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Sew and Save [Hardcover]

Joanna Chase
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30 April 2009

This beautiful facsimile copy makes an excellent, nostalgic gift from a bygone era when hard times were no excuse for shabby dressing. Contains practical tips to repair and improve clothes to save money.

Travel back to the forties when a war-torn Europe was still no excuse to dress shabbily and the one thing you didn't ration was fashion. In this exclusive reproduction of a genuine archive copy, retro domestic goddess Joanna Chase prescribes ways to avoid fashion fauz pax in money-tight scenarios - whether the cause is a lack of coupons - or a credit crunch.

In this book you will learn:
o How to make the most out of every last inch of fabric
o How to transform old skirts into brand spanking new outfits
o How to make clothes out of old furnishings
o How to turn your old dresses into ones that fit for your children
o How to plan a whole families wardrobe in demand

With this book, repackaged in a charming, nostalgic cover, as much a fashion accessory as a practical advice guide, you will learn all this and much much more.

Uniform with this guide: Food Facts for the Kitchen Front o Make your Garden Feed You o The archive collection- because good advice never goes out of date.

Product details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: HarperPress (30 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007313772
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007313778
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 20.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 78,491 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

* The three books in this series are chock full with gems of forgotten wisdom from days gone by. Their advice is both time-tested true and given renewed relavance by the current economic climate.

* These genuine facsimile copies have been rescued from the obscurity of the Harper Collins archives in Glasgow, brushed up and repackaged for a new generation of thrifty minded gardeners and home-owners.

* The beautiful packaging and exact replication of the original covers makes these excellent gifts for yourself or someone else.

* Glam is out, necessity is in, and noone does necessity better than these war-time experts in their fields.

About the Author

By Joanna Chase

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sew and Save 23 April 2010
If you are a reasonably competent sewer, you will love this.
Lots of ideas for rejigging clothes, and making them into other useful items.
Not really a book for the novice, though.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars war book reprinted 24 Jan 2011
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I was actually trying to get make do and mend, but ended up with this one! Its a reprinted war book, when every woman could apparently take apart a mans duffle coat and whip up a cocktail dress!! Interesting, especially in these frugal times if you enjoy sewing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good for research 1 Jan 2014
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As an author writing in the war and post-war period I was very pleased with this book and have refered to in on numerous occasions
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 3 Aug 2014
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Came on time and was as I expected.
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4 of 21 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars embarrassingly outdated 30 Nov 2010
Any book that claims to have been brushed up and reprinted for a new generation with use of the 'n' word in it 3 times clearly does not have a sense of the values this generation hold which is to respect and celebrate our diversity and not refer to colour by using racially offensive slang that is out of use and considered offensive. My concern is also being sent to the publishers.
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