Time for a book recommendation for all you cosplayers/hobby sewers out there! Disclaimer: Sorry for the crappy photo quality but hopefully you get the idea.
This is a pretty awesome book called Handsewn: The Essential Techniques for Tailoring and Embellishment.It’s written by Margaret Rowan, and retails for about $30 CAD. Overall, it’s pretty great!
There’s more of a focus on embroidery and decorative stitches, but it does include a number of useful hand-stitches for tailoring or hemming, cross stitch, various closures (including buttons, button holes, hooks and eyes) and more. Also, the first chapter is dedicated to things like: Selecting thread / needles / fabric; preparing fabric for embroidery or other embellishment techniques; basic sewing tenants (reading patterns, taking measurements, etc); and some mild troubleshooting (fixing errors with stitches, taking out stitches, etc).
While another book would probably be more useful, for instance, with regards to tailoring and/or practical hand sewing techniques, this one is really comprehensive! It also has great visual demonstrations of how to make each stitch step-by-step, as shown in the crappy webcam pictures above. If you can’t or don’t want to buy it, your local library should hopefully have access to it : )
Check it out!