As I've always been interested in learning how to create my own designs and clothes, I was genuinely pleased when I found this book, which is a great beginners' guide on the subject.
Construction is an essential stage in the creation of a garment, because it allows the 2D design and concept to be translated into the 3D final object; therefore, the right grasp of it is vital to the look and success of the final product. This book takes you step by step through the process of creating your own garment, by carefully and clearly explaining the main stages such as pattern cutting, sizing and grading, blocks and patterns, how to read a design drawing and translate it into blocks and patterns, dart manipulation, slash and spread, and so on. The numerous visual examples perfectly clarify the detailed instructions, so that it's easy to understand how to follow them properly.
What I've found really fascinating is the importance that has been given to the practical, but artistic side of the topic. For example, the whole first section of the book is dedicated to the different kinds of sleeves, collars and pockets which can be realised in order to allow you to successfully translate your ideal design into reality. Many useful tips are then given about fittings and how to alter a pattern by offering a series of badly fitted outfits and explaining how to correct them.
The second section of the book is dedicated to the tools and techniques used to construct and sew the garment either by hand or with the help of a machine. The types of seams and stitches are explored and explained in a very easy and clear way, along with the different techniques which need to be used when working with specific kinds of fabrics and surfaces (like lace or leather).
The whole final section looks at structure and finishing, two other and the book also provides a short history of supported and structured garments, which includes a fantastic section on corsetry.
Even though the instructions are explained in a straightforward way, the general tone of the book is friendly and emphasises that only practice leads to perfection.