This is the page where I share things, and links to things/sources I've found helpful or think could be helpful for someone else, especially if they seem to be less widely known and referred to in the online historical costuming community. Tracking down useful patterns of extant pieces, old books on, and suchlike.

Before 1790


"Raccolta de tvtti i ritratti & disegni di ricchami (etc.)" by Alessandro Paganino, 1532 - embroidery patterns & possibly patterns for non-textile things?

"La Fleur des patrons de lingerie (etc.)" by Isabetta Catanea Parasole, 1549 - embroidery pattern


"Les singvliers et novveavx povrtraicts" by Federico de Vinciolo, 1587/89 - needlepoint lace & embroidery designs

"L'art du brodeur" by Charles Germain du Saint-Aubin, 1770 - embroidery instruction book with tutorial pictures. Includes three border designs from the year of publication, and one each from 1730, 1747 and 1768.


"New künstlich Modelbuch" by Bernhard Jobin, 1589 - embroidery patterns

"Newes Modelbuch in Kupffer gemacht (etc.)" by Johann Siebmacher, 1604 - embroidery patterns

"The Hüpsch Costume Collection in the Hessisches Landesmuseum Darmstadt" dissertation by Johannes Pietsch - in German; contains patterns, descriptions and photos of a number of extant pieces, mostly bodices and jackets, mostly but not only from the 17th century.

"Kunst-und Fleiss-übende Nadel-Ergötzungen (etc.)" by Margaretha Helmin, 1730 - embroidery patterns. Includes embroidery for a fichu, two stomachers, a man's cap, house-slippers, shoe, pockets, glove and mitt, and, if I'm not mistaken, a decorative horse harness.


Embroidery patterns from cca 1730 (probably British?)

"Folio of embroidery designs" - dated to 1800; I suspect it might be earlier, and is much more likely comprised of designs for weaving brocade fabric rather than embroidery. And interesting as such.

c. 1790-1820 (i.e. Directoire, Napoleonic, Empire, Georgian, Regency, and whatever else have you)


"Essai d'application de la peinture à l'art de tricoter (etc.)" & "Recueil de patrons de tricotage et de broderie" by Emilie Berrin, 1800 - patterns for knitting or possibly embroidery. The books also include what looks like mittens, maybe infants caps?, and a reticule in each.


Once again, "The Hüpsch Costume Collection in the Hessisches Landesmuseum Darmstadt" - there is also a 1790s spencer jacket, with a deep neckline, long sleeves, and narrow back with tails.

"Neue Desseins zu der beliebten Mode-arbeit in Linon, Nesseltuch und Claar", 1792 - embroidery patterns, most likely for whitework 

"Zeichen- Mahler- und Stickerbuch zur Selbstbelehrung für Damen (etc.)" by Johann Friedrich Netto, 1795 - drawing, painting & embroidery. Pictures meant to illustrate the former, and patterns for embroidery, in colour. Includes patterns for the embroidery of a man's jacket and two envelope pocketbooks.

"Wasch- Bleich- Platt- und Nach-Buch, zum Selbstunterricht für Damen (etc.)" by Johann Friedrich Netto, 1796 - embroidery patterns, including the alphabet & numbers and a finished sampler of the same (it comes first in the scanned book, don't mistake it for the pattern).


"Embroidered edgings: job lot offer, ref. 812", 1860 - sample book of eyelet/whitework edgings

Trims and edgings, 1875 - sample book of "Embroideries for night shirts". All of them white ribbon with colour designs.

c. 1918-1945

The 1930s and 1940s German-language fashion/pattern magazines I got from my aunt. (As of January 2015, slowly adding.)

Die schöne Wienerin 1932 front cover

Some of them are Austrian, most of them German. There is also one that was published in Liberec (Reichenberg) in the then Czechoslovakia, which had a predominantly German population at the time. They came from the stash of a seamstress lady in Svitavy (Zwittau; my aunt got them from her husband after her death), and at least one of them, if I recall, seems to have come from a bookseller in Brno (Brünn). I give this background, because it helps me to illustrate how these fashions would have travelled in Central Europe at the time.

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