These are the books I have personally found useful. No guarantees given.
Clothing, Sewing & Knitting Books:
Patterns of Fashion: 1560-1620 v. 3 . Janet Arnold. The cut and construction of clothes for men and women c. 1560 – 1620. Includes patterns.
Patterns of Fashion 4. Janet Arnold. The cut and construction of linen shirts, smocks, neckwear, headwear and accessories for men and women c. 1540 – 1660. Includes patterns.
Seventeenth-Century Women’s Dress Patterns Book 1 (Women’s Dress Patterns 1) Edited by Susan North and Jenny Tiramani. “This breathtakingly detailed book presents dress patterns, construction details, embroidery and making instructions for fifteen garments and accessories from a seventeenth-century woman’s wardrobe. Full step-by-step drawings of the construction sequence are given for each garment alongside photographs of the objects and the groundbreaking use of x-ray photography revealing the hidden elements of the clothes, the precise number of layers and the stitches used inside.” Highly recommended; rapidly becoming the 17th C seamstresses’ bible. Takes Janet Arnold several steps further. Includes period stitching, knitting and lace-making instructions.
Seventeenth-Century Women’s Dress Patterns Book 2 (Women’s Dress Patterns 2) Edited by Susan North and Jenny Tiramani. V & A Publishing (6 Jun 2012) ISBN-10: 1851776850 ISBN-13: 978-1851776856. Available for pre-order from The Book Depository and Amazon.
Natural Dyes for Vegetable Fibres. Gill Dalby. 1992. ISBN: 0 948020 01 6. How to dye linen.
A History of Hand Knitting. Richard Rutt. 1987. (Out of print). ISBN-10: 0713451181 ISBN-13: 978-0713451184.
Several Knitting Patterns available from Sally Pointer.
From Sarah Thursfield, a series of booklets and patterns:
‘Perfect Linens’ (40 pages), Shirts and smocks from medieval to 19th century. Very easy to follow instructions. Includes stitching instructions.
Two Coifs sheets. Patterns for various coifs. Very useful!
From the Stuart Press (also available from Paul Meekins and Caliver Books):
Clothes of the Common Woman 1580-1660. Robert Morris. Uses illustrations, wills, inventories and other sources to establish who was wearing what clothes, cuts, fabrics and colours.
Clothes of the Common Woman 1580-1660 part 2: Making the Garments Jane Hugget. Takes the information in part 1 and produces a reasoned interpretation of how to reproduce the garments worn. Includes patterns.
How to make a Petticoat and Bodice of 1580-1660. Gilly Morley. A step-by-step guide.
Clothes of the Common Man 1580-1660. Robert Morris. Uses illustrations, wills, inventories and other sources to establish who was wearing what clothes, cuts, fabrics and colours.
Clothes of the Common Man 1580-1660 part 2: Making the Garments. Jane Hugget. Takes the information in part 1 and produces a reasoned interpretation of how to reproduce the garments worn. Includes patterns.
Children’s Clothing 1580-1660 Jane Huggett. Includes patterns
Textiles and Materials of the Common Man and Woman 1580-1660 Provides detailed information on the fabrics used by common people identified in the works above.
Dyeing the Clothing of the Common folk 1580-1660 Peachey and Hopkins. Analyses what dyed colours were used for what garments by which common people and gives instructions on the methods used to produce those colours
The Art of the Dyer 1500-1700: Draws on a wide variety of European sources to explain the techniques for producing coloured cloth. David Hopkins.
Headwear, Footwear and Trimmings of the Common People 1580-1660 Robert Morris. Examines the accessories such as points, buttons, lace, hooks and eyes, purses etc plus non linen headwear and footwear and stockings of common people.
Monmouths and Monteroes. A confusion of caps. Robert Morris. Was the Monmouth cap a synonym for the Monteroe as claimed by one period source?
Common Soldiers Clothing of the Civil Wars 1639-1646: Volume 1: Infantry. Stuart Peachey and Alan Turton. The clothing supplied to the armies and the civilian clothing worn where clothing was not issued. Includes patterns and fabric and colour details.
Stuart Press, Historical Management Associates Stuart Peachey. No on-line shop as such, but usually found at an ECW event or re-enactors market.
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