ArtSparx has wonderful pictures of Victorian and other period homes, and historical paint color palettes for each.
contains many, many wonderful articles and some pictures on life in the
Victorian era, Victorian gardens, fashions, recipes, and so much more.
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.
Rituals describes Victorian etiquette, the language of fans and flowers,
and much more. Very interesting.
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.
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.
Society of America has a schedule of Victorian society events from around
Station has a description of how Victorian rooms were decorated, floor
plans of some Victorian houses, and some photographs of homes still standing
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.
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.