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Lists of clothes and pattern merchants.


NOTE: See also the files: clothing-msg, merch-fabrics-msg, patterns-msg, seamstresses-msg, clothing-bib, clothing-books-msg, clothing-FAQ, merchanting-msg.





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From: bj at alpha1.csd.uwm.edu (Barbara Jean Kuehl)

Newsgroups: rec.org.sca

Subject: Re: Medieval Clothes Patterns?

Date: 19 Dec 1995 13:34:40 GMT

Organization: Information & Media Technologies, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee


In article <4ai033$393 at news.fsu.edu>, Paul Diaguila <˙y> wrote:

>My lady and I are looking for a source of patterns for Medieval cloths.

>Any help will be rewarded with much gratitude...


The following is a list of catalogs which have been recommended as

possible sources of historic clothing and/or fantasy items with

medieval flavor.  The compiler of this list makes no claims as to the

quality of either the merchandise or service provided by these

companies. This list is excerpted from the Medieval and Renaissance

Wedding FAQ.


For readymade medieval clothing or period patterns and accessories:


Amazon Vinegar & Pickling Works

2218 East 11th Street

Davenport, IA 52803


They have three catalogs.  The Pattern catalog ($7.00) illustrates

over 1,000 patterns for men, women, children and dolls, medieval

through 1950.  The Shoe catalog ($5.00) has shoes from all periods.  

The General catalog ($3.00) has everything except patterns -- hats

and bonnets, readymade clothing, accessories, toys, books,

kitchenware, etc.


Authentic Wardrobe

12710 E. Wentworth Ct.

Vail, AZ 85641

Source of readymade clothing and cloaks as well as special orders.


Carolina Stitches in Time

Box 10933

Winston-Salem, NC 27108

No current information available.


Chivalry Sports

PO Box 18904

Tucson, AZ 85731-8904


Source of clothing, books, weaponry and some patterns.  They publish

a "catalog magazine" ($14 for a 1-year subscription).


Creative Costuming

Address unknown


Source of clothing and accessories patterns from 1200-1800 AD.

No current information available.


Greystone Garb

Address unknown


Source of handmade period clothing.  No current information available.


Harriet's, Etc

(specify Rental, Tailoring or Pattern Division)

P.O. Box 1363

Winchester, VA 22604


Emphasis is on the 18th & 19th centurys (catalogs of patterns for

ladies', men's or children's fashions are $3.50 each).  They also

have historical costumes for rental or will make costumes to order,

although I'm unsure if they will do medieval or Renaissance.


Hedgehog Handworks

P. O. Box 45384

Westchester, CA 90045

(310) 670-6040


8406 Flight Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 90045

No readymade clothing but a source of costuming books and other items

needed to make clothes (stitchery supplies, notions, needlework

tools, stays, hooks, clasps, and buttons) except the fabric.  They

charge $5 for their catalog, refundable with an order of $30 or more.


Historic Fashions

1812 N. Queens Lane #219

Arlington, Va 22201

No current information available.


House Morning Star

11246 S. Post Oak Rd. #217

Houston, TX 77035


Source of patterns, books, and sewing materials, but they will also

make costumes to order.  Mostly Tudor stuff:  bodices, skirts, and

chemises-as well as men's garb.


JAS Townsend & Son

P.O. Box 415

Pierceton, IN 46562


Emphasis is on the 18th and 19th centuries.



Post Office Box 3315

Truckee, CA 96160


Source of medieval items (armor, swords, jewelry, cups) and Period

Patterns. The items catalog is not free, but you can request a

Period Pattern flyer for free.


Moresca Clothing and Costume

361 Union Center Rd

Ulster Park, NY 12487


Source of capes, tunics, etc.  Catalogs cost $5.00 plus $1.75 for

shipping and handling.


Museum Replicas Ltd

2143 Gees Mill Road

Box 840

Conyers, GA 30207


Source of medieval clothing and accessories such as swords, jewelry,

goblets, relics, etc.


Puffs and Slashes

c/o L. R. Fox

P. O. Box 443

Bloomington, IN 47402-0443

An anotated bibliography of pre-1650 costume sources (including books

and periodicals).  $2.50 per copy


The Queens Thimble

515 S. Evergreen Dr

Mira Loma, CA 91752-1577


Source of handmade period clothing.  No current information available.



P.O. Box 93095

Pasadena, CA 91109


Source of medieval and renaissance patterns.  The catalog is $5.00

($7.00 if shipped first class) but is very large.  They also sell

books and some accessories.


Renaissance Herald (was Renaissance Shopper)

P.O. Box 422

Riverside, CA 92502


Actually a quarterly magazine, which contains advertisements for many

companies dealing in period garb, armor, weapons, etc, etc...Lists

quite a few clothing makers, including one who says they specialize

in Renaissance wedding garb.  They have two subscription plans:  for

$7.00, you get a lifetime subscription, but it is sent at bulk mail

rates; for $5.00 annually, you get the magazine at first class mail



Rose D'Zynes

1196 Sunglow Drive

Oceanside, CA 92056


Source of custom-designed medieval and Renaissance wedding attire for

rent or purchase.  Call to request a videotape of bridal fashions.


St. Michael's Leather Emporium

156 E Second Street, Suite One

New York, NY 10009


Source of custom-designed leather armor, jewelry and Renaissance-era

clothing. Catalog costs about $3.00.


Sterling Silks/Sterling Cloth Company

701 Cleveland Avenue Southwest

Canton, Ohio  44702


Source of silk fabrics, thread, etc.


Whole Costumer's Catalog

PO Box 207

Beallsville, PA 15313


A listing of catalogs and stores that sell fabric, patterns,

accessories, etc.  Costs $17.95 (incl. S&H).



For medieval weapons, jewelry and other gift items (but very little

clothing and no patterns):


Art & Artifact

2451 E. Enterprise Pkwy

Twinsburg, OH 44087


Check out their wedding chalice, a reproduction of an 18th century

English piece.


Atlanta Cutlery

Dept. TFH

2143 Gees Mill Road

Box 839

Conyers, GA. 30207



The Cottage Works

12 W. Willow Grove Ave., Box 186

Philadelphia, PA 19118-3952


No current information available.


Dancing Dragon

5670 West End Road, #4

P.O. Box 1106

Arcata, CA 95521


Source of fantasy dragon items.  Check out their dragon champagne

flutes, dragon bride & groom caketopper (in pewter), and double

dragon banner.


Distant Caravans

PO Box 5254

Reno, NV 89513


Source of middle eastern clothing and belly dancing jewelry.


Fellowship Foundry

2550 East 12th St.,

Oakland, CA 94601.


Source of pewter wedding goblets.


Gryphon's Moon

3557 Tanner's Mill road

Gainesville, GA 30507-8828


Source of Celtic rings and pendants.


The Metropolitan Museum of Art

255Gracie Station

New York, NY 10028-9998


Source of jewelry reproduced from ancient, medieval and renaissance



The Noble Collection

P.O. Box 831

Merrifield, VA 22116


Source of swords, helmets, suits of armor, axes, and letter openers.


North Shore Gifts

4857 Alcyn Dr.

Racine, WI  53402-2507


No current information available.


Past Times

280 Summer Street

Boston, MA 02210-1182


Source of gifts and jewelry from Great Britain inspired by "the past"

(Anglo-Saxon, Viking, Medieval, Tudor, Stuart, Victorian, etc.).  

Check out their medieval tapestry wall-hangings.


Things Medieval

300 West Gray

Suite 110

Norman, OK 73069


Claim to be the largest armorer in the country.  Specialize in

mail as well as preformed rings.  Send SASE for catalog.



Subject: clothing merchant listings

Date: Thu, 28 May 1998 12:41:50 -0500

From: "Browne, Douglas D." <dbrowne at indiana.edu>

To: "'stefan at texas.net'" <stefan at texas.net>


Could I get you to list another clothing merchant in your Florigileum (sp?)



Howdy To Your Face (http://www.howdygarb.com) is a leading manufacturer of

tourney garb (i.e. the everyday garb you wear to the camping event in the

rain and the mud, but that you still want to look period and look pretty



Howdy To Your Face, PO Box 40, Bloomington, IN 47402 USA.

Estrella War, Gulf Wars, War of the Lilies, Midrealm-Meridies Border Raids,

Pennsic War as a minimum.


The main contact person is THL Katrinn de Ferrara (Kathy Burke), who owns

the business. Phone 812-863-7450. We can take personal checks as well as

Visa, MasterCard, and Discover.


Vlad de Jaffa/Doug Browne

Webmaster/"The Computer Guy"

Howdy To Your Face




Date: Fri, 05 Feb 99 21:02:10 MST

From: "Casta Diva" <castadivagarb at hotmail.com>

To: ansteorra at Ansteorra.ORG


Greetings to All, and to those attending Estrella War,

an announcement.


Pardon for the traffic, but we made a late decision

to attend Estrella War, and did not make it onto the

list of merchants sent out. We wouldn't want you to

miss us on an oversight like that, so, here goes...


Casta Diva, providing you with exceptional court garb,

would like to announce that we will be in attendance

at Estrella War, and have new and exciting additions

for your perusal.


If this is the first time you've heard of Casta Diva,

this is NOT your average garb. Casta Diva offers

clothing designed for wear in opera(read 'gorgeous,

comfortable, convenient to wear and built to last

through rigorous abuse') based on historical models,

including the works of Janet Arnold, that would truly

suit royalty in period.


For a look at some of the Casta Diva garb, visit the web

page at:




Casta Diva is based in Atlantia, and not often seen in the

southern climes. Take advantage of this rare opportunity to

see (and try on)(and maybe even purchase) this incredible

clothing, worn by international Divas. Pricing is reasonable-

look at the material and the work, and do some calculations.

Most folks couldn't (or wouldn't have time to) make garb like

this for themselves, and of those who could, the prices would

be hard to match just for raw materials.


Tell your friends. Bring your money. Bring your friends. Bring

your friend's money. (Sorry, friends are no longer accepted as

trade for garb. We do, however, happily accept the Lady Visa,

Master Card and American Express.) Please pass on this

information to those who would be interested.


For further information, please contact Casta Diva at:


            castadivagarb at hotmail.com


            castadiv at access.digex.net


            or call (703) 938 6631



From: Chiara [chiara at io.com]

Sent: Thursday, June 27, 2002 3:21 PM

To: ansteorra at ansteorra.org

Subject: Re: [Ansteorra] Garb question...sort of


I have, it was pretty nice to deal with them and the order was sent when

they said it be sent and received when they said it would be received. Your

right, they carry items not many other carry. :)



Chiara Francesca Arianna d'Onofrio

Steppes, Ansteorra


----- Original Message -----

From: "Cahira" <cahira_of_bonwicke at yahoo.com>

To: <ansteorra at ansteorra.org>

Sent: Thursday, June 27, 2002 2:44 PM

Subject: [Ansteorra] Garb question...sort of


> Has anybody on list ever ordered anything from

> www.farthingales.on.ca? I have found some stuff there

> that I haven't been able to find locally, but I am

> always leary of ordering from a site that I know

> nothing of.

> Thanks in advance for any help.

> Cahira

> Asterisk



From: Robin Craig [aceiatx at yahoo.com]

Sent: Thursday, July 18, 2002 10:24 AM

To: bryn-gwlad at ansteorra.org

Subject: Re: [Bryn-gwlad] Pennsic Purchase Question???????????


Well, the dress itself is very pretty, but it is very much a fantasy dress.


A period person would never have used a patchwork effect such as this (unless

maybe a gypsy - I don't know).


For online costume shoppoing, you might also try






--- Herodotus <Herodotus at mlxivi.com> wrote:

> I am considering buying a Dress for my wife for This Pennsic on E-Bay

> http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&;item=1749792799

> The seller calls it a fantasy dress, and not totally period, but it

> looks OK to me.

> I need some opinions or options, (And not making our own cloths, we

> both can not sew), also is the buy it now price too high.

> H.



From: Brian & Pam Martin [twinoak at cox-internet.com]

Sent: Thursday, July 18, 2002 9:52 AM

To: bryn-gwlad at ansteorra.org

Subject: Re: [Bryn-gwlad] Pennsic Purchase Question???????????


Aethelyan is right.  The price is too high and I think you lady wife would

feel uncomfortable in this at an SCA event.  I've searched around a little

bit and found some sites that sell clothes that look very nice and the

prices are much more reasonable.  I've never ordered anything from them so

I'm not sure of their reliability, but the garments themselves look to be of

a high quality.









Good luck shopping!


Jehanne d'Avignon

Baroness of Bryn Gwlad



From: Monette Mueller [emelinedeneville at yahoo.com]

Sent: Thursday, July 18, 2002 10:14 AM

To: bryn-gwlad at ansteorra.org

Subject: Re: [Bryn-gwlad] Pennsic Purchase Question???????????


Another source of garb (as well as armor, feast-gear,

etc) is www.renstore.com.


The company has been in business quite awhile, are

very reputable, and their designs are simple and less

likely to cause a 'time-ripple'.  The proprietress is

a member of the SCA, as well as most of her staff.

Their items are usually in stock, available for rush

delivery and are much less expensive than the item you

saw on eBay.


I have used them before, and have never had a problem.


Emeline de Neville



From: Sunny Medlock <sunnyday78723 at yahoo.com>

Date: May 12, 2005 6:28:55 PM CDT

To: Barony of Bryn Gwlad <bryn-gwlad at ansteorra.org>

Subject: Re: [Bryn-gwlad] Socks


It has been brought to my attention that I posted a link that makes it difficult to find socks at this site.  Here is a better link for you to try,



mea culpa,




Sunny Medlock <sunnyday78723 at yahoo.com> wrote:


I have decided I am in desparate need of a much better alternative to the modern synthetic stockings I have been wearing under my dresses. I don't have the time or patience to sew them from linen, or knit them from wool or silk. Cotton socks from the Basket Man http://www.thebasketman.com/corp.htm have been recomended to me, so I think I will put in an order soon.





From: Nadine Latief <nl33 at cornell.edu>

Date: May 12, 2005 9:51:58 PM CDT

To: Barony of Bryn Gwlad <bryn-gwlad at ansteorra.org>

Subject: Re: [Bryn-gwlad] Socks


My favorite SCA merchants, Historic Enterprises, sell linen socks:




Need garters for them though.





From: Kathleen Kinard <belle_vivre at yahoo.com>

Date: May 13, 2005 8:19:12 AM CDT

To: Barony of Bryn Gwlad <bryn-gwlad at ansteorra.org>

Subject: Re: [Bryn-gwlad] Socks


I bought lovely cotton stockings from JS Townsend &

Sons... yes, they've got elastic in them, but I just

roll a cuff at the knee and never need garters-

they're SOOO comfy! and NOT expensive whatsoever...


/\ |eronica

   \ |  /\  |enier

   \|    \ |




From: Sunny Medlock <sunnyday78723 at yahoo.com>

Date: May 13, 2005 8:35:52 AM CDT

To: Barony of Bryn Gwlad <bryn-gwlad at ansteorra.org>

Subject: Re: [Bryn-gwlad] Socks


The advantage to Historic enterprises is that they are spot on accurate

(or as close as we can get with out a time machine).


The disadvantage is that they are $20.


Yes, I could make them.  There is even a good layout on the Renaissance

Tailor's website, and I could purchase a pattern from

www.reconstructinghistory.com, but that would take time, and I would

rather be making a new dress right now.


Someday, I will have real, historically accurate stockings that are

appropriate for my persona.  Someday...


For now I am going with the sock man (whose striped socks look an awful

lot like some I have seen in old paintings)





From: "Schuster, Robert L." <SchusterRL at UMSYSTEM.EDU>

Date: February 22, 2010 2:12:52 PM CST

To: CALONTIR at listserv.unl.edu

Subject: Re: [CALONTIR] Garb Sources?





Both have good customer service and the end products are generally accepted as excellent.

I plan to hit both shops at Gulf War:)



Whose garb is suffering these days


-----Original Message-----

<<< I made the miserable mistake of actually paying attention to my

calendar this morning while doing some work at work (shocking!). In

doing so, it dawned on me that it's practically March, Lilies War is

only a few months away, and I have 1 person completely without garb

and another needing to replace some stuff that's gone to the wayside.

While I can sew up a storm when my mind is put to the task, time

always seems to be a factor and continues to slip away from me,

especially since I tend to do everything by hand rather than by

machine these days.


Sooo...I was wondering if folks out there had any online resources

that they trust and like to use to obtain "garb-in-a-pinch" when they

just don't have the time or energy to do it themselves. What sites are

good for what things? Does one need to be wary of sizing (ie: like

renstore.com where their 2X is more like a L for some things)? Are

there any specialty sites you recommend? Are there any SCA merchants

online that could use more SCA business?


Jibra'il. >>>



From: Jacquelyne Frankhouser <mairghead at JUNO.COM>

Date: February 22, 2010 2:17:27 PM CST

To: CALONTIR at listserv.unl.edu

Subject: Re: [CALONTIR] Garb Sources?


I make and sell garb.  I will be at Chieftains, and my etsy site is www.maggiebruce.etsy.com  I don't outsource to Pakistan it's all done here.

I do commissions as well. mairghead at gmail.com





To: SCA Newcomers list <scanewcomers at yahoogroups.com>

Subject: Re: Need some advice

Posted by: "David Backlin" edrei at smythkepe.org quiet2284

Date: Tue May 4, 2010 7:18 am ((PDT))


From: "peneth4" <frasercp at hotmail.com>

<<< There is an ebay seller who has a number of gowns for sale that I like the

look of but am unsure how "authenticly medieval" they are.


Would appreciate some feedback on how close they are to the real thing.

The links are:


http://myworld.ebay.com.au/your_dressmaker_medieval/ >>>


Sorry for the late response, but I noticed the items are made in Thailand.

I've known a few people who have ordered similar items and have reported

so-so quality for items made in China or Thailand.


My own (perhaps slightly biased) suggestion would be to check some SCA


-Barbs Garb

-Briar Patch Garb

-Neverland Designs

-THLJudith (on e-bay)


THL Edrei the Quiet

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