The Classic Guide to Sewing the Perfect Jacket
I have purchased three large format titles under the CREATIVE colophon because they impressed me as being well written, well edited, and well produced. And cheap.
This title, however, is half the size of the others, on a subject that I presume to require as much explanation. Is the subject half-covered? Furthermore, no writer is credited. It is to wonder whether it is written by a salaried editor at the behest of the sales office, or by a ghost writer. Why does the writer remain unknown?
The production is quite as competent as the other two, but a cursory look-through senses brevity, as if each subtopic is cut to fit the page rather than given the pages to fit the cut. There are no ragged page endings common to the other books of its kind.
The signal topics not so thoroughly described in other books are 8 pp about the tools for pressing and shaping fabrics and seams during construction, and 4 pp about hand sewing. These dozen pages might be worth the cost of the book to a reader who has not learned from other sources.
Without actually following the instructions to make a jacket, I have no way to tell how useful this book is for a beginner or even an experienced seamstress advancing from dresses to heavy tailoring. I am giving this opus a mid rating because a star is demanded to post an opinion. I do not want to downgrade it because it is so much less than comparable titles, nor do I dare to upgrade it because it is so much less than comparable titles. Only a tailor can tell whether it tells all that needs to be told.