The mailman recently delivered this book, and I LOVE IT. This book was clearly written with the DIY/self taught sewer in mind, and shares a lot of great instructions on how to do period details on Victorian garments. The directions are clear, concise, and come with illustrations that are easy to understand.
The topics covered are ruching, pleating, piping, ribbon work, cording and braids, and appliqués. Measurements are including with some of the pleating examples if you want to recreate what is shown on the extant dress.
My current project doesn't require any of these techniques, but I look forward to some downtime to try them out. I highly recommend this book!