Helloo!! I’m now back from my fabulous holiday, where I spent a relaxing week making sandcastles and not much else, pure bliss. Now we're back though, I'm literally counting the hours until my two go back to school so I can get cracking with some sewing. In the interim I’ve been catching up on my sewing book reading. I’m a tad impulsive with sewing books and tend to order them in a mad frenzy; some of the time I’m disappointed, but I struck lucky with my latest purchase….
Chic on a Shoestring is the sort of book you can sit down with, cup of tea in hand and be inspired to want to try every single project in it. The book is exactly what the title suggests. Written by ex-milliner and vintage lover Mary Jane Baxter, it shows how you can give your existing clothes and accessories a vintage-style look with bits of haberdashery from your stash. There are also tons of ideas for refashioning existing pieces. My favourites are the simple scarf turned into a halter neck top…
and the glamour-puss turban made from an old T-shirt, both just gorgeous.
I’ve mentioned before on this blog how little vision I have when it comes to refashioning clothes, so this is the perfect book for me. If you like vintage style or you simply want to breath new life into frumpy old clothes, then this book will almost certainly have a stylish solution. Bored with your old cardigan? Just change the buttons for vintage ones. Easy peasy.
I’ve already completed my first project: a retro headband:
Once the pieces were cut out, it probably took about 15 minutes to sew together and although I think it would look better with a vintage buckle (which sadly I didn’t have knocking around) I’m pleased with how wearable it is.
|I might add a buckle when I find one, to give this headband more of a retro look|
Chic on a Shoestring is a lovely book. Well written with clear instructions and packed full of beautiful, easy-to-make projects, it's definitely one for the sewing room bookshelf. Happy Monday everybody. x