MY BOOK! Title, cover, and pre-order! Announcing DIY Wardrobe Makeovers!

You guys.
I've been waiting to share this with you for... more than 2 years? This is a big day!!

For ages now, I've been working away (some months more than others) on a sewing book very related to many of my favorite projects on this blog. Since I announced it in September 2012, I've kept things under wraps, but now the cat is out of the bag and I'm so excited to announce details about my book, which will be published in May of this year from C&T Publishing.

My book, DIY Wardrobe Makeovers: Alter, Refresh & Refashion Your Clothes Step-by-Step Sewing Tutorials is now available for pre-order on Amazon!

About My Book: DIY Wardrobe Makeovers


I write about a lot of sewing, crafty, and other projects on this blog, but one of my skills I'm most proud to share is repairing and refashioning existing garments. I'm practical and thrifty, as well as a little picky about fit and style of my clothes, so with my years of sewing skills I've created quite a library of fixes in my head.

So my book is about:

Unlock your closet’s potential with simple wardrobe fixes and refashions to express your style. These basic alterations and step-by-step restyling tutorials will help you fit and reassemble garments into newfound faves. No sloppy shortcuts here—learn how to alter sweaters, pants, and everything in your wardrobe for a more flattering fit. Take it in, take it up, or let it out—all on your home sewing machine. Spend less, look better!

It features basic sewing skills, some ideas and inspirations for how to remake your wardrobe, step-by-step instructions for how to modify garments for fit, and before/after style projects with step-by-step instructions. All the projects use basic and prototypical garments you may have in your closet, and many of them are classic projects you've probably wanted to try before! (One of my inspirations for this book was the sewing sessions I've had with friends going through their mending/tailoring piles!) The photos and instructions are more detailed than those in the projects on this blog because I wasn't limited as much by space and time. And the "after" styled photos for the re-style projects in the second half of the book were shot all over Portland in an amazing two-day shoot I did in September with the publisher's photographer and stylist.

The Cover


Excited to see the cover?!?! I was!! It is pretty much done at this point (may change slightly) but ready to be shared with you.

I won't give it any introduction other than that. Pretend you just saw it at the bookstore shelf on on your Amazon recommendations. Ta-da!!

I love these photos we took in a parking lot in downtown Portland. The look on the right features variations on two projects from the book: flared jeans-to-skinny jeans and shift dress-to-peplum top!

The before/after view was something our photographer came up with. I bought two of each the dress and the jeans and remade one of each. So we shot the first dress as the "before" and then showed the peplum top in an outfit as the "after." The dress-to-peplum top is a very fun project, and I love the basic grey knit of this one.

You're the first to know!


I'd love to hear what you think! As a reader of this blog, you're among the first to see or hear anything about the book and cover designs. Besides my mom and husband, you're practically the first!

What do you think of the cover, by the way? Do you "get" the before/after example images??

Also wanted to shout out to the pre-order process. If you think you'd like a copy of the book... (I hope you do!!), pre-order is a great way to do it.

  • Pre-orders are very important to show Amazon how popular the book is, make it show up on search results, lower the price, etc.
  • If you pre-order now, you will automatically pay the lowest price when the book is for sale. Hopefully it will go down as more folks pre-order it!

So, looking for a (very) last-minute holiday gift for someone who'd enjoy my book?? You can pre-order and print out the page! ;) Or if you want a copy yourself, drop a hint to someone who may still be looking for something to get you!

I am so grateful for your support and readership, and appreciate your following along with this big news! Thank you!

Pre-order on Amazon my book, DIY Wardrobe Makeovers: Alter, Refresh & Refashion Your Clothes Step-by-Step Sewing Tutorials!

16 comments

  1. I love it!! I think the cover is gorgeous! You look fabulous and I love the classic outfits, love love the dress and peplum! I can't wait to read it!

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  2. Congrats on the book! The cover looks awesome! :)

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  3. This is amazing! I am SO excited for you.

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  4. Awesome! Congrats. And your hair looks amazing on that cover. You helped me repair my jeans once (which is how I found your blog). Although the jeans are now too far gone, I will add your book to my wish list!

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  5. Thank you!!! Glad the mending tutorial helped! Lots more ideas in the book! =)

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  6. Thank you!! I hope to, and I'll shout it out to all the Portland Bloggers!

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  7. Thank you, that's awesome to hear!

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  8. Thank you!!!!! And thanks for your help!!

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  9. Oh, thank you! I had a lot of opinions about the fonts!

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  10. Congrats Susanna - it looks like a good one! If you do a book tour or reviews I'd love to be a part of it!

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  11. Thank you!! I'll put you on the list!!

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