Sources and References

I’m a nerd for providing my sources and references for others to use. Here is a list of most of them. The ones in bold are the ones I use the most often or which I have found the most valuable as a resource.

I’m updating this all the time and it is getting longer and longer. You can jump to sections: General, Eighteenth Century, Nineteenth Century and Accessories.

General

Books and Articles

Websites and Blogs

Eighteenth Century

Books and Articles

  • Linda Baumgarten and John Watson, Costume Close-Up: Clothing Construction and Pattern 1750-1790 (Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, 1999).
  • Sharon Ann Burnston, Fitting & Proper: 18th Century Clothing from the Collection of the Chester County Historical Society (Scurlock Publishing Co, 1998).
  • Barbara Johnson, A Lady of Fashion: Barbara Johnson’s Album of Styles and Fabrics, ed. by Natalie Rothstein (Thames & Hudson, 1987). — You can also see pages from Johnson’s album on the V&A website (see below)
  • Lauren Stowell and Abby Cox, The American Duchess Guide to 18th Century Dressmaking (Page Street Publishing, 2017). — Containing four complete projects to create common outfits and accessories from 1740s, 1760s, 1780s and 1790s containing full period construction techniques and gridded patterns. Very good value and so informative.
  • The American Duchess Guide to 18th Century Beauty (Page Street Publishing, 2019).

Websites and Blogs

Documents

Nineteenth Century

Books and Articles

Regency

  • Hilary Davidson, Dress in the Age of Jane Austen: Regency Fashion (Yale University Press, 2019).
  • ‘Reconstructing Jane Austen’s Silk Pelisse, 1812-1814’, Costume 49(2): 198-223 (2015). — An excellent article available for free thanks to crowd-funding! Includes the pattern taken from original pelisse, research, method of construction and what it tells about the body of the woman who wore it.
  • Sarah Jane Downing, Fashion in the Time of Jane Austen (Shire Library, 2010).
  • Cassidy Percoco, Regency Women’s Dress: Techniques and Patterns 1800-1830 (QSM, 2015).

Victorian

Websites and Blogs

Accessories