I am a big fan of Project Runway, and I become afflicted with something I call “Project Runway Syndrome” at the start of each season. What happens is that I suddenly become convinced of the fact that I, too, can be a fashion designer. I pull out my amateur box of sewing materials—basically needles and thread and sharp fabric scissors—and I take items from my closet that need some work. I have also visited my local thrift store for old T-shirts to doctor (remember, reusing old clothing is a form of recycling and keeps discarded clothing out of landfills). It’s usually T-shirts. I’m proud to say that I worked wonders on an old R.E.M. concert shirt but some of my other efforts were less successful.

photo courtesy of Stitch Lounge

Finally, I have come to realize I could use some professional help. The talented team at Stitch Lounge has published a book that I’m counting on to help me develop my inner-designer, Subversive Seamster: Transform Thrift Store Threads Into Street Couture. You can also take classes or private lessons from them.

Stitch Lounge
182 Gough St.