Fashion and DIY (do-it-yourself) sensibilities have worked together since clothing was first created. The Seditionaries work of Vivienne Westwood and Malcom McLaren is a clear, yet extreme example of taking fashion into your own hands to express your vision. From iron-on images to shredding your shirts, fashion has always been personal.
A friendly introduction to the world of DIY fashion comes in the form of Ed Roth’s new book: Stencil Style 101, a collection of more than 20 reusable fashion stencils and projects with step-by-step instructions on creating your own garments. Project difficulty and result run from the easy t-shirt stenciling to more intricate work like the quilted pattern bomber jacket (featured above), which requires a sewing machine. The results can be strong.
Stencil Style 101 offers opportunity for young and old to customize and design their own fashions. The book also makes a great gift for the rising fashion designer in your home. Available from Stencil1.com and Amazon.