Do you like vintage? And even more than that, do you like sewing vintage style outfits? Then you would love to check out this reference website regarding vintage sewing. Here is the link: vintagesewing.info
It offers free online access to public domain sewing books. You could browse by decades or by categories:
Here are the categories:
o school textbook
o sewing course
o pattern design (drafting, draping, etc.)
o laundry/dry cleaning
I checked the 1900s and stumbled upon the ornamental stitching. It's fascinating.
You would find at: http://vintagesewing.info/19th/1892-sn/sn-03.html
If you find this info useful, let's hear from you. Specially if you made something based on those books.