Victorian Source, Victorian Style History and Reference

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VICTORIAN STYLE HISTORY AND REFERENCE

ArtSparx has wonderful pictures of Victorian and other period homes, and historical paint color palettes for each.

Victoriana.com contains many, many wonderful articles and some pictures on life in the Victorian era, Victorian gardens, fashions, recipes, and so much more.

Ageless Patterns sells copies of authentic Victorian patterns, and they add a seam allowance to the pattern for you. You need to make your own adjustments for lack or corset (2 inches or so!). These ageless patterns are meant for theatrical costumes, but they would be great for Halloween also. Included are dresses, coats, underclothes (even corsets), hats, blouses, capes, mantels, etc. for women; and items for girls, boys and men. Each item is shown in a detailed black and white drawing for a great look back into the history of fashion. The pictures are fine enough to make your reproduction fashions authentic to detail.

Victorian Rituals describes Victorian etiquette, the language of fans and flowers, and much more. Very interesting.

The Antique and Collectible Exchange lists designs and decorations popular and originating (historical, jewelry and fashion) in the eras from Art Deco to Victorian. Very useful for collectors to date some of their objects.

The Costume Gallery contains articles and pictures from antique magazines and books, including pages of hairstyles through the ages, vintage dress, articles on vintage clothing, and research. Also included are portions of books (Ladies Indispensable Assistant, 1952, and Handbook of German Dress) and Magazines (Ladies Home Journal, Delineator Magazine, Frank Leslie's Gazette, and McCall's) - which offer the most wonderful look back in time.

Amazon Drygoods offers a pattern catalog illustrating over 1,100 historic, ethnic and hard-to-find clothing patterns for men, women, children and dolls, including Medieval to 1950, "Gone with the Wind", including "Folkwear" patterns. The most emphasis is on the Victorian period.

The Victorian Society of America has a schedule of Victorian society events from around the country.

Victorian Station has a description of how Victorian rooms were decorated, floor plans of some Victorian houses, and some photographs of homes still standing today.

Rejuvenation is America's largest manufacturer of authentic reproduction lighting. They make their own fixtures and have a huge selection of fixtures, shades, finishes, and options available. This site includes historical and technical information to guide and help you select fixtures perfectly suited for your very own vintage home. Even if you buy somewhere else, you can start here to get an idea of authentic period styles.

Victoriana.com also has a section of links to too many things to mention - but they include items to buy (vintage wallpaper and rugs, etc.) and places to learn.



Renovating Old Houses book
Renovating Old Houses

Victorian House Style book
Victorian House Style: An Architectural and Interior Design Source Book

Victorian Crafts Revived book
Victorian Crafts Revived

The Victorian Scrap Gallery book
The Victorian Scrap Gallery: A Collection of over 500 Full-Color Victorian-Era Images



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