August 2011 Update: It’s been a while, but one day I found the time to do one of the projects, specifically the one on the book cover. So fun, pretty painless (it took several hours to complete it, but it’s mostly because I don’t have a dress form and had to go back and forth to the mirror to check myself…I meant, the alignment of the pieces :) ).
It’s not perfect, but I’m pleased with the result. Combining a nude-colored cotton tank top and a men’s XL crew-neck cotton T-shirt (both from Target) yielded this comfortable, easy-to-wear-in-hot-days casual dress that I really love. Next summer, I will totally wear this again!
A month ago I went to SF Japan Town’s Kinokuniya book store and found “Kakkoii Couture Remake” by Koko Yamase. If you’re into DIY clothing, I highly recommend you to buy it at Kinokuniya nearest you. Yamase-dono brings Matriochka (yes, the site is beautiful) to the fashion world, and this book is so inpirational even for non-Japanese speaking people with limited sewing skills.
But wait! Now you don’t have to stress over your lack of Japanese language knowledge :) Now the translated-to-English “Cut-Up Couture: Edgy Upcycled Garments to Sew” is available! There’s no excuse for you DIY fashion lovers not to have this book.
It encourages you to cut and reshape men’s sweatshirts, T-shirts, and dress shirts into beautiful, fashionable couture. Carly Cais of Chic Steals shares her step-by-step tutorial, directly adapted from Kakkoii Couture Remake, of my favorite piece in the book: convertible blouson tunic. Seriously, you will seriously consider buying a sewing machine if you don’t have one already.
You’ve been warned. Have fun,