Historical Sewing

Historical sewing is the use of non-modern techniques in sewing. It is commonly part of dressmaking, but also encompasses artistic forms of sewing such as embroidery. The intention is to limit the techniques used in the creation of a piece of work to those which would have been in a specific time-period.

Sewing is one of the oldest of the textile arts, arising in the Paleolithic era. The craft has evolved as technology, costume, and fashion have changed, and the study of historical sewing seeks to retain the use of known traditional methods, and to recover lost ones.

Patterns of Fashion 2
Patterns of Fashion 1: Englishwomen's Dresses and Their Construction C. 1660-1860
Corsets and Crinolines
English Women's Clothing in the Nineteenth Century: A Comprehensive Guide with 1,117 Illustrations (Dover Fashion and Costumes)
Fairchild's Dictionary of Textiles
Nineteenth-Century Fashion in Detail
Period Costume for Stage & Screen: Patterns for Womens' Dress, 1800 - 1909
Period Costume for Stage and Screen: Dominos, Dolmans, Coats, Pelisses, Spencers, Calashes, Hoods & Bonnets
Historical Fashion in Detail: The 17th and 18th Centuries
The Cut of Women's Clothes: 1600-1930
The Victorian Tailor: An Introduction to Period Tailoring
Patterns of Fashion 4: The Cut and Construction of Linen Shirts, Smocks, Neckwear, Headwear and Accessories for Men and Women C. 1540-1660
Patterns of Fashion 3: The Cut and Construction of Clothes for Men and Women, C.1560-1620
Tudor Tailor: Reconstructing sixteenth - century dress
The Cut of Men's Clothes: 1600-1900