A truly beautiful Minxy mix of charm, inspiration, practical advice, and pretty projects to simplify and beautify your life and home. - Jane Brocket, The Gentle Art of Domesticity
The premise of this new British book is brilliant: Chic on a Shoestring by journalist and milliner, Mary Jane Baxter explains how to create vintage-style accessories from repurposed or inexpensive materials. Plus the step-by-step illustrations make it easy to follow for craft novices.
My favourites are the feather fascinators (more stylish, 1940s-inspired feather headbands than the flowery appendages we’re used to), silk purses fashioned from old ties, and Baxter’s tip for turning lace-ups into a natty pair of brogues (which the gorgeous Marion Cotillard-lookalike on the cover is sporting). Each chapter takes an old item and explains how it could be usefully reinvented.
Well worth a look for the inspiration alone.