Sunday, September 30, 2012
Customize Your Clothes Book Review
During a recent browse for new sewing/craft books I came across Customize Your Clothes: A Head-to-Toe Guide to Reinventing Your Wardrobe by Rain Blanken. The title caught my eye, I'm always interested in customizing and reinventing what I already own or in some cases buying something inexpensive and making it unique. Included in this book, among other things, how-to embellish, screen print and bleach items. This book gives a complete supply list and step-by-step tutorials on how to use different techniques to customize not only clothing by accessories as well. As some of the techniques are new to me, I appreciate how well everything is explained in detail with pictures so I can verify what I am doing is correct.
Chapter 2 is my favorite showing how to use bleach, something I never thought of using to create unique items. The focus of the chapter is showing how to bleach a design on a shirt and scarf using a stencil, and bleaching a more precise design on a bag using a bleach pen. At the end of the chapter, a gallery of items are displayed that have had a design bleached into them include a bag, something that I am very interested in trying. The completed projects are inspiring, as are the rest of the techniques throughout the book.
If you like to make Christmas gifts I recommend checking this book out. I'm considering making canvas bags and bleaching a design on them, such as a cat silhouette for my mom, maybe a shoe silhouette for one of my fashionista friends, but first I want to make one for myself with the design of one of my favorite creatures, a seahorse.