* I'm working on my own costumer holiday gift list but in the meantime I thought you might enjoy this guide from American Duchess.
* Sometimes commercial patterns from the "big three" can yield really wonderful results. I love the Tudor gown that Learning to Costume has made from a Simplicity pattern.
* Historical Sewing has a great guide posted of patterns that are perfect for new costumers.
* Comic book fans have gotten their first look at the cast for the upcoming Suicide Squad. I predict Harley Quinn will become even more popular than Elsa in the future.
* Two Nerdy History Girls have a really interesting post on Vigee-LeBrun and the new vogue for smiling in 18th century painting.
* DNA analysis of Richard the Third has interesting things to say about the connection of the modern royal family to their ancestors.
* Have you ever had the need for a really full, ruffly petticoat? Angela Clayton has a great step-by-step of the uber ruffled petticoat she made.
* Sometimes it can be hard to get a handle on eras that are less popular amongst costumers. The Closet Historian has a great overview of later 17th century costume for those of you interested in this era.