This week our lovely Vintage Librarian Claire Pursglove is reviewing a book about turning odd bits of fabric into decorative soft furnishings. Did she get into the make do and mend spirit?

Revive!– Jacqueline Mulvaney
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People have been recycling their old clothes and fabrics in new and inventive ways for decades, and now it seems the idea is finally catching on. The latest book in a long line of titles to tackle this subject is Revive!, which focuses on turning unwanted textiles into soft furnishings for the home.

Projects include the usual suspects, such as cushion covers, curtains, throws and upholstery. This is a wonderful book for anyone who has a stash of fabric to play with (a common female affliction I believe) and fancies a weekend project to finally make use of it.

Mulvaney has worked with The Conran Shop, Harvey Nichols and Bergdorf Goodman, so she certainly knows what she’s talking about. Everything is illustrated, so you can get a good sense of how to put everything together.

The Getting Started section is also invaluable for getting your tools together and grading your materials to decide what is worth using. My personal weakness is collecting old photographs, magazines and general ‘paraphernalia’ though, so it would have been good if this book had encompassed more than just fabrics. Maybe that’s just an idea for the next edition?

One Response

  1. Victoria Garbutt

    Hi Lena

    I love your books reviews, there are so many I now would like alas I’m a student so my budget for books is small especially when I spend it all on vintage clothes! I’m currently doing a MA in Fashion Marketing and Communication and as I love it so much I’m doing my dissertation on vintage fashion and individualism through wearing vintage.
    I was wondering if there are any books you could recommend that give a good history of wearing vintage or why people choose to as this is an area where I’m struggling to find academic work on.

    Thank you