The book is a must-have for anyone wanting to sew reproduction clothing for dolls. This book includes wonderful color plates of the antique dolls chosen for the study. You can clearly see every detail of the wardrobe. There are many underwear items included : corsets, hoops, bustles, etc. There is a large detailed explaination of each dress, listed by the color plate. Then, there is a large section which not only tells you how to sew a duplicate of the original, but which includes much useful information about the period of time the dress represents. Finally, there is a wonderful bibliography and an excellent section on how to hand sew the items, carefully detailing descriptions of each stitch used.