Sewing Pattern Reference
|Vintage Mail Order Pattern via M1khaela|
I've been looking up sewing tutorials online, but sometimes I'm at a loss to describe what kind of style I'm trying to create. I stumbled on this handy reference: Sleeves, Necklines, Collars, and Dress Types. The images are circa the 80's but really basic dress shapes haven't changed all that much.
Here is also a handy basic tutorial for creating your own dress pattern from clothes that fit you well. I followed the same technique to sew a couple of tank tops, and the colorblock tunic dress.
And here's a reference for taking measurements, and types of stitches.