Historical References

As I am working on my first real historical outfit, I am going to make a list of all the pages I have visited that have helped me along the way.  Hopefully this will help with anyone else’s historical costumes as well.

These will be sorted at some point, but as I am currently researching the bustle era, they will just be links with descriptions of how they’ve helped me for now.

Truly Victorian: This site has beautiful patterns (none of which, I admit, I have yet used) that come highly recommended, and they even have a page of short blurbs of a brief history of the Victorian eras with wonderful fashion plates

Festive Attyre: This is an interesting blog full of beautiful costumes from all eras.  What I really like, however, is the times that she outlines how she does things.  This is helpful and inspirational.

Dreamstress’s Historical Sew Fortnightly: This is a woman’s historical challenges.  I intend to join, once I have down all my supportive undergarments, and I encourage others to join me!

Before The Automobile: Another blog, her detail shots of the clothing she wears is exceptional.  Whenever I feel stuck in a rut, or bored, I go look at the beautiful work she shows

Your Wardrobe Unlock’d and Foundations Revealed: These are a web article resource by the same company, so I am putting them together.  They have great articles Foundations on the… well, foundations and Wardrobe about the outside and other such things.  Totally worth the money to get access to the extras, but some good free resources as well.

Historical Sewing: This is a great blog/resource for sewing.  Lots of historical detail and sewing tips for different eras.  Even helpful hints on gathering materials and calculating yardage.  Wonderful place to go.


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