By Shannon Okey, Alexandra Underhill
Customise your outfits. rework your world.
Do-it-yourself type is the main artistic, cheap and enjoyable solution to create a mode thats thoroughly and uniquely you. no matter if youre a stitching amateur or a savvy seamstress, AlterNation offers you the entire wisdom and notion you want to create your individual trend-setting clothes and niknaks. simply dig into the again of your closet or hit up your favourite thrift shop, and youll be in your solution to making a different cloth wardrobe that might have your pals asking, «Whered you get that?!»
* Convert a mens buttondown into the graceful and sleeveless workplace Corset, or mix it with a flowing skirt to create the unusually female Mens blouse Dress.
* Reinvent a pillowcase and a flat sheet to create the lovable and cozy Bedhead best and Asymmetrical Sheet Skirt.
* Pair a few ripped-beyond-wear denims with a few fashionable textile to make the damaging Cherry purse, or lower a number of out-of-style pairs into panels for the Denim Corset Skirt.
Not simply will you learn how to make 25+ tasks, youll be bursting with rules for numerous extra. subscribe to the voters of AlterNation! flip your again at the mall, set your individual tendencies, and sing their own praises your kind!
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Not all finds are good ones. That hopelessly stained leather jacket is going to cost more to dry clean than to buy, plus there’s no guarantee the stains will come out. (You can always paint over them, though—see Painted Suit Jacket). But if you want to cut up the back to make a bag, or use the unstained sleeves for something else, OK. Know the piece’s limitations. Ditto shoes. If they don’t fit now, they won’t later. We can’t tell you how many pairs of too-tiny John Fluevogs, Doc Martens and Steve Maddens Shannon’s mom’s has found for her in brand new condition over the years.
If you enjoy sewing, investing in a serger is well worth the money. HOW TO AVOID TRASHING PINS, NEEDLES AND SERGER BLADES Sewing over pins on your sewing machine is like running red lights. You may get away with it for a while, but sooner or later you’re going to hit something. If you hit a pin, it will be bent beyond use. No big loss. When the needle hits a pin, either the needle will break or its point will be trashed. Either way you’ll have to replace it. Be sure to pull the pins out one at a time, before you sew over them.
We’d love to see what you come up with! THE SEWING KIT: TOOLS AND TECHNIQUES The top three skills you will need for most projects in this book are: • using a needle (or sewing machine) to sew a relatively straight line • cutting fabric with sharp scissors or a rotary cutter • ironing cloth with a hot iron That’s it! Detailed information on specialized techniques or equipment such as grommet tools and ink-jet printers will be presented alongside the projects that use them. We’re going to run down the basics of sewing, cutting and ironing here; even if you’re an experienced seamstress, you might want to give it a glance.