Hello everyone, I'm a man interested in sewing. I have pretty much all the gear and tools I need at the moment, but now I'm looking for some specific information or knowledge. First here's how I got into sewing. A long time ago, I had a friend who's dad was a tailor. A total pro, and I did take notice of all the gear he had. Lot's of Pfaff machines and die cutters and pattern paper, cutters, shears, bolts of cloth and leather and big tables to work on. I was young and really didn't think I'd ever really become interested in sewing. I'm older now, and have spent many years as a woodworker, as a hobby, but I have graduated from two fine woodworking schools, so I have a good understanding of craftsmanship, tools, use and care, lumber, planning, and making the project. Now recently, how strange it was for me to find sewing and the similarities it has to woodworking. What brought me here was wanting to fix my own clothes and other things in the house. Just simple needs. Asking my girlfriend didn't always result in a finished item. So I did some research and searched around and got a Singer 4432 HD machine. Simple and it can sew canvas, denim. leather etc. I've already fixed several things in my wood shop - tool rolls, bags etc. I've fixed some clothes and household items. I also created a duck tool cover for my sharpening machine, and made a new cover for my sewing machine. I like keeping the dust off, and a wood shop generates tons of dust. So lately I've been remembering the time I spent in my friends dads shop and I remember him making patterns. I remember him doing that more than any sewing. I was always interested in patterns and how he knew how to shape everything, so my question to all of you is this...is there a book that would explain pattern making and fitting to a beginner and maybe for men, with nice photos, and images and good explanations that I would be able to understand. Not necessarily to actually make my own clothes, (although that would also be a nice benefit) but mainly to get a good understanding of how to make sense of how to measure and lay out the pattern. How to fit it to either myself of someone else. To be able to understand the jargon and vocabulary so I can talk to other sewing people and understand what they're talking about. And also hopefully something specifically for men. I know that I'm in the minority, it's hard to find anything sewing for men online, but I did find a guy on you tube. Joost De Cock. That guy is pretty good, and the pants videos are really good. I learned more from his vids than anything else so far. It's also rather difficult for a man to find anyone that takes me seriously. Most of my female friends that sew, only do so when necessary. They don't really care that much. As a woodworker and a craftsman, I tend to go deep and try to learn as much as I can, maybe a bit obsessive. So I'm hungry for information. Frankly, most people are not interested. The women at the Joann store seem a little freaked out by a man roaming the aisles picking out fabric and thread. It's weird for me too, believe me. Not the most comfortable place, but I don't care. My goals some day are to make my own Chinos, Trench coats, overcoats and shirts. Seems like a very long way off, but I would like clothes that fit well. Anyway, it's a goal. Sorry for being too verbose here. I just want a good book. Thanks to all. JG.