on 26 January 2013
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)