More than simply instructions for following patterns, this includes kinds of materials, their properties, tests, labelings, finishes (cotton, linen, wool, silk, rayon, nylon, vinyon, ). The care of fabrics, stain removing, pressing, storing, laundry, mending, darning, patching. Taking your own measurements and drafting patterns. How to use materials. Basic and formula patterns for various wardrobe needs. Remodelling and renovating parts of and whole garments and knitted clothes. Various stitches. General coverage for both beginning needlewomen -- and those of some degree of experience in home dressmaking and sewing. Very definitely in the news today.