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.