Chic on a Shoestring by Mary Jane Baxter


When I saw the title of this book, I knew I had to have it – I never buy anything full price, am regularly in the charity shops looking for bargains, and don’t usually buy anything I could sew for a cheaper price myself, so I’m always eager to learn more ways to be chic on a shoestring. This is the first book from milliner and maker Mary Jane Baxter, and is full of simple, fun, vintage-inspired projects, peppered by fantastically quirky illustrations by Sam Wilson.

Every turn of the page uncovers a must-try make and lots of inspiration. I’m itching to create the 1950s-paste-jewellery-inspired necklace, the easy slouchy top made from vintage silk scarves (ingenious!) and the cute ribbon corsage. The book also features handy hints and tips on how to hunt down bargains to upcycle and customise. I love how quick and easy the projects are – they’re great for when you don’t have much time for crafting but still want to indulge your creative side. Plus, any book that aims to help me build a fab wardrobe without spending a fortune is a-okay with me.

Chic on a Shoestring Book


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