This is a wonderful book designed to give the small relatively easy to do tips for what differentiates couture and fine finished ready to wear from home made clothing. Read through once for the history and then for ideas. I'll never pick up a pattern again without looking at the design and thinking about how it can be fit perfectly and finished perfectly. Not so much as difficult as time consuming I Let my grandma borrower this book and she was amazed at home much information was in this book and how easy it was to read. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.