I’ve decided to move all my resource links off my sidebars, and onto this one page. To get to this page in the future, just click the “RESOURCES” label to the left. Here you will find everything I’ve found useful – links to wig websites, online costume collections, how-to sites, fabric stores, must-have books, and favourite movies. I will add to this list again and again as I find new sites online that I find useful for us wacky 18th c. costumers! Links in bold are those I have particularly useful. Have at it!…
Fabric & Trim
- American Duchess 18th c. Collection on Spoonflower – this is my collection of historical fabrics.
- Reproduction Fabrics – historical prints from the 18th through the 20th centuries. Cottons.
- Renaissance Fabrics – silks, brocades, cottons, linens, more! great resources for historical fabrics.
- Dharma Trading Company – an excellent source of voiles and lightweight fabrics
- Farmhouse Fabrics – a great source of heirloom fabrics like voiles, batistes, dotted swiss, etc.
- Glacierwear Fine Furs – pelts of everything – rabbits, foxes, martens, you name it.
- Lamplight Feather – great resource for ostrich and other kinds of feather for hats, hair, various projects.
- Fashion Fabrics Club – huge selection of every kind of fabric known to man. Excellent prices.
- Fabric.com – another huge selection of, well, everything, at very good prices.
- B.R. Exports – big selection of silks, BIG
- MJ Trim – huge selection of various kinds of trimmings, from lace to silk ribbon. Other notions too.
- Mood Fabrics – yep, the very same from “Project Runway.” Huge selection, but $$
- Delectable Mountain Cloth – silk, wool, velvets, linens.
- The Original Chamois Company – chamois leather for breeches, stays binding, various uses.
- Time Travel Textiles – fabrics by era.
- FabricGuru.com – another superstore full of many fine things.
- MacCulloch & Wallace – haberdasher – fabrics, trims, notions
Wigs & Hats
- Wigs.com – large selection of wigs, pretty reasonable prices.
- Wilshire Wigs – a bit higher end in headwear.
- VogueWigs – my go-to source for costume wigs. Great selection; great pricing.
- Hats in the Belfry – huge selection of myriad variety of hats. Mid-range pricing.
- TopHats.com – my go-to source for costume hats; top hats, tricorns, ladies straw bonnets, very affordable.
- CR’s Crafts – this in an online shop for doll’s clothes, but they have a selection of tiny top hats!
- Mallatt Pharmacy & Costume – theater makeup, wigs, hats
- Maskenzauber – huge and fantastical carnevale wigs
- Antoinette’s Atelier – Etsy shop featuring fantastic handmade 18th c. wigs.
18th c. General Stores, Costumiers, & Suttlers
- Smiling Fox Forge – large assortment of 18th c. goodies, from full costumes to tabletop supplies.
- Just Two Tailors – custom made costume pieces. Hats and accessories too.
- Jas Townsend and Son, Inc. – large assortment of everything 18th c. I do mean everything!
- The Silly Sisters – custom made ladies’ clothing, very high quality.
- Burnley & Trowbridge – buckles, books, fabric, patterns, etc. Great store!
18th c. Shoes & Accessories
- American Duchess Historical Footwear – affordable 18th c. latchet shoes in dyable silk.
- Harr Shoes – large selection of period styles, handmade, gorgeous.
- Fugawee – men and women’s 18th c. shoes and buckles.
- Sarah Juniper – custom made 18th c. shoes. Works of ART, $$$.
- Ageless Artifice – 18th c. makeup products.
- Tidens Toj “Tomorrow Clothing” – excellent collection of children’s clothing, including some gridded patterns.
- 18th c. Fashion on Flickr – a collection of photos from around the world; paintings, reproductions, extant.
- The Costumer’s Manifesto, 18th c. Links – a huge jump page full of 18th c. information.
- The Costumer’s Guide to Movie Costumes – excellent screen shots from various 18th c. movies, and then some.
- Reine des Centfeuilles (translated) – splendig 18th c. reproductions of 18th c. costume.
- The Met – general collection, including many delicious 18th c. pieces.
- Jenny La Fleur – I’m listing this as a resource because Jenny has made an extraordinary number of 18th c. costumes, all of them well-researched.
- The 18th Century Notebook – a large database of 18th c. clothing for men, women, and children.
- The Period Movie Review – large selection of images from costume films.
- The V&A 3D Fashion – Extant 18th c. men and women’s clothes, 360 degrees.
- Introduction to 18th c. Clothing – Colonial Williamsburg
- The Bata Shoe Museum
- Shoe Icons – huge collection of period footwear.
- Dames a la Mode – fashion plates from the 18th c. and Regency
Books on 18th c. Costume
- Queen of Fashion: What Marie Antoinette Wore to the Revolution
- Fashion: The Collection of the Kyoto Costume Institute
- Cut of Women’s Clothes, The, 1600-1930
- Patterns of Fashion 1: 1660-1860
- The Art of Dress: Fashion in England and France, 1750-1820
- Dress in France in the Eighteenth Century
- Dress in Eighteenth-Century Europe 1715-1789
- Eighteenth-Century French Fashions in Full Color
- Everyday Dress of Rural America, 1783-1800: With Instructions and Patterns
- English Costume of the Eighteenth Century
- Embroidered with White: The 18th Century Fashion for Dresden Lace and Other Whiteworked Accessories
- The Eighteenth Century (History of Costume and Fashion)
- Historical Fashion in Detail: The 17th and 18th Centuries
- Men’s Seventeenth & Eighteenth Century Costume: Cut and Fashion
- Handbook of English costume in the eighteenth century,
- Shoes and Slippers: From Snowshill, One of the World’s Leading Collections of Costume and Accessories of the 18th and 19th Centuries
- Fashioning Fashion: European Dress in Detail, 1700 – 1915
- Vintage Hats & Bonnets 1770-1970 Second Edition
Movies Set in the 18th c.
- Marie Antoinette – a fantastic production starring Kirsten Dunst. Uber-costume-win.
- The Duchess – Kiera Knightly, Ralph Fiennes, beautiful costumes, heavy plot.
- Dangerous Liaisons – the go-to costume movie of the 1980s, with John Malkovich, Glenn Close, Uma Thurman, Keanu Reeves (lol?), Michelle Pfeiffer. A film about seduction.
- Jefferson in Paris – interesting movie with some beautiful costumes, following Thomas Jefferson’s ambassadorship in France at the end of the 18th c.
- The Affair of the Necklace – bad plot, great late 18th c. costumes!
Sewing Patterns for 18th c. Costuming
- The Recollections of JP Ryan – fairly solid patterns for men and women. I used the men’s frock coat and waistcoat patterns with success, but the breeches pattern was poo-poo. The ladies patterns look divine, but I’ve not used them yet. A little pricey, I find.
- Kannik’s Korner – I find this site hard to use, but they do offer men and women’s patterns for simple thinks like caps, chemises, pockets and hose. The men’s patterns are a little more complete, with pants, waistcoats, and shirts.
- Regency Reproductions – for Regency style of dress for ladies. I have no used these patterns, but I like that they offer a wide selection, with options for the gowns, and patterns for jackets, stays, and children’s clothing.
- Simplicity – currently offers a pattern for a robe a la francaise, as well as a pattern for 18th c. underpinnings that includes stays, panniers, pockets, and a chemise.
- Butterick – pattern #4254 for 18th c. stays. I love this pattern. The envelope also includes 19th c. corsets in two styles.
- Viona – inspiration at its gothy best
- Constructing a Caul/Muffin Cap – from the Elizabethan Costuming Page, but useful for 18th c. mob caps too.
- Draping an En Fourreau Back – a tutorial by Mode Historique
- Demode – THE costume blog that got so many of us hooked. Tutorial and useful information.
- Diary of a Mantua Maker – Stays Sketches. An overview of 18th c. stays.
- Regency Gown Construction Tips – overview from the inside out.
- How to Tape a Neckline – learn how to keep a neckline from gaping, by Hectic Eclectic
- The Ministry of Silly Hats – an overview of 18th c. caps, by Mode Historique
- How to Make Deathhead Buttons – video tutorials by Madame du Jard
IsisMay 29, 2010 at 11:51 AM
Excellent! Thank you!
Do you have any blogs to recommend too? It's always nice to read new ones, but sometimes they are hard to find.
AnonymousMay 29, 2010 at 4:32 PM
Just Two Tailors made my first 18th. c outfit – the purple and black one. They do American colony stuff, so if you aren't very specific with them, you'll get those details. Still, incredible work but $$$.
AnonymousMay 29, 2010 at 4:34 PM
OMG, I'm a costume geek with a Y chromosome.
American DuchessMay 29, 2010 at 7:43 PM
Isis, I kept my "Costume Blogs of Win" on the sidebar to the left, and moved them up above my blog followers bit. I only show the top 5 that have updated (incentive to update!) but you can click the "show all" link to, erm, show them all. I'm planning on adding a section to this resources page with pattern links, pattern companies, and will probably add a "blogs and collections" part as well. All in good time, m'lady!!
GentlewomanThiefMay 30, 2010 at 6:03 PM
Yaaaaaay! Thank you – very, very useful, indeed. In particular, I hadn't ever seen Smiling Fox Forge before – am already on there drooling over their Chatelaines (My bank balance curses you!). Oh, and I agreed with all your film comments (except for Jefferson, as I haven't seen it yet) – LOL at Mr Reeves, indeed!
American DuchessMay 31, 2010 at 6:14 AM
the crazy thing is that he was actually halfway decent in the tiny part he played in Dangerous Liaisons! 'Course, he had, like, 4 lines and a sword fight. In general I'm not sure about the casting. I mean, does he look French? Looks Hawaiian to me. Oh wait, he IS! (Duchess gets a general LOL out of just about anything related to Keanu Reeves)
GentlewomanThiefMay 31, 2010 at 8:35 PM
Yeah, he was halfway decent for him … and he is damnably attractive, and I'm afraid I'm shallow enough to be willing to forgive him a lot because of that (in terms of acting. Not killing my goldfish or anything real like that!). I suppose you could think of him as being from the south of France – tanned and Mediterranean-ish?
My biggest Keanu Reeves-related LOL was when I was a teenager and my Dad was trying to be all 'hip' and 'down with the kids' by recognising Keanu Reeves in a film and pointing him out. Except he said 'Koo noo'. I LOLed muchly at my poor pop.
Lauren RJune 1, 2010 at 4:23 AM
LOL! Well, you do have a point, he is…or was…at some time…attractive. His idiocy has overwhelmed his attractiveness for me, though :-(. My Dad tried to be cool and hip with my older brother by saying "groovy man!" Yeah, even at my tender age of about 7 I knew that just *wasn't* the thing to say, hahaha.
Used Office EquipmentJune 2, 2010 at 1:33 AM
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UnknownSeptember 11, 2012 at 2:37 PM
A nice collection!
servehairwondepotOctober 22, 2012 at 10:21 AM
good post and have learnt much.
just wonder that whether you have any blogs to recommend too?
UnknownMarch 10, 2017 at 7:56 PM
This is such a useful list! And I'm glad to hear such a good review of the Butterick stays pattern. I've been looking for a good pattern for Georgian stays, and though the Mantua Maker pattern comes highly recommended, I wince at the $29 shipping fee to send it from the US to me in the UK. The Butterick pattern I have just picked up for the grand total of £8.42 including postage!
Excited to get started… 🙂
Weaveron TextileSeptember 25, 2019 at 9:48 AM
Love your colors, friend.