Historic Costume Patterns, Books and
Cross Stitch Kits
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We are very interested in costume research, and encourage those interested in costuming to also do their own research, whether it be for developing a character for living history, for theater, or for museum exhibits and collections.
Some of the books we recommend for study are included here, as a jumping off point to your research.
Some of these will be available at your local library, or a library in a larger city near you, or a university or college library. However, if you are unable to find a copy, talk with your Reference Librarian at your local library to learn about inter-library loan, which allows you to get books from other libraries, if they are available for circulation.
It is a good idea to keep a list or index card file (database, for those computer wizards) of the books that you have looked at, including the full title, author, year published, publisher, city of publication, and ISBN number if available. If you make any photocopies for your own reference file from a book, be sure to document the source of the photocopy with the above information, or you will not be able to tell others how to find the same information, or where you got the information. Documenting your source makes the information retraceable, and is a valuable tool for you in developing your period clothing. Undocumented sources have very little value in backing up your reasons for making or wearing a particular garment, or using particular accessories.
If you are a serious costume historian, you may wish to learn more about
Bibliography of Costume Books
Disclaimer: This represents only a few of the books we are familiar with, and that exist! The opinions expressed are ours alone, and you must form your own opinion of the books. If you have others to suggest for listing here, please e-mail us with the exact and full citation, and we will consider it for addition. Amazon.com links are offered on an associate program basis, and we are not responsible in any way for your orders from them.