Loren linked to "a treasure trove" of garment cutting guides from the 19th and 20th century: Siam Costumes, a database of hundreds of advertisements, periodicals, photographs, catalogs, magazines, and pattern books! There are also fashion plates of ancient, Renaissance, cultural and fancy dress costume.
Below are some snippets from my favorite resources on that site; prepare for drool-inducing, swoon-worthy designs!
|Les Elegances Parissienes, 1921|
|El Salon De La Moda, 1902|
|The Designer, Empire House Toilette, January 1900|
|Sears Roebuck Co. Spring/Summer 1938, Maternity Garments|
|Peterson's Magazine, June 1873|
|Peterson's Magazine, 1873|
|The Postilion Girdle (it has a peplum in the back!)|
|Slipper Embroidery Pattern|
|19th century Mardi Gras Costume...a fish?|
One negative about the site is that not every resource is organized; in one source, I was able to find fashion plates from the 1870s, 1900s, and 1940s. I recommend setting aside a rainy day or two to explore all of the amazing and inspirational resources on this site!