Peggy Sagers and Connie Crawford are just dears to work with.
Why can't we use Connie's pattern making textbook at our school???!!!!! She makes it a breeze to learn. Check out Connie at http://www.fashionpatterns.com/. I'd buy all her books if I were you.
And, Peggy, the mother of all Industry sewing techniques. You can use couture for most things. But what about when you want to get it done fast and still keep it beautiful just as in the stores. Peggy is at http://www.silhouettepatterns.com/. She also answers her phone for questions. How about that.