Top positive review
A pleasant little book.
on 16 July 2017
Quite a good book - especially for those who have tried and failed to understand other books and/or instructors.
It is not loaded with jargon, plus the photographs and video links make things far clearer than any line drawing could do.
That said, if you already have Lorna's 2008 Dressmaking Techniques Bible, you don't really need this 2014 version - unless of course you want access to the online demonstrations.
One mildly annoying aspect of the book is its emphasis on the use of sergers (overlockers).
Many of us just have sewing machines, some of which might have more bells and whistles than others - but a serger is a huge outlay if you're going to sew occasionally (or for fun) rather than professionally.
Domestic machines produced in the past 30 years offer zig-zag stitch at the very least - and many come with an over-locking/overcasting foot and an overlock stitch. All these improvements allow an excellent finish to seams and edges.
Yes, I know that sergers cut as well as sew - but dressmakers tend to have good scissors and other manual-cutting tools anyway.
A good buy if you have no other books on the subject.