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  Costuming Sources :: Books, Video, and Patterns
1895 Evening Skirt Pattern
Abe Books
New and Used and out of print books
Acme Notions
Vintage clothing, embroidery, and needlework patterns for men, women and children. Also vintage buttons, notions, and tools.
Ageless Patterns
Victorian patterns from 1867 to the early 1900's
Historic patterns for men and women. Peasant, middle-class and noble.
Amazon Books
Costume books on
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Amazon Drygoods
Extensive catalog of historical books and patterns. Most things are not in their web based catalog, click on the "Catalog" link to see their pdf catalogs.
Armor Patterns
Free patterns for making your own armor. Helms, arming caps, Gorgets, Torso Protection, Arms, Gauntlets, Legs, Harnesses, Buckler, and Hilts. Metal working skills required.
Birch Street Clothing
Ethnic and Folkwear patterns and books. Swedish tracing paper for pattern making, snaps including decorative die cast & edge snaps, grommets.
Blue Gardenia
Vintage out of print patterns from the 1920's-1960's.
Victorian patterns.
Burnley & Trowbridge Co.
Patterns and Research books as well as Shoes, Fabrics, Trims, buckles, and accessories for the 17th, 18th and early 19th Centuries.
Caliver Books
Historical reenactment books and patterns. Ancient, Viking, Saxon, 18th century, Napoleonic, 19th century. Has Petty Chapman patterns.
Vintage patterns, vintage textiles, needlecraft patterns, costume patterns
Corset Training Corset Patterns
Downloadable, printable corset patterns, some historic some modern. The one at the bottom of the page is free.
Costume Gallery
Research library and online courses.
Criswell Embroidery & Design
Machine embroidery design patterns. Downloadable and available on CD.
Custom Corset Pattern Generator
Input your measurements into this webform, and it will give you a custom pattern.
Custom Pattern Maker
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Decades of Style Pattern Company
Reproduction vintage patterns from 1920's through 1950's. Their reproduction patterns are an improvement on the originals by providing modernization with familiar reference symbols and construction text printed directly on the pattern pieces, finished garment dimensions printed on the pattern envelope for bust, waist and hip, and
many sizes available for each style. Plus you don't have to pay a fortune for an actual vintage pattern that you'll have to alter to fit you!
Dress Shop 8.0
Custom pattern software. Requires Windoze.
Elizabethan Smock Pattern Generator
Faerie Fingers
Anime costume patterns.
Fashion Cad
An integrated suite of software including pattern design, grading, detailing, marker layout and CAD drafting.
Fig Leaf Patterns
Nineteenth Century patterns taken from original garments in museums and private collections. As much of the original size and detailing is maintained while the pattern is graded to current industry standards. Also has cage hoop kits.
Folkwear Patterns
Ethnic and historic patterns.
Free Corset Patterns
Detailed patterns for six different corsets/stays, including an 1880’s curvy corset.
Free Patterns
Period Clothing patterns and cutting diagrams.
Free Patterns: Reproduction of antique Corsets
5 Vintage corset patterns reproduced and Also includes a tutorial on how to Scan, Scale up & digitise patterns from books.
Free Printable Circle Pattern
For circle skirts and petticoats. Also see the Milieux "Instructions" category for lots of other free patterns.
Galla Rock
Civil War era patterns. A few clothing, and fabric items.
Garden Fariries Trading Company
Smocking, Heirloom Sewing & Art To Wear Clothing Patterns.
Grandma's House
Vintage out of print sewing patterns, embroidery transfers, books, needlecrafts instructions.
Green Pepper Patterns
Has a one piece racing suit pattern and jump suit pattern that would be great for flight/space crew costumes. Also belt pack and bag patterns that would work for steampunk.
Hard-to-Find Needlework Books
Hat Patterns by Lynn McMasters
Original period patterns. Fantastic selection, some would be great for Steampunk.
Historical Management/Stuart Press
Books specializing in the period 1000-1660 (Medieval to early Stuart).
International Flat Pattern Repository and Exchange
J.P. Ryan
Historically accurate 18th c. patterns for ladies and gentlemen, including ladies undergarments. Available in a wide range of sizes from very small to extra, extra large.
James Country Mercantile
Patterns from Homespun, Millers Millinery, Folkware, Buckaroo Bobbins, Past Patterns and Patterns of History to name a few.
Judith M.
Hat making patterns, books and supplies.
Kannik's Korner
Historical costume patterns and books
Lanetz Living
Vintage and Collectible Patterns
Lavolta Press
Books on historic costuming and vintage clothing
Historic Patterns, womens. Each pattern is carefully researched and tested so that any garment made from one of their patterns will be historically accurate, but with allowance made for the changes in women's physical build between the time the garment was originally worn and modern times.
McCall's Patterns Online
Miss Helene's
Vintage sewing patterns from the 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, as well as a selection of newer, discontinued patterns
Moms Patterns
Offers 1000s of Vintage sewing patterns from the 40's onward. Also costume patterns, special interest, and craft patterns
Monster Patterns
Independent sewing pattern company lines.
Nightmare Factory Mask & Makeup
Instructional effects videos
Nineteenth Century Fashion in Detail
Photographed fashions from the V&A. One side of the page shows a line drawing and description of the garment, the other side shows a photograph of the garment. The book covers men's & women's clothing including shoes.
Past Patterns
Accurate Federal, Jacksonian, Civil War, Gilded Age, Edwardian and WWI up to WWII Clothing Patterns for Men, Women and Children
Pattern Rescue
Restore your damaged or incomplete vintage sewing patterns with their inventory of incomplete sewing patterns for the pieces you need. Recycle unwanted patterns, trade patterns, and post a request so they can help you find an elusive pattern.
Patternmaker Software
Full-featured CAD program with all the tools you need to draft anything from scratch.

The Vintage Pattern Lending Library will soon be providing its patterns in the PatternMaker downloadable format!
Established in 1998, the Vintage Pattern Lending Library seeks to return rare, antique and vintage fashion related publications to the public domain.
Patterns of History
19th century patterns
Patterns of History
Vintage patterns
Patterns of Time
Patterns from Medieval-1950's,
Software for making paper 3D models. Valuable for making props and armor, as you can use the models for making things out of craft foam and plastics as well. There are tons of Pepakura 3D files out there that you can find with a Google search.
Ralph Pink Paterns
Downloadable patterns for women's clothing. His own clothing pattern line for sale including an interesting corset battle armor set.
Also some free reproduction vintage patterns available with tutorial videos on how to resize and scale them to fit you.
Reconstructing History
Embroidery, Medieval, Renaissance, Eastern, 17th, 18th century, Regency, Victorian patterns.
Retro/fit Pattern Company
Bridal and evening sewing patterns inspired by styles of the past. Featuring patterns from the '20s, '30s and '40s.
Richard The Thread
Gothic, Renaissance, Elizabethan, Restoration, Civil War, Bustle, Victorian, Gay 90's, and Edwardian patterns.
Rocking Horse Farm
Vintage and Historical clothing patterns.
Scandinavian Origins
18th Century Scandinavian patterns
Sense & Sensibility Patterns
Original and vintage patterns, Georgian, Regency, Romantic, Edwardian & Swing Eras. Also tips and vintage images and forum.
Seventeenth-Century Women's Dress Patterns: Book 2
Book Two in the V&A’s groundbreaking new series presents 17 patterns for garments and accessories from a 17th-century woman’s wardrobe. It includes patterns for a loose gown, a jacket, a pair of stays and a boned bodice, ivory and wooden busks, shoes, a hat, a stomacher, linen bands and supporters, a bag, and a knife case. It also features a description of the stay-making process. Full step-by-step drawings of the construction sequence are given for each garment to enable the reader to accurately reconstruct them. There are scale patterns and diagrams for making linen and metal thread laces and embroidery designs. Multiple photographs of the objects, close-up construction details and X-ray photography reveal the hidden elements of the clothes, the precise number of layers and the stitches used inside.

*Publishing delayed; was to be published May 2012; link is for pre-order and will be for orders as soon as it is published.
Vintage patterns from the 1920's through the 1980's. Retro reproduction patterns and vintage home and craft patterns
Sewing Central
Historic and Fantasy costume patterns.
Simplicity Costume Patterns.
Smoke and Fire Pattern Shop
Specializes in 18th century patterns. Also some medieval. Nice patterns I haven't seen elsewhere.
Special Effects Books
Spencer's Mercantile
18th century and Regency Patterns. Also carries misc accessories for reenactors.
Stefan's Florilegium
Collection of costume research files collected from various newsgroups.
Tailor's Guide
Historically correct clothing patterns. Colonial, Fur Trade, Civil War, Western Frontier.
Talbots Fine Accessories
Historical footwear, armor and metalworking techniques, instruction and pattern books and videos.
The Art of Dressmaking
by Sophie Klug, 1895 - 107 pages. Free Google eBook.
The Chivalry Bookshelf
Arms and Armor, Medieval History, Western Martial arts books.
The Elements of Modern Dressmaking for the Amateur and Professional Dressmaker
Cassell & Company, 1896 - 194 pages. Free Google eBook.
The Old Bookshop
Specializes in secondhand, out of print and new books on Costume, Fashion, Accessories, Jewelry, Beading, Embroidery, Textiles, Knitting and Lace.
The Sewing Academy
Their own patterns and instructions for historical clothing for infants & kids. Also, The Dressmakers Guide book which encompasses the entire mid-century 1840-1865
The Tudor Tailor
Books and Patterns for recreating 16th century dress. Also period appropriate fabric, threads, lace, buttons, laces, points, aiglets, and brass wire hooks & eyes.
Timeless Stitches Patterns
Truly Victorian
Costume patterns from the 1840's to the 1890's. Specializing in the Bustle Era
Truly Victorian Patterns
Sewing Central's selection of Truly Victorian clothing patterns
Urban Threads
For those that embroider, you will find fabulous hand and machine embroidery patterns here- some of the best I've seen.
Vintage Fashion Library
Vintage clothing patterns from the 1850's thru the 1980's
Vintage Martini
Vintage patterns, Victorian through 1950s for men, women, and children. Also accessory patterns.
Vintage Martini
Vintage patterns, Victorian through 1950s for men, women, and children. Also accessory patterns.
Vintage Pattern Lending Library
The Vintage Pattern Lending Library preserves, archives, and replicates historic fashion patterns from 1840 through 1950, vintage sewing publications, and fashion prints of the past.
Vintage Stitching
Vintage, discontinued and retro sewing patterns
Wild Ginger Software Inc
Custom apparel pattern drafting software
Williams Clothiers- Custom Drafted Patterns
Custom drafted 19th century clothing patterns made to your measurement! Each pattern will be drafted to the measurements you provide, and include all necessary pieces, as well as fitting instructions. Drafted on heavy duty oak tag for durability. Extremely reasonably priced too: Trouser pattern:$45, Waistcoat:$45, Frock or Coat pattern: $65.

Also offers online workshops for Drafting 19th century trousers, how to make a Civilian and Military Frock Coats, and how to make a summer frock. Fantastic resource for men's tailored 1800's clothing.
Moccasin Patterns.

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