Welcome to the New ASG Online Library!

Hello ladies and gentle men,

I don’t know how excited you ever get about reading a blog post, or writing one, but I’m about as excited to write this one as I’ve ever been for a blog post… and this isn’t even my blog! ūüôā

May I introduce to you our new Atlantic Sewing Guild online library!

That’s right. I said “library”. This is a free¬†collection of books, magazines and other digital press content I have started to aggregate on the ISSUU site that is also available as an app for Apple and Android.

What is ISSUU, you ask?

In short, it’s Pinterest where the “pins” are digital “books”!

If that doesn’t raise any addiction concerns, let me just say now this is your first and only warning about it.

On ISSUU, you can find normally paper content in digital format, as well as digital only content. There’s over 15 million documents. It’s easy to read and scan through. Most of it is high quality such that you can zoom in quite a bit and not be limited to a tablet, phone or even desktop monitor screen rendition of the content. You can collect these documents in “stacks” the way you pin on “boards” on Pinterest, to organize them. You can “follow” people who collect documents as you do, or just some stacks they have, to have them find new documents you might be interested in. You can scan documents in to post, or find a digital copy somewhere to post. You can “Like” documents, comment on them and do other things as well. But that’s all for the account owners.

What I’m here to tell you about is the collection I started for us and all the content you can start going through already.

There are 15 stacks of books and magazines on various fashion and sewing related content. Some will take a while to read, while others you might just want to skim through. And if nothing is of interest to you, just wait. More will be added. Perhaps in the near future, we could get group contributors, a feature not yet available unlike on Pinterest, I don’t believe. I just discovered this site 24 hours ago and had the idea for this library to share with you and others who learn of it. It’s gotten big acclaim from sources such as TIME magazine and the Webby awards!

You do not need an ISSUU account to read any content or access our library. However, you will if you want to collect your own “books”, or follow our library and/or others’ to see what’s newly found and/or published, organize things in your own way, and so on. A free account can be had which has all the features a general reader might care for, but it is up to you if you want to sign up.

So without further delay, could someone please hand me the duck-billed scissors and I will cut this ribbon.

(snap, snap, snap photo-op)

Ladies and gentle men… our

ASG Fashion and Sewing Online Library

(there is now a link under the Library tab at upper right of our site to jump to our online library should you need to find it again in the future, or just bookmark it on your browser)

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Who wants to be our digital librarian?

This ISSUU site and library I started is a vast and wonderful resource. Unfortunately, I neither have the time nor the knowledge of all the good resources out there to try and track down (if it were on ISSUU, like Threads magazine is not) over time aside from a bit here and there.

So does anybody in the Guild want to take on this role? I’ll give first offer to our current librarians should they want to do this. Otherwise, email¬†the¬†ASG¬†address¬†and maybe we can set up an arrangement where more than one person can contribute.

Start your own organization’s online library

This idea to pool online resources for an organization can be repeated by others, of course. Specifically thinking of some of our Guild members who are in other “guilds” or organizations like quilting, lace, crochet, knitting, crafts, etc.¬†they might want to start a similar library, or show someone this post and get them to start¬†their own library (or find someone who can). Same goes for any readers¬†of this post, too, of course.

I love it when I get an idea that can be spread and be useful to many others. ūüôā

Enjoy!

Minh

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Introducing Seamwork Free Online Magazine

from Kathleen

The text was sent to Kathleen and she asked it be shared with all of blog readers. It is about an online sewing magazine called Seamwork,¬†with some free content and some more in-depth subscriber content, that is coming soon. There is also a PDF of a Table of Content “page”¬†at the end to give hints at what is coming in more detail. Enjoy and thanks, Kathleen!

Seamwork is almost here! We’ll be launching it Monday morning as we drink our coffee, and I hope you’ll join us for a little caffeine and sewing geek-out, wherever you are. I’m sure we’ll be talking about it on the¬†blog,¬†facebook, and¬†twitter.

Today, I wanted to share one last peek with you at the table of contents and one of the stories.

This short story on bridal designer¬†Elizabeth Dye¬†offers a peek into her studio and process. You might recognize it from last week’s email, where I shared a screenshot of the web version of the same story.

This one is from the downloadable version of the magazine, which will also be available on Monday. It’s in PDF format, so you can read it on your computer or tablet, with or without an internet connection, and regardless of what sort of device you have.

We often see looks at designers in their studio, but little is said about the technical skills involved in designing clothing, or how those skills influence the creative process. I’m excited to talk to more designers about how they¬†actually¬†design and create – the nerdy stuff – in future issues.

The first page is the table of contents from issue 01, so you can see all the stories we’ve included. It will probably also give you a few hints about what sort of patterns will be available in December when you subscribe. I think you’ll love them (I do).

By the way, we’ll be drawing names for the pattern subscription giveaway on Sunday, before the launch, so all winners will be notified before Monday morning.

See you on Monday!

Sarai

Link to PDF Table of Contents

Feeling Fall Frosties?

by Faye Morrison

I like to wear scarves and gloves at this time of the year. Coats, not so much.

I just saw a blog post with lots of ideas for scarves to suit every taste. (100 free scarf patterns)

There are no sew options, either. One that really took my fancy was a stamped one using the ends of celery (#58).

Check out the patchwork option (Pieced section, #54-59) for all the tote bag ladies as you probably have a few scraps hanging around.

Have a wonderful thanksgiving everyone!

Does Anyone Know Anything About Covet Fashion – The Game App for iPad & iPhone?

Sample Covet Fashion Design
Sample Covet Fashion Design

Update: LeeAnne has had a quick look and provided a few comments in case listed at the end of the post, so you may want to look at them before deciding if you want to have a look. Thanks to LeeAnne!

I happened across this free app for iPad and iPhone that looks like a nice little design game, called Covet Fashion version 2.7.1. However, I have neither an iPad nor iPhone to try it. Does anyone know anything about it? Or if you care to download and try, can you show me it sometime?

Supposedly, it’s a bit of a game because people vote on designs, though someone said hardly anyone votes. I can see that as it’s probably a pretty niche audience. However, if it’s anything like a real good version of Wild Ginger pattern design software in terms of designs (rather than patterns), I think I would LOVE it! That’s because the previews in Wild Ginger are absolutely horrible! Their user interface is, too!

But if Covet Fashion were anything like I think it might be, I could use it as a design preview before going to Wild Ginger for something close given all the style options available in Wild Ginger. At least the key thing is I’ll know what I’m wanting before I design it. In Wild Ginger, I’m not really sure what I’m getting by choosing certain options cause the preview is that bad.

I hope some of our iPad addicts can tell me. Thanks.

Free Historical Costume Patterns, Anyone?

This Diary of a Renaissance Seamstress site and page has what looks like quite a few pretty serious free patterns for historical costumes! Some look a bit more authentic than costumes, including the corsets! I haven’t looked at every link, but I can tell you the corset download has 6 beautiful corsets (from another site) in PDF files you’d want a plotter to print out rather than tiling together from letter sized pages. You can do it at Staples from a post I once wrote.

Can’t wait to check out more!

Foundations Revealed Site for Corset Making

A friend in the costume studies program at Dalhousie University recommended some content from this Foundations Revealed site to start learning about corset making before the NSCAD class begins in mid-October which was written about in the previous post. The site is only partly free. I don’t know enough about it to recommend paying for it or not, but there is still some pretty serious stuff that is free regarding corset making.

My friend specifically pointed out this PDF called The Corsetmaking Revolution, the New Corset Pattern Drafting Masterclass. She said it was really helpful when she started out, even though she’s tailored her techniques and methods from it with experience and personal preferences.

For those of you taking the class, or just interested in corset making, you might find it and the Foundations Revealed site interesting. Enjoy and tell us how you find the rest of the site!