I’m here today with a book review courtesy of Tuttle Publishing. They have provided me with the book in exchange for this review, but the opinions are all my own. This post also contains affiliate links. This latest book from Tuttle Publishing, Stylish Remakes by Violette Room, is quite a departure from the sewing books I’ve reviewed from them in the past. For one, the author is not a single person, but a Japanese clothing brand specializing in comfortable, everyday but stylish clothes for women. I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a sewing book by a brand before, but I do like the idea, especially since the focus is on ways to repurpose and restyle items you may already have in your closet.
Some of the remakes are a little unconventional, like the two sweatshirts cut in half and sewn together to make one giant sweatshirt. I also thought the tops sewn to skirts were odd, as they looked the same as if you wore the two together, while still having the option of wearing them individually. However, there were a few things in the book that I thought were really cute.
This combination of a t-shirt and tank is a clever way to salvage one or two things that may have shrunk up too short. You can even keep the graphics on the T. The sweetheart styling on the front is also a nice touch.
I would wear this Jacket with Gathered Waist. It’s actually made from a men’s flannel shirt, but I love the girly twist the cinched waist adds. They also tweaked the sleeves to create a more feminine line. My husband should probably keep one eye on his closet.
I thought this little girl’s outfit made from bandanas was pretty adorable, although I wish they would have photographed it in a way you could see more of it. I’m kind of intrigued by the adult dress made entirely of bandanas as well.
The instructions are clear and illustrated well. The few patterns that are needed are printed directly in the book.
I’ll admit, most of this book is not for me. The tone is young and trendy. However, I think this would be a fantastic gift for a teen or pre-teen with an interest in clothing construction, design or repurposing. Most of the projects are very appropriate for beginners, and some are exceptionally simple. It’s the kind of book where a project can be adapted or altered easily, which encourages creativity. Always a good thing!