I cobbled together various creations in my youth/student years, and moved back to high street as more money/less time took hold. The sheer frustration of poor fitting items in shoddy fabric has got the sewing machine out again, but this time I need quality items which aren't destined for the student union. This book is super - it starts from the very basics. It will teach you tips you hand't thought of, and explains the difference between a good item and a great one. Most importantly for me, it explains how to alter patterns and tackle shape "problems" rather than assuming everyone is a conventional size and shape. A classic.