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
Abraham’s Lady - specializing in Civil War era
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.”
The Button Shop – all kinds of buttons
CorsetMaking.com – wide range of supplies for your corset sewing; fast shipping
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
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
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
Three Feathers Pewter – lovely pewter buttons!
Village Hat Shop – hats galore!
Vintage Textiles - Vintage linens, laces and fabrics
Wes Terner’s Outfitter – various costume accessories and patterns
Wooded Hamlet - natural tapes, carries cage crinoline kits
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