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Thrifty Style: Clever ways to revamp your wardrobe Paperback – 1 Oct 2012

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Product details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: CICO Books (1 Oct. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1908170891
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908170897
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 20.3 x 26.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 522,593 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Janine Chisholm studied Theatre Design, specializing in Costume Design and Making, and then completed a postgraduate degree in Innovative Pattern Cutting at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. She worked in professional theatre and television for ten years with companies such as Aardman Animations for the film Chicken Run and the BBC for the period drama Lark Rise to Candleford. Janine then chose to work with underprivileged young people, teaching sewing and art. Her passion for vintage clothes led her to create Custard House Clothing (www.custardhouseclothing.co.uk), a vintage clothing and customization service, which she has run successfully for the past three years.


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The technical detail is sound and it's well illustrated. However most of the designs and ideas will only really work on slim girls under 30 who are into that whole indie look and would look good even if dressed in a potato sack. Also some of the photos make the finished garment look rather shoddy and unattractive even on the pretty model.

My main gripe is that ultimately the cost of upcycling an old or ill fitting garment with nice trim, lace or a bit of elastic here and there, is higher than just buying something from a charity shop off the peg in in your size. Hell the price of basic haberdashery makes buying new from primark or New Look still a cheaper option. I'm not really a fan of the designs in the books but then I am in my 30's. Although I never quite get why these books always have such 'out there' designs, not everyone who's into sewing and upcycling wants to look like they've just stepped out the Oxfam tent at Glastonbury. Something simple but practical I can wear for work would be nice.

It's a good book but the actual designs look a bit jumble sale to me (even after being made-over)
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I found this book very interesting but felt that it was aimed at much younger women than myself (65years) there are some projects that I will have a go at but will have to revise them slightly. I try to be fairly fashionable but when you reach a certain age you have to use a little bit of common sense.
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I chose this rating as i thought the book would give more information on how to revamp any clothing, not just a thrifty style... Its a great book for the original designs in the mid to late 50s
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Great idea's geared more to younger eccentric. Still it gave me inspiration. Unfortunately no patterns in the second hand book I bought.
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Lovely book, great photos, illustrations and patterns. Really informative details and instructions - ideal for a novice :)
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