Personally I can do without the mending, but the fabric manipulation caught my eye - principally because it is a technique I have used to great effect, though not in my own work.
A couple of years ago Son no 1 had to complete his graduate collection. At the time I blogged about the silk collars I had to make.
Well, I also got roped in to some fabric manipulation.
Basically we used silk chiffon and silk habotai. The chiffon was marked out with a dot every two inches. Around each dot a ring of gathering stitches was created and when gathered up the dot was then anchored to the habotai with a Swarovski crystal. The white jacket, which was longer, shows the technique most clearly, though actually Kit and his partner wear the black one now quite a lot.
It took hours! ( understatement)
My memory is a bit hazy now, but I think this was the reference book we used.
A fascinating, but not wholly commercially viable, technique.