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La Courturiere Parisienne

A data base containing hundreds of photos, authentic patterns and articles about period costume from the Middle Ages through the Early 20th Century.

The Costumer's Manifesto by Tara Maginnis, Ph.D., Associate Professor of theater at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, is one of the World Wide Web's largest, and most eclectic, costume sites.

This website contains over 100 content rich, illustrated pages of Fashion History, Costume History, Clothing, Textiles and Social History.

Collections of the Museum of the City of New York, including a Costume and Textiles Collection, featuring the Couture of the House of Worth.

The Met's Costume Institute Website features photos of 50 items from the permanent collection as well as photos from current and past special exhibits. A small sampling includes: Goddess, a current exhibit exploring how classical dress affected fashion from the 18th century onward, Blithe Spirit:The Windsor Set, which displays a collection of evening wear of the French Couture from 1935-1940, and Extreme Beauty: The Body Transformed, which presents a unique opportunity to observe fashion's most outrageous innovations and strategies of dress that have shaped and altered the body's silhouette to conform to shifting concepts of beauty

Sense and Sensibility

A collection of original photos, magazines, ads, illustrations, scanned by the site's owner to share with us.

This site contains images of primary source materials focusing on the cut and construction of women's garments with excerpts containing cutting diagrams, specific construction details, and measurements for full-sized garments. 


Dana Sippel of "Miniature Art", founder of the MSAT Miniature Doll List and the new MinidollU, has an entire section of her website titled Learn with links to a "Newbie" section designed especially for beginners, Archives containing numerous tutorials from past issues of her e-zine "Frills and Fancy" and Current Projects and classes.

Tutorials on how to design and print fabric, Scarlett's Barbecue dress, china painting babies, Christmas Madonna & Child, wet greenware cleaning, Santa ornament,  fantasy fairy, fantasy mermaid, casting miniature doll molds, cleaning & preparing greenware, assembling a miniature doll, French handsewing by machine, four different doll costumes and millinery in miniature.

Gina's site has excellent tutorials on china painting, working with feathers, wigging, making hats, sculpting a miniature doll and making a plaster mold.

Tutorial to create a doll costume from a picture by  Lee Menconi-Steiger.

Sculpting facial expressions. Step by step photos showing the creation of facial expressions. Not specifically for miniature dolls.