Helpful Links

A lot of times when I am researching something for a post I run across websites that are interesting or have helpful information.  I may link to them in the post, but then forget which post has which link.  For those of you who follow along, this may prove helpful, also.  Bear with me as I build this page.


Sites for Pattern Date Research


Commercial Pattern Archive at the University of Rhode Island - Subscription Required to search.  CD's available for purchase.


The Vintage Fashion Guild- This link is to a public part of the forum, but membership is necessary for other areas.


Vintage Fashion Library - This site also sells patterns and repro patterns




Purchase Original or Replicated Patterns


Vintage Pattern Lending Library - Original or Replicated Patterns for sale.   Membership for more options.



What To Do With Those Patterns With Missing Pieces?


Pattern Rescue - Look for missing pattern pieces, trade patterns, recycle patterns you don't want, duplicate your pattern for others to use.


Corsets


Symington Collection of Corsetry, Foundation & Swimwear


Leicestershire County Council Heritage Services A wonderful, picture-rich collection of vintage corsetry and underpinnings.


Corsetiere.net  UK based site full of history of mostly Spirella corsets.


Farthingales Corsetmaking Supplies  Everything you need.


Dave's Corsetry Museum  More UK corsets, mostly 1930's and up.


Vintage Fashion


Fashion - Era Seems to be UK based.  From their website "At Fashion-Era.com we analyse two centuries of women's costume history and fashion history silhouettes in detail"

Dressmaking Research - "This site contains images of primary source materials focusing on the cut and construction of women's garments."  The posters  (for sale ) of women's dresses from 1900 through 1929 are to die for!  There are also CDs of primary source material for many years and also millinery.

Google Patents - You KNOW I love this site for researching strange objects and old companies.


The 1923 One-Hour Dress - This site is selling a digital copy of Mary Brooks Picken's instructions on how to design and make a dress in one hour.  She was the head of the Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts & Sciences.


1920-30.com - A website with everything (almost) you would want to know about living in the 1920's and 1930's.  There is a fashion section.  They also sell digital versions of period craft and fashion books.
Books


Bramcost Publications - Reproductions of vintage sewing, knitting, crochet, ribbon work, etc books.  Good prices.

Antique Pattern Library - Downloadable wonderful old collectible needlework books.  (I have lots of these originals.)


Hankerchiefs


How to Make A Baby Bonnet Out of a Wedding Hankie

How to Make a Ring Bearer Pillow Out of a Vintage Hankie - From Martha Stewart


Fabrics


These from a series of articles Joan Kiplinger wrote for Fabrics.net.  She died several years ago and will be missed.  Very interesting, picture-rich articles, some of which are below.  Browse the Vintage Fabrics section of the Learning Center at Fabrics.net for the rest.
Snaps, Hooks, Eyes, Zippers, Etc.
Feedbags
Bias Tape
More Bias Tape
Vintage Fabric Collector's Bias Tape & Notions Reference Chart


Class Act Fabrics  Online store for natural fibers and traditional fabrics.