Costume Supplies and Sources

Farthingales - Online costume supplies and fabrics, Canada.
Richard the Thread - Online ordering for costume supplies, California.
Corset Making Supplies - Online ordering for costume supplies, Philadelphia.
Sew Curvy - Corset supplies, United Kingdom.
Aussie Corset Supplies - Corset supplies, Australia.
Vena Cava Designs - Costume supplies, United Kingdom.
Vogue Fabrics Store - Fabric, patterns, costume supplies, Illinois.

(All the above carry hoop wire, corset stays and busks, etc.).

Recommended pattern companies:

Laughing Moon Mercantile - an excellent Victorian corset pattern.
Decades of Style - a great line of new "Vintage" styled patterns.
Ageless Patterns - tracings of original Victorian patterns.
Sense and Sensibility - Turn-of-the-Century (19th & 20th) dresses and patterns.
La Couturiere Parisienne - Authentic costume diagrams from 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries.
Vintage Pattern Lending Library - buy or borrow copies of original patterns, 1860's-present.

Fun sites to visit

The Costume Gallery - a great reference site with even more links.
GBACG Pattern Review - Reviews of all your favorite patterns (and ours)
Memory of the Netherlands - Copies of old fashion magazines.
Kyoto Costume Institute - Awsome collection of clothing
The NY Met - museum online database
Museum of the City of New York - Worth gown collection
New York Public Library Picture Collection - Historical images and photos
Abitiantichi - an amazing personal collection of vintage clothing.
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
19th Century Fashion, U of Texas
Paradise Dolls - beautiful crochet patterns for doll dresses.
Historical Costume Bulletin Board - Questions and answers for costumers.
Costumers Guild West - Guild home page with event calendar.
Lively Arts History Association - costume event calendar and information.
Heavenly Handbags - Vintage needlepoint handbags.
Ayer Company Publishers - Reprinted Victorian literature and other books.
Fashion Treasures- Unique handbags, vintage purses, and designer handbags both new and gently used.
Designing Maiden Hats - Hats and accesories.
Frocks of Ages - Custom Seamstress.
The Gypsys Needle - Victorian images on DVD and custom seamstress.

Other retailers that carry our patterns:

Amazon Drygoods
3788 Wilson Street (Napoleon)
Osgood, IN 47037
1(812) 852-1780

Britex Fabrics
146 Geary St
San Francisco, CA 94108

286 Monteith Ave
Stratford, ON N5A 2P8z

3163 Adeline Street
Berkeley, CA 94703
tel: 1(510) 843-7178
fax: 1(510) 843-5018

Nehelenia Patterns GbR
Hubertusstrasse. 6a
59199 Bonen

Patterns of Time
6040 Emma Ln
Colorado Springs, CO 80922

Vena Cava Design (Corset Components)
PO BOX 3597
BH14 9ZL
United Kingdom

Vogue Fabrics
718 Main St.
Evanston, IL 60202
847-864-9600  open 7 days
800-433-4313  website customer service, M-F