I think this book is almost perfect, it is just what a person needs except graphics. SEWING: THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO MASTERING SEWING FOR BEGINNERS IN 30 MINUTES OR LESS! By Jessica Pickens is a step by step manual for creating your own wardrobe starting with understanding the tools for sewing.
I was pleasantly surprised to discover instructions on how to create your own patterns for shirts and pants. To me this is the added bonus not the final Bonus Chapter: Knitting for Beginners.
Though this book is great for newbies, it is also beneficial to the casual / hobby sewer such as myself. I recommend it.