This weekend, I happened to go to a thrift shop in my old neighborhood and was delighted to find a Vera shirt in my size! (Thrifting drives me nuts cuz the things I love the most just never seem to fit—I apparently have line-backer shoulders compared to the women of the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s—and there’s absolutely zero chance of finding the same item in a different size on the rack.)
In the book Craft Challenge: Dozens of Ways to Repurpose Scarves, I included a sidebar on Vera brand scarves, so I did a bunch of research before writing it. I remember reading that Vera designed the graphics on her garments to fit the pattern pieces of the clothes, and at the time, I didn’t really understand what that meant. Now I do: you can clearly see how the drawing on both halves of the front of the shirt look like a unified whole, rather than being cut willy-nilly out of a piece of patterned fabric. And note how the graphics on the collar (I know, I know, it’s gigantic) didn’t just land there by chance. That white outline and the leaf shape that fits perfectly inside have clearly been designed for that part of the shirt.
And what, you may be asking, is Craft Challenge: Dozens of Ways to Repurpose Scarves? Oh, it’s just a new little book that shows you how to unleash the full potential of a scarf or two and transform it/them into some other amazing thing. It’s chock full of items imagined by some of the most talented designers out there: you’ll find all kinds of sweet, unexpected things to make—pretty earrings, cute stuffed toys, cool belts, charming wind chimes…it goes on and on! In fact, you can get a little taste of the book with the bonus online-only project shown below left: a modern pillow in a fresh print. In keeping with today’s theme, this one is made from a Vera scarf, but you can use any scarf you like. Get the instructions here.
And so, to celebrate the release of Craft Challenge: Dozens of Ways to Repurpose Scarves and my happy thrift store find, I’m giving away a package with two Vera scarves that were featured in the pages of the book, as well as a copy of the book itself. It’s so easy to enter for a chance to win: just leave a comment on this post by 9 a.m. E.S.T. on Friday, April 22, 2011. One winner will be selected at random and announced on April 29. Click here for the official rules.