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 patterns


"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).


"The Taylor's Instructor" by James Queen and William Lapsley, Philadelphia 1809. A book on cutting / pattern-making for tailors; includes cutting diagrams, also one for a lady's habit (riding habit, which the book says can also be used as a walking costume).


"The Workwoman's Guide" - 1840 edition. This book comes up often. If you wonder how to make something from cca 1820-1850, you should probably look here first.

"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.

De Gracieuse - Dutch magazine from between 1962 and 1936. Includes pattern sheets (at a quick glance, at least with some of the issues throughout the history).

Bazar - what I believe is a Czech version of an international magazine you may be familiar with from other iterations. Available from Národní knihovna and Moravská zemská knihovna in the 1869-1972 time range, in the Czech Digitální knihovna web interface. Includes pattern supplements! Including corsets!

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Unfortunately, this function isn't available with all the periodicals on Digitální knihovna listed here.

Evropské mody -  periodical of Czech tailors. In the 1882-1887 timerange it includes fashion plates and pattern drafts - usually male garments, but some women, too. The descriptions are hidden somewhere inside under the title "Střihová příloha" (in Czech, of course). There's usually one larger draft for one garment apparently described in more detail in the issue, and then several smaller ones which appear to be the garments from the fashion plate. The smaller ones are of the apportioning scales type - you can find tutorials on resizing those to your size online.
From 1888 onward, the magazine is much shorter, more of a leaflet, and there are no supplements anymore.

Nové pařížské mody - a Czech fashion magazine consisting mostly of fashion plates, but also with pattern supplements. Available from Národní knihovna in the 1895-1916 time range; NK does not allow for the image saving on Digitální knihovna, but it's also online here where, with some judicious choosing of pages (a span of maximum of 20 at a time), you can download it in PDF format for personal use.

Nové mody - apparently a WWI-era re-branding of the same magazine. Available from Národní knihovna for 1916-1919 and Moravská zemská knihovna for 1917-1919.

c. 1918-1945

Nové pařížské módy - the abovementioned Czech fashion magazine. Available from Moravská zemská knihovna from 1919 onward. Not all of the issues are there, not all of the pattern supplements are there, and some of the pattern supplements are listed separately from their parent issues. BUT it's a great overview of interwar fashions, PLUS patterns
(The patterns seem to be resized, at least in some of the issues. In later issues, the garments marked with a star ought to have patterns included in the supplements.)

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).
Also, as noted above, I have now found online issues of a Czech magazine called "Nové pařížské módy" ("New Parisian Fashions") which uses the same illustrations the above issue of "Die Schöne Wienerin" uses. From this c. 1920 issue, it seems they drew them from a French magazine called Femme élégante, which at the beginning they did not even always translate? Except Google finds nothing about that, so who knows.
I give this background, because it helps me to illustrate how these fashions would have travelled in Central Europe at the time.

The 1942 book Modern Pattern Design by Harriet Pepin on

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