From a section entitled 'How did this all begin' on page 3: "Since buying the Sew/Fit Company in 1986, Joan Anderson has learned that most people give up sewing for themselves because they can't take the pattern from the envelope and cut it out knowing that if will fit their figure. With this book and the Sew/Fit Manual, the desired fit can be achieved on any pattern. This book was written for quilted patterns. These patterns have few pieces. So the adjustments needed for this great fit are only a few. Generally patterns used for wearable art are 'palette' or unconsturcted designs. The unconstructed garment may look wonderful on a hanger but when they are put onto the 3-dimensional human body, they often lose some of their attractiveness with the added dimension. This is where fit comes in. If we are going to wear a garment as opposed to hang it, we need to learn to fit it to compliment our shape as well as enhance the garment's beauty."