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Some tips for fashion sketching: Fashion Era

Figure sheets from The Costumer's Manifesto: Rendering Links

General Costume Links

The Costumer's Manifesto

The Costume Page

BBC Costume Gallery

Vintage Victorian Fashion Reference Library

Fun Blogs

Emma's Ballgown in a Backpack

Gertie's Blog For Better Sewing

The Dreamstress

The Laced Angel

Wearing History

Curse Words and Crinolines

V is for Vintage

Experiments in Elegance

Quintessential Clothes Pen

Bright Copper Penny

American Duchess


Farthingales Corset Blog

All The Pretty Dresses

Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising Museum & Galleries

Museum of Fine Arts


"Big Box Stores"


McCall and affiliates


Historically Focused

Sense and Sensibility

Ageless Patterns

Past Patterns

Truly Victorian

Wearing History Mostly 1930's era

Modern / Indie

Sewaholic "Sewaholic Patterns is the first company to offer pretty, versatile sewing patterns for pear-shaped women! Our patterns are easy to use and designed to fit and flatter a pear-shaped figure."

Seamwork Magazine "Each issue of Seamwork comes with two patterns that take just three hours or less."

Cloth Habit "modern, stylish lingerie patterns with an attention to detail and professional, industry-style finishes and techniques."

Colette Patterns "Our classic pattern designs translate into garments that flatter a range of body types. They look great together, and can be mixed and matched to create a full modern wardrobe."

Supplies and Repairs

Somerville Sewing Center 280 Elm St., Davis Square, Somerville

Fabric Place Basement

Jo-Ann Fabric

Sewfisticated Discount Fabrics Twin City Plaza, Somerville

  • excellent $1/yard table, overall good prices but limited selection
  • also have a location in Framingham
  • one of my favorite places!

Sew Low Discount Fabrics 473 Cambridge St., Cambridge 617-661-8361

  • somewhat disorganized selection, reasonable prices

Fabric Corner

  • good selection of cotton prints, somewhat pricey

Winmil Fabrics 111 Chauncy St, Boston 617-542-1815

Playtime: 283 Broadway, Arlington

Online Fabric

Denver Fabrics

Fashion Fabrics Club

Sew Sassy lingerie supplies

Rentals Etc

Boston Costume (Garment District)

Costumes of Nashua

Reenactment Theater Costumes

Gentleman's Emporium


  • Teddy's Shoes
  • Boston Ballet Suggestions
  • Dance Crossroads 500 Washington St., Norwood, MA 781-551-2700 Hours: MTuFS 10-5:30 WTh 10-7
  • Boston Dancewear 173 Massachusetts Avenue Boston (617) 536-2281 Hours: M-S 10-6, Sunday 12-5
  • Theatrical Dance Footwear, Inc. 12 Channel Street Boston (617) 345-6788


Ida Costumes 2007

Pinafore Costumes 2007

Ruddigore Costumes 2008

A Little Night Music Costumes 2008

Pirates Costumes 2008

Iolanthe Costumes 2009

Mikado Costumes 2009

Gondoliers Costumes 2010

Patience Costumes 2010

Yeomen Costumes 2011

Secret Garden Costumes 2011

Sorcerer Costumes 2011

Grand Duke Costumes 2012

Into the Woods Costumes 2012