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Mend & Make Fabulous: Sewing Solutions & Fashionable Fixes
     

Mend & Make Fabulous: Sewing Solutions & Fashionable Fixes

by Denise Wild
 

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Give your clothes a new lease on life!

Showing how to take classic mending techniques one step further to add personality and style to clothes, Mend & Make Fabulous is a uniquely comprehensive resource that combines visual inspiration with practical advice for the fashion-conscious sewer. The ability to repair and restore clothes is priceless, and Mend

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Give your clothes a new lease on life!

Showing how to take classic mending techniques one step further to add personality and style to clothes, Mend & Make Fabulous is a uniquely comprehensive resource that combines visual inspiration with practical advice for the fashion-conscious sewer. The ability to repair and restore clothes is priceless, and Mend & Make Fabulous provides a comprehensive guide to all the classic mending techniques and then some: holes and tears; ripped or frayed seams; discoloration, stains, or fading; broken snaps and closures; and so much more.

This book also shows you how to add some creativity to mending--fixing holes with studs or appliqué; hiding discolorations by dip-dyeing; concealing frayed hems by adding cuffs or trim–that will make clothes even more fabulous than they were the first time around. Mend & Make Fabulous offers a detailed or consolidated resource on all the mending techniques you need in order to work with all types of clothing mishaps.

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"Repairing or reinventing old clothing goes hand-in-hand with upcycling and creative repurposing, and this well-organized book is appropriate for sewists (and nonsewists) of all skill levels." --Library Journal

"This is truly a book every sewist should have on his or her bookshelf. Denise's book is the perfect tool to help us learn everything about mending our clothes. From fixing a ripped seam or a torn slit in your favorite skirt, to shortening sleeves and replacing jacket linings, Denise gives step-by-step instructions with color photographs to guide us through the processes. She also includes several cool fixes to renew old and boring clothes--like adding piping, appliqueing lace, dip-dying clothes for cool color transitions, and creating ruffles...just to name a few." --Felicia's World

Library Journal
07/01/2014
Everyone has a favorite article of clothing that has been worn so much that it's torn, worn, or in need of repair. In this dual-purpose guide, Wild, the creative director for the U.S. edition of sewing magazine BurdaStyle and its companion website, provides easy-to-follow tips for repairing garments, as well as embellishment methods that can be used to cover up everything from tears to broken straps. The tips are divided into broad categories (e.g., runs, rips, and flaws; closures; hems and fittings), then further subdivided by the type of fabric or damage. Most of the fixes are easier than they seem at the outset—it turns out that a lot can be done with fusible interfacing and simple hand-sewing techniques. Each of the chapters also include a variety of suggestions for covering up or restyling clothing; these range from simple patches and appliqués to adding darts or a brand-new lining to a garment. Wild's conversational tone and "you can do this" attitude makes even the most daunting of repairs seem like a breeze. VERDICT Repairing or reinventing old clothing goes hand-in-hand with upcycling and creative repurposing, and this well-organized book is appropriate for sewists (and nonsewists) of all skill levels.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781620335345
Publisher:
Interweave Press
Publication date:
02/26/2014
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
1,367,186
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

Creative Director of BurdaStyle USA, Denise Wild started teaching sewing classes in her Toronto apartment in 2004 while she was working at FLARE, Canada's top fashion publication. Those classes evolved into The Sewing Studio. In January of 2010, Denise merged her love of sewing with her passion for magazines by creating LoveSewing.com before taking over the United States versions of BurdaStyle magazine and website.

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