I love this book!
Sometimes you don't need tutorials, photographs of what the seam looks like under the (out-of-focus) presser foot, ABCDEFG symbols to match bits up with other bits, numbers to replicate, or full-size tissue-paper patterns tucked into an envelope.
Sometimes you just need a sort of pictorial overview of pattern shapes
to make awesome things.
Sometimes all you need is just a little help
to visualize the mechanics of a twist,
Texture, not print.
Sometimes less is more, yes?
The reviews were right, though - you need to already know drafting to get the most out of this book.
(which look even more magic in a thinner fabric, but scrap denim was all I could find to play with today).
Sort-of funny story:
I'm going to Singapore, right? Biennial pilgrimage of sorts. And I get to meet my friend Jen again, right? And I want to buy her this book. She asks if I can cart back some books for her if she had them amazon-ed to me. "Sure", I say. "By the way, do you have Pattern Magic?" Jen says, "It's one of the books on my list. Do YOU have it?" What do we do if we want to give each other the same book? She buys me PM1 and I buy her PM2, that's what. And we buy ourselves the book we didn't get from each other. Did we just (literally) exchange gifts via amazon? Darn it, we need to be in the same country. And soon we shall :)
*The vanishing pockets are in Book 2, not Book 1, incidentally.