I bought this fabulous book from the awesomest second-hand bookstore, Hard To Find (But Worth The Effort) Books. Yes, that is really what it's called. It's just down the road from my place. The book cost $12. I can't believe it's former owner let it go (though given it's age, perhaps it's former owner has met an unfortunate end).
|You're only lowering your own morale, you know.|
|McCall's better not catch you wearing pants in the city.|
What this book makes abundantly clear is that good results come from good technique, not good machines. My favourite chapter talks about the 'professional' finishing touches, which is what makes the difference between ordinary clothes and lovely ones.
There is not a missing detail in the whole book. Aside from tips and techniques, it talks about drafting patterns, alterations, dressing for your figure, descriptions of useful tools and notions, and how to make a bought pattern truly your own. It even has instructions for various "figure ailments", such as this:
|Flat derrière is not a problem that I have. But at least my feet aren't on backwards.|