I sew as well. I have started machine sewing some time in my elementary school days and have gotten better at it in my late 20ies.
My prime piece (next to the winter coat I wear today, a few suits and suit jackets) was my own Butterick pattern wedding dress.. laced corset style. I sure was happy!
My favorite forum is in German, though, so it will not help you much (hobbyschneiderin.de)
But I did a search on ravelry for you. Here are all the groups listed for sewing:
you will surely find help in one or more of them. Are you at ravelry? it is free to sign up and very helpful - for knitting, crocheting - and as we see here: even sewing.