Overall, I think it's great book for a beginner or experienced sewist. My favorite part of the book is the introduction when Barbara says,
I decided to write this book the day I realized how lucky I was. I was reading the sewing blogs of some fabulous young sewists when it hit me—my people are back.
I love this statement! This is exactly how I feel about sewing. I feel like it fits, if that makes sense. I love every aspect of sewing including the tracing, planning, cutting, and sewing. You can tell by reading this book that Barbara loves sewing too. It makes me excited to sew all over again. This book would make a great gift for someone just getting into sewing or someone who used to sew and who needs a little bump in the rear to remember why they loved it so much.
The book includes many "mini-lessons" that will help many sewists with common issues like matching and sewing with striped fabrics, eliminating bulky front seam bands, invisible zippers, etc. Barbara also starts out by talking about measurements, sizing, and how to make some common fitting alterations. I especially love Chapter 3 where it tells you to use your common sense instead of following the pattern directions. YASSS! Thank you!!
I really enjoyed reading through this book! If you want to check it out, you can go here.