I have this book and I really enjoy it. It's very informative. I think it might be slightly difficult for someone with no sewing experience to follow a few of the directions but otherwise it's a fabulous book. However, I guess with sewing I find it easier to be shown technique in person rather than by trying to understand steps in a book. I've only partially finished the skirt pattern but my unfinished work shows that her patterns are easily translated into great clothing even when a novice is doing the stitching.