Resources

Dear Readers,
   Here you will find everything I've found useful - links to wig websites, online costume collections, how-to sites, fabric stores, must-have books, and favourite movies.  I will add to this list again and again as I find new sites online that I find useful for us wacky 18th c. costumers!  Links in bold are those I have particularly useful.  Have at it!...

Fabric & Trim
Wigs
Hats
  • Topsy Turvy Design - amazing, hand-crafted hats
  • Hats in the Belfry - huge selection of myriad variety of hats. Mid-range pricing.
  • TopHats.com - my go-to source for costume hats; top hats, tricorns, ladies straw bonnets, very affordable.
  • Timely Tresses - Hats and supplies, 1800-1870
  • CR's Crafts - this in an online shop for doll's clothes, but they have a selection of tiny top hats!
18th c. General Stores, Costumiers, & Suttlers
18th c. Shoes & Accessories
Research
Books on Costume
Movies Set in the 18th c.
  • Marie Antoinette - a fantastic production starring Kirsten Dunst.  Uber-costume-win.
  • The Duchess - Kiera Knightly, Ralph Fiennes, beautiful costumes, heavy plot.
  • Dangerous Liaisons - the go-to costume movie of the 1980s, with John Malkovich, Glenn Close, Uma Thurman, Keanu Reeves (lol?), Michelle Pfeiffer.  A film about seduction.
  • Jefferson in Paris - interesting movie with some beautiful costumes, following Thomas Jefferson's ambassadorship in France at the end of the 18th c.
  • The Affair of the Necklace - bad plot, great late 18th c. costumes!
Sewing Patterns for 18th c. Costuming
  • The Recollections of JP Ryan - fairly solid patterns for men and women.  I used the men's frock coat and waistcoat patterns with success, but the breeches pattern was poo-poo.  The ladies patterns look divine, but I've not used them yet.  A little pricey, I find.
  • Kannik's Korner - I find this site hard to use, but they do offer men and women's patterns for simple thinks like caps, chemises, pockets and hose.  The men's patterns are a little more complete, with pants, waistcoats, and shirts.
  • Regency Reproductions - for Regency style of dress for ladies.  I have no used these patterns, but I like that they offer a wide selection, with options for the gowns, and patterns for jackets, stays, and children's clothing.
  • Simplicity - currently offers a pattern for a robe a la francaise, as well as a pattern for 18th c. underpinnings that includes stays, panniers, pockets, and a chemise.
  • Butterick - pattern #4254 for 18th c. stays.  I love this pattern.  The envelope also includes 19th c. corsets in two styles.
Useful Bits