I don't know if you have ever tried to sew something from a vintage pattern, but there are quite a few things that are assumed in them. You see, it is assumed that your mother taught you how to do these techniques and therefore they won't bore you with explaining them. The problem is, we don't live in the 1950s. Sewing isn't something everyone does like the dishes or vacuuming. This is where the Sewing Bible comes in.
I have had this book for over a year now and I use it all the time. It is like a very picture heavy (in a good way) sewing encyclopedia. It uses plain english and lots of step by step pictures to show you exactly how to do each technique. Although the projects aren't the main focus, there are a few projects in the book.
Here are a few examples of the techniques you'll find in the Sewing Bible:
Pleats, folds and tucks
There is a section in the front of the book explaining fabrics and the basics of getting started with sewing. I think is a great book and think everyone should have a copy. If you're not sure and want to check it out from the library first, do it. I checked it out from my library 5-6 times before realizing that I just needed to have it in my library.