (English-German), Part 2: German-English)
- Neue Englische Stick-Muster zum Stuecken fuer Dames, als auch fuer Spitzen - Cottun -- und andere Fabriken. (1794). Am looking for this book of embroidery designs. Reviewed in Luxus und der Moden, January 1794.
- A new hand-dictionary of the English language for the Germans and of the German language for Englishmen. Volume 2 (though it says Vol 3 in Google)
- The new pocket dictionary of the French and English languages. Thomas Nugent, J.S. Charrier. 1784
- Regency Fashion Page
Cathy Decker's monumental collection of fashion plates and texts from women's magazines
- VADS: The Online Source for Visual Arts. Multiple online collections of textiles, fashion plates, advertising, decorative arts, etc.
- Williamsburg fashion accessories exhibition: 17th-19th centuries. Flickr closeup shots from Trystan.
- Women Working, 1800-1930: Open Collections, Harvard University
There are so many entries for the Encyclopedia, which many costumers today seem to simply name "Diderot", that it seemed best to give it its own section. The encyclopedia came out over a series of years and in multiple editions, and there is no one single source out there that I have found that is both publicly available and contains most everything.
My Favorite Source for Specific Portions of the Encyclopedia
It's in French, but everything is there, in its original form. From a French site titled CNUMS, (Le Conservatoire numérique des Arts & Métiers), a joint project of several French libraries.
Tome XIV. L'art du perruquier ; l'art du tailleur, renfermant le tailleur d'habits d'hommes les culottes de peau, le tailleur de corps de femmes & enfans [sic enfants], la couturière & la marchande de modes [par M. de Garsault] ; l'art de la lingère, l'art du brodeur [par M. de Saint Aubin], l'art du cirier [par M. Duhamel Du Monceau], l'art du criblier [par M. Fougeroux d'Angerville], l'art du coutelier en ouvrages communs [par M. Fougeroux de Bondaroy], l'art du bourrelier & du sellier [par M. de Garsault], & l'art du mouleur en plâtre [par M. Fiquet]. A Neuchâtel : Dans l'imprimerie de la société typographique, 1780.
Descriptions des arts et métiers, faites ou approuvées par Messieurs de l'Académie royale des sciences de Paris
Index. More volumes in the Arts et Metiers.
Index. More volumes in the Arts et Metiers.
Portions of the Encyclopedia, in English
The Encyclopedia of Diderot and d'Alembert
A partial copy, English and French, crowd-sourced and a work in progress. The plates are nice not overlarge and do not contain the accompanying pages of text. University of Michigan. Still, essential.
Encyclopedia Methodique: Manufactures, Arts et Metiers
A massive followup to Diderot and D'Alembert. Managed by Charles-Joseph Panckoucke. Bigger, much more confusing, because the content is arranged by set of disciplines, from math to grammer to fish to games, with an alpha treatment for each set of disciplines. All things clothing are within the multiple volumes of the Manufactures, Arts et Metiers set.
In Google Books:
Gallica: search for "Encyclopedie Methodique manufactures" and you will find am incomplete set as well.
Some of the plates appear to be in a Hungarian archive, while others are in a volume in Gallica, and the full set in a Madrid archive, accessed through Hathitrust. Because the plate designer was the same man as designed the Diderot plates, some of the plates are rather similar in this encyclopedia, but not most of them, and sometimes there are more plates in this encyclopedia, with more details. Sometimes this is due to technology having advanced since Diderot's time.
- the plates from an Hungarian? archive. Click on the book image to open the book viewer. There are four volumes (Liburukia), 2, 4, 5, 6.
- example plates from the Gallica volume (lacks a number, but appears to be volume two of the plates...but there are several editions, apparently, with several volume 2s!)
- plates (Recueil de planches de l'Encyclopedie par ordre de...) from the Madrid collection (Hathitrust catalog record, with links to 8 volumes)
- Volume 6 is the volume with most of the trades we are interested in
Keys to Museum Holdings of Extant Garments
- 18th Century Notebook
Primarily collects links to extant garments from the 18th century for women, men, and children, along with references, patterns, and other useful information.
- Demode: Digital Collections of Extant Costumes
Constantly growing list of museums that feature online collections of extant garments
- 18th Century Fashion Close Up: Details from extant clothing. From Lucinda Brant. On Pinterest.
- 18th century clothing patterns
From Costumer's Manifesto. Many taken from Leloir
- Les Coiffures a la Mode
18th and early 19th century hairstyles, with original names. In French. From La Mesure de l'Excellence Paris
- Duran textiles: Newsletters
Focused mostly on the 18th century. Well researched. From Sweden. Some patterns.
- Glossary of 18th Century Costume Terminology
(heavily annotated with links. Excellent)
- The Fan Book, McIver, Percival. A history of fans and fan-making.
- Fashioning Fashion - Europäische Moden 1700 - 1915. Excellent YouTube video, in German, of how an exhibition is put together, focusing on a few wonderful pieces, including a sack gown and a what appears to be a Regency-era reticule. Available in high-definition.
- Felshin, Sue: Research Pages
(articles and fantastic 18th century costume terminology glossary with links)
Edwardian-era manual. Part of extensive online collection of sewing materials
- Lace in American Revolutionary War Reenacting
Excellent, detailed treatment by Sue Felshin on The Hive site. Some information for prior to and after the Revolution
- Natural Dyes from Plants and How to Make Them
- Needle 'n Thread site (Embroidery)
For embroidery, including goldwork and silk thread work. High quality tutorials
- Purtyfulness, and a Brief History of the Parasol. Short, but good images
- The Republic of Pemberley (Jane Austen)
All research Austen
- Victorian Trade Cards Dtigital Collection (Iowa Digital Library)
Peculiarly Good Articles/Resources on Specific Topics, by Era18th Century Dress
- Useful Yet Elegant: Black Silk Aprons, c. 1770. Understanding how black aprons are useful when working with fiber and textiles. From Two Nerdy History Girls.
- Buttonholes, 18th century style: resources and how-tos, from At the Sign of the Golden Scissors
- Calash: constructing a late 18th century one: Serena Dyer's blog
- Examples of Chenille-based embroidery: see my Pinterest page, 18th Century Embroidered Garments
- Chintz and other glazed fabrics: discussion and methods of producing. From Quilt History list.
- A Chintz Quarter-Back Gown, 1780-1785. Excellent tutorial on construction techniques, including stitches. From A Fashionable Frolick.
- Classic Georgian Hairstyle, from Locks of Elegance
- Cockade Tutorial, in Two Parts. Very well illustrated, showing lots of variations. From Idle Hands
- Collar: Attaching a Collar, Using an Extant Riding Habit Made by a Mantua Maker. From Rockin' the Rococo
- A robe a l'anglaise--or en fourreau gown--a tutorial (several parts). By Katherine Caron-Grieg (Koshka the cat). Very sensible.
- Making an En Fourreau Gown /Night Gown/Mantua. Tutorial By Rockin' the Rococo
- Dressing how to. From chemise out, in a 1770s gown ensemble. Very detailed, by a Williamsburg-trained mantua maker
- Eighteenth Century Dress Tutorials by Rockin' the Rococo. Detailed design and construction, heavily illustrated, for a series of 1750-70 garments, such as a riding habit, sack dress, stays, and a pet en l'air. Part of a masters thesis and exhibition by brocadegoddess. Completed 2010.
- English (en fourreau) gown:
- En Fourreau Back: the Lazy Dressmaker's Version: clever way to pleat an en fourreau back via pleating on a flat surface, rather than draping. Ignore the secondary lining. From the Merry Dressmaker blog
- Konkurs na ubior rokoko (Rococo Fashion in Poland). From the Wilanow Palace Museum. Heavily illustrated site includes many, many details about Rococo fashion in Poland, and includes two highly detailed tutorials for a caraco and robe anglaise. Translates decently to English via Google. Tutorials were contributed by the professional costumer and PhD candidate Atelier Polonaise.
- Fabric information:
- damasks, from At the Sign of the Golden Scissors
- linens and cottons: Textile Thoughts, from At the Sign of the Golden Scissors
- painted silks, from At the Sign of the Golden Scissors
- striped fabric, from At the Sign of the Golden Scissors
- Fly fringe (souci d' hanneton, floss fringe, knotted fringe):
- Floss fringe trim posts from At the Sign of Golden Scissors
- Floss fringe posts from Two Nerdy History Girls
- "Soucis d'hanneton, or Soucil de hanneton, or floss-fringe, or fly-fringe". Article in Silk Damask blog
- Colonial Williamsburg Sewing Class: Fly Fringe. The tools and the results, and sample patterns. However, not how to make the fringe itself. From Teacups in the Garden
- Trim Foundations: How fly fringe is used...placed on other trim, not used alone. From At the Sign of the Golden Scissors.
- Image of fly fringe made on a loom.
- Fly fringe and trim as made by Gina-B Silkworks
- Gimp: Making Silk-Wrapped Gimp (prior to weaving and plaiting it)
- Silk gimp for purchase, from Thistle Threads.
- Goldwork examples, 18th and early 19th century: See my special page on this subject!
- Hairstyle: 1790s Hair and Turban Tutorial. Video from Festive Attyre.
- 1770-1780 hairstyle tutorial, from Isis
- Hairstyle Tutorial: 1770s-1780s upswept front, hair rolls, and hanging back hair. From Isis' Wardrobe
- Classic Georgian Hairstyle. Actually just 1770s. From Locks of Elegance.
- Hat, covered: a tutorial (blog post title: "An 18th Century Covered Hat"). From A Fashionable Frolick.
- Original hat, 1760-1770, covered straw with lace and ribbon trim. Detailed photos show construction. Temps d'Elegance.
- Jacket information:
- Jacket: handsome everyday jacket in block print with lacing rings. Has two peplums! Interior piece of self-fabric used to pin(?) petticoat to. From humble origin. From Colonial Williamsburg. See interior view.
- Hallie Larkin's jacket research, on The Sign of the Golden Scissors
- Recommended (by Hallie Larkin) typical 1770s jacket cut: Period Impressions pattern: PL 421; based on Janet Arnold jacket. See reviews on Great Pattern Review
- Knotting: Description and videos. By Cythia Griffith, costumer. You'll have to scroll down her embroidery category of posts to find the knotting posts.
- Knotted trims, as made by Gina-B Silkworks
- Late 18th Century Skirt Supports: Bums, Rumps, & Culs. History and experiments, by Kendra Van Cleave. Originally in Your Wardrobe Unlock'd
- Madame Pompadour rose-trimmed green dress. Entirely amazing, and good information on how the trims were made. From Clothes Closet of a 21st Century Empress.
- Mitts. Illustrated guide to making a pair of silk mitts, leather lined, with period stitches including fagoting and fherringbone stitch. From the Aristocat.
- Blue and Purple Mitts. Diary, well documented. From Mouse Borg Designs.
- Tutorials: muff insert, and muff slipcover. From The Fashionable Past.
- 1785-1810 muff example: fabulous, with chenille on gauze, sequins, painted medallion showing Hope with her anchor; from Colonial Williamsburg Historic Threads exhibit. Browse for the muff. For muff directions, check Diary of a Mantua Maker and Fashionable Frolick
- An Easy, Authentic Eighteenth Century Petticoat (From Catherine Caron-Grieg)
- Perfectly Pleated Petticoat (with skirt supports). From Diary of a Mantua Maker.
- The Standard 18th-Century Petticoat. The basic petticoat, sans skirt supports. Good tutorial from A Fashionable Frolick
- Quilted petticoats: Heileen's pictures
- Pockets: Pockets of History collection at VADS
- Punched Trim: how to do it with modern tools, from the Dreamstress in her post, Queen Charlotte petticoat progress (and punched lace!)
- Ribbon embroidery
- Ribbon embroidery tutorials: helpful for 18th and 19th century ribbon embroidery. Turkish blog.
- More ribbon embroidery tutorials: from Carol Daisy's Silk Ribbon Embroidery blog
- 19 Ways to Make Ribbon Flowers: a few of the methods will produce 18th century style flowers. From TipNut blog
- Hand-dying Silk Ribbon with RIT dye: from Crazy Quilting and Embroidery blog
- Hand-Paint Your Own Silk Ribbon (with Setacolor paints): from Dharma Trading
- Setacolor transparent dyes: good for silk ribbon dying
- Woven silk ribbon: Dharma Trading
- Hand-Dyed Fibers Silk Ribbon: matches their silk chenille, reasonable cost, 8-yard spools
- Example of single-color warp-patterned silk ribbon, 1760-1770. See especially image no. 5. Temps d'Elegance.
- how to finish the sites: evidence from extants in Britain. See "Thoughts on late 18th century pet-en-l’aire trimmings" and look under the comments section.
- Rococo Ruched Trim, plus a pretty ruched "carnation" flower, from the Pragmatic Costumer.
- Sack dress (robe a la Francaise) information and tutorials:
- Sack Dress Tutorial (The Chocolate Francaise). From Katherine Caron-Greig (aka Koshka-the-cat). Especially good draping information.
- Making the Rose Francaise. From A Fractured Fairytale. Particularly good re fitted lining.
- Mourning Francaise. From Demode. Good diagrams.
- How to Make a Contouche. From Marquise.de. Particularly good for the back pleating diagram
- Sewing and seam techniques
Point a rabattre sous la main: Abby's tutorial. Yes, it can serve for seams as well as for hem finishes.
- La Point a Rabattre Sous la Main (18th century edge or hemming stitch). This key 18th century stitch looks like a topstitch outside and a hemming stitch underneath, and finishes sleeves and other edges rapidly. Learn about it in baumgartner's Costume Close-Up. A Vimeo video by Koshka the cat, who calls it an edging stitch.
- Whipped Gathers: How to Do Them.Video on this eighteenth century technique that gathers and hems a frill at the same time. All you need to do then is to whip the frill to the main garment. A Vimeo video from Katherine (aka Koshka-the-cat). Note: I prefer to prepare my hem by rolling it, as seen on original garments in books like 18th Century Embroidery Techniques, for it results in a narrower hem. The rolling process is described in words in Slightly Obsessed's Rollin', Rollin', Rollin blog post.
- Sewing and Seam Techniques: Seen on 18th Century Garments in Various Museum Collections (PDF) - from NWTA
- Hallie Larkin's series about shifts (April 2012), from At the Sign of the Golden Scissors. You will have to search for the entries, because they aren't tagged.
- The Cognitive Shift, or, 18th Century Shifts, What I Know and How I Learned It. From Sharon Ann Burnston. Absolutely essential. Includes patterns!
- Chopine, Zoccolo, and Other Raise and High Heel Construction. Tip-top, and covers 18th century as well. Includes recipes for shoemaker's wax, etc.
- My Louis Heels. Merja's experiences with shoemaking. Lots of tips.
- Shoemaking process in images. From Eliza West. Publicly shared FB posting.
- Shoes and shoe-making: posts from Diary of a Mantua Maker. Very helpful. She also offers a booklet for sale illustrating the process.
- Sole stitching options; diagram. Source unsure; Medieval through early 19th century?
- Short cloak: From The Hive Online.
- Sleeve, Setting an Eighteenth Century, tutorial from Katherine Caron-Greig. Sleeve set pretty much the way I do it, but with much better pictures.
- Sleeve Ruffles
- Make Your Own Ruffles! From At the Sign of the Golden Scissors
- Materials and documented construction method, from Crazy Concord Chicks blog
- Burano lace sleeve ruffles, c 1780, from antique-textiles.net
- Cream muslin double sleeve ruffles with whitework, c 1770, from antique-textiles.net
- Double white sleeve ruffles, plain, c 1760, from antique-textiles.net
- Stays pattern and directions, 1780s. From the Aristocat.
- Cloak, hand-netted, c 1790-1795, from antique-textiles.net
- Combs and diadems:
- Bronze and pearl diadem in detail, from antique-textiles.net
- Covered Dorset Buttons
Not a tutorial, but a sort-of how-to. Read the 1809 Muslin Gown post, and read its comments. Look at the picture of the back up close. You can figure it out from there.
- Embroidery: Simple and Quick Embroidery Design Transfer Method (that works like carbon paper). From Mary Corbet's Needle 'n Thread
- Fan: dark blue with gold paint and spangles. Simple and elegant. From Colonial Williamsburg.
- Goldwork embroidered ballgown, c. 1820, with silver-gilt. (Scroll down blog page to locate.)
- Regency Hairstyle with how-to. With braid, high bun, and small face curls. From Taylor at Dames a la Mode.
- How to Get Fabulous Historical Hairstyles Using [Drinking] Straws. From the Pragmatic Costumer
- Hats: Regency Stovepipe Hat tutorial. Good tutorial from C.W. Griffith.
- Limerick Lace video, both needle-run and tambour
Well done video. Note how the tambour hook is not twisted, the hand underneath is, in this version.
- Limerick Lace, both tambour and needle-run, tutorial
Decent tutorial from vintage resource, unnamed. Clear enough instructions to follow. Note: histories of Limerick lace say that it came from England and earlier Coggeshall and other net laces, so I can use the general concept with confidence, making sure that I employ actual patterns of the years from which my design hails.
- Regency Inside-Out [A reproduceable plain 1805-12 dress]
The construction of a dress made mostly from geometric pieces, with sewing details. From Diary of a Mantua-Maker.
- shaped cream reticule with chenille embroidery, c 1790-1800, from antique-textiles.net
Using a mix of resources, it should be possible to make either turn-shoe style Regency slippers (an approximation, or using the Gracefull Lady's site, go one step further to real slippers.
- Making Mid 19th Century Shoes (from the Gracefull Lady)
- Last making - Boot and Shoes: Their Making, Manufacturing, and Selling. 2007 reprint. In sectipon II, Full treatment of lastmaking, illustrated. From HCC Guild.
- Footwear of the Middle Ages. Covers earlier periods but there is a lot that carries over into the 18th century. From I. Marc Carlson.
Posts related to shoes from Diary of a Mantua Maker
- 1790s Fashion: A Transition from The Enlightenment to Regency, a fashion history overview in two parts
- 1795 Bodice Designs: Wrap-Front and V Necklines
- Extant garments online: dealers, auction houses, more
- Fashion plate research from Journal des Luxus und der Moden
Translations of fashion plate texts and other articles. Often key to understanding the fabrics and construction used, when the plates themselves are confusing. Additional articles about hair powder use, fabrics, and more.
- Jens Juel, the painter: Warm Portraits, Useful Gauzy 18th Century Costume Details
Understanding how gauzy stuff is put together.
- Scaled patterns of American Regency-era dresses
Available online from the NWTA site
- Wearing two petticoats, one under breast and one at waist: evidence from Luxus und der Moden
- Bows: constructing a rounded bow from three pieces of fabric (from the Fashionable Past)
- Dress construction and fitting
- Sleeve Fitting For Movement. Excellent article from Jennifer Rosbrugh
- 1870s hair tutorial, from Michaela deBruce
- Self-instructor in the art of hair work, dressing hair, making curls, switches, braids, and hair jewelry of every description (1867)
- Making a Hair Switch, from Sewing to Distraction. Really straightforward.
- Self-instructor in the Art of Hair Work: Dressing Hair, Making Curls, Switches, Braids.... By Mark Campbell. 1867. Google Books.
- The Makings of a Natural Form Era Hairstyle: hairpiece how-tos. From Lynn McMasters
- Victorian Evening Hairstyles: tutorial for making chignons and bangs, plus complete Natural Form era hairstyles. Lynn McMasters, on Your Wardrobe Unlock'd
- Easiest overskirt pattern: two rectangles drawn into front and back aprons by pulling up tapes inserted in side seam casings. See Wearing History, "The Plaid 1869 Dress".
- The art and mystery of the gentle craft, an essay on boot and shoe making (1834) Patterns and how to
- Designing, cutting and grading boot and shoe patterns, and complete manual for the stitching room, by an expert of thirty years (1899) Patterns
- Making Mid-19th Century Shoes. From Anna Allen. A bit outdated in spots, but still useful: she follows Every Lady Her Own Shoemaker.
- The boot and shoe-maker's assistant (1853) History and patterns
- Trims and decorative sewing
- Bows, Rosettes, and Cockades. Nice illustrated how-to. From Gina-B Silkworks. Originally published in Your Wardrobe Unlock'd.
- Honeycomb smocking. From Katafalk
- How to Calculate Yardage for Ruffles (for 19th century usage). From Jennifer Rosbrugh of Historical Sewing
- Techniques for Easier Pleating in 19th Century Costuming. From Jennifer Rosbrugh of Historical Sewing
- Fabric roses tutorial, by The Laced Angel. Nice and clear.
Patterns and Advice
- Elizabeth Stewart Clark and Company
- La Volta Press Books
Massive pattern books from the late Regency, Reconstruction, First and Second Bustle, 1890s, and Edwardian eras. I have most all of her books and dote on them.
- Saundra Ros Altman's Past Patterns
The Cadillac of historical patterns. Superbly researched; understandable instructions
- Reconstructing History (good articles)
- Sense and Sensibility Patterns
Very good basic patterns, easily adaptable; I keep returning to them
- Sharon Ann Burnston" "At Home" in the 18th Century
- Treadle On (antique sewing machine listserv)
- Truly Victorian Patterns
Superb source for bustle-era patterns; well researched, well patterned. Super directions.
Sewing and Dress Materials and Notions
- Access Commodities (real silk gimp, metal threads, etc.); wholesale site, but with retailers list
- Antique Lace Place
- Aurora Silk (very fine silk sewing thread, 8,300 yard skein)
- Bumbershoot Designs and Supplies
- Burnley and Trowbridge
- Denver Fabrics
- Dharma Trading (plain silk, linen, cotton)
- Fabrics-Store.com (linen; useful for most purposes but not superfine garments)
- Hand-Dyed Fibers.com (good gold chenille thread, silk)
- Hedgehog Handworks (costuming supplies)
- In Timely Fashion
- Judith M Hats and Millinary Supplies, including petersham!
- Legacy in Lace
- Maggie May's Historic Clothing (and fabric): all fabric is reproduction and all $9 a yard
- N.J. Sekela: especially good for bullion fringe!
- Originals by Kay (fabric, corsets, etc.) (some fabrics will be useful for 18th century and Regency)
- Payless Fabric: polished cotton!
- Pieces of History Antique Linens and Lace
- Pipers Silks: silk gimp (so-called: it's twisted, not wrapped)
- Polly Singer Couture Hats and Veils
- Reproduction Fabrics
- The Dressmaker's Shop (high-quality fabric, clothing, classes)
- Thread Gatherer (hand-dyed chenille, although the gold is too varying)
- Thistle Threads: Historically Inspired Needleart: (real gold spangles at reasonable price)
- Touch of Europe (lace, cutters)
- The Silly Sisters (18th century)
- Treenway Silks (fine silk thread, floss, chenille)
History of silk culture, making of silk and silk varieties
- Wm. Booth, Draper
- Wooded Hamlet Designs: corset/stays lacing tape, linen tape
- YLI threads: YLI Heirloom Cotton thread 100/2 200 yards, white: for "extremely fine, sheer fabrics" (per Hallie Larkin)
YLI Heirloom Cotton Thread 100/2 200yd White
Textiles and Block Printing
- Block Printing [in India, modern]. From Sasha World. Look under Learn section to find article.
- Experimental researches concerning the philosophy of permanent colours; and the best means of producing them, by dyeing, calico printing, &c. Bancroft, Edward. 1814. On archive.org.
- Hand-blockprinted Textiles: Phyllis Barron and Dorothy Larcher. Archive of texts and textiles. Crafts Study Centre, VADS.
- How to Block Print with a Wood Block Stamp.
- 18th Century Printed Cotton Fabrics. From Demode
- Food History Jottings: Comments, recipes, and debunkings from a slightly opinionated but still interesting British chef
- Historic Foodie, The: Victoria Rumble's very fine blog
- History is Served: Stories and recipes from Colonial Williamsburg
- 18th Century Tea Time: The tea, hot chocolate & coffee things of the English and French Aristocracies. From Lucinda Brant. On Pinterest.
- 18th Century Culinary and Table: Food, glorious food, recipes, kitchen utensils, dinnerware, serving ware, crockery and cutlery (flatware) and silverware of 1700s England and France. From Lucinda Brant. On Pinterest.