When I first received this book, I immediately looked at all the wonderful pictures. It was like a walk down memory lane! I have taken several classes from Claire, and one of the joys in doing so is that she shares various pieces from her personal collection. Each day is a new and exciting experience. With the exception of the two pink jackets that were constructed to make this book and the accompanying DVD, I have seen each one of these jackets.
The book is illustrated extremely well. With pictures and written instructions that take you through the construction process of a Chanel-inspired jacket. The attention to detail with close-up photography shows you exactly what to do. The chapters are specific to a certain step, so you can easily access the one in with which you currently are working.
In viewing the DVD, it was almost like being in one of her classes. She shares details from her personal jacket collection and expertly walks you through the various steps of making your very own Couture jacket. When I am working on a garment, I often hear Claire's voice in my head guiding me through a particular detail. Now, I can see and hear her on my monitor! Like the book, the DVD is set up so you can move from to the step that you want to see.
This is a "must have" to anyone's library if you love to make jackets and want to perfect your Couture sewing skills. If you can't take one of her classes, this is the next best thing. If you have taken any of her classes (especially the Chanel classes), you will enjoy having this resource at your fingertips in case you have forgotten any of the steps, or just want to make sure you are doing a particular technique correctly.