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Sew Subversive: Down and Dirty DIY for the Fabulous Fashionista

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Sew Subversive is about making fashion your own, whether it's embellishing or customizing off-the-rack clothing or transforming clothes that have lost that loving feeling. The three twenty-something co-owners of Stitch Lounge, an urban sewing studio in San Francisco, teach you, in plain, fun language, how to do it, whether you're hand sewing, machine sewing, or, in a few cases, simply wielding a pair of scissors.
The first three chapters lay the ground work: Hand Sewing Basics, ...

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Overview

Sew Subversive is about making fashion your own, whether it's embellishing or customizing off-the-rack clothing or transforming clothes that have lost that loving feeling. The three twenty-something co-owners of Stitch Lounge, an urban sewing studio in San Francisco, teach you, in plain, fun language, how to do it, whether you're hand sewing, machine sewing, or, in a few cases, simply wielding a pair of scissors.
The first three chapters lay the ground work: Hand Sewing Basics, You and Your Machine, and Gearing Up, which includes Fabric 101, how to set up a sewing space, and a run-through first project on the sewing machine. Then the fun begins with Embellishing and Customizing projects, including adorning your pant legs with ribboning, turning a computer-scanned image into an iron-on that you can apply to a t-shirt or skirt, taking in a skirt, or untapering a pair of pants (the authors believe tapered pants are the devil's work). Then move onto Refashioning: The Next Life of Your Old Clothes and turn a t-shirt into a skirt, a sweater into a halter top or legwarmers, or a pair of pants into a hip belt. There are 22 projects in all, some of which only require an iron and/or pair of scissors, while others can be sewn by hand, for those readers who haven't yet made the sewing machine plunge.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Once related to little old ladies, the frugal minded and neohippie handicrafters, sewing your own clothes is back in vogue...New books such as Sew Subversive by the founders of Stitch Lounge in San Francisco...give step-by-step instructions for all kinds of projects."
"- Time magazine
"Sew Subversive is filled with lots of inspiring DIY fashion, refashioning ideas, and tutorials for projects like making a pillowcase dress, or turning old sweaters into a scarf."
- CRAFT magazine
""This book rocks!...The owners of Stitch Lounge took a decidedly alternative approach to designing and repurposing clothing...whether your look is grunge or sophisticated casual, there's something here for everyone."
- "Creative Techniques magazine
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What fun! Clever, off the wall, creative and definitely not your granny's sewing book. These three young authors have managed to create a sewing guide that speaks the language of the young. As an example, we usually refer to the right side and wrong side of the fabric; the two Melissas and one Hope refer to the party side and the business side of the fabric. This gets the new sewer all the information that is needed to get down to the fun part...the creative sewing....fast.
Linda Stewart, Professional Association of Custom Clothiers
Publishers Weekly
Fashion hipsters Rannels, Alvarado and Meng are co-owners of San Francisco's Stitch Lounge, a drop-in sewing center where would-be fashionistas can rent sewing machines by the hour, take lessons and compare notes on design and technique. They are enthusiastic teachers and, in their first book, give beginning sewers all the basics, plus 22 tempting projects. Their mission "subverting" fashion is all about "embellishing and customizing clothes refashioning them to make them uniquely your own." This can mean anything from altering the fit of a blouse with pin tucks and sewing ribbon stripes onto an old pair of jeans to whipping up a sun dress out of a pillowcase. They start with a solid chapter on hand sewing (mending rips, hemming skirts), then tell you everything you've ever wanted to know about sewing machines but were afraid to ask. T-shirts are torn apart to make mini skirts, shoulder bags and tube tops. It's true that the results have a shaggy and informal look, definitely suited to a young audience, but the projects are quick and fun and get the creative juices flowing. With its casual approach and offbeat creations, this is definitely not your mother's sewing book. (Sept.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561588091
  • Publisher: Taunton Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/5/2006
  • Pages: 186
  • Sales rank: 961,788
  • Product dimensions: 8.02 (w) x 8.06 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Melissa Alvarado, Hope Meng, and Melissa Roeters are self-taught sewers and the co-owners of Stitch Lounge, a drop-in urban sewing lounge located in San Francisco. Kitted out with 5 sewing machines, 2 sergers, a cutting table, and other sewing related equipment, Stitch Lounge offers a wide range of sewing classes, from Sewing Machine Basics to Re: Fashion Class ("Take that baggy sweater that's been sitting in your closet unworn for 3 years and give it new life! Alter the neckline, or change the fit or even cut off the arms to make legwarmers!") to a weekend long workshop on Independent Designers and the Fashion Marketplace taught by local designers. In addition to classes, Stitch Lounge lets sewers buy time on the machines and bringing in your own machine is heartily encouraged. Please check out their website at www.stitchlounge.com.

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Table of Contents

SAMPLE PROJECTS:
Tie One On in This Skirt
Go Tube-You-Lar
Tote That Tee
The Hippest Hip Belt in Town
Get All Ruffled Up
Score Some Pillow Talk in This Pillow Tank Dress
Return of the Leg Warmers
Summer-ize Your Sweater
Winter Sweater, Meet Winter Hat
Scarf Scrapbook
Vintage Necktie Cuffs
I'm a Sleeve to Wine
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2006

    Fun book!

    A wide range of projects that won't stress you out, and you'll make fun clothes. The idea is making clothes out stuff you already have like t-shirts and pillow cases. A lot of funky stuff, some I wouldn't bother with, but the fun majority out weighs the over-the-top.

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