DIY Thrift Flip: Sewing Techniques for Transforming Old Clothes into Fun, Wearable Fashions

Quarry. May 2024. 152p. ISBN 9780760383216. pap. $24.99. DIY
Sewist Yang is an expert thrift flipper, someone who alters secondhand clothing. Her book includes a bit of her backstory and experience with thrifting, sewing, and styling, which goes back to when she reconstructed T-shirts during her childhood. She gives readers a list of the specific supplies that can help them set up a workspace, sew, and transform attire. Most of the book’s projects require a sewing machine, so it includes encouraging instructions that teach readers how to choose thread and needles and how to determine which stitches to execute. Yang also provides helpful tips on what to look for at the thrift store and what items can or cannot be overlooked when the plan is to alter them into customized, stylish pieces. There are plenty of project ideas and patterns, with colorful before and after pictures that show a variety of models wearing the refashioned clothing.
VERDICT A must-have. This amazing title will thrill readers who enjoy thrift-shopping for clothes they can upcycle. Bonus: readers can refer to this book for sustainable living and craftivism ideas.
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