Launching your own clothing line can be a daunting task. I’ve compiled this awesome list of fashion industry resources to help you get started.
ASTM Textile Standards provide the specifications and test methods for the physical, mechanical, and chemical properties of textiles, fabrics, and clothes, as well as the natural and artificial fibers that constitute them.
Fabric.com Blog, a blog on fabrics.
My textile notes, a blog by Priyank Goel on textile and garment processes.
Textile School, a blog on textile and garment manufacturing, processes, terms, and definitions. Good tutorials for newbie and students.
Rikipedia textile knowledge base by Rieter. A knowledge base on textile yarn spinning process.
The Textile Institute, a site by the organization The Textile Institute.
Textile Testing International, a blog by a Textile Testing Lab. A blog has articles on textiles testing methods.
Textile/Clothing Technology Corporation, a site by a non-profit organization. You will get valuable articles here.
Textile Learner, a blog that explains textile and garment terms, different processes of garment and textiles. A good read for apparel and textile students.
Textile Link publishes articles and links covering spinning, weaving, quilting, felting, knitting, sewing, dyeing, and the whole world of textiles. Links to supply sources, organizations, museums, events, training, etc)
Vasant Kothari, a site by Mr. Vasant Kothari. He has posted a number of presentations on textile topics for students.
Better work. Go to Publication and Resources tab. A lot of good materials are available on factory compliances.
A&E, a site by American thread manufacturer. Under tab Technical Tools you will get pdf documents related to yarns, threads, seam, stitches, and needles. For example http://www.amefird.com/technical-tools/tech-bulletins/apparel/
Coats International, a site by Coats, a leading sewing thread manufacturer. You will find a technical report on sewing report, thread consumption guide and more.
Ellis Developments Limited. This site is not well designed but contains great tutorials for knitting manufacturing and apparel quality management.
Elyon Ltd provides good contents related General Sewing Data. You will get most of the answers to your questions related to General sewing Data (GSD).
Garmenco is a good resource for Stitches and Seam guide.
GSD – General sewing data, the official site of general sewing data (GSD).
LEARNING & EDUCATION
Clothesource, an online library. You can download publications for free.
Apparel Merchandising, a blog on apparel merchandising, textile printing, knitting, garments manufacturing, embroidery etc.
Denim and Jeans, a Blog by Denim expert Sandeep Agarwal. You will find a lot of articles on denim processes, denim brands, denim market and lot more.
Fashion Incubator, a blog by Kathleen Fasanella. A blog has numerous articles covered a lot of topics such as pattern making, garment manufacturing, Tips on sewing etc.
Fibre to Fashion Fibre2Fashion is a business to business portal. This site publishes numerous articles covering whole topics from fiber to fashion.
Nancy’s Notions, a website by Nancy.
Toyota textile machinery. Read this site to know history to present of textile machinery.
Just-style, an online publication that publishes the latest news, research study, and market research reports etc.
Knitting Industry, an online publication on knitting industry.
The Indian Textile Journal, an online publication that also publishes free articles. To read articles go to features Category wise.
The Business of Fashion Fashion business intelligence on emerging designers, disruptive technologies and global brands.
Drapers UK fashion industry news.
Womenswear Daily (WWD) Fashion, beauty and business news.
ETHICS & SUSTAINABILITY
Clean Cloth Campaign is dedicated to improving working conditions and supporting the empowerment of workers in the global garment and sportswear industries. You will find case history on compliance issues in garment factory around the world.
SEWING & KNITTING
Knitting Help, provides tips on knitting, knitting pattern, videos on knitting and more.
Coletterie, a blog for sewing tips, ideas.
Sewing Insight has a lot of reviews on industrial sewing machine of different brands.
Sew Daily, a site where you will get sewing tips, free E-book on various topics.
Stitch and Sew – This website will help you pick out the right sewing machine. You will also find lots of DIY projects and Q & A section.
Threads, an online thread magazine. How-to-do sewing guides.
Vintage Fashion Guild, a resource for vintage fashion.