Costuming "How To" Links

These are links to various pages that show you how to make different costume bits.





Website That Have Lots of "How Tos" and Patterns

  • Elizabethan Costuming Page, The Top Pick — THE site for Elizabethan costume. Lots of step by step instructions, including a corset pattern generator, and good source for research, portraits, etc. Links to other Elizabethan costuming sites.
  • Festive Attyre, A Top Pick — by Jennifer Thompson. This site has lots of “How To” articles and the Featured Attyre page – it is really great to see other people’s costumes and read how they made them.
  • Historical Sewing New! — Lots of tips & advice on sewing 19th century costumes.
  • Lara the Lacemaker — Has lots of patterns and instructions for making Renaissance Faire costumes.
  • Midgard Basic Clothing Standards — Site for a reenactment group with instructions on how to make medieval period garments, including tunics, braies, hosen, gowns, etc.
  • Reconstructing History - Articles Updated! — Has a really good "for beginners" section. Also information on ancient Irish, Scottish and Japanese clothing.
  • Renaissance Tailor, The Top Pick — This is a wonderful site with lots of demonstrations – and more being added all the time. (See below for links to specific items)
  • Sempstress — Lots of instructions and info on making Renaissance costumes.
  • Vintage Connection, The — “Your guide to historic, vintage, antique & collectible fashions.” Lots of great stuff on this site, including old patterns on this site, from original period magazines.
  • Your Wardrobe Unlock’d Top Pick — Subscription based website. “This website offers resources, help, inspiration and a sense of community for seamstresses and costume makers who have a burning desire to improve their skills. We do this through articles, features and our core Masterclasses, which give you not a standard How to Sew course, but the basic building blocks of really great professional-quality sewing.”

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Underwear: Chemises/Smocks, Corsets, etc:

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Shirts, Tunics:

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Bodices:

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Gowns, Cotes, Houppelandes:

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Skirts:

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Pants:

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Hats & Headwear:

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Accessories:

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Techniques: Sewing, Embroidery, Lace Making, etc:

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Miscellaneous:

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