Here are some of my favorite helpful links, including instructional articles, message boards and costuming websites as well as designers and vendors of patterns for purchase. Also see the bottom of the page for suggested books - many of which can be found via inter library loan.

Civil War Reenacting:

The Sewing Academy (main site with instructional articles, sewing manuals and patterns for purchase and general information)
The Sewing Academy at Home (message board):
The Civilian Civil War Closet (Facebook group):


Ben Tart (specialty wools, jeancloth and linings. He carries flag bunting, too!)
Wambaugh and White (very nice Civil War sack coat/blouse flannel)
Jarnigan (broadcloths for civilian wear and officers uniforms)
Fashion Fabrics Club (frequent sales on 100% wool suitings, cotton lawn, voile and shirtings and some silks and linens)
Fabric Mart (frequent sales on wool, silk and cotton)
Fabrics (linen and linen blends)
Dharma Trading Co. (one of the best online stops for inexpensive, good quality undyed cottons, silks and linens. They have started carrying a limited amount of colored silks.)
Needle & Thread (one of the only places to get proper brown polished cotton)

Books with patterns and/or diagrams and drawings of original garments:

Patterns of Fashion 1 by Janet Arnold
Patterns of Fashion 2 by Janet Arnold
Patterns of Fashion 3 by Janet Arnold
Patterns of Fashion 4 by Janet Arnold
The Tudor Tailor by Ninya Mikhalia
Costume in Detail by Nancy Bradfield
Costume Close up by Linda Baumgarten
Cut of Men's Clothes by Nora Waugh
Corsets and Crinolines by Nora Waugh
Thoughts on Mens Shirts by William Brown
The Medieval Tailors Assistant by Sarah Thursfield

1 comment:

  1. Your Pictures for the pattern of the Victorian Wheel Cap are not showing


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