Internet Sources for Information on Clothing During the Late American Colonial Period
Galleries of Paintings
The best linen I've ever seen! Real Irish and Belgian linen.
If your pockets aren't full enough to buy Irish, try fabrics-store.com. They sell 100% linen in a number of weights, styles, and colours. Their linen is produced in Russian and the Ukraine, which gives it a slightly ivory appearance compared to the bluish-white of Irish and Belgian linens. It's also not as fine. But for the price, it is excellent. Don't forget to check out the "Oooops" Sale and the Fabric Doggie Bag for great discounts.
The Mannings Handweaving School and Supply Center
The only place I know in the Northeast U.S. where you can take a week-long, 40-hour class on weaving. In addition to their classes, they sell everything you could want for weaving, spinning, dyeing, and knitting. Their wool singles weave up beautifully. And I couldn't live without their 40/2 linen thread.
Are you a Lace Hag? Then you probably already know Lacis. Lace-making threads as fine as a baby's eyelash and everything you need to support your habit.
More of a supplier to hippy naturalists than to re-enactors, but they sell good stuff at great prices. Weaving, spinning, and natural dyeing supplies and very kind and friendly service.
La Couturière Parisienne Costume and Fashion Site
A wonderful resource for paintings of costume of the period (and other periods). Don't forget to keep clicking "NEXT ERA" at the bottom right to get the whole century.
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