It’s great to sew your own clothes with sustainable fabrics. But if you are on a budget or extra eco-friendly, what about revamping the clothes you already have? Or visiting the charity shop and finding junk clothes, and turning them into something else? Here are some books to help you do just that. Also see the post on stitch your way to a sustainable wardrobe.
If using synthetic fibres, wash items in a Guppyfriend (a bag that collects microplastic fibres, to bin so they don’t end up in the sea). Ensure sharp pins & needles are out of reach of pets & small children, and not dropped down sofas or on the floor.
- Wear Repair Repurpose shows you how to replace buttons and darn socks, and also embroider over stains, hem trousers and crochet to reduce fashion waste, and make the most of thrift store finds.
- Fashion Hacks shows you how to find old and unwanted clothes and turn them into new ones. Dressmaker Janine shows you how to make a pretty blouse from a floral dress, or to convert a man’s shirt into a stylish shirt dress. Bring an old skirt up to date with an asymmetric hem or add interest to a plain top by adding an embellished collar, using an old linen table doily. Includes 3 patterns.
- Mend It, Wear It, Love It is a beautifully designed guide on how to mend the clothes you have, to extend their life. Unless you have a sewing grandma, it may not be the case that you know how to mend the clothes you have, or turn them into something else.
- Sewing Green is a gorgeous book by Betz White, showing you 25 projects to make from re-purposed materials. You’ll learn to unpick a man’s shirt to make into an apron (make a wallet from the shirt cuffs) and make a soft blanket from old sweaters.
- Make & Mend is a guide to mend items (clothing and home). Turn a bag of scraps into scarves, bags, or for the home – curtains and cushions. Keep fabric scraps away from children and pets.
- Stylish Remakes shows how to upcycle old flannel shirts and other items into new clothes. Add a bow or collar to a tee or sweatshirt, make a dress or bag from a handful of old bandana scarves, or combine a skirt and top to make a dress or tunic.