The Dressmaker’s Companion is the work of patternmaker and sewing teacher Elizabeth Haywood. Liz has translated her 20 years of industry experience into 3,000 detailed illustrations and step-by-step sewing and fitting instructions. There are tips on the usual staples found in any good compendium but it’s Liz’s trouble shooting and generosity in sharing tricks of the trade that make this 420 page book a must have. Other features include templates for various shoulder pads, a pressing mitt and tailors ham, along with an extensive glossary. To sample Liz’s work visit her blog (there are some free downloads!). In short, this book has plenty for the novice or seasoned dressmaker…and would be a terrific gift that will prove to be a lifelong sewing companion. Currently in store only.