Thank you dear! Very handy indeed! Just added it to my resource guide for the upcoming fitting party!
Since this topic seems appropriate, I thought I could post those links here, too:
Having a Fit
Or, Helpful Resources for your Fitting Problems
By Barbara Smith – Fort Nisqually Living History Museum - January 20, 2007
Free Dressmaking Articles & Patterns from Elizabeth Stewart Clark: www.elizabethstewartclark.com
Free Sewing Advice (and lots of fun) from The Sewing Academy @ Home: http://thesewingacademy.org/
Make Your Own Dressform – 4 different methods: www.taunton.com/Threads/pages/t00002.asp
Custom Dressforms: www.mytwindressforms.com/doit.htm
DVD Corset Class from Laughing Moon Mercantile: www.sewingcentral.com
Click on “Corset Patterns & Parts”, choose “1850’s-1860’s”, scroll down to “How to Build and Fit a Victorian Corset”
The Laughing Moon Dore pattern corset is widely recommended for beginners.
Free Online Corset Class: http://www.farthingales.on.ca/corset_class.html
Costume Classroom – online courses on varying topics: www.costumeclassroom.com
Vintage Sewing Info – free reprints of vintage sewing manuals: http://vintagesewing.info/19th.html
Sewing a Century Ago – free period patterns & instructions: www.hollisandbell.com
Vintage Volumes – Great research articles online: www.vintagevolumes.com
Gotham Patterns – A repository of 19th information – keep watch, website is growing: www.gothampatterns.com
The Curiosity Shop: Useful articles, as well as a great sutlery: http://home.earthlink.net/~gchristen/
The Graceful Lady – tons of great period pix as well as a fabulous sutler: www.thegracefullady.com
The Fashionable Past – Katherine’s Dress Site: The most amazing costume diaries: www.koshka-the-cat.com
Demode - Tons of links to original clothing in her “Real Women’s Clothing”: http://demode.tweedlebop.com
Karen Augusta Antique Lace & Fashion: Originals for sale and study: www.antique-fashion.com
Meg Andrews: Original 18th & 19th C English garments for sale & study: www.meg-andrews.com RECOMMENDED BOOKS
Books from Elizabeth Stewart Clark: www.elizabethstewartclark.com/PP/index.htm
“The Dressmaker’s Guide to Fit and Fashion”, “Skirting the Issue”, and “Practical Prinkery – A Complete Dressmaking Guide for the Teen Girl”. I recommend the first 2 for everyone, the last as age-appropriate.
Books from Kannik’s Korner: www.kannikskorner.com/books.htm
“The Lady’s Guide to Plain Sewing – Book I,” “The Lady’s Guide to Plain Sewing – Book II,” “The Workman’s Guide to Tailoring Stitches,” “The Lady’s Economical Assistant.” I recommend the first 3, haven’t gotten the last one yet!
Plain Needlework: A Guide to 19th Century Handsewing by Melissa Roberts www.hollisandbell.com/Plain_Needlework_Book.htm
Beadle’s Dime Guide to Dressmaking and Millinery (reprint of 1861 original): www.sullivanpress.com/Civil_war.htm#Civil_War_Era_Books
Do add to my list! This is just the handout I've got so far for next Saturday. Any suggestions welcome, I've got the whole other side of the sheet to fill!