Look what I scored today at the second hand store. I only have one other book. It's good, The Complete Book of Sewing Shortcuts by Claire Shaeffer, but I don't have any basic reference books. This was perfect for me.
It goes over everything from what different design elements do for your form to . . .
. . . what colors and textures do for your shape . . .
. . . to how different fabrics are woven or knitted together to . . .
. . . tailoring techniques in jackets (could have used this in the Great Coat Sew Along) . . .
. . . how the heck do you padstitch anyway?? . . .
. . .plus some groovy home decor tips and patterns.
The best part for me? It's the original book from 1976 and it's mint.