Costume Accessories Sites
= Personal favorites Also:
Briana’s Clothing Page — How to make an Italian chemise, draft a bodice pattern, make an Italian ribbon coif, and a Spanish farthingale.
Cheapside Hoard — Museum of London: photos and information about the Cheapside Hoard, 16th & 17th century jewelry that was found in 1912.
Chopine, Zoccolo, and Other Raised and High Heel Construction — “Dedicated to the Research and Construction of Chopines, Pantoufles, Zoccoli, Shoes, Boots, and Other Raised and High Heels.” This site has pictures of shoes from 15th to 18th century and lots of tutorials on how to make them.
Custom Wig Company — Hand-made, high quality custom wigs and hairpieces, for reenactors.
Cynthia Virtue’s Medieval Clothing Pages — Articles about medieval clothing, hats, hair, and accessories. Includes articles by others on same.
Démodé Custom 18th Century Wigs — Beautiful custom 18th century wigs; also restyling services available.
Fan Circle International — Site about the history of fans, from antiquity to present day. Also collecting, books, and conservation.
Fan Museum, The — The Fan Museum in Greenwich, London. A small portion of their collection is available to view online.
Flemish Kerchief — A little tutorial on how to put on & pin a flemish kerchief.
Footwear of the Middle Ages — by Marc Carlson. “An ongoing examination of the history and development of footwear and shoemaking techniques up to the end of the Sixteenth Century.”
Garb Index — Information on Burgundian clothing, farthingales, partlets, ruffs, paned slops, and more.
History of Footwear — Site with information about shoes from the Renaissance through the 1990“s.
Honourable Cordwainers’ Company, The — “Promoting the study, practise, interpretation and preservation of historical shoemaking and allied trades.”
It’s Not Who You Are, It’s What You Wear — Articles on historic clothing by Susan Reed, including an article on men’s headdresses from 1400-1519.
Katerina’s Stuff — Florentine gowns, man’s embroidered doublet, blackwork coif, and more. Also has a diary section on headwear.
Knitting Pattern for Wristlets New! — WWI-era pattern from the American Red Cross for wristlets.
Liz Jones Costume Page — Research, pictures and patterns for a Balzo (hat), Farsetto (jacket) and a beginner’s guide to making shoes.
Lynn McMasters — She sells patterns for late Renaissance head coverings (cauls, coifs, biggins, arming caps, etc), and hat patterns that can be used as the basis for many other hats, like her “Universal Oval Brim Straight Sides” pattern. Lots of beautiful pix of her costumes.
Paternoster Row — Information about historical rosary and paternoster beads: images, descriptions, and sources for more information.
Practical Blackwork — All things blackwork: links to blackwork sites, books, photos, patterns, etc.
Rapunzel’s Resource — Tutorials for different hairstyles for long hair.
Shoe Icons — Virtual shoe museum. Lots of lovely pictures of shoes from the 18th through 20th centuries.
Stockinette Hand Warmers Knitting Pattern New! — Free knitting pattern from Purl SoHo to make hand warmers. Could be used for different eras, especially 18th and 19th centuries.
Textile Resources for the Re-enactor — Carolyn Priest’s various articles on spinning, weaving, dyeing, embroidery, etc.
Venetian Chopines — Information on chopines (high platfom shoes). Essays, pictures, bibliography, and more.
Worshipful Company of Glovers of London - Glove Collection — A collection of gloves from the late 16th c through present day.
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