Subversive Seamster: Fabulous Projects that Transform Thrift Store Threads Into Street Couture

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Taunton Press, Incorporated, 2007 - Crafts & Hobbies - 188 pages
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It's time to get subversive, again! The downtown divas of Sew Subversive are back with another happy helping of straightlaced sewing advice for stylish results every time. Transform tacky bridesmaid gowns and pleated pants into picture-perfect tops, skirts and accessories. The two Melissas and a Hope deliver 30 great projects that are achievable for even the new sewer. Subversive Seamster is your secret roadmap to the jewels of thrifting and the ins and outs of refashioning. This book has shortcuts, tips, and secrets to the wide world of inexpensive, individualized fashion. Our clothes make a statement about who we are. What better way to say, "I am an individual!" than to wear one-of-a-kind items made out of other one-of-a-kind items? We derive the most fashionable satisfaction knowing that we are reusing and recycling what already exists in this material world--and looking darn good doing it!

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User Review  - Cynthia Libby - Goodreads

I'm not likely to make the projects exactly as shown. But I don't think that's the point. I will be using the techniques described. I've been sewing for many years but mostly from patterns. This book ... Read full review

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User Review  - Martha Bishop - Goodreads

Prolly the worst sewing/recycling book ever. Read full review

About the author (2007)

Melissa Alvarado, Hope Meng, and Melissa Rannels are self-taught seamsters, fearless remnant bin divers, and yard sale addicts with attitude. They co-own Stitch Lounge, a drop-in urban sewing studio in San Francisco, where you can rent time on a machine or take classes on everything from sewing machine basics to making a Burning Man costume in the company of other like-minded seamsters. Please check out their website at

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