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:
Non-Sewing Costume Techniques:
Saddle Stitch for Leather (plus links to other leather tips)
Tea-Dyeing (works on cotton, rayon, silk, and for some reason, nylon)
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)
Historical Sewing – Jen’s amazing site, so many good articles!
Natural Form bonnet tutorial (or, how to make a hat from a larger hat)
Making a Jedi Belt (yes, I have a spare Jedi costume in my closet)
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