I think Tori and I will be using this book as a textbook for our Mom's Sewing classes. Chic & Simple Sewing by Christine Haynes. It has such great, modern, super-easy, and (even modest) patterns that even the beginning seamstress will feel like a pro and look like a million bucks! A friend of mine, who is just learning to sew, received it as a gift and wanted me to take a look at it. FAB!
Now, to find some quality apparel fabric.