DonnaKaye, you asked for an excerpt, and someone else asked what a torn project was so I thought I would combine the two. Unfortunately my scanner just died, so I will just type in some pertinent info.
The preface of the book partly reads:
The Bishop method embraces the following fundamental principles:
Accuracy in preparing, cutting, and marking fabric
Cutting to fit
Perfection in stitching
Perfection in pressing
Adherence to these principles will enable you to make quality-looking clothing and eliminate the “fireside touch” home sewing has so frequently represented in the past. Mastering the principles will make you grain-conscious.
Whether or not a beginner continues to develop the art of sewing after her first few projects is very often determined by the simplicity of the beginning projects and by the speed and success with which she completes them. Interest and enthusiasm must be developed, and sewing should be fun.
Torn projects are designed to meet these needs. The beginner does not yet need to learn to use a pattern. Fundamental principles of sewing, of working with the grain of fabric and of using a machine are taught. We must never attempt to teach or to expect too much too soon for a first project, such as a skirt or apron with long threads to gather along an edge. Also, two pieces in a garment are enough for a beginner to handle.
With this in mind, we present ten torn projects in this chapter, and the skirt on page 59, that could belong here. There is no special sequence to the order in which these projects are presented. Other ideas may be substituted and some projects presented may be omitted-as long as the objectives to be accomplished with torn projects are recognized. (copied from page 10)
I have photographed a couple of pages of neat stuff I will download for you in a little bit. Cathy