1890s Ballgown · Nineteenth Century · Research and Resources · Undergarments

1890s Project Research and Sources

Here is the list of sources and research I have used and referenced for my 1890s ball gown, undergarments and day wear project. I will update this as I go along.

Where I can, I have added the links so you can find the original source online.

Extant Examples



  • Dressmaking, Up to Date (Butterick Publishing Company, 1905). — A reprint of this is sold as Authentic Victorian Dressmaking Techniques, ed. by Kristina Harris (Dover, 1999).
  • M. K. Gifford, Needlework (Thomas Nelson and Sons, [c.1910]).
  • S. S. Gordon, The “Standard” Work on Cutting Ladies’ Tailor-Made Garments, revised edition (The Jno. J. Mitchell Co., 1908).
  • Charles Hecklinger, The “Keystone” Jacket and Dress Cutter: A Treatise on Jackets, Dresses and Other Garments for Women (Herald of Fashion Co., 1895).
  • Kristina Harris (ed.), 59 Authentic Turn-of-the-century Fashion Patterns (Dover, 2000) — A collection of dress patterns first printed in the 1890s in issues of The Voice of Fashion for use of dressmakers.
  • Elizabeth Rosevear, A Text-Book of Needlework, Knitting and Cutting-Out, 4th edn (Macmillan and Co., 1907). [First edition published 1893].
  • The Voice of Fashion, Vol XI, No. 45 (August, 1 1897) — a quarterly fashion magazine containing patterns and illustrations of the latest styles for the use of dressmakers.
  • —, Vol XII, No. 46 (November 14, 1897).
  • Agnes Walker and Jane A. Strachan, Manual of Needlework and Cutting Out, 8th edn (Blackie and Son, 1914). [First edition published 1897).


  • Janet Arnold, Patterns of Fashion 2: Englishwomen’s dresses and their construction c. 1860-1940 (Macmillan, 1977).
  • Stella Blum, Victorian Fashions and Costumes from Harper’s Bazar 1867-1898 (Dover Books, 1974).
  • Izabela Pitcher, The Victorian Dressmaker: Making Clothes for Women (Prior Attire, 2018).
  • Jill Salen, Corsets: Historical Patterns & Techniques (Batsford, 2008).
  • Norah Waugh, Corsets and Crinolines (Routledge/Theatre Art Books, 1954, repr. 2004).
  • The Cut of Women’s Clothes 1600-1930 (MPG, 1968).




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