Aceros De Hispania--Elizabethan Scissors
Reproduction of a pair of 17th century scissors. An accurate reproduction of the type of scissors used by Elizabethan Tailors and others.
AlterYears (formerly known as Raiments) is the place to go for elizabethan corsetry supplies. They sell steel boning of all sizes, a dazzling array of grommets, wooden busks, hoop wire, millinery supplies, and anything else the re-enactor could possibly desire. They sell patterns for a variety of elizabethan corsets and bodices, and finished corsets as well.
2218 E. 11th St.
Davenport, IA 52803-3760
(800) 798-7979 - orders ONLY and only from the US
(319) 322-4003 - fax
Spring steel boning in 1/4 and 1/8 inch widths
silk fabrics dyed to order
Big Daddy's Gypsy Caravan
Historical Period Patterns, and a variety of linen, silk and wool are now available (both retail and wholesale)
Bevilacqua Fine Fabrics
Santa Croce 1320
Phone: (39-041) 712-384
Not like any of us can afford these hand-loomed voided velvets and reproduction silk brocades, but these are some of the most beautiful renaissance fabrics in the world today.
Over 30 colors of high-quality cotton velvet & velveteen.
Burnley & Trowbridge
108 Druid Drive
Williamsburg, VA 23185
CATALOG AND SWATCHES $4.00
We have added to our inventory, linsey woolsey, several hemp products, many fustians as well as the usual assortment of wools and linens. Also available all manner of notions (including boning) patterns and books related to costuming and textiles.
Calontir Trim Dazzling Array of hundreds of trims, metallic & non-metallic, for historical costume. Searcheable site!
Cheap trims, and lots of them! Hold onto your wallet--this site is a budget-buster.
Sells reproduction glass aglets (lacing tips) for lacing and decorating your Elizabethan gown. The perfect finish to your outfit!
P.O. Box 15743
Philadelphia, PA 19103
They currently provide busks (including hard-to-find spoon busks!), corset patterns and books, boning, bone casing, lacing, bone tips, grommets, and more with new supplies constantly being added.
Purveyors of fine linens, woolens and silks at superb prices
Designer Fabrics (aka the Orange Bag Store)
For superlative brocades, this is the place to go.
PO Box 150916
San Rafael, CA 94915
White & natural colored silk & cotton, all weights, at the lowest prices you'll ever find.
An online site which sells many fabrics. The one fabric of note for historical costumers is the linen--Fabricclub.com sells very nice, medium-to-heavy weight 100% linen in a wide variety of colors and at a very good price. (A word of warning: they take an exceedingly long time to deliver, upwards of 2 months.)
Sells Willow withies for making real willow-boned farthingales
Enhancements Costume Supply
P.O. Box 8604
Anaheim, CA 92812-0604
(714) 638-4545 (FAX)
12 bones of any kind (steel, spiral 1/4" or 1/2") for $4.00 or .35 each. Sizes can be mixed.
Fabric Masterpieces Seller of acetate-silk brocades in rich renaissance patterns
286 Monteith Ave.
Stratford, Ontario N5A-2P8, Canada
One of the few carriers of artificial whalebone and spoon busks on the continent. They carry various types of boning in both metal and plastic, as well as corset fabrics, corset lace and hoopsteel. Catalogue & swatches are available.
Very cheap cotton velvets, linens & other fabrics.
My current favorite online site for cheap linen in all sorts of colors.
Lots of different kinds of wool, and other fabrics as well.
Fire Mountain Gems
The one-stop shopping source for cheap pearls, beads, findings,and other jewelry-making supplies.
A variety of Renaissance ribbons, trims and braid
Large selection of trim, cord, piping, braid, fringes,and other detailing accessories for costume. Shop online!
295 Main Street
South River, NJ 08882
Some of the items they carry in stock are corset supplies including boning, hoop steel, steel busks, eyelets, trim, lace, buttons, clasps, patterns, jewels and accessories. One of the few purveyors of Artificial whalebone in the US.
Greenberg and Hammer
24 W. 57th St.
NY, New York
212-246-2835 or 1-800-955-5135
steel and plastic boning, super-size hooks & eyes for bodice closings, and every theatricle costume item imaginable. Their prices are the cheapest I've found anywhere.
606 West Baca Street
Trinidad CO 81082
Sells exquisite period Pinking Tools (used to make the fashionable "pinks", or small cuts and slashes, in Elizabethan garments) in a variety of sizes, at $35 each.
Hats by Leko
A wide variety of hatmaking supplies, including blocked & unblocked felts, sizing, millinary wire, and books & videos on the art of hatmaking.
P.O. Box 45384
Westchester, CA 90045
An impressive array of hard-to-find boning, buttons, metallic thread, costuming books and useful accessories for the historic costumer or re-enactor.
Hamilton Dry Goods
2510 Randolph Road
Cookeville, TN 38506
A wide variety of period fabrics suitable for re-enactment.
Sateens, stripes, and a dazzling array of brocades fashioned from horsehair.
JAS Townsend & Son
P.O. Box 415
Pierceton, IN 46562
Steel boning in 1/4 inch widths ($.35/ea), as well as a vast array of accessories and supplies for re-enactors of several periods.
We carry 1/2" and 1/4" steel boning, busks, hoop wire, farthingales, jewelry, hats, cauls, fans, etc. We do carry some ready to wear items, other items are by special order.
3163 Adeline Street
Berkeley, CA 94703
(510) 843-7178 9am-6pm pst
Fax: (510) 843-5018
Though Lacis is known more for lace, needlework and other textile supplies, they have a good selection of boning, busks, hoopskirt-wire, and other corset supplies.
26 W. 38th St.
New York, NY 10036
Though they have no web page or email address, Manny's Millinery has the best & cheapest millinary supplies I've found. Millinary wire and buckram in all weights, dozens of different hat shapes, head blocks, spray sizing, spring steel millinary wire, millinary glue, hat racks, etc., etc. $25 minimum on all orders.
Though aimed at the doll-making industry, this site has an amazing variety of fabrics. You can find lightweight wools, linens, batistes, and a variety of trims.
Beautiful array of exotic trims
Patterns of Time
1028 North Union Blvd.
Colorado Springs, CO 80909-3811
P. O. Box 2164
Appomattox, Va. 24522 USA
They sell front-closing corset busks in a number of different lengths, at good prices.
Reconstructing History Patterns
A line of authentically cut and reproduced patterns, including Elizabethan, Irish and others. Polish and German renaissance patterns due out in 2005.
If you're looking for $3 a yard velveteen, $2 a yard wool and $5 a yard linen, this is the place to visit.
Fabrics and trim specifically for re-enactors--silk, wool, linen & more.
A wide variety of beautiful brocades.
Beautiful ribbons and trims like you've never imagined! Imported from Europe. The Jacquard Ribbons are exceptionally dreamy.
Richard the Thread
8320 Melose Avenue #201
Los Angeles, CA
Good prices, but you must buy in bulk (12 or more bones of a particular size)
The Ribbon Club
offers some vintage ribbons made of cotton, silk and linen by the yard. They also have unusual French ribbons like woven jacquard, satin, taffeta, silk and more.
Rutherfords Fabric and Trim
Lots of very classy brocades & trims--not cheap, but really, really gorgeous.
P.O. Box 2900
Farmington Hills, MI 48333
hand-embroidered crewel fabrics straight from India, in a number of period Elizabethan & Jacobean patterns. A real bargain!
The Silk Connection
Silk fabrics of all sorts: Shantung, dupioni, habotai, satin, and more.
The Silk Trading Company
Hundreds of silk textiles. Mostly aimed towards the drapery market, and quite pricey, but very luxurious. They have 100% silk velvet.
West Chesterfield, MA 01084
Though they specialize in 18th and 19th century fabrics, they do have unusual and hard to find silk and linen fabrics. They also have linen, worsted and specialty ribbons & tapes.
242 State Street
Los Altos, CA 94022
Phone: (415) 948-8611
Fax: (415) 948-3426
Toll free numbers: 1-800-722-SILK ( 1-800-221-SILK in California)
Their price list is free; for a $20 deposit you can get samles of every kind of silk they have (@400 types!) If you order within a certain time, you'll get the deposit back.The best mailorder source for rare silk fabrics, including silk-wool and silk-linen blends.
110 Mill St. Suite #9
Middletown, PA 17057
Specializes in natural fabrics and historical cloth and patterns for re-creationists. EXQUISITE brocades!!!
Replica brooches, buttons and Tudor/Elizabethan dress accessories (like sew on jewels in gold settings), based off of famous Tudor portraits. The only place I've found accurate-looking sew-on jewels.
5870 Soquel Drive (showroom)
P.O. Box 1504 (correspondence)
Soquel, CA 95073
831-476-9007 / 831-476-1102
Direct importers of antique fabrics from around the world; including silk damasks, brocades and velvets from Italy, France, Belgium, Germany. Wholesale and Retail.
718 Main St
Evanston, IL 60202
High-end purveyor of all fabrics. Has hard-to-find items like wool challis, wool satin, top-end faux fur, lambswool velveteen, and more.
Wooded Hamlet Designs
4044 Coseytown Rd.
Greencastle, PA 17225
ribbons & trim of linen, a variety of silks, metallic gold & silver, & wool. I use their silk ribbon to tie points, as it's the only silk ribbon I've found that doesn't slip. They also sell linen & silk thread, buttons, and other old-fashioned needleworking supplies. Catalog & swatches available.
If anyone has a mail-order source of linen or silk that's not listed here or in the costuming FAQ, Tell me and I'll add it to this list.