This article is from the Textile Related Books FAQ, by Lara J. Fabans firstname.lastname@example.org with numerous contributions by others.
I bought this book when I needed to make
my first tailored suit in about three days. This book is suitable as a step
by step introduction to tailoring women's jackets for someone who is an
intermediate sewer. The book discusses the three methods for tailoring the
collar and lapels: the traditional hand pad stitches, a more modern machine
stitching method, and the contmporary methods using fusible interfacing.
Whenever applicable, the book presents the three methods, starting with the
traditional hand methods and ending with the contemporary fusible methods.
The book also discusses traditional and contempory methods for attaching the
lining, setting in sleeves and making buttonholes.
The _Tailoring_ book covers only jackets and really concentrates on women's
jackets although it does mention men's jackets. It covers a traditional
collar and a shawl collar. If you read through the book carefully (before you
start!), you can throw away the original pattern instructions and construct a
well tailored suit jacket. You may need a fitting book to help solve
non-trivial fitting problems. If you combine this book with a more complete
Tailoring book (e.g. Ledbetter and Lansing's book) you will have a very good
introduction to a complete set of tailoring procedures.