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Best Historic Sewing Information site

Ocrafty1 | Posted in General Sewing Info on

A friend of mine sent me a link with a photo of a ‘little red riding hood’ that she wanted to purchase for her granddaughter. I followed the link to the woman’s blog and found another link. All I can say is that it is the most in depth source for historical sewing I’ve ever seen. I love to be historically correct when making reproduction garments, and this site is unbelievable!  Google books has digitized The Workwoman’s Guide, containing instructions, it is available in PDF and in a format for nook, etc.  This book (published in 1840) is the author’s attempt to instruct someone about being a good housekeeper during that era. The 381 pages include detailed instructions for making everything from diapers to upholstery, with ‘plates’ diagraming each article discussed. There are also ‘recepts’ for making dye and other cleaning products, as well as advice for cleaning satin shoes. Even if you don’t want to learn the techniques they used, it makes entertaining and educational reading. Many of the instructions include directions for making things for a wealthy household as well as for the poorer families. She recommends high quality fabrics for the more wealthy families, recommending less expensive fabrics for those who are poorer.

Anyway, here is the link.  Hope you enjoy it!!!





  1. HelgaPataki | | #1

    Reenactment costumes/fabrics

    I don't do reenactment but I purchase a lot of linen and noticed their reenactment contributions are very popular.  here's the link to their patterns: 


    The name of their site is fabric-stores.com.

  2. lou19 | | #2

    great link. Will be makinga  victorian dress this year, so will look at again

    1. Ocrafty1 | | #3

      1912 Titanic Sewing Project

      Thanks! I love it when people pass on great links.

        Have you checked out the 1912 Titanic Sewing Project that is going to happen this yr.? I found the link in the 'extra's here on the Threads website. https://www.threadsmagazine.com/item/22260/sew-vintage-with-the-1912-project The Virtual Pattern Lending Library (VPLL) is asking for sewers to make clothing articles from the vintage patterns that they are reproducing from 1912 issues of La Mode Illustre, in honor of the 100 yr. anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. They have set up a Facebook Group for participants to keep in touch and get to know each other. https://www.facebook.com/groups/150154328429802/  

      "This group is for and about a project to sew the patterns from the 1912 year of La Mode Illustree, in conjunction with the anniversary of the Titanic

      If you would like to join the project and sew patterns from 1912, please email [email protected] for further information."

      I have made a few things from the Civil War era, but haven't tried anything from the 19-teens era. I am really looking forward to learning a lot of new techniques, as well as more about this time period.


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