This Fix Your Clothes DIY Craft Book By Raleigh Briggs Is So Pure
Fix Your Clothes by DIY home craftivist Raleigh Briggs is here to build your mending skills and save your clothes.
Raleigh Briggs is a potion-maker, herbalist and DIY homemaker who’s written a host of best-selling DIY zines and craft books. She’s learned heaps through living by the DIY ethic, and is always willing to share what she’s learned.
One of her previous how-to books, Make Your Place: Affordable, Sustainable Nesting Skills, showed you how to make tinctures and potions for everything from toothpaste and fabric softener to seed-starting mix. They all work, and they’re so enchanting and easy to relate to. For the record, another gem she’s written is the $3 pamphlet How to Make Soap without Burning Your Face Off. With a title like that, what’s not to love?
Her latest book is Fix Your Clothes: The Sustainable Magic of Mending, Patching and Darning. Every page says yes, you’ve GOT this. You can do it. Here’s an inside peek:
The illustrated tutorials are fun, friendly and accessible. Now there’s no need for you to cast aside old favourites with a hole larger than Sagittarius A*, a busted zipper or a hem that’s fallen so low it’s weeping in the gutter.
“Clothes are mortal,” says Raleigh Briggs. “We love them, but they fail us in myriad ways. Even if you haven’t sewn so much as a pillowcase, it’s worth your time to learn a few basic clothing repairs.”
Hmm. When we consider the gorgeous full Victorian skirts we’ve ripped in vampire LARPs and our favourite pair of black jeans (the ones with the worn-out crotch) we’re inclined to agree.
Reading a Briggs DIY book builds your confidence as you discover how to do all sorts of useful things. The contents are divided thus:
- Stocking supplies
- Quix fixes
- Basic knots and stitches
- Mending seams
- Patching holes
- Darning holes
- Fixing a zipper
- Waterproofing materials
- Sewing and mending resources
Creativity, confidence and empowerment go hand in hand. Fix Your Clothes is a trusty companion for thrift store hunters and anyone who wants to make their clothes last longer. It’s reassuring to see those quick fixes nestling with clever mending tips so that you can learn and grow your skills with time.
It’s great to know that as you help your fave clothes evolve to the next sartorial Pokelevel you’re also shaking hands with sustainability.
You can buy Raleigh Brigg’s craft books with Microcosm Publishing.