As most here know by now, I'm a big fan of Louis DeVere's 1866 "Handbook of Practical Cutting on the Centre Point System". This is one of very few 19th-century pattern drafting systems that is easy to learn and practical for use.
This book used to be readily available in reprint from R. L. Shep, Mendocino, CA. Unfortunately they sold out of copies a couple of years ago and have made the decision not to run it again. Sharpshooters have been demanding exhorbitant prices for the few remaining copies ever since.
I was lucky to find an original copy for a reasonable price. It looks like this:
I believe resources should be shared, so I am offering scanned copies of the book on CD. In addition to all the original text and plates, I'm including a set of graduated rulers you can print out, and the calculation worksheets for "drafting by the common inch" from my Conference workshops. I am only offering this as a package deal, the rulers and worksheets are not available separately.
My introductory price is $10, including shipping within the continental US. Check or money order only please. For full details please send me an e-mail at email@example.com
This book will not answer all your questions, but it will give you a solid foundation for 1860's pattern drafting. I hope it will be of service to many.