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

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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...

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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!

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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

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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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Table of Contents


Introduction     2
Find That Needle in a Haystack!     4
Sewing 201     14
Corner Your Pivoting Skills!     16
Top This Decorative Stitching Technique     16
Flower Power     16
Everyone Loves Patches     17
Lettuce Show You a Great Finishing Technique!     18
Ruche Me Up, Ruche Me Down     19
Casing the Joint     20
Get All Ruffled up     23
Take It in a Notch     24
Darts, Anyone?     26
We Like Buttonholes and We Cannot Lie     27
It's Hard Out there for a Pin Tuck     30
Cutting Tips     32
Edgy Edges     32
Garment Maximus     32
Dyeing for Some Color     33
Hot Tops     42
Sham on You     45
The Vest Earrings in Town     49
Coin a New Purse!     53
Warm Limbs, Cool Lady     57
Move Over Buttons, Here Comes Something Better     61
Ain't No Collar Back Girl!     67
Put the "Ole!" in Your Bolero     73
Launch Yo Poncho     77
Mandarin Collar, Puffy Sleeves, and Hoodie-Oh My!     81
GetYour Giddyup On     87
Wooly Bully Winter Skirt     91
Bottoms Up!     94
Suburban Pants, Meet City Shorts     97
Salsa, Not Just for Chips Anymore     101
Peek-a-Bootylicious Skirt     105
Good Girls Gone Tank     109
Busting Out of Old- Man Pants     113
That Really Chaps My Gauchos     119
Always a Bridesmaid, Never a Tie (or Halter)     123
Hot Muumuu Mama     131
Less Rock, More Rack!     135
Everything but the Kitchen Sink     138
Checkbook Love: Game Point!     141
Cuff 'Em!     145
I Dream of Groceries     149
Sock It to Me     153
Hike That Skirt!     157
Touchdown, Toiletries!     161
Domestic Sun Goddess     165
Vest-a-licious     169
This Shirt Is the Sheet!     175
Boa-fy a Boudoir Basic!     181
Resources     184
Index     186
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  • Posted April 15, 2012

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    Whether a new or experienced seamster, this is MEANT for you!

    I've been sewing for a while, but only just recently started constructing my own clothing. After discovering the "upcycle" concept, I haven't felt the need to throw anything away. And this book just helped my form my fashion.
    If you are a thrift store junkie (like me), and a big fan of one-of-a-kind outfits, this book is perfect for you. The authors offer walkthroughs, step-by-step instructions, a beginners guide, and they even rank the projects by difficulty.
    I honestly recommend this book to anyone that feels as though they would like to spruce up their wardrobe without spending tons of money.

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  • Posted March 3, 2009

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    Subversive Seamster

    This is a great little book if you want inspiration and a boost to your creativity level. It's written well, the photos are very good, the drawings and instructions are clear. The format is fun. Very well done!

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