A practical tool kit for mending and upcycling your wardrobe.

It's "sew" simple to give your wardrobe an eco-chic edge! With fast fixes and clever techniques, this accessible, fully illustrated sewing book has everything you need to mend, customize and care for your clothes.

Parting with damaged, yet beloved, clothes can be one of the saddest things, but what if you were able to fix those holes, give them a fresher look, and extend their life? Luckily, with this guide to mending and patching, you don't have to say goodbye to your favorite clothing items ever again!

Now you can cherish all your garments, even those in the furthest corner of your closet! This sewing book for beginners will help you master the skills to repair a seam and mend a hem, even if you've never touched a needle and thread before!

Enjoy Your Clothes for Longer

This sewing book arms you with the techniques you need to enjoy your clothes for longer and express your creativity. Detailed step-by-step illustrations and clear instructions explain how to sew, repurpose, and care for your clothes in a range of materials.

For anyone who cares about reducing fashion waste but doesn't want to sacrifice style, this is the book for you! It addresses the way mending is great for fashion sustainability and gives you the low down on "fast fashion". From polluting ecosystems and breeding unsafe work environments, discover the huge human and environmental impacts those irresistibly cheap t-shirts have.

The Art of Mending and Sewing

Mend It. Wear It. Love It is for everyone! Packed full of simple fixes, as well as more advanced techniques, this book is perfect for sewers, crafters, and fashion lovers of all experience levels.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Half-title
  3. Contents
  4. How to use this eBook
  5. Introduction
  6. The lowdown on “fast fashion”
  7. The Basics
    1. Your basic sewing kit
    2. Other equipment and useful supplies
  8. Mend Your Clothes
    1. Introduction
    2. Using a sewing machine
    3. Sewing on a button
    4. Repairing a buttonhole
    5. Inspiration: Contrasting buttons
    6. Repairing a hem
    7. Invisible-hem method
    8. Visible-hem method
    9. Mending a hole from the top
    10. Basic sashiko-style stitching
    11. Inspiration: Visible mending
    12. Patching a hole from behind
    13. Patching robust garments
    14. No-sew method
    15. Stitching for strength
    16. Darning a hole
    17. Inspiration: Visible darning
    18. Mending a tear
    19. Robust repair
    20. Less-visible repair
    21. Mending a split seam
    22. Repair from the top
    23. Repair from the inside
    24. Repair and reinforcement
    25. Zipper issues
    26. Repairing collars and cuffs
    27. Fixing a collar
    28. Mending cuffs
    29. Repairing visible topstitching
    30. Inspiration: Visible stitching
  9. Wear Your Clothes
    1. Introduction
    2. Shortening a hem
    3. Lengthening a hem
    4. Adding a contrast band
    5. Creating a ruffle
    6. Inspiration: Contrast bands, trims, and ruffles
    7. Adding a simple patch pocket
    8. Inspiration: Patch pockets
    9. Refitting a garment at the seams
    10. Refitting with waist-shaping darts
    11. Making a garment larger
    12. Removing sleeves
    13. For woven garments
    14. For knit/jersey garments
    15. Adding elastic to hems and cuffs
    16. Super-speedy method
    17. Creating a channel
    18. Inspiration: Elasticized sleeves and trouser hems
  10. Love Your Clothes
    1. Introduction
    2. Smart storage options
    3. Laundry and ironing tips
    4. Stains and how to remove them
    5. Fabric dye transformations
    6. Inspiration: Dyeing
    7. Disguising a stain with embroidery
    8. A simple flower motif
    9. Flying bug or bee motif
    10. Inspiration: Using embroidery to cover stains
  11. Further Resources
  12. Acknowledgments
  13. About the author
  14. Copyright