Costume & Textile Digital Libraries

Costume, Fashion and Textile Research Let’s start!  This one is a one stop post for listed images and reference related to all things clothing in the digital world.

Source: Costume & Textile Digital Libraries


Costume & Textile Digital Libraries

Costume Research


Let’s start! 

  • Fashion and Costume Design Research in the UCLA Library

This one is a one stop website for a FULL list of the best of listed image and reference digital collection to use.

‘Welcome to the UCLA Library guide for researching fashion and costume design topics. This guide is intended as a starting place for researchers, pointing to tools, resources, and strategies for finding information related to fashion and costume design’. cited from website.

  • Digital Collections from The Metropolitan Museum of Art Libraries

Texts and images from the collections of the Costume Institute and the Irene Lewisohn Costume Reference Library at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

  • Margaret Herrick Library Digital Collection

‘Margaret Herrick Library Digital Collections is an online database that provides public access to digitized materials from the collections of the Margaret Herrick Library.  Currently, the database contains more than 6,500 items, including correspondence, photographs, early release fliers, full issues of rare periodicals, sheet music, lobby cards and movie star ephemera.  The database also includes complete copies of more than 450 Academy publications, dating back to the founding of the organization in 1927’. Cited from there website.

  • Worcester Art Museum

‘Artstor and the Worcester Art Museum are collaborating to release more than 20,000 images of artworks from the Museum’s permanent collection in the Digital Library. Founded in 1898, the Worcester Art Museum (WAM) is world-renowned for its 38,000-piece encyclopedic collection of paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, photography, prints, drawings, arms and armor, and new media. The works span over 5,000 years of art and culture. In addition to the Roman mosaic-laden Renaissance court and French chapter house, strengths of the permanent collection include collections of European and North American painting, prints, photographs, and drawings; Asian art; Greek and Roman sculpture and mosaics; and contemporary art. With its recent acquisition of the collection from the Higgins Armory Museum, WAM continues to diversify and expand its curatorial and programmatic offerings’. Cited from Artstors website

  • NYPL Digital Collections

‘Explore 691,450 items digitized from The New York Public Library‘s collections.This site is a living database with new materials added every day, featuring prints, photographs, maps, manuscripts, streaming video, and more’.Cited from there website

Free, online access to unique images, documents, & more. Topic Showgirls!

‘The Motley Collection of Theatre and Costume Design is a valuable source of documentation on the history of theatre and is housed in the Rare Book and Special Collections Library. It is a rare collection of original materials on the theatre comprising over 5000 items from more than 150 productions in England and the United States. These materials include costume and set designs, sketches, notes, photographs, prop lists, storyboards, and swatches of fabric. Cited from there website’. Cited from there website

  • Marquise – La Couturière Parisienne

Fabulous website full of resources and link.

  • The Los Angeles County Museum of Art

‘The department houses more than twenty thousand objects, representing more than one hundred cultures and two thousand years of human creativity in the textile arts. Particularly well represented are European Renaissance and European and American textiles, accessories and fashionable dress. The department has outstanding collections of Islamic, South and Southeast Asian, and Asian material, including two major Iranian sixteenth-century carpets—the Ardabil and the Coronation. Play a children’s game connected to Fashioning Fashion .’ Cited from there website.

  • Phoenix Art Museum

‘Feast your eyes on a collection comprised of more than 4,500 American and European garments, shoes and accessories. It houses important fashions from the 18th to late 20th centuries and emphasizes major American designers of the 20th century including Adrian, Norell, Galanos, and Claire McCardell; and European Designers such as Balenciaga, Chanel, Dior, and Yves Saint Laurent. Exhibitions that focus on clothing both as an art form and cultural phenomenon are rotated regularly, underscoring the significance of fashion as it relates to social and economic history. The Astaire Library of Costumes (included in the Museum’s Art Research Library) houses many rare books and prints relating to costume and textiles’. Cited from website.

  • Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology

It a know brainer, use it!

  • Les Arts Décoratifs

‘Les Arts Décoratifs is a private organization governed by the law of 1901 on not-for-profit associations and recognized as being in the public interest. It originated in 1882, in the wake of the Universal Exhibitions, when a group of collectors banded together with the idea of promoting the applied arts and developing links between industry and culture, design and production. For many years it was known as the Union centrale des Arts décoratifs (UCAD), but in December 2004 it changed its name to Les Arts Decoratifs while staying true to its original aims of safeguarding the collections, promoting culture, providing art education and professional training, and supporting design. An original, multi-faceted institution, Les Arts Décoratifs pursues the objectives it was given at the outset: “to keep alive in France the culture of the arts which seek to make useful things beautiful” and to maintain close links with industry, forging numerous partnerships with firms operating in various fields’. Cited from there website

  • ULITA – an Archive of International Textiles

‘ULITA – an Archive of International Textiles (formerly the University of Leeds International Textiles Archive) is housed in St Wilfred’s Chapel on the Western Campus of the University of Leeds. The purpose of the archive is to collect, preserve and document textiles and related items from many of the textile producing areas of the world for the benefit of scholars, researchers and the general public. ULITA is primarily a textiles archive, where items can be consulted by individuals and small groups by making an appointment.  An online catalogue can be viewed to see the major collections’. Cited from there website.

  • Internet Archive

‘Internet Archive is a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more’. cited from website.

  • The Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection

‘The Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection contains approximately 13,000 objects. You can view over 9,000 of these objects online by searching the University’s Digital Collection. Objects in the collection span the globe and centuries, from archaeological textiles from South America to contemporary Scandinavian furnishing fabrics, from America’s crazy quilts to African masquerade costumes.’ Cited from webpage.



Hope these help in whatever you are researching into? As a note, once you open a main links to some. A host of other sources will open for you. Have fun and enjoy your research it is addictive.





Tools & Equipment- Measurements Guides and sheets

Tools & Equipment

Measurement Guides and Sheets


Measure Twice Cut Once Seamstress Quote, Sewing Decal, Vinyl Wall Lettering, Sewing Room Quote, Vinyl Decal:

Every wardrobe department I’ve working in, the measurement sheet is highly important sheet of paper. Drawn up by either the cutter or supervisor then trusted in the hands of the diligent skilled makers and assistances to keep safe. But, to start with the sheet has to clear and have ALL the measurements one might need to construct or pull costumes for the show you are all working on. I have listed just some sheets that I hope will be of use.

The Best of Threads: Fitting ( Type Softcover Magazine, 2013, Pages 100 )

Mns Facebook page is a treasure trovle of pictorial books which they have scanned and placed on their blog for all to use. This is from the American sewing magazine Threads and is full of instruction information with easy to read and visuals to follow.


cosplay measurement guide:

Head Measurements created by tottoppers

Head Size Chart-01




Iconic Patterns | "All about body measurements" e-book (20 pages). Knowing how to take body measurements correctly will result in: *Beautifully fitting garments with less effort. *Less disappointments and UFOs ( unfinished objects ). *Boosting your confidence as a dressmaker. *More time to explore the creative side of dressmaking. *Better understanding of your figure will allow to choose patterns that suit you best. *Less money wasted on styles that are plain wrong for your figure.:

‘This eBook has 20 pages packed full of information on the fundamental skill you can’t afford not to have’.

e-book $9.99


Uesful links for sewing

Useful links for sewing

The wonderful people at the sewing have compiled this amazing list of links. If you need to know how a fabric should be sewen click on a link! Sewing machine and foot questions answered.  As well as some other top tips not to be missed. So go on bookmark this page and file it under ‘very useful info that I might need someday’.

How to Look After Your Scissors – an interview with scissor-maker Nick Wright of Ernest Wright & Son

Wonderful article from Wendy Wards Blog site. All you ever need to know about looking after your fabric scissors. #fabricscissors

Wendy Ward

how to look after your scissors

Remember my visit to the fabulous Ernest Wright & Son scissor factory in my hometown of Sheffield at the end of last year? And my promise that an interview with owner Nick Wright all about how to look after your scissors would follow soon? Well at long last, here it is. Better late than never. Are you sitting comfortably……

Me: What’s the best way to look after your scissors Nick?

Nick: I would always say store scissors dry, and maybe wrapped in some clean dry absorbent material. We use carbon steel (not stainless) for most of our cloth-cutting products as we find carbon steel holds its sharp edge better and for longer; however it doesn’t always mix too well with moisture.
Frequently open your scissors really wide, and firmly wipe all the insides with a dry cloth (take care with your fingers!) including behind the screw area around where the…

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Patterns old and new

Pattern suppliers & resources

Women working on patterns at McCall's Magazine, New York, 1913 (silver gelatin print) by Byron Company. Museum of the City of New York, USA; American

Women working on patterns at McCall’s Magazine, New York, 1913 (silver gelatin print) by Byron Company. Museum of the City of New York, USA; American

Like fabric the topic of sewing patterns and that of costume and vintage patterns are non ending. The list could run into hundreds of resources. I have tried to pick a comprehensive mix of suppliers, links and books. Which like all my posts as always been updated.


‘We’re Europe’s largest distributor for authentic historical sewing supplies – we fill all your costuming needs! Benefit from our knowledge and our selection of the finest costume making supplies’.

Stock all the major brands and ship world wide.

Nehelenia Patterns
Stefanie Dettmers-Piasetzki und Christina Dettmers
Hubertusstr. 6a
59199 Bönen
Germany. E-mail:


Amazon Drygoods catalog was always a treat to read. Stepping back into time flicking through it’s pages, discovering the unusual and ‘must have’ items. Period sewing patterns now form a big part of the website shop. You can still (call them) buy the catalog, better still they have placed it on the site in PDF form.

3788 Wilson Street (Napoleon)
Osgood, IN  47037

‘So Vintage Patterns where the selection of patterns is greatest from aprons to gowns! Find thousands of true vintage sewing patterns for the unique styles you won’t find in stores.From the 1920s Great Gatsby flapper fashions to the 1980s, our specialty the 1940s and 1950s and home of the largest selection of vintage Vogue Couturier and Vogue Paris Original patterns.’

P. O. Box 1632
Oroville, WA. 98844
USA (250) 292-8070


‘We sell Burda patterns, Folkwear patterns, Jalie patterns, Laughing Moon patterns, New Look patterns, Sense and Sensibility patterns and Simplicity patterns.’ just sell pattern! The website is well thought out and easy to use. After dance patterns eg leo’s this is the place.
1 The Bungalows, Furzehill
Chard, TA20 1AU. Great Britain          E-mail:

Vena Cava stocks all the top brand you need when it comes to authentic costume patterns. Topped with great service.


‘We are first in the UK/EUROPE with the latest sewing patterns.
The latest pattern catalogues are on-line at Sewdirect, normally +6 weeks before other stores. We also have a selection of recently discontinued patterns.

Want a commercial pattern or need to do some research before going shopping for fabric. Take you time to look around the website for what you need.

+44 (0)344 880 1263


Stocking Mediaeval Miscellanea patterns as well as others this website is worth bookmarking.

Valentines, Long Marston, Stratford upon Avon, CV37 8RG.  phone/fax (01789) 722434    email



‘You can get patterns to make everything you need for any historical impression (and some fantasy ones) from Reconstructing History! Reconstructing History Patterns are based on surviving garments and each pattern contains both modern and period construction techniques.’

An online store where you can now download PDF some of their patterns. If looking for historical correct embroidered pattern Coif pattern look no further.

Reconstructing History LLC
Easton, PA 18042
Phone: 1-340-201-6579



One of the most popular brands for authentic and costume patterns. Best for Men’s and corsets. Use this website to order but also click on the tab to see the retailers who stock them near you. or call 916-254-0987


‘The crew behind Decades of Style lives, eats and breathes vintage sewing patterns. Our goal is to take the amazing styles from the 1920s through the 1950s and make them available to anyone who sews! All sizes welcome.’

A small online pattern company specializing in 4 decades. 

1474 University Ave. #165, Berkeley, CA 94702.     Tel (510) 847 6234



‘The Commercial Pattern Archive database, CoPA, provides a unique tool for researchers and designers to recreate or date clothing from 1868 to 2000. There are several collections from the States, Canada and the UK represented in the database which functions like a Union Catalog of pattern collections. The cornerstone of CoPA is the Betty Williams Collection. Betty Williams, a theatrical costumer in New York City, pioneered research on commercial patterns in the early 1980s. She became a leader in the field, establishing a major personal pattern collection and encouraging others to actively participate in the collection and storage of patterns.’




Corsets: Historic Patterns and Techniques

by Jill Salen (Paperback)

Drape Drape by Hisako Sato (Paperback)

Patternmaking for Fashion Design
by Helen Joseph Armstrong (Paperback)

Pattern Magic 2
by Tomoko Nakamichi (Paperback)

Pattern Cutting (Portfolio Skills)
by Dennic Chunman Lo

Draping: The Complete Course
by Karolyn Kiisel (Paperback)

Vintage Swimwear Patterns: Historical Patterns and Techniques
by Jill Salen (Paperback)

Men’s 17th and 18th Century Costume, Cut and Fashion by Ron I. Davis, William-Alan Landes

The Cut of Men’s Clothes: 1600-1900
by Norah Waugh (Hardcover)

Corsets and Crinolines
by Norah Waugh (Paperback)

The Cut of Women’s Clothes
by Norah Waugh (Hardcover)

FIT FOR REAL PEOPLE 2ND EDITION: Sew Great Clothes Using ANY Pattern (Sewing for Real People)

Sew Over It Vintage
by Lisa Comfort (Hardcover)

Famous Frocks: The Little Black Dress: Patterns for 20 Garments Inspired by Fashion Icons by Dolin Bliss O’Shea (Hardcover)

Period Costume for Stage and Screen, Outer Garments, Book II: Dominos, Dolmans, Coats, Pelisses, Spencers, Calashes, Hoods and Bonnets Bk. 2: Dominos, … Spencers, Callashes, Hoods & Bonnet​s
by Jean Hunnisett (Hardcover)

Patterns for Theatrical Costumes: Garments, Trims and Accessories from Ancient Egypt to 1915
by Katherine Strand Holkeboer (Paperback)

The Tudor Tailor: Reconstructing Sixteenth-Cent​ury Dress
by Jane Malcolm-Davies, Ninya Mikhaila (Paperback)

Men’s Garments, 1830-1900: Guide to Pattern Cutting and Tailoring
by R.I. Davis (Paperback)

Patterns of Fashion 2
by Janet Arnold (Paperback)

Patterns of Fashion: 1660-1860: Vol 1
by Janet Arnold (Paperback)

Period Costume for Stage and Screen: 1500-1800: Patterns for Women’s Dress by Jean Hunnisett (Hardcover)

Period Costume for Stage and Screen: 1800-1909: Patterns for Women’s Dress by Jean Hunnisett, Janette Haslam (Hardcover)

59 Authentic Turn-of-the-ce​ntury Fashion Patterns by Kristina Harris (Paperback)

Historic Costumes and How to Make Them (Dover Fashion and Costumes)
by Mary Fernald, Eileen Shenton (Paperback)

Victorian Fashions: A Complete Lady’s Wardrobe (Dover Fashion and Costumes) by Michael Harris, Kristina Harris (Paperback)

The Edwardian Modiste: 85 Authentic Patterns with Instructions, Fashion Plates, and Period Sewing Techniques
by Frances Grimble (Paperback)

Creating Historical Clothes: Pattern Cutting from Tudor to Victorian Times
by Elizabeth Friendship (Paperback)

Patterns of Fashion: C1560-1620: 1560-1620 v. 3 by Janet Arnold (Paperback)

Reconstruction Era Fashions: 350 Sewing, Needlework, and Millinery Patterns 1867-1868 by Frances Grimble (Paperback)

Fashions of the Gilded Age, Volume 2: Evening, Bridal, Sports, Outerwear, Accessories, and Dressmaking 1877-1882 by Frances Grimble (Paperback)

Pattern Cutting for Men’s Costume (Backstage) by Elizabeth Friendship (Paperback)Historic Costumes

The Victorian Tailor by Jason Maclochlainn (Paperback)

Seventeenth Century Women’s Dress: 2 (Dress Pattern 2) by Tiramani Jenny (Hardcover)

Draping Period Costumes: Classical Greek to Victorian (The Focal Press Costume Topics Series) by Sharon Sobel (Hardcover)

Seventeenth-Cen​tury Women’s Dress Patterns (Womens Dress Patterns 1)
by Jenny Tiramani (Hardcover)

Pattern Cutting for Lingerie, Beachwear and Leisurewear by Haggar, A. Haggar, Ann Haggar (Paperback)

Fabrics and Pattern Cutting
by Winifred Aldrich (Paperback)

Metric Pattern Cutting for Women’s Wear by Winifred Aldrich (Hardcover)

Sewing Patterns: 200 Questions Answered by Sophie English (Paperback)

Fashion Pattern Cutting: Line, Shape and Volume by Zarida Zaman (Paperback)

Pattern Making by the Flat Pattern Method by Norma R. Hollen, Carolyn J. Kundel (Plastic Comb)

Pattern Cutting for Clothing Using CAD: How to Use Lectra Modaris Pattern Cutting Software (Woodhead Publishing Series in Textiles) by Maggie Stott, M. Stott (Paperback)

The Art of Fashion Draping
by Connie Amaden-Crawford (Paperback)

Draping for Fashion Design
by Hilde Jaffe Professor Emeritus, Nurie Relis Retired (Paperback)

Integrating Draping, Drafting and Drawing by Bina Abling and Kathleen Maggio (Hardcover)

The Essential Guide to Stretch Pattern Cutting: Dresses, Leotards, Swimwear, Tops and More… (Essential Guides)
by Martin Michael Shoben (Paperback)

Essential Guide to Dress Pattern Cutting: How to Adapt the Basic Block Pattern into Ten Classic Styles (Essential Guides) by Martin Shoben (Paperback)

Pattern Magic: Stretch Fabrics
by Tomoko Nakamichi (Paperback)

Pattern Cutting for Menswear
by Gareth Kershaw (Paperback)

Metric Pattern Cutting for Menswear
by Winifred Aldrich (Hardcover)

The Practical Guide To Patternmaking For Fashion Designers: Menswear
by Lori A Knowles (Spiral-bound)

Vintage Lingerie: Historical Patterns and Techniques by Jill Salen (Paperback)

How to Use, Adapt and Design Sewing Patterns: From Shop-bought Patterns to Drafting Your Own: A Complete Guide to Fashion Sewing with Confidence by Lee Hollahan (Paperback)

The Complete Photo Guide to Perfect Fitting by Sarah Veblen (Paperback)

Make Your Own Dress Patterns
by Adele P. Margolis (Paperback)

How Patterns Work: The Fundamental Principles of Pattern Making and Sewing in Fashion Design

An interview with Kristen Stewart @ the Valentine

An interview with Kristen Stewart – curator of Costume and Textile exhibitions.

Fashion, Textile & Costume Librarians

A couple weeks ago I had the pleasure of meeting Kristen Stewart, the Nathalie L. Klaus Curator of Costumes and Textiles at the Valentine museum. Originally from Richmond, Kristen has worked with several great costume collections including the MET Costume Institute before moving back to take the position at the Valentine last fall. Kristen was kind enough to take me on a personal tour of the current Classical Allure: Richmond Style show, and to answer some of my questions.

Libertas Libertas – knit garments from the 1970’s, providing freedom of movement for the body.*

Classical Allure is a small but engaging collection of items in an intimate setting that perfectly suits an exhibit showcasing fashion about and belonging to native Richmonders. The focus of the collection are the four goddesses representing Virginia on the state seal, Virtus (virtue / valor), Ceres (agriculture / fertility); Libertas (liberty) and Aeternitas (eternity). Through garments, sculpture…

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Exhibition: New for Now: The Origin of Fashion Magazines

Fashion, Textile & Costume Librarians

poster_the origin of fashion magazinesWhat: New for Now: The Origin of Fashion Magazines

Where: The Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands

When: June 12 to September 27, 2015

“Before the advent of photography, fashion was mainly seen in prints. The often beautifully coloured designs showed one or several models wearing fashionable clothing, and included a short description. For that reason, these fashion prints in particular are considered the precursors to today’s fashion magazines.

The Rijksmuseum presents a major retrospective of its rich collection of costume and fashion prints for the first time. The change in women’s and men’s fashion from the year 1600 up to and including the first half of the 20th century, and the development of the fashion magazine into the fashion glossies we know today, can be seen in more than 300 prints. The exhibition was designed by designer and co-curator Christian Borstlap, in collaboration with fashion illustrators Piet Paris and Quentin Jones.”

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Well, bust my buttons!

Buttons suppliers & resources

UIG538681 Button Maker: Stamping out metal buttons. Blank held in place and weight holding die for pattern being work was raised by rope and pulley wheel and dropped on blank. Dies for different sizes and patterns on floor. Buttons would need finishing by removal of burrs and imperfections. Hand-coloured woodcut from The Book of English Trades London 1823.; Universal History Archive/UIG; out of copyright

UIG538681 Button Maker: Stamping out metal buttons. Blank held in place and weight holding die for pattern being work was raised by rope and pulley wheel and dropped on blank. Dies for different sizes and patterns on floor. Buttons would need finishing by removal of burrs and imperfections. Hand-coloured woodcut from The Book of English Trades London 1823.; Universal History Archive/UIG; out of copyright

Don’t hit the panic button! Here I have for you a festival of button links for you to rummage through.

First things first – traditionally buttons are measured by a unit measure called Linge. You will also have them seized and sold in mm and inches. Having a button size chart will help when it comes to placing orders and designing. M&J Trim have a PDF size chart true to size with all 3 (Ligne, mm, inches) measurements to download.

Back up – Ligne, where does that come from and mean?  It comes from both German and French origins and means line. A unit of measurement applied to the diameter of of the button. Made a universal standard measurement in Europe in the 18th century by German button makers. Used by French and Swiss wristwatch makers to measure the size of a watch movement it is a precise and strict unit. A ligne equals exactly 1/40th of an inch of the diameter of a button or a snap.

12 Ligne-6 mm
13 Ligne-7 mm
14 Ligne-8 mm
15 Ligne-9 mm
16 Ligne-9.5 mm
17 Ligne-10.5 mm
18 Ligne-11 mm
19 Ligne-12.5 mm
20 Ligne-13 mm
21 Ligne-13.5 mm
24 Ligne-16 mm
28 Ligne-18 mm
30 Ligne-19 mm
32 Ligne-20 mm
34 Ligne-21 mm
36 Ligne-22 mm
40 Ligne-25.5 mm
44 Ligne-28 mm
45 Ligne-29 mm
48 Ligne-30.5 mm
50 Ligne-32 mm
60 Ligne-38 mm
64 Ligne-40.5 mm
65 Ligne-41 mm


M&J Trim not just for buttons buckles too! – and trim – Shop online or visit the store in NYC. There website is full of information check out the ‘How to buy buttons‘ page.

M&J Trimming
1008 Sixth Avenue
(Between 37th & 38th St)
New York, NY 10018      1-800-9-MJTRIM


Yes the website and stock is as cute as the name as the business. Also the service is hard to beat. Making this one of my top resources.

‘As Cute As A Button was opened in 1993 in San Diego, California because we needed a good selection of quality buttons. I was a clothing designer and could not find great buttons for the beautiful fabrics I was working with. Over the past 20 years our selection of buttons has grown to over 8000 styles. Most of our buttons come from Italy, Germany, England, The Czech Repub
lic, South America and the USA. Some of the online competitors say they can undersell us but they are selling inferior buttons from China. Many of the Glass, Natural and Hand Crafted buttons I purchase from individual designers or small companies….’ 

Contact Kym Milburn, Founder and Owner. 1286 University Ave. #857,San Diego, CA, 92103
(By Appointment Only)  619-223-2555


Totally Buttons  stock over 3000 different styles, colours and sizes, adding new materials including: Swarovski Crystal, Italian Glass, Metal, Fabric & Beaded, Jeans, Sewing, Glitter & Diamante, Multicoloured, Suit & Shirt and Coat Buttons.’ 

Take a look at the coat buttons category for anyone making military uniforms.

PO Box 976
RH12 9QF    01403 598014



‘Harlequin is a specialist manufacturer making bespoke accessories and garments for couturiers and dressmakers. We are famous for our fabric belts, covered buttons and ties, which bring the world’s top designers to us looking for our superb quality, exceptionally fast turnaround and our passion for what we do’.

Harlequin, Shop Road, Little Bromley, Manningtree, Essex CO11 2PZ, UK.       +44 (0)1206 396167

‘D.M.Buttonholes has been established in the heart of London’s Soho for nearly 100 years. We provide a comprehensive buttonholing service and we manufacture and supply quality covered button in various styles and sizes. You provide the fabric and we make the buttons.’

A gift from the Costume God’s are D. M Buttons.

11b Wardour Mews
D’arblay Street
London W1F 8AN

Tel/Fax: 020 7437-8897  Email:  OPENING TIMES MONDAY TO FRIDAY 7.30AM TO 3.00PM


A feast of buttons and notions  are available at Minerva Crafts. Did I menshion their wonderful prices.

Our buttons range is absolutely huge which includes every kind of button you can image. They vary greatly in size, shape, colour, weight and price, we’re sure we’ll have the right kind to suit your every need.’

Minerva Craft Centre,
Minerva Fabrics Ltd.
Atlas Road,
BB3 3BY         +44 (0)1254 708068


Part of the JHB mega button compay Button is the online store for Blumenthal Lansing Company. Here you will find all the same brands that JoAnnas and Hobby Lobby sells maybe cheep and in the amounts you need!

‘Welcome to Button Lovers! For over 130 years, our company Blumenthal Lansing has been the destination for wholesale buttons and retail buttons, sewing buttons, novelty buttons and craft buttons. Now, online buyers finally
have access to the world’s best buttons!’

1929 Main Street
Lansing, IA 52151
Phone: 563-538-4211 / 800-553-4158


Vintage covered buttons resource Bee Lignes has a hoard to chose from.

Bee Lignes, Inc.
121A 107th Avenue NE
Bellevue, WA 98004
Phone: 206-420-1307


Lace Heaven located in Mobile Alabama has a is a little shop with a big supply. Wholesale to the us common people. Also use for trims and embellishments.

‘Lace Heaven is your only stop when looking for wholesale sewing buttons online. You will easily find a wide selection of clothing and crafting buttons, with great bargains and deals.’

Lace Heaven Inc.
2524 Dauphin Island Parkway
Mobile, AL. 36605



Buttons: The Collector’s Guide to Selecting, Restoring and Enjoying New and Vintage Buttons

by Nancy Fink (Hardcover)

Buttons: a Collectors Guide

by Houart (Hardcover)

50 Heirloom Buttons to Make

by Nancy Nehring, Marcus Tullis (Kindle Edition)

Buttons and Trimmings: From Snowshill (Fashion & Sty​le)

by Althea MacKenzie (Hardcover)

The Button Industry in the United States

by Edward Louis Newberger (Paperback)

Old Buttons

by Sylvia Llewelyn (Paperback)

Buttons (Shire Album)

by Alan Meredith, Gillian Meredith (Paperback)


by PEGGY ANN OSBORNE (Paperback) .

Buttons : A Passementerie Workshop Manual

by Gina Barrett (Paperback)

Dorset Buttons, Handstitched in Dorset for Over 300 Years

by Thelma Johns (Paperback) .

Local Militia Buttons

by Howard Ripley, Bob Moodie (Hardcover)

Buttons of the Regular Army 1855-2000

by Howard Ripley, Denis Darmanin (Paperback)

Beautiful Buttons

by Beate Schmitz (Paperback) .

Buttons and Fasteners 500BC – AD1840

by Gordon Bailey, Greg Payne (Paperback)


Top 10 supplier for wardrobe Supervisors.

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Over a time you build up a ‘go to’ list of suppliers & resources. Made from a trusted mixture of reliable delivery, customer service and range of stock.  This list is taken from my personal ‘go to’ list.


A business of fixture and fittings for retail but so much more. Morplan has been a fashion student’s life line for years. (I still have my scissors from my college days!) You can order a paper catalogue, shop online or visit 1 of their 3 stores. Tailoring equipment, specialist threads, pattern making tools, tailor dummies and dressmaking supplies are all worth a visit.


“Established in 1920 – Jaycotts is a family run, online-retail company.
We’ve been doing this for a long time, and have built a strong reputation for being one of the countries leading suppliers of sewing products. Our service is widely known to be efficient and reliable.  Our website has thousands of products from the best manufacturers & brands.
We supply the general public, businesses, schools & colleges, hospitals and government organisations, etc. Anyone can shop with us – Online, by phone (01244 394 099) and in person at our store in Chester.”


History: A family business established in 1971 based on College Rd’ in Rochdale by Richard Atherton senior;beginning with the sale / rental & servicing of industrial / domestic machines. The business developed into the supply of spare parts & needles; from which the company quickly expanded and moved into larger premises on Bamford Rd, Heywood, then Phoenix Ind Estate, Heywood and now Waterfold business park, Bury situated next to the M66 motorway (pictured). Sons Justin, Richard junior & Mark actively run operations where all major sewing machine brands are extensively stocked for immediate supply. Stockists & Agents for Brother, Durkopp Adler, Juki, Kansai, Mitsubishi, Pegasus, Pfaff, Rimoldi, Singer, Union Special along with other established brands; Schmetz needles & Mundial scissors.


Luck for me this shop is in the local area to me. Art van Go is an art shop and teaching space. A textile artiste Aladdin’s cave of dye, fabric paint and artist’s equipment.

The Studios, Stevenage Road, Knebworth, Herts, SG3 6AN. Call: 01438 814949


How Manhattan Wardrobe Supply Started
Manhattan Wardrobe Supply was born after Cheryl Kilbourne-Kimpton and Tommy Boyer heard the remark “I’m getting too old for this…” on a late night film shoot. The remark opened a conversation about creating a one stop shop of their dreams: a place with everything a Costume Professional or Fashion Stylist would ever need, whether for film, tv, the stage or circus.
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What can I tell you MWS has been a staple ‘go to’ every since I start to work in the US. Now I’m back in the UK shipping is not as easy but possible.


Welcome to WAWAK® Sewing Supplies, featuring the world’s largest inventory of brand name sewing supplies! With more than 20,000 premium-quality items in stock, we have everything for home sewing and for the professional. Whatever project you’re working on, whatever you need, we’ve got the perfect product in stock and ready to ship! And every item is available to you at the lowest price anywhere. In fact, we GUARANTEE the lowest price on every item we sell!


Request a catalogue , set up an account and make sure you place your order early. As sometimes they can run out of stock quick!


Since 1983 Tuxedo Wholesaler has been a leading supplier of men’s and women’s Concert Attire to performance groups. We are experts at outfitting groups of all sizes, offering affordable elegance with a wide range of classical selections. Our experienced customer service staff can assist you in all aspects of outfitting your group. Our goal is to give you original designs and quality merchandise at affordable prices. We stand behind our products and strive for your complete satisfaction.Menswear for Theatre & Costume from classic lines to re-invented lines for stylized characters. Tuxedo Wholesaler is a provider of the highest quality garments for your theatrical performance and costume needs. We proudly serve the Theatre, Film, and Music industries, schools, universities, and professionals worldwide. 


Rhinestone Guy offers retail and wholesale rhinestones at competitive prices and unmatched customer service. Our line of Swarovski Crystals Xirius & Xilion Rose and Czech Preciosa VIVA rhinestones is extensive. Our RG Premium, and Hot Fix RG2 rhinestones is a great alternative for those with large production needs. And, those who are looking for brilliant stones will be amazed at their pricing. Rhinestone Guy says these rhinestones are the Best Sparkle for the Buck! We have rhinestones for every project and budget. Our inventory is vast and ready to be shipped. And… YES, we ship immediately.

Request their catalog and enjoy flipping through the pages for all your costume craft and dyeing needs.