If you've ever longed after a beautiful new skirt or a stylish headpiece you've spied in a glossy mag, or if you're simply looking for an original look that you can't buy in any shop, this gorgeous book is for you. Why throw out your old clothes when they can be transformed into stylish one-of-a-kind pieces for very little money.
Chic on a Shoestring shows you how to track down the most useful treasures at markets, charity shops and vintage stores, to make your own creations. Each chapter takes a throw-away item and illustrates how it can be used to create a host of covetable clothes and accessories:
An old tie can be turned into a purse, knitting needle holder, cute corsage and a belt
A granny-style dress can be crafted into a sleek A-line skirt
Silk scarves return as sexy tops and tea towels make a comeback as 50s-inspired aprons
Vintage lace collars or sparkly embellishments cheer up old cardigans and tops
Crafty trims give life to forgotten cushions, handbags and umbrellas
Design creative cufflinks, necklaces, earrings and bracelets
Create quirky vintage ribbon corsages and fabric flowers to brighten up any outfit, and
Make a statement with funky turbans, collars and headbands.
Chic on a Shoestring gives step-by-step sewing and detailing instructions, plus lots of useful tips for working with fabric and accessories. Embrace you inner thrift and be inspired to give your a wardrobe makeover with these simple and stylish projects.
Mary Jane Baxter is a writer and craft expert. She worked as a BBC journalist for 12 years before leaving her job as a foreign reporter and producer to train as a couture hat maker. She worked with milliner-to-the-stars Stephen Jones in London, did a stint with Marc Jacobs in Paris, and sold her first collection to the Harvey Nichols flagship store in Knightsbridge. She runs textile and millinery courses across Europe and writes and reports on fashion, craft and creativity for BBC television, Guardian, Sew magazine, Cloth and Selvedge.
Chic on a Shoestring
Simon and Schuster
Author: Mary Jane Baxter