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This site is primarily dedicated to 17th and 18th century costume in Europe and the American colonies.

On the Research page you'll find links to pages on existing items of clothing, an article on 17th and 18th Century Scottish Costume, a pictoral timeline of women's stays, a timeline of women's jackets, and various other stuff I'm working on.

On the Patterns page you'll find period knitting patterns, instructions for making a shift fitted to your dimensions, directions for fitting and sewing 18th c. stays, and links to other patterns online.

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Errata for Whatever Shall I Wear


Buy Whatever Shall I Wear: a Guide to Assembling a Woman’s Basic 18th Century Wardrobe

Errata page for the book


Other Stuff
(1745 Jacobite Reenacting Group)
Natural Dyes List

Credits: Artwork is from various sources, including
La Couturière Parisienne

Copyright Notice: The Author of this work retains full copyright for the written material on this page. Permission is granted to make and distribute verbatim copies of this document for non-commercial private research or educational purposes provided the copyright notice and this permission notice are preserved on all copies.

Copyright 2003, M. E. Riley