I only have a very dim notion of what that is, actually - no, I don't have a pattern. But AFAIK one of those big pattern companies (Simplicity or Butterick?) has one.
It's awfully difficult to acquire any, because fashion journals catered to ladies. Men's clothes were almost exclusively tailor-made or later bought in shops, but not made at home. All that the ladies ever did for their men was to knit a pullover - so no patterns in the magazines. The few magazines and books that were aimed at men's tailors are so rare nowadays that they usually sell at prices I'm not prepared to pay. However, I have some patterns dating to around 1915 courtesy of a generous donor, quite a few from 1875, and one selfmade pattern for a 1730s-1750s suit. You can find them in the chapters for each century, under the heading "Patterns & Making".
I've tried to include as many images of male costume as could be had, but there are difficulties: During many of the periods covered here, men's costume was very often black or dark. It's hard to make out details in the original painting even when you see it in person. In a reproduction, the dark garments become one solid patch of black. There's not much sense in including such pictures. From the early 19th century onwards, fashion magazines mostlly cater to women and hardly ever depict men. Moreover, there is so little change in men's 19th century dress that I can't date pictures unless there's a lady in it or a date given. If it can't be dated, it's of little value to the study of fashion, so I leave it out. See also the previous question.
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There aren't any. This is a site exclusively for historical clothing. I.e. not for dressing up in more or less historical-looking clothing, but for the real McCoy. Historical fancy/masquerade costume (i.e. what was worn for masked events in eras past) might be included if there was enough demand, but even for those I only have few pictures (1890s, 1900s). If you're looking for a modern fancy costume, you've come to the wrong site. If you want to wear something historical-looking for a mask event or theatre, the patterns and instructions here may be of help, but they are made for people who want to faithfully re-create historical fashion right down to the hand-stitched buttonhole.
Please check the section of this site that deals with the era in question. Either there is a "Patterns/Howto" subsection - or I don't have any patterns for that era.
You mean North America when it was still a collection of colonies, don't you? Well, this site is focused on Europe. You might want to look at those costume books I've listed that deal with English and North American costume; the North American colonies looked mainly towards England fashionwise. Lots of US companies offer readymade patterns of the "Colonial" and "Revolutionary War" era. If you're serious about interpreting a historical persona, that persona might be a recent immigrant or someone who lived in one of the "cultural islands" where the culture and costumes of the old home country persisted for some time, so look into the costumes of the original country. Resources for German costume can be found on this site. If your persona has a Bavarian or Frankish background, I may be able to help you some more.
I don't normally use any readymade patterns, so I know next to nothing about companies that sell patterns. I try to list as many names as I can find on the Purveyors Page. Do also look at the suppliers listed under "General Re-enactment Accessories" - they usually carry a range of patterns. At the Costumer's Manifesto, you may find some more. The "Greater Bay Area Costumers Guild Pattern Review" may help you in telling apart good from bad patterns.
I make my own, so... see above. I list some of the better makers on the Purveyors Page, but as there are so many well-linked ones in North America, my list concentrates on European suppliers. Have a look at the Costumer's Manifesto or the Reproduction Clothing Webring for more suppliers.
I know full well that it's a pain to enlarge those small-scale patterns to a usable size. I've been there myself. But a little difficulty is in order if you get the pattern for free, don't you think? Instructions are on the enlarging page and should be enough for anyone who has any sewing experience. If you don't have any experience, let me say it here and now: Acquire some in the process, or let go of all hope. Those old patterns were made for pros and are too difficult for a beginner. If you do have experience, but still encounter difficulties, please let me know and I will improve the instructions with the help of your critique.
Please check my links page for other sites grouped
by era, the Library pages for (guess!) books on costume
and the sources page for yet more books. If your
paper has a sociological subject, check out the sociology
page as well. You may also quote my site as you would quote a book - and
as for a book, credits are in order. Unless your request is very specific,
inside my area of expertise and catches my personal interest, this is all I
can give you. I often get requests along the lines of "I'm writing a paper
on 18th century women's costume, please send me all the material you have. It's
urgent: My deadline is next week." This is no exaggeration!
I can't write your paper for you, and quite frankly, I wouldn't reply to such general requests even if I had the time: It's your job as a student to find the proper resources, and proving that you're able to find them is part of the test, thesis or whatever.
Yes to all. As long as it's for personal or educational use, and if credits are given, that's OK. Please read the Copyright Page for more info. If you intend to use the pictures for a webpage, please check the "bandwidth theft" section of that page carefully. If you want the pictures/text for commercial use, please contact me.
I hate this stuff myself but I had to add this popup because some people neither respect laws nor netiquette and simply use my pictures for their own website without credits or anything. Please read the Copyright Page before you take and use any pictures. When you've read it, you'll be able to download the pictures.
Common web netiquette does not require you to ask permission to link to a site. It is polite, and I appreciate the consideration you exhibit by asking, but it's not required. Unless your site is an X-rated one or of similarly "questionable morality"*, the webmaster of the linked-to site would usually be rather grateful for the link. People's wealth may be measured in money, but a website's wealth consists of the links leading to it.
If you want to use a kind of banner for the link, you can download the title picture or a smaller version of it. Please don't use other graphics without asking. If you require something different, I may provide you with a more suitable picture.
But to answer your question literally: Links to webpages (i.e if the link ends in .html or .shtml) of mine are appreciated. Links to other kinds of files, such as images (e.g. to files with the extensions .gif, .jpg, .mid) are OK if you also clearly state next to the link where the file comes from (i.e. La Couturière Parisienne, with a link back). But please never load an image or MIDI file from my site directly as an inline or background picture or as background music, i.e. in such as way that every visitor of your pages loads it, whether they want to or not. Doing so constitutes bandwidth theft, which is explained on the copyright page. Most images are incorporated into a webpage of their own to enable you to link to the webpage rather than to the image. If you want to link to an image that doesn't sit on a webpage, just let me know and I'll build the webpage.
If your site is private and informational (not commercial) you may download an image or MIDI, put it into your webspace and link to that "copy" - and again, please state clearly where you got the file from. See also Copyright Page.
You've hit on an image within www.marquise.de that you want to use to make a point, to illustrate your research. Your website is non-commercial (that's important!), and you want to use that image on your website. You have two options:
There aren't any - the pictorial info on this site only goes up to 1939, the additional info (text, howtos etc) stop even earlier. Why? Copyright again! I can only legally show pictures if the copyright holder hs been dead 70 years or, in the case of an anonymous publication, it has been published at least 70 years ago. However, you will find a few post-1930s pattern illustrations in the database.
I don't: There isn't any. There also are no naked people (quite contrary: clothing is what this site is all about) of either sex to be seen. You may have been led here by a link from someone who mistyped the URL (there's a fetish site with the domain name www.marquis.de) , or who linked to me because I have pictures of and patterns for corsets. But I have those only because they were, at some point in history, worn as part of everyday costume, which is what this site deals with. Nothing presented here has ever served erotic purposes beyond helping the wearer to comply with the beauty ideal of the time.
... Dior, Chanel, Worth, Fortuny, Poiret, Schiaparelli, Lagerfeld, Versace, Gaultier etc?
No, not specifically. I'm concentrating on everyday fashion, the kind of stuff you'd find (or would have found back then) in normal boutiques and fashion magazines, on normal people's backs.
Let me guess: The problem is that the page is black and the text light. Printers don't particularly like that. I've played with the thought of providing printable versions, but with almost 3000 pages, that's impossible. Here's a workaround for Netscape (I don't know IE that well):
Edit -> Preferences -> Appearance -> Colors
Check the checkbox "Always use my colors...". The default colour setting gives you a white background, black text and blue links. IE has a similar setting, but the menu path is different. Please play around until you find it!
Another workaround: Save the page to harddisk, open it in notepad and remove the line(s) at the top where it says <body bgcolor=.....>. Be sure to delete everything between < and > , including the brackets, but nothing else. Save, and open the changed file in your browser. Now you should get a white background and black text.
You can't. I don't know why, but people frequently mistake my site for a business that sells patterns. Believe me, it isn't!
Apparently my site is one of the few that comes up if you google for "Stoddard's Lectures". It's become so that I get asked this once a week, and it's really getting on my nerves. Come on now, folks, does my site look as if I was a rare books dealer? You could just as well walk into the bakery round the corner and ask what a brick costs. Take the stuff to a used books dealer, please.
I agree, and actually I've tried to provide a French one years ago. But my French isn't up to it, the few kind volunteers who'd offererd to translate felt exhausted after 5 or 6 pages (out of a couple hundred), and most importantly it's hell just trying to keep two language versions of each page up to date. Whether I have to keep 2000 pages updated or 4000 is a bit of a difference. Je suis désolée.
As for willingness, I'm game. I quite like the detective work involved in dating a picture, so you're welcome to try me. As for ability: maybe. It depends on the quality of picture you can provide, whether it's a man or woman, how much of the costume is visible...The only reward I ask is the permission to use the picture(s) on my site. The family name can be left out of it if you like. Contact me.
Depends. There are some 19th century patterns I've scanned from Peterson's Magazine and other American publications which are, of course, in inches. In those cases it usually even says "6 IN" in the pattern. The majority of patterns, however, is from European publications and therefore metric. The patterns I've taken from original garments or made myself are also metric. One inch is 2,54 cm.
Unless otherwise stated, they don't. This also goes for other allowances, e.g. where something folds back (closure edges, wrist or skirt hems and the like). Including allowances seems to be an American habit, so in case of some patterns from American late 19th century magazines (see question above) I'm not sure. But those patterns are extremely vague and one-size, so you'll have to fit them anyway.
Depends. I have pictures and patterns from various sources - see also the two questions above. In most cases such enquiries relate to 19th century fashion plates and/or patterns and come from people who either are researching the fashion of one certain country or the differences between countries. I've said it on various occassions that from at least the mid 19th century on, the country is of no importance at all, except in some rural pockets. See also this page.
*) Questionable morality? Just what is that? I was speaking in general terms there, i.e. what most webmasters probably think about links to their site. Since I'm Continental European, I don't have any problems with erotic/kinky/homo/cross sites unless they're crude.