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A technique-led guide to creating clothes, homeware and art using fabric scraps leftover from other projects, recycled home textiles and used clothing.
Wendy teaches you all the skills you need to refashion garments and reuse fabric from existing pieces you already own, plus ways to use leftover scraps to make household items and to customise your clothes. Suitable for a wide range of abilities from complete beginners through to more experienced dressmakers and quilters looking for a new challenge.
Each chapter focuses on a different technique: from novel ways to use up small fabric scraps, using larger leftovers to make pieced household items and clothing, right through to easy ways to refashion existing clothing.
Wendy's ‘minimal waste' mentality shows you how to make classic timeless garments based on direct body measurements which gives you the power to easily adapt each garment in fit and style to suit all bodies, ages and genders. A liberating approach to making clothes that frees you from the constraints of the paper pattern and puts the power and creativity in your hands!
Of course a book about sustainable sewing wouldn't be complete without a section on mending which covers 3 different approaches to mending with patches, which, as well as being functional can also be sewn to be seen. There are also tips on how some of the techniques using fabric scraps can be adapted for mending.
Wendy also covers the ethical issues involved in buying new, from shopping locally to choosing your fibres carefully and supporting small businesses and other crafters.
Like all of Wendy's books there is a comprehensive chapter covering all the sewing techniques used, from seam and hem basics through to tips on unpicking recycled garments. All clearly explained in detailed step-by-step instructions with Wendy's own hand drawn illustrations.
There are a total of 20 projects in this book from everyday t-shirts and sweatshirts, decadent robes, statement dresses and harem-style pants through to tote bags, multi-functional organisers, essential cushion covers and hand stitched cards. Each one can be easily adapted to the materials you have to hand, every project clearly details what fabrics will work best and how to get different results from simple fabric substitutes enabling you to really work your way through that stash.....
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