Kristin Roach has a new book! It's called Mend It Better.
This book is packed with information about keeping favorite items in your wardrobe even after you may feel they have seen better days. For some of the projects, you even get the feeling that the "better days" are still ahead, because the mending adds so much character. Kristin doesn't try to tell you that you can fix a moth hole in your sweater with no one the wiser. She shows you how to do it in a way to make yourself happy, and then you can celebrate the change as a small victory. The book is full of suggestions to make your mending feel like a happy accomplishment.
I count myself fortunate to be one of the contributors to this lovely work. My project starts on page 93. I thought I'd share a couple of my own photos.
In the spirit of Kristin's site, Craft Leftovers, my project is more of a reuse/recycle/upcycle kind of item. It's an old bridesmaid's dress that I cut down to be a princess dress for my daughter. I took in some seams, stitched on a ruffle, added elastic, glued on some ribbons and... ta-da!
Though I refashioned this dress way back in September, 2010, it still sees a lot of use by my girls, and I'm proud to say it has held up well and is a favorite of theirs.
Storey Publishing sent me a copy of Mend It Better for myself, but also said they'd send one free copy of the book to one of my US readers, so if you'd like a chance to win and you live in the states, please leave a comment telling me what kind of mending will be in your future! (Deadline to comment is 3/19/12.)