3 Books for DIY refashioning and up-cycling

Restyling and altering old clothes that you no longer like, is an excellent way to start learning to sew your own clothes from scratch.
Here’s 3 new books out to help you a long the way

DIY Wardrobe Makeovers
DIY-style blogger Suzannah Hamlin Stanley shows us how to look at your wardrobe and unlocking its potential with simple, stylish wardrobe refashions that you can sew at home. With her blend of basic alterations and step-by-step restyling tutorials, you’ll end up with garments that you’re love to wear!

Refashioning is also a great way of expressing your own style but also saving pennies in the process. Embellish, alter, and combine old garments into newfound favourites with this book. The book is split into two clear areas for alterations and re-styling. There’s no sloppy shortcuts here, Susannah shows how to alter your garments so they fit better from taking in a loose-fitting sweater, shortening a pairs of jeans to letting out trouser side seams.

DIY Wardrobe Makeovers

The remake section includes some wonderful restyling ideas such as an infinity scarf, colour-blocking old sweaters, turning a dress into a peplum top, and our favourite jazzing up a blazer with a contrasting trim (as shown on the back of the book).

DIY Wardrobe Makeovers
Published by Stash Books
Distributed by Search Press
Priced at £17.99
ISBN: 9781617450426

Available here from Amazon

 

The Fashion Factory London
Learn how to create one-of-a-kind clothes, develop an eye for fashion, spot trends and hone into your personal style with The Fashion Factory from Amanda Riley.

The Fashion Factory is a new kind of making book as well as sewing workshops for fashion-aware girls and younger women. The book features students from the sewing school modelling a selection of clothes that haven’t required any special skills other than an interest in style and fashion. All you do need is a love of rummaging in Charity shops, and a willingness to cut up old clothes.

This book sets out to teach the maker a basic set of sewing skills as they create the garments featured in the book and includes a vintage scarf top, dungaree dress, and firm favourite, the denim skater skirt.

They’re organised into easy to intermediate projects, and encourages up-cycling, re-purposing of textiles and avoids wasteful landfill. Yes, this book is geared at a young market but actually has 12 projects that can be adapted, as well as including some useful techniques on how to add appliqué to clothing, add shirring to a shirt to give it a defined waist and dip dyeing.

The Fashion Factory
Published by Quadrille Publishing
Priced at £16.99
ISBN: 978 1849495547

Buy it from Amazon for £14.88 here

 

The Upcycled T-shirt

The Upcycled T-shirt
The Upcycled T-shirt encourages us to join the revolution to reduce our carbon footprint – one T-shirt at a time. Widely known for her recycling efforts, environmental crafter Jenelle Montilone shows how to up-cycle T-shirts into all sorts of craft projects including clothes and with easy-to-make ideas, it aims to have us consuming less and creating more. It starts with a good section of the basics and lays out all the equipment and materials you may need to get going.

The Upcycled T-shirt

There are 28 easy craft projects such as a this flounce dress, men’s tie, pom-dot scarf, earrings and gift bows to name just a few plus tips on cutting and dyeing knits, appliquéing, embroidering, block printing, painting, and stencilling.

The Upcycled T-shirt
Published by Stash Books
Distributed by Search Press
Priced at £16.99
ISBN: 9781607059714

Available from Amazon here