Jessamyn's Regency Costume Links



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Fabrics

Fabrics-store.com offers lots of 100% linen at surprisingly low prices. In the Regency, most undergarments, shirts, chemisettes, and even some gowns were linen, which feels and wears better than cotton; and its distinctive look is ideal for reenactment. Fashion Fabrics Club supplies really well-priced designer overruns, including silk, wool, cotton, linen blends, and embroidered eyelet like the one at left. Plus you have 60 days for returns. Watch for really fantastic deals on silk taffetas and broadcloths!
Fabric.com carries bargain-priced but good quality linen blends, wools, cottons, and some appropriate-to-Regency silks. Returns are easy - they cover the shipping cost - and they measure yards generously. Plus, get free shipping on your first order! Wm. Booth, Draper, is oriented toward the Rev. War crowd but offers a nice selection of linens and wools, especially good for working-class impressions and middle-class men's clothing. Also carries notions and trims; see link below.
Originals by Kay focuses on Civil War, but Kay carries a large stock of dress goods including some very lovely taffetas, lustrings, and gauzy cottons. In addition to a square, flat swatch, she shows two different views of the fabric draped over a mannequin. Reproduction Fabrics offers reproduced printed cottons from the late 18th century through the 1950s. Check the "1775-1825" and "1825-1865" sections, as well as the genuine indigo-dyed fabrics, some of which are Regency-appropriate.
Period Fabric sells a small and fleeting but bargain selection of fabrics such as linen-cotton fustian and $2/yard cotton prints, as well as the close-to-period nankeen (color: "buckskin") at left, perfect for breeches and half-boots, only $3/yard!. Silk Road Textile Merchants carries a good range of moderately high-end silks, linens, and wools. Located in Austin, Texas, they will accept a sample of the color you want and match it in a given variety of silk, which they stock in a very large selection of colors.

Notions

Wm. Booth, Draper, in addition to the fabrics mentioned above, also carries wool and linen tapes, buckles for breeches and shoes, real linen thread in a very wide range of colors, lovely bone sewing accessories, and more. Definitely worth a look. Hedgehog Handworks sells corset-making supplies, sewing notions, beautiful pewter clasps and buttons, and gorgeous, period-authentic threads in silk, linen, wool, and cotton for sewing and needlework.
Wooded Hamlet Designs, "chandlers to the historically minded," offer silk and linen trims and tapes, needle-arts tools and supplies, brass buckles and buttons, &c. I cannot overemphasize how lovely silk satin ribbon is (shown at left)! A charming site. Enhancements Costume Supply is a slim but valuable catalog offering millinery and corset supplies, and some notions and accessories. However, it has no web presence. Send $2 for catalog to PO Box 8604, Anaheim, CA 92812-0604; fax (714) 638-4545.



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