If you are looking for a gift for that sewer in your life, you can order this book on Amazon and have it in plenty of time for Christmas. You can also order it directly from Anna Maria and you will get a signed copy. You could make it extra special and combine it with a jcaroline creative gift certificate. Okay, so I self-promoted there for just a moment. Back on topic.
I've been sitting on this book for a few weeks now. Not literally-- I just haven't shared the delights it contains with you. Of course, I got a signed copy in October just because I'm so special. Well, something like that. Anyway, I've been reading, perusing and admiring the book ever since. First, I didn't realize that girl was so funny! The chapter titles and subheadings are very clever-- who wouldn't read a section entitled "You Should Nap Repeatedly"? You will actually snicker when you read this book. If you've been sewing awhile, most of "Part 1 Getting Started" will be a review for you, but I always like to read someone else's perspective on what tools you need to have, etc. It also makes me think about what bad sewing habits I've adapted.
The book is also gorgeous. (Would you have expected anything less?) Anna Maria did all the photographs and she shows great little clips of fabric (her's and other's) throughout. She includes 24 projects in Part 2 with great illustrations and descriptions along with the actual full-size patterns in the back of the book. No "enlarge 400%" business that drives me nuts, because that involves way more manipulation than I have patience for. And then I lose interest in the project. She does a nice collection of projects-- some clothing, home dec, kitchen and storage projects. I think the garment bag and taxi tote are my favorites. And if you make something from the book, be sure to add it to the Seams to Me Flickr Group.