Mend It, Wear It, Love It: Stitch Your Way to a Sustainable Wardrobe

Zoe Edwards. DK, $14.99 (144p) ISBN 978-0-7440-2680-1
Fast fashion had its moment, but it’s time for that moment to draw to a close, writes blogger Edwards in this crafty debut on building “a healthier relationship with our wardrobes.” Rather than buy new clothes, Edwards encourages readers to mend the ones they currently wear. She starts with instructions on creating a hand-sewing kit and a demystification of sewing machines, showing beginners how to thread and get the tension right. Edwards also dispenses tips on laundry and clothing storage so that every sweater, T-shirt, and pair of jeans can live its longest life. Mending projects include repairing a hem, fixing a hole, and, “for additional strength and beautification,” Japanese sashiko-style stitching, which incorporates decorative stitches on top of patches. Edwards also offers instructions on removing sleeves, lengthening a hem, and adding ruffles. Throughout, color photographs of personalized garments show Edwards’s projects in action. This primer on reworking old clothing is a must-read for stylish thrifters. (Feb.)
Reviewed on : 12/29/2020
Release date: 02/01/2021
Genre: Lifestyle
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