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.
- Colonial Williamsburg – Reproduction fabrics from the Colonial Williamsburg collections.
- A Fashionable Frolick – 18th century textiles.
- Dharma Trading Company – an excellent source of all kinds of fabrics to be dyed
- Indian Stores – Indian printed cottons and textiles on Etsy.
- Farmhouse Fabrics – a great source of heirloom fabrics like voiles, batistes, dotted swiss, etc.
- 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.
- 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.
- FabricGuru.com – another superstore full of many fine things.
- MacCulloch & Wallace – haberdasher – fabrics, trims, notions
- Utsav- Inian Sarees
- Puresilks – excellent selection of all kinds of silk, especially silk taffeta
- NY Fashion Center
- Tinsel Trading – vintage trims, appliques, beads, etc.
- American Duchess Buyer’s Guide to 18th Century Cotton Floral Prints
- The Custom Wig Company – top-quality, hand-made hairgoods.
- 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.
- Mallatt Pharmacy & Costume – theater makeup, wigs, hats
- Maskenzauber – huge and fantastical carnevale wigs
- Antoinette’s Atelier – Etsy shop featuring fantastic handmade 18th c. wigs.
- Ebonyline.com – excellent source for affordable lace-front wigs and hairpieces
- Beauty of New York – lace-front wigs
- Arda Wigs – Cosplay wigs made for styling, in a wide range wacky (and normal) colors
- Topsy Turvy Design – amazing, hand-crafted hats
- 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.
- Timely Tresses – Hats and supplies, 1800-1870
- CR’s Crafts – this in an online shop for doll’s clothes, but they have a selection of tiny top hats!
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!
- Burnley & Trowbridge – buckles, books, fabric, patterns, etc. Great store!
- Amazon Drygoods – all kinds of everything – patterns, shoes, collars, etc.
18th c. Shoes & Accessories
- American Duchess Historical Footwear – Historical shoes 18th century through 1930, plus buckles, stockings, and shoe painting materials.
- Dames a la Mode – historic jewelry of all periods.
- Sign of the Gray Horse – 18th century jewelry and shoe buckles
- Queen and Cavendish – 18th century jewelry and garters
- Virgil’s Hats and Fine Goods – 18th century caps, gauze accessories, hats.
- Fashions Revisited – Georgian and Regency hats, patterns, accessories
Books on Costume
- The American Duchess Guide to 18th Century Dressmaking
- 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
- How to Make a Tudor Kirtle and a Gown (Prior Attire Historical Costuming Articles)
- 18th Century Embroidery Techniques
- Costume Close-Up: Clothing Construction and Pattern, 1750-1790
- Eighteenth-Century Clothing at Williamsburg (Williamsburg Decorative Arts Series)
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 American Duchess Guide to 18th Century Dressmaking – gridded patterns and diagrams for gown linings, caps, hats, aprons, mitts, etc.
- Simplicity 8578, 8579 – mid-18th century underpinnings and Robe a la Francaise pattern. Use these two packets together – shift, stays, hoops + petticoat and gown.
- Simplicity 8161, 8162 – women’s general 18th century underpinnings, gown, and bodice. Cosplay pattern – non HA – but a good start.
- 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 – 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. OUT OF PRINT, but available on Etsy & eBay.
- Butterick – pattern #4254 for 18th c. stays. I love this pattern. The envelope also includes 19th c. corsets in two styles.
- Larkin & Smith – At the Sign of the Golden Scissors – patterns for 18th c. accessories and gowns.