My own offerings
- Do you need a good pattern for recreating the pourpoint of Charles de Blois? I have one! To see pictures of garments made from my pattern, click here.
- Do you want to know how the pourpoint of Charles VI of France was really made? Buy a copy of the journal where I explain it all.
- Do you wonder what books are in my reference library? Check out my Librarything catalog.
The links below will likely change and grow over time. Check back regularly. I’ve placed them in no particular order. If you think there’s a good site out there that should be listed here, let me know. I do not make any promises, but I very much doubt these lists will ever be “complete”. Please note: I don’t promote off-the-rack clothing companies here because the focus of this site is to encourage people to make their own historical clothing. However, I admire a number of these companies and feel they fill a vital need in the community. Pattern-drafting and sewing are not everyone’s fun.
Other websites and blogs with good information
- Karen Larsdatter’s Medieval and Renaissance Material Culture
- Michael Zander’s Effigies and Brasses
- Michael Zander’s Manuscript Miniatures
- Michael Zander’s Armour in Art
- I. Marc Carlson’s Some Clothing of the Middle Ages
- Dame Helen’s Library
- Charlotte Johnson’s By My Measure
- Heather Rose Jones’ Archaeological Sewing
- Cindy Myers’ Medieval Silkewerk
- Gothic Eye
- Chris Laning’s Paternosters
- Medieval Silkwork
- The Medieval Combat Society’s 13th and 14thc Female Clothing page
- Will McLean’s A Commonplace Book
- Jen Thompson’s The Zen of Spiral Lacing
- Rosalie’s Medieval Woman
- James and Kimberley Barker’s Historic Life
- Freelance Academy Press – books about how medieval martial arts were actually practiced
- Fabrics-store.com – decent color selection for well-priced medium-quality linen. Perfectly good for recreation needs.
- Hemp Basics – a reliable hemp textile retailer. Carries fabric, cord, yarn, and rope.
- Dharma Trading Co. – silk fabric and dyeing supplies
- Fabric.com – large selection of wools among other fabrics
- Gaukler Medieval Wares – reproduction jewelry concentrating in 13th through 15th centuries
- Lorifactor – Polish reproductions of belts, fittings, and other hard goods
- Wm. Booth, Draper – sewing supplies, linen, wool, and silk
- Celtic Linens – high-quality linen for reproduction-level projects
- Superior Threads – nice selection of silk embroidery/sewing thead
- Fashion Fabrics Club – huge selection of fabric
- Silk Resource – high-end silk fabrics for a great discount
- 96 District Fabrics – great quality and caters to the recreation crowd
- Nearsea Naturals – organic sewing supplies and padding/stuffing materials
Re-creation and Living History Groups