Subversive Seamster: Fabulous Projects that Transform Thrift Store Threads into Street Couture

Subversive Seamster: Fabulous Projects that Transform Thrift Store Threads into Street Couture

by Melissa Rannels, Melissa Alvarado, Hope Meng
     
 

It's time to get subversive, again! The downtown divas of "Sew Subversive" are back with another happy helping of straightlaced sewing advice for stylish results every time. Transform tacky bridesmaid gowns and pleated pants into picture-perfect tops, skirts and accessories. The two Melissas and a Hope deliver 30 great projects that are achievable for even the new

Overview

It's time to get subversive, again! The downtown divas of "Sew Subversive" are back with another happy helping of straightlaced sewing advice for stylish results every time. Transform tacky bridesmaid gowns and pleated pants into picture-perfect tops, skirts and accessories. The two Melissas and a Hope deliver 30 great projects that are achievable for even the new sewer. "Subversive Seamster" is your secret roadmap to the jewels of thrifting and the ins and outs of refashioning. This book has shortcuts, tips, and secrets to the wide world of inexpensive, individualized fashion. Our clothes make a statement about who we are. What better way to say, "I am an individual!" than to wear one-of-a-kind items made out of other one-of-a-kind items? We derive the most fashionable satisfaction knowing that we are reusing and recycling what already exists in this material world—and looking darn good doing it!

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal

Adult/High School -For those teens who are in love with DIY and thrift shops, this wonderful book is chock-full of ideas. However, some sewing knowledge, a sewing machine, a sharp eye, and a bit of perseverance are needed. a€œSewing 201a€ provides a brief review of techniques necessary to complete projects, from pivoting skills and zigzag stitching to lettuce edging, darts, and more. The authors also have suggestions for shopping the thrift-store circuit: Does the garment smell, is it dry clean only, will it require ironing? Also included are instructions for creating a Duct Tape Dress Form-a full-scale duplicate of onea€™s body, made with the help of a trustworthy wrapping buddy. The rest of the book covers actual projects: turning a dated leather vest into earrings, making mittens from sweaters and a flouncy skirt from a basic A-line, etc. While the specific activities serve as guidelines, those who pick up this title will be able to put their own spin on their creations.-Charlotte Bradshaw, San Mateo County Library, CA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781561589258
Publisher:
Taunton Press, Incorporated
Publication date:
10/16/2007
Pages:
188
Product dimensions:
8.01(w) x 8.02(h) x 0.44(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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