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Yes... I neglect this section... but still list things to buy I really like that  you may not hear of else where...

bulletOther Resources
bulletOn line Textile Resource Manual
bulletCD-ROM - 19th Century Women's Clothes
bulletCD - Heather Alexander

This section will contain links to new products.  Items will stay about 3 to 6 months. 

 Please let us know about item's you think folk would be interested in.

New Books:

Book alert for all you costume book addicts...

Jean Hunnisette:

These add to her series "Period Costume for Stage & Screen".  

bullet"Cloaks and Coats" are covered in two volumes.
bulletVolume I: "Cloaks, Mantles, Wraps and Stoles"  - out and can be ordered at book stores
bulletA wonderful collection to your costuming library.
bulletVolume II: "Dominos, Dolmans and Coats ." - no, we have no delivery info, the book is supposedly still in works


bulletJean Hunnisette is the world-renowned costumers and author of the four "Period Costume for Stage & Screen" books.  She has a lifetime's experience in professional costume-making.  This includes work for the BBC, Royal Opera House, The English National Opera Covent Garden and on such films as "The Slipper and the Rose".  She has also taught period costume cutting at the London College of Fashion and lectures extensively. 


Sally Queen

Textiles For Colonial Clothing
A Workbook of Swatches and Information

bulletCassimere, velvet, muslin, and corduroy were some of the textiles for clothing a new nation.  This workbook of swatches and information is a hands-on guide with over 30 swatches of modern textiles that replicate 1800-1850 cloth. Included are sections on men's and women's fashions, decade by decade, PLUS a discussion of the changes in textile manufacturing due to the Industrial Revolution.  (from web description)
bullet$34.95. Order at 

2005 Calendar - Shoes: 4 centuries of Historic Foodwear

bulletTwelve new collections in North America and great images of shoes, boots, and footwear for four centuries - more info on their website.
bullet$14.95. Order at 

Frances Grimble:

Reconstruction Era Fashions 350 Sewing, Needlework, and Millinery Patterns 1867–1868 

bulletEdited and with additional material by Frances Grimble 
bullet Reconstruction Era Fashions contains a comprehensive selection of patterns from the first 14 months of Harper’s Bazar. It provides sewing patterns with instructions for most garments in an 1860s woman’s wardrobe, from corsets to wedding dresses to riding habits. Instructions for enlarging, fitting, and using the patterns are included. Needlework patterns for trimmings and accessories use a wide variety of techniques, including embroidery, crocheting, knitting, tatting, and ribbon work. Patterns are also given for every type of millinery. The patterns are illustrated by exquisite engraved plates. They are supplemented by fashion columns with practical advice on wardrobe planning, and by articles that focus on specific techniques.  (from press release)
bulletPublication date: August 2001; available now 8 1/2” x 11” quality paperback 529 pages 609 illustrations $45 (plus sales tax for California purchasers, plus shipping)


bulletFrances Grimble is the author of After a Fashion: How to Reproduce, Restore, and Wear Vintage Styles; The Voice of Fashion: 79 Turn-of-the-Century Patterns With Instructions and Fashion Plates; and The Edwardian Modiste: 85 Authentic Patterns with Instructions, Fashion Plates, and Period Sewing Techniques. All these books are available from Lavolta Press: 


New Patterns:

The Mantua-Maker 

Find Deb's latest patterns here:


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Spanish Gown 

Recently released by the Manta-Maker is a new Spanish Gown pattern.  It's great for Renaissance folk wishing for a more comfortable upper class outfit.

Check out the detail and more variations >>here.

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Other Resources:

On-Line Resource - Textile Reference Manual & source for fabric identification swatch kits presents a new reference source --  the online Textile Reference at   The manual consists of 27 articles about textiles and finishes.  These articles were written by people at Textile Fabric Consultants

The folks that wrote these articles produces a set of fabric identification kits.  They have a couple of different types and some books that go further into fabric identification.  They have relatively inexpensive general kits  and others designated for interior design.  However they go beyond this.  They have a set designed for identifying raw fibers that can be used for microscopic or fiber burn test identification. This even includes a burn test chart.  See them on line at

CD-ROM - American Dresses, 1780-1900: Identification and Significance of 148 Extant Dresses

Elsie Frost McMurry, professor emerita of textiles and apparel at Cornell University, has  a cd-rom documenting a number of dresses in details.  The CD includes more than 300 photographs and sketches.  These are from numerous east coast collections including dresses from the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

The CD-ROM is available for $49.95, plus shipping and handling.

The Resource Center
PO Box 3884
Ithaca, NY  14852-3884


See more details and an interview with the author from the Chronicle of Higher Education By JESSICA LUDWIG by clicking here


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