Modern mending How to minimize waste and maximize style

Erin Lewis-Fitzgerald

Book - 2021

"Inspired by the slow fashion movement that's taking the sewing world by storm, Erin Lewis-Fitzgerald has created a comprehensive guide to mending your own clothes in a way that combines creativity and sustainability. In Modern Mending, she demystifies mending and shares step-by-step instructions for a range of techniques, including stitching, darning, patching, needle felting and machine darning."

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Instructional and educational works
Tunbridge Wells, Kent : Search Press 2021.
Main Author
Erin Lewis-Fitzgerald (author)
Item Description
"Originally published by Affirm Press in 2020. This edition is based on the expanded edition published by Affirm Press in 2021"--Title page verso.
Physical Description
272 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 264-266) and index.
  • Foreword
  • Introduction
  • Helpful Tips
  • Thoughts Before Mending
  • Playing Around with a Design
  • Tools of the Trade
  • Fabric 101
  • This Goes with That
  • Techniques
  • Stitching
  • Patching
  • Darning
  • Needle Felting
  • Machine Darning
  • Buttons, Zippers, Ladders, Snags + Shoes
  • Case Studies
  • Amanda's dress
  • Anna's jeans
  • Austen's shirt
  • Ben's jacket
  • Carolyn's oven mitts
  • Chilli's bandana
  • Clare's jacket
  • Emily W's jacket
  • Emily O's dress
  • Emily O's shirt
  • Emma F's tea towel
  • Emma M's jeans
  • Erin's shirt
  • Guy's sweater
  • Hilary's shirt (AKA Large Marge)
  • Jess's sweater
  • Kate's cardigan
  • Kylie's jumpsuit
  • Leta's dress no. 1
  • Leta's dress no. 2
  • Louise's sweater
  • Mandy's tea towel
  • Mart's boxer shorts
  • Matt's pyjama trousers
  • Natalie's cardigan
  • Modern Menders
  • Aleksandra Zdravkovic
  • Eline Medbøe
  • Hikaru Noguchi
  • Miriam Dym
  • Nina & Sonya Montenegro
  • Roberta Cummings
  • Tom Van Deijnen
  • Care: Prevention + Maintenance
  • Share the Love + Increase Your Impact
  • Should I Redo it?
  • Mending for Others + Valuing Your Time
  • Resources: Where to Find Mending Supplies
  • Recommended Reading
  • Acknowledgements
  • About the Author
  • Index
Review by Booklist Review

With mending, everything old can be new again, and as Lewis-Fitzgerald points out, "there is no away" in our global society; every cast-off piece of fast fashion will become someone else's problem. She has created the mending guide every public library and every conservation-minded clothing consumer needs. She assumes nothing about the reader's sewing skill, beginning with essential basics (what is woven versus knit fabric? what tools are really essential? how do those different stitches work?) before moving into a well-photographed and encouraging guide comprised of a breadth of knowledge it can take a lifetime to accumulate. Unlike in mending guides boasting only bold, whimsical designs, Lewis-Fitzgerald points out that a mend is only as useful as its intended purpose, and offers unobtrusive options, techniques for planning ahead to handle future mends on the same garment, and yes, plenty of whimsy--mending does, after all, extend the life of our favorite things, so why not enjoy them all the more! Multiple nuanced techniques are illustrated, with good tips on when and why to use them. Encouraging samples abound, and a final section shares stories from menders worldwide, whose websites and Instagrams will offer additional creative inspiration. An essential resource for slow fashionistas.

From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.