I was delighted to receive an email about Janine's new book Thrifty Style: Clever Ways to Revamp your Wardrobe and was doubly delighted when I was asked if I would like to review it. Of course! I love getting emails from readers and I'm especially happy when those among us are entrepreneurial sewers--like Janine who has created this amazing refashioning book!
This book is all about taking what you already have and repurposing or refashioning it with small tricks and ideas so that you have a wardrobe you love. The book presents a perfect balance between vintage-inspired and modern looks and combines both of those influences in each garment presented.
Thrifty Style is FULL of lots of goodies. I absolutely love the layout of the book and feel like I could read it for days and still find lots of new things! The book includes 44 projects with detailed step-by-step instructions for refashioning your wardrobe.
Reading through this book stirred up my creativity. That is one of the things I love so much about refashioning or the 'make do and mend' attitude--there's so many possibilities! One of my favourite projects in the book is the silk doily top pictured above and below. I always see so many amazing vintage linens, doily's and embroidered handiwork at charity shops. Wouldn't it be great to rework some of these into clothing, such as what Janine has done with the silk doily top? I always feel so bad walking by the piles of doilies and embroidery knowing how much effort and love probably went into creating them. I am really excited to try this out--and hopefully give those beautiful pieces of art another life!
A similar project creates a doily 'cut-out' or 'peek-a-boo' section to an otherwise completely vintage-looking blouse. This is such a neat way to mix modern and retro influences into what I think is a very pretty blouse:
Another series of projects, show you how to use scarves to create fun summery tops and blouses. I think I live in the wrong climate for this type of blouse but I do love wearing things like this when I am on holiday:
The book comes with three pull-out patterns, one of which is for the capelet with the fabulous collar below:
The back section of the book covers all the basics in sewing with really great illustrations. It even includes a step-by-step guide for making your own dressmaker's dummy or dress form:
I really enjoyed reading Thrifty Style. I haven't really delved into refashioning yet but it definitely got me thinking about my current wardrobe and those pieces that are just not working and how I can spice them up a bit.
What about you? Are there pieces in your wardrobe you never wear? Have you tried your hand at refashioning?