Teenage Daughter, on the other hand, is starting to sew her own skirts (as long as I'm willing to put in the zipper for her!) When I got the chance to review The Magic Pattern Book: Sew 6 Patterns into 36 Different Styles! by Amy Barickman, I thought it might be a good resource for both of us.
This book is absolutely worth the purchase price. Just think of the cost of patterns these days. I'm still cringing at what I paid for the pattern I used as a base for that possum costume. Sure, the ones at Joann's go on sale on a fairly regular basis, but sometimes the timing isn't right. This book has six different patterns, a tank top, skirt, dress, cardigan, coat, and accessory, with six variations of each. There are suggestions for further customizing them with different fabrics and prints.
Disclosure -- I received an electronic advance review copy from the publisher, but I think I'll be buying this one as soon as it's available in print.