Friday, February 26, 2010

18th Century Living: Linens & Things

This post is to highlight a site I recently stumbled upon, which should prove helpful to writers of 18th century historical fiction, or those simply interested in the clothing of that era.

Wm. Booth, Draper: Linen and Woolen Draper, Haberdasher &c.

On the page above you'll find links to more pages with photos of linens (bleached, unbleached, checked, striped), wools, broadcloth, worsted, flannels, silk, cotton and more. There are notes on what sorts of persons could have afforded which grade of cloth, and many of the photos include snippets from historical advertisements for runaway servants and slaves, detailing what they were wearing at the time of their abscondence.

There are pages for buckles, buttons, thread, lace, yarn and needlework tools.

There are pattern pages for women's shifts, chemises, gowns, bonnets, caps and stays.  And men's shirts, breeches and trousers. Childrens clothing too. And knitting!

If you're looking for more references for 18th century clothing, there's a bookstore.

I'd love to collect links for more such sites to create an 18C resource page. If you have a favorite, please leave the link for it in the comments, and thanks!

spinner photo: wallyg (flicker)


  1. Great post, Lori:) I think my current fav would be Not sure how to do a link here but it's full of info, especially for my current WIP. Glad to have yours here. You always find such treasures!

  2. Thanks for the link, Laura. That one's new to me.

  3. Thanks so much Lori, I am going to check this out.

  4. Carrie, You're welcome! Glad if it's a help. :)