I am a professional designer and pattern maker and love to look at new books to see what would be good for teaching students. After seeing the rave reviews here I ordered it and was sadly disappointed. I am trying to think of the ideal reader to recommend it to, and struggle. If it is for a beginner, then important details such as pressing techniques are completely omitted. Pressing is a vital step of garment construction, so I am surprised that this is not covered when other basics, such as sewing a basic seam are.
The pattern drafting system is good, but this counts on having a dress form that is your exact measurements, as I could not find any information about changing the pattern for personal quirks. For example on dress forms, they can often be a strange shape around the bust, and are not helpful if you are a larger or smaller cup size than an A/B. No information was given on padding a dress form to assist with draping (i.e. putting a bra on it, or padding out the waist/hips to fit if required) Draping without changing the pattern to personal measurements is also unhelpful if you are longer or shorter in the body as the dressform. As we know, not many of us are the perfect dress form replica. *sigh* Any draped pattern needs to be checked against personal measurements, and the pattern altered accordingly.
If it was for the intermediate/advanced sewer then these things would be addressed in the book. So I conclude that this is not the target reader either.
So, my conclusion is if you want a step by step guide on how to sew a dress together, then this is great. If you want your mannequin to wear a nice dress, this is also good. As for personal pattern drafting then there are better, as for learning to sew, there are also better. And for inspiration, there are also better. Hopefully the author will make some revisions, because the concept of the book is really good. As it stands now however, disappointing.