16 May 2013 deleted dead link in the tunic section, commented out two links in the pattern-making section -- which killed that section.
10 October 2016 started to add a link, found that the whole page is a dreadful mess, may or may not clean it up, but I added the link under "Compendiums".
26 January 2018 still a mess, but now it's a valid mess.
27 January 2018 I added a link to "Miscellaneous"
27 January 2018 adapted file to wide monitors
31 January 2019 added link to "Compendiums"
19 November 2019 added link to "Compendiums"
28 January 2020 re-opened "Bags"
14 February 2020 Added "Cloaks"
22 September 2020 added a link to "Tutorials"



Other Sewing Sites

     Pattern Making
     Rectangle-based Patterns
     Needlework Compendiums

Miscellaneous Needlework Sites

Irrelevant Links

Links to Other Sewing Sites

Pattern Making

http://artvani- vani.blogspot.com/ -- a really-neat blog with tutorials on how to make Indian clothing.  The new entry was instructions for drafting a pattern for a slip the day I added this link.  There are lots of tutorials in the archive.

Note that this is a blog:  tutorials must be read from the bottom up.

When I was a new bride in the mid-sixties, I found an old book called something like "Design Your Own Dress Patterns" in the Indianapolis Library.  I measured myself, followed the step-by-step instructions for drafting a bodice pattern, and made the prettiest housedress I've ever owned.  I didn't follow up on that then, but many years later, when I got fed up with trying to buy work pants and resumed sewing, having had that experience made an enormous difference in my attitude. 

So I just naturally wanted to recommend that other beginning dressmakers draft a sloper from measurements, but each time I reviewed a pattern-drafting book, it turned out to be a discussion of what you do with the sloper once you've drafted it — save one that assumes that you have professional drafting equipment, already know all about slopers, and want a by-guess-and-by-golly method of whomping one out in five minutes flat.  And then, while poking around on the Vintage Sewing website, I came across (Rest of discussion commented out because (sob, whine) the links are dead.)

Mailing List:

conducted for readers of How to Make Sewing Patterns, by the author.

Still open, but now superseded by a Web forum:  Pattern Making with Don McCunn.

In November of 2019, Yahoo killed the mailing list.  The forum is still going strong.



Hand-pleating fabric tutorial

"Okay... so we're gonna hand pleat some fabric in preparation to smock. At least, we're gonna discuss it. Where ever it may go from there nobody really knows."


Excellent instructions for pleating fabric by drawing up running stitches.  The description assumes that you plan to smock the pleats, but this pleating method can be used for many purposes.

10 October 2016:  link checked and found dead.  If you know where it went, write me!

30 December 2017 Searched on "Marie Grace" and found http://web.archive.org/web/20140205225938/http:/www.mariegracedesigns.com/marie_grace/2009/03/handpleating-fabric-tutorial.html9500112480927158067641

Surgical or Scrub Cap

"Our local hospital has put out a call for 1,000 surgical or scrub caps to help them respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to sewing up a storm, I made this DIY Surgical Cap Tutorial to help others join in this effort. Below you'll find a free printable pattern, step-by-step tutorial and YouTube demo (my first, awkward attempt at a video - which was much harder than it looks!).




There are dozens of mail-order fabric shops on the net, each different from all the rest. 

The rest of this is hopelessly out of date, so I commented it out.

Rectangle-based Patterns


an authentic fabric-saving T-tunic
how to measure and assemble a T-tunic like the one above
adapting above patterns to a child

links tested 10 October 2016; first two are live, the third is dead.


18th-Century shift -- would make a good nightgown if you use my poncho-shirt neckline instead of the eighteenth-century neckline.
18th-Century shift -- Includes instructions for cutting modern fabrics with 18th-Century economy.


Shirts were very like shifts

18th-Century shirt -- translated from Garsault.



Sue Felshin's article on women's short cloaks was updated in February of 2020.



On 28 January 2020, I went DuckDuckGoing and found some snapsack links:

http://thebuckskinners.com/wp/?p=97 Mentions various reasons you might want the strap to be different lengths, then gives non-adjustable pattern.  It would be easy to add a D-ring buckle.  Instructions could be improved.

http://bethlehemtradingpost.com/bags-and-packs-on-line.php selling sack made by above pattern, good picture.

https://www.marariley.net/leatherwork/snapsack.htm Mara Riley makes a snapsack.  Some good links on the page.

https://bushcraftusa.com/forum/threads/the-amazing-snapsack.254527/ Suggestions for using a snapsack once you have one.  Waterproofing is better at keeping wet things wet than it is at keeping dry things dry; put the things you put in the bag in disposable plastic bags instead of trying to keep the whole bag dry.


Needlework Compendiums

The Encyclopedia of Needlework by Thérèse de Dillmont has been reprinted many times.  My copy is called "The Complete DMC Encyclopedia of Needlework/Special Collector's Edition".  Whatever you call it, it's an invaluable resource, both for practical how-to-do-it and for primary-source historical information.  And now I hear that it's available on the Web!

Upon following the link, I find that the same people have webbed Beeton's Book of Needlework, by Isabella Beeton

Fashion Incubator has lots and lots of good information.

Bella found a great resource on sewing.  "Home Hobbies:  Sewing Resources at Home" appears to be like "Get Out of Here", but is much more ambitious. 

It warns you when a link leads to a PDF or a video, and has a brief comment on each link.  The pages linked to vary in quality, and even the best pages (including mine!) include some doubtful information:  engage brain.

Making the Perfect Theater Costume:  A Beginner's Guide to Sewing is decidedly unfriendly to seventy-year-old eyes.  Wrap has been disabled, so that enlarging the type forces one to scroll horizontally, and clicking "no style" doesn't help.

The meat of the page is a sorted list of links, so one doesn't need to be able to read the text, and PDF files are clearly marked.  Kira has said that the links are very helpful to a beginner.

Shifts aren't the only items discussed on Mara Riley's Costume Page.  You will find other patterns and instructions, costume reseach, recommended reading, and a list of useful links.


Miscellaneous Needlework Sites

An excellent explanation of invisible repair of hand knits:  http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEspring06/FEATrepairs101.html

I was disappointed when I found a pressing ham in the sewing store — I'd always envisioned them as being about the size of a real ham, and mine is the size of a canned ham.  Then today (11 February, 2012) I was reading old entries in Pam Erny's blog and learned that hams are supposed to be much larger, and she gave a link to an on-line shop where one can have professional-size hams made to order.

https://www.titlemax.com/crochet-in-the-car/ is an array of links to crochet articles, divided into "beginning", "intermediate", and "advanced".  Each link to a PDF or video is marked, so you don't get surprised when you click on one.  (I haven't tried any of the PDF links, since I have to call up a separate program to read one.  I did click on the link to a video, and was much surprised that I was able to view it.  (Adobe Flash has been expurgated from my computer, and I've been vigilant to keep it from re-installing.))   (I was even more surprised when I glanced up at the other computer just now, and found a useful image on the screen.)


Irrelevant Links

The Spriggan Experiment
If I recall correctly, The Spriggan Mirror by Lawrence Watt-Evans doesn't even discuss clothing, let along sewing methods — but it's a nifty novel all the same, and you don't often get to read a first draft while the author is still working on it. 

The Spriggan Experiment worked, the book was published, and now you can read Realms of Light and The Final Calling while they are in progress.

A sample of another novel that gave an advance peek:  Harald by David Friedman, published by Baen Books.

A Guide to Weather Vanes contains a link to a history of weather vanes.

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