This two part guide starts out with a proven, 5-step lesson series that will have new sewers confidently using all the basic modern techniques in about 8 hours (not including supply shopping time, and fabric prep). The second half of the guide provides a wealth of practical information in the art of historical costuming. Not only will you have all the modern machine sewing and historical hand-sewing instruction you need at your fingertips, but you will also gain valuable insights on historical clothing construction. Includes a general treatise on materials used when and where, and the related notions needed and where to get them. Materials covered include the most historically popular natural fibers, not the least of which are leather and metal (for armor). What this book does not cover in period detail it makes up for by providing recommends for all the best known in-depth how-to instruction. This is the only book needed for learning to sew, and/or for exploring the art of authentic historical costuming. Concise, no fluff format. Requires use of a sewing machine owner's manual.