Saturday, 25 June 2011

Book Review & Giveaway!

Well here's a book which is right on my level! I couldn't believe my luck when I was sent this book to review. I have a ton of clothing hidden away in my wardrobe which I am bored of wearing but no idea of how to revive...and now here is the answer!

Split into four sections, 'Boho', 'Jet Set', 'Retro' and 'Diva', it has an exhaustive 32 different ways of reviving and upcycling those ordinary clothes you have which Jane next door also delights in wearing.

If you want to learn how to stand out from the crowd on a tight budget or if you just want to experiment or learn how to make your own clothes this book is a must for you.

The photos and instructions are very clear to understand and it includes full shots of the clothes in sections before telling you how to make them so you can see how they are worn and with what.

I love this skirt which has been embellished with beads and paint...something I would never imagine you could do to a skirt yourself.

Sometimes when clothes have been upcycled they can look handmade or a bit amateurish no matter what you wear them with. I find this off-putting about crocheted or knitted jumpers and cardigans. This seems like less effort for more of a smart tidy impact.

You can read more about Custom Couture: 32 Ways to Transform Your Wardrobe with Needle and Thread here.

You can buy it here.

The Simplicity Fabric Guide is aimed at the novice shopper or fashion student who needs to know where to start when shopping for fabric. This is also completely exhaustive. By the time you have read this book you will know the exact properties of all the fabric in the world, how to determine what a fabric is by burning it, and exactly which pins to use for what fabric. All you could ever dream of knowing about fabric is in this book.

You can read more about the Simplicity Fabric Guide: The Ultimate Fiber Resource here.

You can buy it here.

Soho Publishing have kindly sent me another copy of each book to giveaway to one of my lucky readers!

I will pick one winner who will receive the two books at 5pm (GMT) on Friday 8th July. To enter please say what your favourite type of fabric is and why. (It could be anything from felt to hemp!)

Please comment under your blogger username or leave your email address and remember to check back in July to see if you have won. You can enter wherever you are in the world but be aware there are serious issues with post from the UK to Canada and the USA at the moment and your books may take a month or more to arrive with you.

Good luck!


De Nostalgische Nonnevot said...

I lik that book vey much, those idees great!!Custom Couture: 32 Ways to Transform Your Wardrobe with Needle and Thread ..Nicole

Michelle said...

count me in please the book looks fab :)

Channa said...

Thanks for reviewing these books they look great for a novice like me!
My favourite fabric is hemp as it's soft but hard wearing.

Jude said...

Top quality cotton shirting for me, for the smoothness and stripes!

Lorna May said...

What a great book.
I love anything with a great pattern on it :o))
My favourite fabric to with is Ikea type fabric I love the heavy weight, thickness and durability. Perfect for my notebook covers.
My least favourite is voile just because it's so delicate.

{Dab and a dash.}

ohsewcrafty said...

Excellent book. Just what I'm looking for for my A level textile students. Will probably just buy some anyway. Thanks

RedSewingBox said...

Thank you for reviewing both books, they look great, specially the fabric guide.
To me cotton is very easy and versatile to use, other fabrics as linen and silk are wonderful too.

Bezencilla said...

Yes, they sound fun, recover the boring clothes just with a few ideas!
My favourite fabric its organza, I'm using it now for new headbands and brooches, so stylist!

Cajame said...

Great book - and you say it's easy to follow?

pinkundine said...

My face fabric is needlecord... I love the heavier weight, but I am a sucker for funky patterns on cotton too ;)

Nathalie Brault said...

ohhh what a great giveaway

my favorite fabrics are cotton and linen,

thanks so much for this opportunity
i will give my address if I win

Jean-Mary said...

The books look fab!

My favourite fabric is and durable and looks great with applique on!


Laura Cameron said...

Thanks for the chance to win! I know little about fabric but I do love cotton and hemp.

ruth said...

Just really entering the world of fabrics, but I have always loved linen, cool and simple.

NoodleBubble said...

Although I work mostly in felt my heart is with a well washed / preloved Highly Patterned Cotton.

Books Look Fab!

Found you via Twitter

Christals Creations said...

I have a pile of clothes I wont throw out because 'one day' I am going to alter them.
To wear I love linen in summer just feels cool and silk because it feels luxurious.
I've only ever worked with cotton on a patchwork quilt though. Oh and when I made a doll for GCSE textiles.

Gilloggs said...

I really love winter fabrics...tweed, cord and wool - particularly angora and cashmere. They not only provide warmth but give a sense of protection and always seem to last for years.

The books look fabulous...please count me in :)

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