Once in a while, I’ll stop by my local library and flip through some books to take home, as well as let my kids pick out their favourites, to promote reading. They enjoy it, though I don’t always have time to look at much as they get bored waiting. I always hope that they will sit nicely at a table and flip through one of their chosen books, but it usually doesn’t last very long. Sigh… oh well, that’s part of being a mom I guess. ;p
Anyhoo, I just wanted to share that I recently read a book, which seems to have mixed reviews, but one that I enjoyed personally. It is called, “Subversive Seamster”, and it showcases many ideas for thrifting different clothing and turning them into your own personalized piece of clothing or home decor.
While some may not agree with the exact fabrics used or styles, what I find refreshing are the ideas presented – taking old stuff and making them new. I am getting the refashioning bug, and am fairly new to sewing so I’m enjoying teaching myself how to make new things. And this book has inspired me to look at the clothes I have and material on my shelf, and to look past what it currently is. I think for anyone learning how to sew creatively, this is a great book to get you thinking. It makes me feel like a kid again, looking at things in a new way; fresh, funky and creative. So I do not agree with half the reviews on Amazon, and as I like to say, I’m always open to trying things for myself, regardless what other people think. It’s a journey of self-discovery, and an exciting one, as I pursue new creative outlets and sewing projects!
And for those who are not looking into refashioning, there are also basic sewing tutorials in this book, great for newbies, along with complete instructions for making your own dressmaker’s dummy – your own body double using duct tape! I totally need to make one of these, with someone’s help of course. I can’t wait to get started!