Historic Costume Patterns Links
- E-mail list for the users of Margo's patterns. Margo checks
the list several times a day. If, by chance, she isn't available
to answer your question some of the 1100+ members can probably
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- One Tough Costumer
- Margo's costume blog, with costume news, events, and projects,
sewing hints and tips.
Patterns Facebook Group
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- One Tough Costumer:
- Margo's personal website. This website is offline while Margo
does a long needed rewrite and creates illustrations.
When we started this website nine years ago, it was possible
to list all the relevant email lists. Today, there are thousands, so
we'll just point you to our favorite:
- This list concentrates on re-creating period costume, from the
Bronze age to the mid-20th Century. Its emphasis is on accurate
historical reproduction of clothing, historical techniques for
garment construction, as well as the application of those techniques
in modern clothing design. Other topics appropriate for discussion
include adapting historical clothing for the modern figure, clothing
evolution, theatrical costumes, patterns, materials, books, and
sources for supplies.
- Elizabethan Costume
- We could give you an extensive set of links to Elizabethan costume,
but Drea's already done it. Includes references, lists of suppliers,
links to many other Elizabethan costume sites, and a terrific
- A Gentlewoman's Accounts
- A collection of 16th century images; from details of Henrician
clothing to ladies wearing French hoods sorted by decades. Along
with her dress diaries, free stuff, and more. By Kimiko Small,
researcher of our Tudor patterns.
- The Sewing Divas
- Not a costuming blog, but lots of great information about fine
- Not just patterns, this site also has thousands of reviews for
sewing machines, books, gadgets, fabric stores, classes, sewing
expos, and more.
- The Compendium of Common
- Why go to all the effort of making an Elizabethan costume, only
to sit around in it talking about computers? Maggie Secara's site
will give you a basic grounding in the lives, manners, and conversation
of an Elizabethan person. Some costume detail. Also available
as a paperback
- American Sewing Guild
- Membership organization that welcomes sewing enthusiasts of
all skill levels and from many different walks of life. Chapters
are located in cities all across the country and members meet
monthly to learn new sewing skills, network with others who share
an interest in sewing and participate in community service sewing
- CostumeCon is an annual conference about costumes. The convention
has its roots in science fiction and fantasy conventions and historic
re-enactment type events, but all forms of costuming are welcome,
including anime, fursuit, etc. Costume-Con is a "travelling"
national-level convention, and is in a different city and run
by a different committee each year.
Reenactment and Recreation
- Society for Creative Anachronism
- The SCA is an international organization dedicated to researching
and re-creating the arts and skills of pre-17th-century Europe.
Our "Known World" consists of 19 kingdoms, with over
30,000 members residing in countries around the world. Members,
dressed in clothing of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, attend
events which feature tournaments, royal courts, feasts, dancing,
various classes & workshops, and more.
- Renaissance Faires
With over 100 Renaissance Faires in operation in the US, we can't
list them all. here are some sources:
Costume And Sewing Supplies
- Historical, ethnic dance and specialty patterns, a vast collection
of hard to find costume books, supplies and underpinnings.
- Grannd Companies
- Patterns, sewing notions, costume supplies
- Manhattan Wardrobe
- Fascinating site serving professional wardrobe for film, theater,
photo shoots. Workroom supplies, storage, garment cleaning supplies.
- Richard the Thread
- Historical and theatrical costume supplies. The "King Henry"
hooks are recommended for doublets and bodices.
- Stan's Sewing Supplies
- Open topped tailor's thimbles
- Sew True
- All sorts of sewing supplies, including Silamide thread
- Beautiful fabrics, books, patterns, and trims. Great service.
- Huge assortment of fabrics at good prices. swatching available.
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- Thai Silks
- Incredible selection of silks. Sample packs available.
- A wide variety of fabrics, mostly white, some black, at fabulous
prices. Also everything you need for every kind of fabric dying.
Lace and Trim
- Everything for lace making, new and antique lace and textles,
, sewing and costume books, and patterns.
- Stunning array of the most beautiful trims on the web. Also
bullion embroidery thread.
- Wholesale only, but well worth it if you have a resale number.
Astonishingly low prices on a huge selection of lace, trim, jaquard
ribbons, and much more. They only sell in bulk, but at these prices,
you could buy in bulk, use only what you need, give the rest away,
and still have paid less than you would at a chain fabric store!
- Dye: See Dharma Trading in the "Fabrics"
- Rhinestone Guy
- Incredible selection of all kinds of rhinestones and crystals,
from high qality to economical. Unusual shapes, settings. Also
carries flat backed pearls. Very friendly service.
- Fire Mountain Gems
- Wonderful selection of beads and jewelry supplies. Look for
their inexpensive freshwater "potato" pearls, which
are perfect for period jewelry or clothing embellishment.
- Sock Dreams
- Socks and tights in wool, cotton, and silk, including stripes
and plus sizes
Finding time to sew:
- David Allen
- The Home of "Getting Things Done" (GTD), the system
that makes it possible for Margo to, well, get things done.
- 43 Folders
- A user friendly approach to Getting Things Done