I bought this book on the basis of positive reviews on Amazon sites (British/USA).
I am quite a good amateur seamstress.
Why this book disappoints?
The author assumes that the reader has an unlimited supply of patterns and skirts to copy. If this was the case -why even publish the book?!
I lost count of times when the author's advise goes like this: compare to a big4 pattern you own..., analyse a skirt you own... etc. Or worse: play with the pattern till you are happy... PLAY?! At which point would I know that the "design" is actually going to work in practice?! The book does not give an answer.
Instead, it shows extremely anorexic, and I stress the word: anorexic girls, which have neither waist, nor hips, or for that matter any other features of a normal woman(do compare the preview pages, one such a photo is included).
Even the most basic skirt design, is NOT going to work as written up in this book. I do know that much. I tried. As for other practical advice?
2yrs of material for EVERY -pattern?! There is NOWHERE an indication how long the skirts are, what basic sizing the author uses, but instead, the advise: draw by hand, try various designs. Great... if you happen to have unlimited supply of patience,paper, fabric and TIME.
I really WANTED to like the book. It is meant to be practical. In reality:
I was NOT able to use ANY "unknown" design -from those I neither owned nor knew how to copy! The book does NOT teach you how to do it.
It only gives very, very general ideas, more suited to fashion student under the guidance of a tutor than an amateur on her own.
My advise: buy a good basic pattern from Simplicity/McCall's/Butterick etc. do not waste your time on this book!!