I am also kicking around the question as to if I pick up a free CAD program off the net so that I can download some free patterns (we are talking patterns from the books that seamstresses and house wives would have used back then to get their patterns) and bring them up to size for printing and use. I am not a techie type person, so this poses some issues. Namely I haven't a clue what it does or how to do it. I think I might be relegating this to the man of the house. Too bad I don't know anyone who works in printing anymore, I would be able to price check taking something in for 'blowing up' and printing.
In the mean time I read a good article on YWU on period stockings complete with a reprint of some instructions (that had been written in ladies handbooks) on how to knit your own. the pictures from the old catalogs were kind of shocking for me. Previously when I had thought stockings I thought black, gray, cream or white. I Stripes and patterns hadn't even entered my mind. So seeing the checkers, zigzags, vertical strips, horizontal stripes, and various sundry of other patterns was pretty mind blowing.
-The head Wench