Mend & make fabulous Sewing solutions & fashionable fixes

Denise Wild

Book - 2014

NEEDLEWORK & FABRIC CRAFTS. Give your clothes a new lease on life! Showing how to take classic mending techniques one step further to add personality and style to clothes, "Mend & Make Fabulous" is a uniquely comprehensive resource that combines visual inspiration with practical advice for the fashion-conscious sewer. The ability to repair and restore clothes is priceless, and "Mend & Make Fabulous" provides a comprehensive guide to all the classic mending techniques and then some: holes and tears; ripped or frayed seams; discoloration, stains, or fading; broken snaps and closures; and so much more. This book also shows you how to add some creativity to mending--fixing holes with studs or applique; hiding dis...colorations by dip-dyeing; concealing frayed hems by adding cuffs or trim--that will make clothes even more fabulous than they were the first time around.

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Loveland, CO : Interweave, a division of F+W Media ©2014
Main Author
Denise Wild (-)
Item Description
Includes index.
Physical Description
160 pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm
  • How to Use this Book
  • Runs, Rips & Flaws
  • Mend It
  • Torn woven fabric
  • Torn knit fabric
  • Torn denim
  • Torn lace
  • Torn sheer fabric
  • Snagged sheer fabric
  • Hole in synthetic fabric
  • Make it Fabulous
  • Add beading
  • Add studs
  • Appliqué lace
  • Patch it
  • Seams
  • Mend It
  • Hole in seam
  • Stressed seam
  • Wavy or bunched seam
  • Tear at slit
  • Twisted side seam
  • Make it Fabulous
  • Adorn seams with piping
  • Add couture-style weighting
  • Lining
  • Mend It
  • Torn or frayed lining
  • Lining detached from zipper
  • Lining detached from hem
  • Make it Fabulous
  • Go contrast
  • Add piping
  • Hems & Fitting
  • Mend It
  • Stretched neckline
  • Loose bodice
  • Long sleeves
  • Tight or loose waistline
  • Stretching waistline
  • Fallen hem
  • Long hem
  • Make it Fabulous
  • Change the shape
  • Add a zipper
  • Add lace
  • Add ruffles
  • Closures
  • Mend It
  • Missing button
  • Unraveling buttonhole
  • Broken clasp
  • Detached belt loop
  • Stretched elastic
  • Broken zipper
  • Make it Fabulous
  • Go decorative
  • Change the closure
  • Add hardware
  • Be bright
  • Straps
  • Mend It
  • Separated strap
  • Broken lingerie strap
  • Broken purse chain
  • Make it Fabulous
  • Go strapless
  • Make it contrast
  • Change it out
  • Color
  • Mend It
  • Faded color
  • Discolored vintage fabric
  • Make it Fabulous
  • Dip dye
  • Dye new color
  • Fade and distress
  • Bleach it
  • Garment Care
  • Laundering
  • Fabric care by type
  • Resources
  • Tools used in this book
  • Glossary
  • Supplies
  • Contributor index
  • Image credits
  • Index
  • About the author
  • Acknowledgments
Review by Library Journal Review

Everyone has a favorite article of clothing that has been worn so much that it's torn, worn, or in need of repair. In this dual-purpose guide, Wild, the creative director for the U.S. edition of sewing magazine BurdaStyle and its companion website, provides easy-to-follow tips for repairing garments, as well as embellishment methods that can be used to cover up everything from tears to broken straps. The tips are divided into broad categories (e.g., runs, rips, and flaws; closures; hems and fittings), then further subdivided by the type of fabric or damage. Most of the fixes are easier than they seem at the outset-it turns out that a lot can be done with fusible interfacing and simple hand-sewing techniques. Each of the chapters also include a variety of suggestions for covering up or restyling clothing; these range from simple patches and appliques to adding darts or a brand-new lining to a garment. Wild's conversational tone and "you can do this" attitude makes even the most daunting of repairs seem like a breeze. VERDICT Repairing or reinventing old clothing goes hand-in-hand with upcycling and creative repurposing, and this well-organized book is appropriate for sewists (and nonsewists) of all skill levels. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

(c) Copyright Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.