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Sew Subversive: Down and Dirty DIY for the Fabulous Fashionista Paperback – September 5, 2006
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"- Time magazine
""Sew Subversive is filled with lots of inspiring DIY fashion, refashioning ideas, and tutorials for projects like making a pillowcase dress, or turning old sweaters into a scarf.""
- CRAFT magazine
""""This book rocks!...The owners of Stitch Lounge took a decidedly alternative approach to designing and repurposing clothing...whether your look is grunge or sophisticated casual, there's something here for everyone."
- "Creative Techniques magazine
What fun! Clever, off the wall, creative and definitely not your granny's sewing book. These three young authors have managed to create a sewing guide that speaks the language of the young. As an example, we usually refer to the right side and wrong side of the fabric; the two Melissas and one Hope refer to the party side and the business side of the fabric. This gets the new sewer all the information that is needed to get down to the fun part...the creative sewing....fast.
Linda Stewart, Professional Association of Custom Clothiers
Top Customer Reviews
The first part of the book focuses on technique and some people may not use this. However, I found the hand-sewing information very useful. With the advent of machines, I never learned to handsew. I wish there had been information on sergers, since I just bought one, but it was probably considered too advanced.
The rest of the book involves modifying clothing you already have, such as making a t-shirt fit better, changing a pair of jeans into a skirt, or converting a tee into a tube top or a messenger bag. Many of the ideas can be done in under an hour and it is great to find a use for all those baggy t-shirts I had acquired. This book is in fact very GREEN in that it encourages re-use and recycling of existing clothing, rather than buying new fabric! It's also encourages creativity - break away from those patterns and make something new - or take something off the rack and modify it! I really like the idea behind this book.Read more ›
Reading this book is like hanging out with your girlfriends for a sewing lesson--fabulous girlfriends who have an eye for style that goes beyond cookie-cutter "mall-fashions." The projects are fun, the directions are easy to follow and the technical terms have been revamped for a more modern seamster, i.e. talking about the "business side" and "party side" of fabric.
And the projects ... this definitely isn't your mom's sewing book. From fashioning tube tops from old t-shirts, leg warmers from old sweaters and dresses from pillow cases, there are a lot of creative ideas in here. There are even some projects that are as simple as adding a few pin-tucks to a skirt or adding some ribbon piping to a pair of jeans.
Don't leave the reconstruction to the celebrities and fashionistas! Grab this book and see for yourself what you can come up with. Good luck.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I thought this book was excellent for a beginner like myself. I learned a ton of basic sewing knowledge from it. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Y. Cantrell
As expected; arrived on time and in OK shape as described. I bought this as a gift for a friend who is re-structuring clothing to sell,and she was more pleased with it than I.Published on April 12, 2014 by Dee Durkee
I like the book, however it seems to be geared to a younger market...teens and twenties. There are some great things in there and I would recommend it to younger persons though.Published on January 10, 2014 by Tacy Oleson
This book has good ideas. I thought it would be a little more advanced but it does stir up the creative juices!Published on December 11, 2013 by C. Drake
At first I thought I would be sorry I bought this, as it started out with very basic sewing. As I continued to read on and turn more pages, I found some fun and interesting tips... Read morePublished on May 10, 2013 by Penelope Ann Ruddle
Thank you, as it is serving as one of my source book in my library. There is not much to go by at the moment.Published on January 1, 2013 by Theresa Egesi