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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

About 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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave (February 26, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1620335344
  • ISBN-13: 978-1620335345
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #805,610 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sewing expert and magazine editor Denise Wild is the Founder of LoveSewing and The Sewing Studio and the Content Director of BurdaStyle. Denise 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 New York, now North America's leading sewing school. In January of 2010, Denise merged her love of sewing with her passion for magazines by creating LoveSewing.com, the top online sewing destination and the only sewing portal to focus on fashion and style. In addition to overseeing The Sewing Studio and LoveSewing, Denise oversees the content for BurdaStyle North America including BurdaStyle.com, BurdaStyle magazine, and BurdaStyle books, events, and online education.

Denise has worked as an editor for top national publications including FLARE, House & Home, Faze, and ANOKHI, and has written for numerous publications and networks including Hello!, Elle, HGTV, W Network, Glow, Elevate, Chatelaine, and Slice.

Denise has regular television appearances that include The Shopping Channel, Steven and Chris, Inside the Box with Ty Pennington, Breakfast Television, CityLine, Daytime, NBC Mobile News, and Fairchild Television.

For more information on Denise, visit www.DeniseWild.com.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By NuJoi VINE VOICE on April 28, 2014
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This book is just right for current era of disposable (cheap) fashion, the demise of home ec. and TV like Project Runway and The Great British Sewing Bee. It has the right balance of DIY, creativity and 911 sewing emergency. There is something for everyone in this little reference book.

There are seven secions covering tears, seams, lining, hems and tailoring, closures, straps and color. Each gives you 911 basics like how to sew on a button and then ways to "Make It Fabulous" like embellishment with buttons. The information on garment care is good.

The book is well-written and an easy read. The layout is clean and fresh. Really expereinces sewers probably have this info elsewhere, but it's a good book for those building a library. For those who aren't really into sewing, or clueless when it comes to mending, this book is what you need. Some of the 911 fixes do require a sewing machine.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Linda G Shores on March 9, 2014
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I took sewing in junior high. Forgot most of it (a long time ago). My husband is always asking me to mend his pants and shirts. He recently asked me to mend a sweater. Even though I crochet profusely, I wasn't sure how to mend his sweater. This book had the answers. Lots of good info if you need a refresher or just want to learn more. I ordered this before it released. Unusual for me. All my crochet magazines and newsletters recommended this book as well as quilting and sewing periodicals. Great source.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Orianna TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 22, 2014
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I'm always on the lookout for new books to recommend to my students (I teach sewing classes), but this book isn't very good. In essence, it's the same as Sewing 911, only not as useful.

For starters, I can't tell what skill level this book is aimed at. It starts out extremely basic, as if it's for someone with no sewing experience at all, but it gets progressively harder, delving into things that no beginner would have the skills to attempt, like replacing a coat's entire lining.

The book is decently illustrated, but that's the only good thing I can say about it. There's a lot of misinformation. Stitches labeled wrong. Steps performed incorrectly. Even advice that will ultimately do more harm than good!

Some of the mending techniques are useful, like stitching a torn seam, or redoing a hem. However, many are last-ditch methods, only to be attempted if you can't afford to replace your torn shirt, and you don't mind a stiff patch, puckering, or visible stitching. Some of the "mends" claim to be invisible---as good as new---and yet the patched or stitched areas are totally obvious in the photos. (Granted, they used contrasting thread so you could see what was being done, but even if you used matching thread, the repairs would still be obvious because they change the way the fabric looks.) This isn't wholly the author's fault---some kinds of repairs are obvious, no matter what. But the author claims no one will be able to see these mends, which isn't true. I've done similar repairs on my own clothing, and no matter how careful you are, or how skilled you are, ripped fabric can't be fixed invisibly.
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This book was disappointing. I thought it would show step-by-step how to fix things. Instead it briefly shows how to fix things and then goes off on how to do embellishments and other projects. This book needs to decide if it's a how-to-fix-it book or an idea book because it unsuccessfully tries to be both and the result is a waste of time.
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By Pam on February 27, 2015
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This book is a good book to add to your library if you like to sew.
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