Sunday, 21 October 2012

Thrifty Style: Review and GIVEAWAY!

'Thrifty Style: Clever ways to revamp your wardrobe' is exactly the sort of book I've always wished for.  I have so many items in my wardrobe that are the wrong size, or that could do with minor alterations to make them fit just so, or bring them up to date, and am forever finding bits and pieces in charity shops that just don't quite work for one reason or another.

Author Janine Chisholm runs Custard House Clothing and is an expert in customising and upcycling. Who better to guide readers to breathing new life into tired or damaged garments, otherwise destined for landfill? Janine has packed this book with just the right balance of inspiration and guidance. Divided into chapters detailing embellishments, reworking, and reconstructing, levels of required skill are clearly marked and inspire confidence in even the most unsure of seamstresses. So, within embellishments the projects range from the very simple, such as machining a sequinned panel onto a jumper, to the more advanced - my favourite in this chapter is the day dress with crochet trim, an ingenious way of incorporating a crocheted doilie on the front and back of a silk dress.

'Reworking' features a fantastic backless sequinned dress (do I have a sequin obsession emerging?), a peplum pencil skirt (bang on trend), and a boyfriend shirt tunic that makes use of a hand-me-down man's shirt. And highlights from the 'Reconstructing' chapter include the prairie dress that adorns the book's cover, a stunning 1920s butterfly dress that would make a perfect outfit for Christmas, and a sweet sunshine dress for warmer months.

There are even 3 patterns included, enabling readers to make their own sunshine skirt, hot pants, and 1970s cape (which I love the look of and am desperate to try), and Janine outlines equipment and techniques in just the right level of detail, giving readers the confidence to feel these impressive modifications are not beyond one's capability.

If you're inspired to get out the sewing machine and revamp your wardrobe, then you're in luck. I have one copy of 'Thrifty Style' to give away to one lucky Oyster & Pearl reader. There are 11 ways to enter - all quite straightforward - and the giveaway closes in a week.

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