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Arts & Crafts : Needle Crafting – Explore Costuming, Costume Making

Explore Costuming, Costume Making

Dressing up for the Occasion

Costume design isn't just reserved for Halloween and masquerade balls. It's needed for dramatic arts, plays, Ren Faire's, Medieval themed restaurants, and much more! You can learn a lot about costuming from the following resources; whether it's costume design, preparing fabrics, or creating your own patterns, these Web sites offer an abundance of costuming history and design information, free patterns and how-to, and other costume design related information.

Costuming How-to Resources

Renaissance Tailor
Helpful advice for novice and advanced costume makers alike. For the novice, there are articles on preparing fabrics, hand stitching techniques and how to draft your own patterns. For the more advanced, there are examples of actual patterns from the period as well as a glossary of period tailoring and textile terms.

Davyne Dial Millinery
A step-by-step instructional tutorial to make your own Titanic hat."Kate Winslet was stunning in her navy straw as she reluctantly embarked on her bittersweet fateful journey. Her hat can be easily reproduced in appropriate colors for your own special event or fateful journey."

Elizabethan Costuming
Features extensive information on Elizabethan Costuming including an intro to Elizabethan costume; 16th Century research; costume construction and how-to's; patterns; hats and headwear; colors and fabrics; accessories; and detailing and decoration.

La Couturière Parisienne
"All about period costume, from the Middle Ages up to the early 20th century. Access over 3800 costume pictures through a database, read one of hundreds of articles, or download some authentic period patterns."

Spotlight

Renaissance Tailor

Recreating 16th and 17th Century Clothing. Recreating historically accurate clothing can be a real challenge, no matter what the period of study. If your particular interest lies in the 16th and 17th century, then this site is for you!

The Renaissance Tailor contains helpful advice for novice and advanced costume makers alike. For the novice, there are articles on preparing fabrics, hand stitching techniques and how to draft your own patterns. For the more advanced, there are examples of actual patterns from the period as well as a glossary of period tailoring and textile terms.

The site also contains a monthly book review, a monthly technique demonstration section, a section on making your own trims, and a bibliography with information on how to obtain the rare texts.

The Renaissance Tailor can also be contacted for on-the-spot advice about any particular project you happen to be working on.

Visit the Renaissance Tailor