I have attempted a few items from this book so far. The designs are lovely, and are quite easy to adapt if you're not quite the same shape as the average Japanese woman. However, at least one of the patterns (which is illustrated with a backless gathered red dress) has a technical flaw in that the dots which are supposed to match up to align the pattern pieces do not match up. (This may just be my error, but I see no way in which they could have reasonably matched up). The other small issue is that many of the designs are clingy and are not lined, meaning that on the average person they can appear indecent when worn. Making your own lining pattern is easy, so it's a shame that it's not included in the given design. (It would be a struggle to find a suitable bra to wear with many of the top/dress designs in this book, since some are cowl front and back, or backless, or very low cut at the sides. Hence why lining becomes even more important). The other small issue is that the given patterns are absolutely jammed together on the pattern sheet, but given some time and a few colored highlighter pens this isn't too much of an issue.