This list is in no way exhaustive, simply vendors we’ve dealt with in the past, have friends who have done business with them and had a positive experience, or sites we find interesting.
Remember caveat emptor with any online merchant.
Companies offering various costume supplies including tools & notions, made-to-order costumes, historical costume accessories and some other really cool living history stuff.
1860-1960 – antique garments and accessories for sale
A & A Wig and Hairpiece Corporation – heads, hair, cases & hair supplies
Abraham’s Lady – specializing in Civil War era
American Duchess – historical shoes built for modern costumers – tell Lauren & Abby I sent you!
Annie’s Crafts (was Clotilde)– home of the famous Perfect Pleater
B.Black & Sons – industry sewing supplies
Burnley & Trowbridge Co. – 18th and early 19th C. supplies
Butterfly Frillies – custom corsets, Recommended by Linda Shoberg
The Button Baron – buttons & notions 1840-1940
Button Emporium & Ribbonry – recommended by Nora: “They have every kind of ribbon you could possibly image as well as one of a kind rare French and German ribbon.”
CorsetMaking.com – wide range of supplies for your corset sewing; fast shipping
Dames a la Mode – rhinestone/paste, coral and pearl jewelry for 18th century and Regency ensembles (could be used for Victorian or Edwardian too) – tell Taylor I sent you!
Denise Nadine Design – hat & bonnet buckram frames and kits
Dharma Trading Co. – white & natural silks and cottons; THE source for fabric dyes
The Dressmaker’s Shop – general costume supplies, patterns, books, etc.
Farthingales – all sorts of supplies for corset and hoopskirt/bustle making
Fire Mountain Gems – beads, beads, beads, findings, and other jewelry making supplies
Hedgehog Handworks – hard-to-find needlework supplies and books
The Historical Hairdresser – custom & pre-made wigs and hairpieces. When you order, please tell Tracy you found her from HistoricalSewing.com!
Lacis – fabulous notions and tools
Lots of Buttons – over 26,000 different buttons
JAS Townsend & Son – great company focusing on 18th and early 19th C. living history supplies
Nancy’s Notions – general sewing notions and supplies
Online Fabrics Store – hoopwire, buckram
Panther Primitives – makers of fabulous reenacting tents and other supplies
Patterns of Time – loads of sewing patterns as well as notions & supplies
PGM Dressform – general sewing supplies catering to fashion/costume industries
Richard the Thread – supplies specifically for historical costume making -West Coast US shop
Sarah’s Hat Boxes – a large variety of hat boxes made in the USA
Sew True – *everything* for sewing including drafting supplies
Sock Dreams – stockings and knee-highs
Three Feathers Pewter – lovely pewter buttons!
Victorian Trading Company – jewelry, hat pins, accessories & more to complement your costumes
Village Hat Shop – hats galore!
Vintage Textiles – Vintage linens, laces and fabric
WAWAK Sewing Supplies – all manner of sewing supplies
Wes Terner’s Outfitter – various costume accessories and patterns
Wooded Hamlet – natural tapes, carries cage crinoline kits
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