This doubles as a do-it-yourself guide and a step-by-step lessor plan to act as ""the assistant teacher"" in sewing classes. The text goes from the basics of how to choose a pattern and a fabric easy for beginners to handle through the last, intricate project of making a formal. In between, the progress goes from the gathered skirt to blouses, dresses and tailoring. The text is made highly visual by the generous number of clear, labeled drawings of sewing equipment at work on correctly placed cloth. An excellent book for neophyte needlewomen, the book also has a great deal to offer the more expert. A last section deals with the demands of special fabrics, special seams, hand stitches and (most important) ""How to Get Out of Trouble."" Equally useful to students and teachers, there are very few books on sewing of this caliber and their publication is few and far between.