Our local chapter has collected a great many books that are available to check out for a month at a time to any member of ASG. To access and browse the library, you need an account on “librarything.com” It free to use, and you can catalog up to 200 of your own personal books for free. For more than 200, it is simply $25.00 (not per year, just $25.00!) If you don’t want to create an account you can always email firstname.lastname@example.org asking if we have a specific book and we are happy to be your librarians. We have books on fashion design, garment construction, quilting, embroidery and even fictional and non fictional reads that have sewing as a topic. An example of types of books are the textbooks on pattern design and on fashion draping from Helen Joseph-Armstrong; books by Claire Shaeffer, Roberta Carr, Nancy Zeiman, Peggy Sager, Sandra Betzina, Loraine Henry and many more.
I recently found a great resource for books that are out of print, out of copyright. These books have been scanned page by page (so each page or chapter is a jpg or a pdf ). The scope of books here are amazing. The digital collection of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Library Here is an example Laughlin, Clara E. (Clara Elizabeth), 1873-1941, Editor The complete dressmaker, with simple directions for home millinery D. Appleton and Company, 1907
You will find the sewing books under “the human ecology collection ” and further organized under “all sewn up” I have found great tailoring, dressmaking and millinery references at this site. Just like in a library, I could get lost and spend hours and hours in these collections.
Group reviews, questions, and feedback
My all time favorite is PatternReview 15 years of reviews and over 400,000 users worldwide. Free and upgraded memberships available. Want to see thoughts, pictures on a pattern, class, store, machine? Check it out here, plus contests and other sewing connections. Facebook sewing groups are my next resource, note many of these are closed as in the admin needs to admit you to join. Just a precaution against spammers and trolls. Some are general sewing, others are topic specific, some are company/designer specific. Local group DFW sewing (Dallas/Ft. Worth) ; PDF Sales and Promotion ; The Sewing Curve ; Sewing Bags & Accessories ; Swoon Patterns Group ; We Sew Retro Show & Tell ; Stashbusting Sewalong 2016 and so many more!
And the best of all are American Sewing Guild neighborhood groups, special events and national conventions.
On line Classes
These are some of mine. What are your favorite resources?