My Bookshelf

There’s no denying that as well as historical costuming, I love books. I’m a complete bibliophile. Sometimes it’s hard deciding whether I want to spend my ‘pocket money’ on fabrics and sewing supplies or on books. There’s something so magical about books and over the past couple of years, I have amassed quite a few books relating to historical costuming. Oops.

Below are the titles that currently reside on my bookshelf:


Shoes, Hats and Fashion Accessories – Carol Belanger Grafton

Victorian Fashions – Carol Belanger Grafton


18th Century French Fashion Plates in Full Colour – Stella Blum

Fashions and Costumes From “Godey’s Lady’s Book” – Stella Blum

Paris Fashions of the 1890s – Stella Blum

Victorian Fashions and Costumes from Harpers Bazar, 1867-1898 – Stella Blum


Corsets and Codpieces – Karen Bowman


Costume in Detail: 1730~1930 – Nancy Bradfield


Metropolitan Fashions of the 1880s From the 1885 Butterick Catalog – Butterick Publishing Company


Fashion Plates: 150 Years of Style – April Calahan


Women’s Hats, Headdresses and Hairstyles – Georgine De Courtais


In True Colonial Fashion: A Lively Look At What New Zealanders Wore – Eve Ebbett


How to Read a Dress – Lydia Edwards


Full Colour Sourcebook of French Fashion – Pauquet Freres


Victorian and Edwardian Fashion: A Photographic Survey – Alison Gernsheim


Turn of the Century Fashion Patterns and Tailoring Techniques – S S Gordon


Bustle Fashions 1885-1887 – Francis Grimble

Directoire Revival Fashions 1888-1889 – Francis Grimble

Fashions of the Gilded Age, Volume 1 – Francis Grimble

Fashions of the Gilded Age, Volume 2 – Francis Grimble

The Voice of Fashion – Francis Grimble


56 Turn of the Century Fashion Patterns – Kristina Harris

Authentic Victorian Dressmaking Techniques – Kristina Harris


Keystone Jacket and Dress Cutter – Chas Hecklinger


Nineteenth Century Fashion in Detail – Lucy Johnston


La Mode Illustree Fashion Plates in Full Colour – Florence Leniston


The Corset and The Crinoline – W B Lord


La Mode Illustree: Elegant French Fashions of the Nineteenth Century – Joanne Olian

Victorian and Edwardian Fashions from La Mode Illustree – Joanne Olian


The Victorian Dressmaker (Pre-Ordered!!!) – Izabela Pritchard


British Working Dress – Jayne Shrimpton

Victorian Fashion – Jayne Shrimpton


The American Duchess Guide to 18th Century Dressmaking – Lauren Stowell & Abby Cox


Fashioning Fashion: European Dress in Detail 1700-1915 – Takeda & Spilker


Racinet. The Complete Costume History – Francoise Tetart-Vittu


The Mode in Hats and Headdress – R Turner Wilcox


Nineteenth Century Women’s Fashion – Felicity Warnes


Corsets and Crinolines – Norah Waugh


English Women’s Clothing in the Nineteenth Century – C Willet Cunnington