University of Cambridge’s Sewing Behaviour Survey

Courtesy of our Guild member, Kathleen…

The University of Cambridge would like to invite you to participate in the largest study to date on sewing and garment sustainability and have launched a survey on ‘Sewing and Behaviour Change’.

Your anonymous answers will help us to understand relationships between sewing and sustainable practices for clothing.

Please complete this survey by clicking on this link, and please do so by Friday 16th October 2015.

It takes only 10 minutes. Then please share with others.

I don’t know about results and other things that might be done with the survey data. However, if I find out, I will be sure to share. Thank you.

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

Seamwork Magazine Resource

Mary wanted to share this online resource with members.

In their words, Seamwork is a new online pattern magazine bringing you two beautiful projects every month for just $6, along with articles, techniques, and creative ideas that make sewing a pleasure. This month’s feature is bras and lingerie.

This link will be added to our site under Patterns and Reviews, under the Links menu.

Thanks, Mary!

Big List of Online Canadian Fabric, Pattern and Notion Stores

Thanks to our member Kathleen for finding this huge list of online Canadian fabric, pattern and notion stores from The Finished Garment blog.

At the time of this writing, their list was last updated on January 6, 2015. I imagine they will update it as time goes by.

For your future reference, you can either bookmark the page the link above goes to. Or if you use our site, it is now an item in the drop down LINKS menu at upper right of our site. Click on the Canadian Online Stores choice and it will take you there!

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

Class and Learning Options Outside the Guild

Courtesy of research by Tory and Marcia…

Guild Classes

The Guild had just announced our classes for 2014-15. These two are guaranteed, plus other potential ones to be determined.

  1. Pocket Techniques, with Anneke Henderson (Oct 4, 2014)
  2. Making a Body Double, with Josée (Nov 15, 2014)

However, there are many other options for classes around the Halifax area, as well as online. There are also many other learning resources besides classes, where there is no interaction involved but just instructions. The following list of sewing related resources might interest you.

Local Classes (Halifax area)

You might consider these local options for classes in the Halifax Regional Municipality and Nova Scotia area:

Continental Classes

If you were willing to travel for some classes, treating it as either a serious trip or vacation, you might want to consider these options:

Online Classes and General Instructions

These sites offer classes and/or general instructions online:

There are also plenty of other YouTube channels you may want to search for to find instructional videos. For video instruction, you might actually be better off searching from the YouTube site, rather than using a search engine like Google, Yahoo or Bing.

Blogs

Blogs tend to be are more personally produced instruction, compared to business or professional like instruction, although some blogs are quite phenomenal. They also tend to be more a mish mash of topics and may not be as well organized to find specific items like sewing instruction videos. But those things can add a personal touch and connection business sites tend not to have, and be more entertaining with a real life touch to them. It really depends on what you like. Here are some Guild Members like a lot:

When you read blogs, be sure to look around, often on the side, for links to the authors’ favourite sites, blogs and such. Some will likely be related to sewing and they can serve as your lead to find out more of what is out there! If you liked the authors’ blog, chances are, you’ll like his/her taste for other enjoyable and/or useful blogs, too!

Share Your Favourite Sewing Resources with Us!

If you know of great class and/or instructional resources not mentioned here, please do let us know. We will update this post, as well as our Classes page on this site. Thank you.