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Product Details

  • Paperback: 188 pages
  • Publisher: Taunton Press; First Paperback Edition edition (October 16, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 156158925X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1561589258
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #373,119 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Melissa Alvarado, Hope Meng, and Melissa Rannels are self-taught seamsters, fearless remnant bin divers, and yard sale addicts with attitude. They co-own Stitch Lounge, a drop-in urban sewing studio in San Francisco, where you can rent time on a machine or take classes on everything from sewing machine basics to making a Burning Man costume in the company of other like-minded seamsters. Please check out their website at www.stitchlounge.com.

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Customer Reviews

This book is beyond bad.
Sean M. Alexander
This book has truely great ideas about how to recycle items of clothing, where to get those items, all that sort of jazz!
Melissa Wayne
This is not a book I would normally pick up in a bookstore.
Charlene Anderson

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

151 of 156 people found the following review helpful By Latte VINE VOICE on January 17, 2008
Format: Paperback
After reading about this book on a blog that I frequent, I checked it out from the local library. Our family relies heavily on thrift shopping to clothe all of us (7 in all!), and anything to make thrift items more useful and attractive seems like a great idea.

That said, these are beyond stylish (in the strangest way), and most of the fashions are just plain weird. I will try to upload some customer images, so readers can take a look and decide for themselves.

I understand that "beauty is in the eye of the beholder" so my opinions are clearly not gospel...they are just that...opinions.

My 2 stars are for the excellent pages of sewing instruction at the beginning, and the nifty method of making a custom dress form using an old T-shirt and duct tape. That is very clever and a thrifty idea!

I liked some of the accessory and home ideas: pillow covers from button down shirts, the checkbook cover, the shopping bag. The fashions are mostly so out there that not many real people will be caught dead in them.

If you were hoping to make these clothes useful for filling out an everyday or professional wardrobe, for instance...on a budget...don't get your hopes up. Many are just plain ugly and unflattering, even on the uber-hip women pictured in the book.

Here are some examples:
...a pair of pants with sewn-on chaps
...crocheted poncho turned into a skirt, looks like it's just being worn over a slip
...a winter mini skirt made from a wool dress coat (theirs is ivory, no less!). Take a look at the picture, and then try to imagine sitting down! Also, think "bulky wool coat pockets" around most women's hips. Ick.
...a pleated school uniform-type skirt turned into a tube top.
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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Sean M. Alexander on April 6, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book is beyond bad. For those trying to save money by buying at thrift stores - save your money and don't buy this book! The "fashion" ideas, and that is a term used loosely, are horrible and all look badly home made. In some of the photos the edges aren't even finished correctly ( i.e. a bustier with uneven edge seams and threads hanging out)- and most are fashions that no one in their right style mind would wear. They are not radical and hip, they are messy and sad. The only idea that might prove helpful is how to create your own dress makers dummy - and this is a recycled idea.

If you must look at this book, a trip to the local library and about 30 seconds is all you will need.
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68 of 74 people found the following review helpful By slow thinker on April 3, 2008
Format: Paperback
Making trash into worse trash

Oh. My. God. Where to begin? Upgrading ordinary clothes is a hobby of mine and I purchased Subversive Seamster by mail hoping for fresh ideas. After I turned the first pages I realized that the real value of this book is entertainment. As each photograph reveals a new fashion atrocity you begin to merrily anticipate further sartorial horrors and you are not disappointed. Chest-flattening tops, skirts without proper hems, tucks that look like accidents, a shirt sleeve made into coin purse (who is THAT poor?), appliqués zigzagged with " medium stitch length and width" showing unraveling edges and other hobo projects. If you want to apply for food stamps wear one of these creations. It will help. I alternatively laughed and cringed. I still cannot decide which project wins the Palm of Ugliness: the bulging un-hemmed Peek-a-Bootylicious Skirt made of men's pants or the gaucho pants with applied flannel pajama legs. I also question the wisdom of sacrificing a classic leather vest to make a pair of earrings. I would no more want to wear such clothes than I would want to eat from a garbage container. If you are very poor, save your time and effort by wearing unaltered thrift store clothes, you won't look any worse.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Vanessa on November 29, 2007
Format: Paperback
If you are an individual with a sense of style and have even a bit of crafty intuition, this book is an incredible find! I love the tips for sifting through thrift stores and the projects are fantastic. I especially love the city shorts and repurposing ideas for bridesmaid dresses. You don't even have to shop for these. I bet most ladies have a pair of pants or a cast off bridesmaid dress they'd like to find a use for. Even if you don't exactly love the designs shown, you can make them suit your own personal style by choosing items composed of the fabrics that you love. This book doesn't limit the indie seamster, but introduces her to innovative ideas that open up a whole world of fashions that make a statement: you! At your most fabulous, of course.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By W. Edwards on November 2, 2012
Format: Paperback
Several reviews have pointed out how bad this book is. I am amazed then, that there are 3 and 1/2 stars for this book all the same. Let me chime in with another 1 star review.

This book is AWFUL.

The 'ideas' in here are terrible. They should NOT HAPPEN. To ANYONE. No one should have to look that bad. They must have given the models Valium or something to make them smile like that. I would cry if I was wearing old man pants re-made into giant, unflattering short-shorts. Truly, the original items are very 'vintagey,' but kinda cool in a retro, hipster way. The re-made items, however, are just so ill-fit, bizarre, and badly made that no one could think they looked good in them unless they were high on something.

Also, the duct-tape dummy idea? Nice thought, but 1) that's a concept you could have gotten off of the internet and 2) I tried it. It didn't work so well. The problem is that there is nothing inside of the dummy to make sure it stays in the proper shape - it fluffs out round, like a Coke can, not side to side like a person is. Unless you are a master sculptor when working with duct tape and stuffing, it's just a recipe for making an awkward dummy of yourself. My kids had fun tackling the dummy, but sad for them, it's going in the trash (wonder what the garbage guys will make of that!) and I'm looking at buying a real dress form. They're only about $70 anyhow, and they're re-adjustable.

So for 'new' or recycled ideas, this book is just not worth it. The only good thing about it is that I got it from the library and can just take it back.

The only person to suffer now is the next person to check it out.
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