Mend it, Wear it, Love it!

Book description

A practical tool kit for mending and upcycling your wardrobe.

It's "sew" simple to give your wardrobe an eco-chic edge! With fast fixes and clever techniques, this accessible, fully illustrated sewing book has everything you need to mend, customize and care for your clothes.

Parting with damaged, yet beloved, clothes can be one of the saddest things, but what if you were able to fix those holes, give them a fresher look, and extend their life? Luckily, with this guide to mending and patching, you don't have to say goodbye to your favorite clothing items ever again!

Now you can cherish all your garments, even those in the furthest corner of your closet! This sewing book for beginners will help you master the skills to repair a seam and mend a hem, even if you've never touched a needle and thread before!

Enjoy Your Clothes for Longer

This sewing book arms you with the techniques you need to enjoy your clothes for longer and express your creativity. Detailed step-by-step illustrations and clear instructions explain how to sew, repurpose, and care for your clothes in a range of materials.

For anyone who cares about reducing fashion waste but doesn't want to sacrifice style, this is the book for you! It addresses the way mending is great for fashion sustainability and gives you the low down on "fast fashion". From polluting ecosystems and breeding unsafe work environments, discover the huge human and environmental impacts those irresistibly cheap t-shirts have.

The Art of Mending and Sewing

Mend It. Wear It. Love It is for everyone! Packed full of simple fixes, as well as more advanced techniques, this book is perfect for sewers, crafters, and fashion lovers of all experience levels.

Table of contents

  1. Cover
  2. Half-title
  3. Contents
  4. How to use this eBook
  5. Introduction
  6. The lowdown on “fast fashion”
  7. The Basics
    1. Your basic sewing kit
    2. Other equipment and useful supplies
  8. Mend Your Clothes
    1. Introduction
    2. Using a sewing machine
    3. Sewing on a button
    4. Repairing a buttonhole
    5. Inspiration: Contrasting buttons
    6. Repairing a hem
      1. Invisible-hem method
      2. Visible-hem method
    7. Mending a hole from the top
    8. Basic sashiko-style stitching
    9. Inspiration: Visible mending
    10. Patching a hole from behind
      1. Patching robust garments
      2. No-sew method
      3. Stitching for strength
    11. Darning a hole
    12. Inspiration: Visible darning
    13. Mending a tear
      1. Robust repair
      2. Less-visible repair
    14. Mending a split seam
      1. Repair from the top
      2. Repair from the inside
      3. Repair and reinforcement
    15. Zipper issues
    16. Repairing collars and cuffs
      1. Fixing a collar
      2. Mending cuffs
    17. Repairing visible topstitching
    18. Inspiration: Visible stitching
  9. Wear Your Clothes
    1. Introduction
    2. Shortening a hem
    3. Lengthening a hem
      1. Adding a contrast band
      2. Creating a ruffle
    4. Inspiration: Contrast bands, trims, and ruffles
    5. Adding a simple patch pocket
    6. Inspiration: Patch pockets
    7. Refitting a garment at the seams
    8. Refitting with waist-shaping darts
    9. Making a garment larger
    10. Removing sleeves
      1. For woven garments
      2. For knit/jersey garments
    11. Adding elastic to hems and cuffs
      1. Super-speedy method
      2. Creating a channel
    12. Inspiration: Elasticized sleeves and trouser hems
  10. Love Your Clothes
    1. Introduction
    2. Smart storage options
    3. Laundry and ironing tips
    4. Stains and how to remove them
    5. Fabric dye transformations
    6. Inspiration: Dyeing
    7. Disguising a stain with embroidery
      1. A simple flower motif
      2. Flying bug or bee motif
    8. Inspiration: Using embroidery to cover stains
  11. Further Resources
  12. Acknowledgments
  13. About the author
  14. Copyright

Product information

  • Title: Mend it, Wear it, Love it!
  • Author(s): Zoe Edwards
  • Release date: February 2021
  • Publisher(s): DK Publishing
  • ISBN: 9780744045512