This edition offers a comprehensive guide to the selection, wear, care and sewing of fabrics of all kinds. It has been updated to feature details on microfibres and information in the fast-changing arena of stabilizers and interfacings. Shaeffer examines the content and distinctive properties of each textile, from classic linen to novelty metallics, and from linings to waterproof fabrics. She looks at appropriate designs and patterns, and she shows how to plan and lay out a garment. The book contains a "clinic" for fabric problems, lists of equipment and glossaries.