Book review: P.S. – I Made This


P.S. – I Made This
by Erica Domesek
Abrams Image

I love spending money, especially on clothing. However, I’ve recently accepted that I’m a poor university student and not a trophy wife with a wealthy husband’s wallet at my disposal, a fact that has really put a damper on my mornings. This is because I take almost half an hour each morning to pick through my closet full of bland vintage jumpers and overdone hipster trends. Sometimes, I get so confused that I just wear what I wore to bed – leggings and an old t-shirt. Yes, this sounds trivial, but this is the factor that’ll determine if my upcoming day will be good or bad.

Enter P.S. – I Made This. The book began as a DIY fashion blog created by Erica Domesek. The blog’s epigraph reads: “It’s a call to action to re-imagine, re-use, and re-invent. I see it. I like it. I make it.” Domesek’s idea was to translate what she saw on designer runways into affordable versions by using items from her own junk drawer. She then shared her experience by posting the process online. Her DIY fashion movement caught on, and New York-based publisher Abrams Image turned her idea into a book.

P.S – I Made This was released this past September and includes over 25 of Domesek’s creations. An old pair of Keds transformed into gold Oxford shoes, a necklace made of rings, and a dress made of coffee filters are just a few of the options presented in the book. Domesek lists the tools and “ingredients” needed to copy each of her ideas, and she incorporates a visual step-by-step guide for each. The finished pieces are each accompanied by a collage including images of style icons, street-style photos, and the hot designer pieces that inspired it.

The book is great for people like me who are on a low-budget, lack creativity, and need a few wardrobe boosters. It doesn’t provide DIY options for guys, but the book is still pretty cool. Guys, making any of the items listed in the book and gifting them to a lady friend will score you major points.

P.S. – I Made This has only one problem – it’s a book.  That is, books cost money and blogs don’t. So, while owning a hard copy is great and all, average consumers are more likely to consult the blog, which – unlike the book – can be and is constantly updated.

Roxanna Woloshyn

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