The first part of this book reads like a step-by-step how-to and duplicated steps are reiterated again and again. A bit elementary for the experienced sewer and somewhat complicated for the beginner who still has trouble with printed patterns. But Ms. Ein has saved the best for last. The information and directions are good reference for serious sewers who do it all from scratch (and slash and spread) as well as for the novice who just wants to find out how to make a variation on the same old collar or spiff up a store-bought pattern so no one will know. Ein explains the basics of natural and synthetic fibers -- characteristics, treatments and finishes, how and where to use what. But more thorough attention is given to the specific directions on how to achieve custom-fit through the proper use of ""slopers"" or master patterns -- a necessity for figures that don't measure up to pattern-makers' standards and useful for the successful combining of pieces of different patterns. A real dollar-saver for those willing to put in the time. And considering the price of some patterns these days, one can't turn one's nose up at twelve different types of sleeves, not including variations, and cuffs, and variations on cuffs, and trimming, and variations on trimming. . . .