Resources

I’ve got eclectic interests when it comes to costuming, so when I find something, I try to save it.  I’ll keep populating this as I go!

 

General Sewing Tips and Techniques:

French seam

Flat-felled seam

How to install an invisible zipper

How to finish skirt plackets 

How to do a skirt facing

All-In-One Facings (for Bodice Yokes)

How to sew a collar

How to draft a shawl collar

How to sew a shawl collar

Understitching

Non-Sewing Costume Techniques:

Saddle Stitch for Leather (plus links to other leather tips)

Dyeing Leather Shoes

Tea-Dyeing (works on cotton, rayon, silk, and for some reason, nylon)

Medieval/Fantasy:

The Renaissance Tailor – all things Elizabethan

Making a Peasant Blouse (with no pattern) (technically, this is a camica, but it works for EVERYTHING.  I’ve got a steampunk blouse I made with this pattern)

Sewing a Viking apron dress

18th Century:

Non-hoop skirt supports

Basic petticoat method

19th Century:

Historical Sewing – Jen’s amazing site, so many good articles!

Drawn bonnet walk through

Natural Form bonnet tutorial (or, how to make a hat from a larger hat)

Steampunk:

 

Cosplay:

Very basic Worbla write-up

Making a Jedi Belt (yes, I have a spare Jedi costume in my closet)

 

Supplies:

Silk Baron – (relatively) cheap silks of good quality

Renaissance Fabrics – this is the “reach” fabric right here

Fabrics Store – linen fabric, anything you could want

Fashion Fabrics Club – cheap fabric, good deals to be had during sales

PureSilks – India-based website with all the organdy and brocades you could ever want

Vogue Fabric Store – not everything is cheap, but they carry organdy!

Reproduction Fabrics – personally, I think they’re overpriced for cottons, but when you’re absolutely in a pinch, they’ve got a good selection

Two Bees – good prices on 1860s reproduction cottons

Quilt Fabric Close-Outs – inexpensive quilting cottons from good companies, link goes to the “reproduction” section

Five Bucks a Yard – $5 quilting cottons.  Doesn’t always have reproductions, but sometimes it does!

CheepTrims – cheap trim in huge quantities (basically, you’re buying in bulk here)

CottonLace – Belgium website with unbelievable prices on lace

Dharma Trading – dyes, dyeable fabric, really cheap cotton lace, and instruction guides

Supply Sites – Corset, hat, and steampunk supplies, very reasonable prices

Farthingales – Canada-based millinery and corsetry site

Judith Miller – Millinery supplies

Lynn McMasters – awesome hat patterns

Joann Coupons – I NEVER shop at that store without a coupon

 

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