Fabric and Supply Sources

I'm making a separate page for these, as they were getting too numerous for the side bar. Several sites fit more than one category, so I've taken some liberties in sorting them.


Historic Clothing Patterns

The Sewing Academy/Historic Moments Patterns: Completely outfit women and children for 1840-65.

Past Patterns: Has some good mid-19th century shapes for men and women; I haven't worked with their later patterns.

Sense and Sensibility Patterns: Regency loveliness. I haven't worked with their other eras, but they also have patterns from the 1780s-1950s.

Kayfig/ Figleaf Patterns: Several are 1860s original patterns scaled to a modern sizes, others are taken off of surviving garments.  I've enjoyed the wrapper pattern; mind your materials and impression, as not every garment works for every situation.

Millinery Supplies and Patterns

Timely Tresses: Patterns, kits, pre-made bonnet forms, and completed bonnets--plus the hardware, fabric, and trimmings needed to make them.

The Dressmaker's Shop: My go-to place for straw bonnet supplies (they have blanks as well); they also carry Timely Tresses patterns, and various mid-century sewing notions.

Anna Worden Bauersmith: Makes beautiful straw bonnets and hats (human and doll-sized)

Mrs. Parker's Millinery: Complete bonnets, or blanks for you to decorate.

Corset and Hoop Hardware

Farthingale's: Hoop wire, busks, spiral and spring steels, etc.

Originals by Kay: Hoop and corset kits, ready-mades, and patterns.  Also fabric and sundries.

Corsetmaking: Hoop and corset hardware; I've had mixed experiences.

Needle and Thread: (Wooded Hamlet Designs): Reputed to carry the best cage crinoline available.

The Fitting Room: Local (Seattle) source for corset busks and steels, also makes custom garments. Very friendly owner.

Laughing Moon Patterns: The Dore and Silverado corsets (pattern #100) have good shapes for 1850s/60s wear.

Needlework & Jewelry Supplies and Tools

Lacis Whatever your handicraft, look no further (tatting, bobbin lace, net making, net embroidery, tablet weaving...). Also carries fabric conservation supplies and costume history books.

Nordic Needle: Needlework supplies (including Penelope canvas, wool and silk floss, etc.).

Fusion Beads: Good prices on seed beads for woven bracelets, Berlin work, etc.

Fire Mountain Gems: Seems to have the closest-to-period-style clasps; carries size FF beading silk which is supposed to resemble Victorian "purse silk" for netting and fine crochet projects.

Fabric Stores

Reproduction Fabrics: One of the easiest places to browse for period prints (they're arranged by time period!). You can also call the proprietor for recommendations.

Hancock's of Paducah: The next largest selection of reproduction prints (that I know of). Their sales can be very good. Also has one of the more consistently good prices on Pimatex broadcloth.

Fashion Fabrics Club: Changing selection of silks, wools, and cottons. Can be hit-or-miss.

Nancy's Sewing Basket: Local (Seattle) source for fine silks, wools, etc. The ribbon room is quite perilous! Expect to pay for quality materials and experienced staff.

Dharma Trading Co: Silks and fine cottons, mostly in solid white, or occasionally black (aimed at dyers). If buying large quantities of Pimatex, this is usually one of the cheapest options.

William Booth, Draper: Aimed at late 18th/early 19th century reenactors, but carries fine wools, cotton velvet, and other materials which are useful later in the 19th century. Good source for wool hem tape.

Thai Silks: Various silk fabrics, including crinkle chiffon which (when stiffened and cut on the bias) is our best modern substitute for mourning crepe.

Pure Silks: Has the largest selection of silk taffetas, especially patterned ones. Confirm fiber content before purchasing.

Fabric.com: Keep an eye out for good deals on cottons and wools (they don't seem to carry as many useful historic fabrics as they used to).

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