Edited by Peg Couch
Some books on sewing couture are as intimidating as the techniques themselves. That's why I love this book series. They do a great job of making sewing your own clothes less intimidating.
Assuming that the reader has some previous experience and is ready to take on more complex projects, not a lot of time is spent on the basics. Because fabric choice is important in couture, the beginning of the book gives a background on the care and handling of fine and specialty textiles.
The middle section covers fit and gives extensive instructions on taking measurements and manipulating the pattern to achieve perfection.
The last part of the book is dedicated to the actual techniques that make a garment couture, including the all important art of handstitching. Although I don't require it, I was especially happy to see instructions for left-handed seamstresses.
I will definitely add this to my growing sewing library because I rarely see such easy-to-understand directions for couture techniques. This book makes me feel that I can confidently tackle them.